14 - The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, September 21, 1999
Alabama athletic director to resign after
controversy, football coach may be next
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Alabama
coach Mike DuBose said yesterday he is trou-
bled by uncertainty over his future with the
Crimson Tide, but he doesn't know if the ouster
of Athletic Director Bob Bockrath will lead to
his own departure.
DuBose, whose team lost 29-28 to Louisiana
Tech on Saturday, has heard the calls by some
for his job, already imperiled because he admit-
ted lying about his relationship with a female
"But I don't worry about it," DuBose said. "I
can't worry about it, I can't linger on it. I come
to work every day"'
DuBose said he did not know whether his
position was further weakened by the impend-
ing departure of Bockrath. Two sources from the
school, who asked not to be identified, con-
firmed to The Associated Press that Bockrath
had reached an agreement to resign, but the uni-
versity made no formal announcement.
Bockrath, who declined comment on whether
he was leaving Alabama, chose not to fire
DuBose in August when the coach admitted to
lying about a relationship with a university
employee. The employee settled a sexual harass-
ment claim with Alabama, and Bockrath took
away the two-year contract extension he had ear-
lier granted DuBose.
Now it looks like Bockrath will be the one to
pay for that decision.
Bockrath will reportedly be paid through the
remainder of this year, receiving between
$250,000 to S300,000. An interim athletic direc-
tor is expected to be named until a permanent
replacement is found.
"It's pretty amazing that this is happening, but
it is," said Mal Moore, the current athletic direc-
tor for football relations and a name mentioned
as a candidate for interim AD.
Senior tailback Shaun Alexander said much
of the speculation about Bockrath and DuBose
stemmed from the loss to Louisiana Tech.
"Everybody in these upstairs offices gets fid-
gety and starts talking and ruffling'papers,"
Alexander said. "And one thing it does is start,
Bockrath's departure comes just days after
university trustees formed a committee to over-
see athletics in the three-campus Alabama sys-
tem. While trustees said the panel had no direct
control, some saw the move as stripping
Bockrath of his power.
Some board members said they were unhap-
py with a decision by Bockrath and university
president Andrew Sorensen to punish, rather
than fire, DuBose following the sexual harass-
Asked Monday if he had considered resign-
ing, DuBose, who has a 13-13 career record at
Alabama, said he hadn't.
"I love this university and if I was 100 percent
convinced it was the best thing for this universi-
ty, I would consider it, he said. "But I have not
Bockrath apparently isn't being given a
choice. He confirmed last week that his
Tuscaloosa home was for sale, but said it was
because he and his wife wanted a smaller house.
Bockrath came to Alabama from Texas Tech
in June 1996. Within six months, Gene Stallings
had resigned as football coach and Bockrath,
following what the fans and alumni were calling
for, hired DuBose as his replacement.
He always seemed to make the popular deci-
sions - naming former Alabama player Mike
Gottfried the Tide's new basketball coach and
moving the SEC football games out of Legion
Field in Birmingham - but was never popular
An Ohio native who never played for or
coached with former Alabama coach Bear
Bryant, Bockrath was viewed as an outsider to
many Alabama fans.
He angered boosters last December when he
failed to secure them enough tickets to the
Music City Bowl. He accepted responsibility,
calling it a miscalculation on his part, but sever-
al season ticket-holders sued.
The suit was later dismissed.
may lose his job
over a sexual
that the school
settled with a
Bucky, Sparty prepare for openers
MADISON (AP) - Wisconsin spent
Monday regrouping after an ugly loss to
unranked Cincinnati and getting ready to take
on Michigan, one of its toughest conference
The Badgers, who dropped to No. 20 in this
week's Associated Press poll, host the fourth-
ranked Wolverines on Saturday and play at No.
12 Ohio State on Oct. 2.
"The most important BIG TEN
thing you have to do is con-
front the mistakes that you Notebook
made and correct them," -------------
offensive coordinator Brian White said. "You
can't play that game over. You only get one
chance to play."
Wisconsin hung onto the ball for 15 minutes
more than Cincinnati in its 17-12 loss to the
Bearcats, but turnovers took away any chance
the Badgers had to win the game, White said.
Bad luck did its part as well. Punt returner
Nick Davis had an 81-yard punt return for an
apparent touchdown called back because of a
blocking penalty called against Michael
Bennett, who couldn't be seen blocking anyone
- let alone illegally - on television replays.
Wisconsin had another touchdown nullified
with I1 seconds left in the game on an illegal
motion penalty. In total, the Badgers had eight
penalties for 65 yards after just 10 for 94 yards
in their previous two games.
The combination doomed Wisconsin to an
improbable loss to a 26-point underdog oppo-
nent who lost to a Division I-AA team in its pre-
"Regardless of who you're playing, it's diffi-
cult to overcome those things," White said.
The Badgers also need to take better advan-
tage of opportunities to score in the red zone,
White said. After two weeks of marching the
ball into the end zone against Murray State and
Ball State, Wisconsin made critical turnovers
and settled for two first-half field goals.
"We have to get the ball in the endzone when
we have opportunities," quarterback Scott
Kavanagh said. "Threes are OK - at least
you're putting points on the board - but that's
definitely not our goal."'
GRUMPY OLD NICK: If you want to irritate
Nick Saban, all you have to do is suggest his
Spartans may be looking more than one game
down the road.
The Michigan State coach was quick to insist
Monday that Michigan State is looking only at
Illinois, the Spartans' next foe, and not ahead to
"It's very important for our players to stay
focused on the task that we have, and we want to
play our games one game at a time," Saban said
at his weekly news conference. "There's nobody
looking forward to anything except this game,
and I would really appreciate it if everybody
were to keep their focus on this game."
But, reporters being reporters, one brought up
the issue' again. And Saban emphatically'
stressed: MSU has only one game to think
"You don't listen very well," he said. "We've
got one game. That's Illinois. That's the focus,
Illinois. That's how you keep it; you think about
it. You're at the church of what's happening now,
today, present moment, that's it."
After winning just three games in two years,
Illinois has now won three games in the first
three weeks of the season.
That has excited classmates of cornerback
Tony Francis already asking about Rose Bowl
"The buzz around campus is undefeated
records and national championships,"-Francis
said Monday with a grin. "I was like, 'Calm
down a little bit. Bear with us. Come to the
games and have a nice hot dog or something.'"
Francis subscribes to the "one game at a
time" theory of his coaches, but he also admits
to daydreaming about playing in a bowl game.
"Actually, I think about it every hour - in
class, out of class, in the bathtub," he said.
"You've got to have your own dreams and
thoughts. That's why you play football."
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Harris, who Carras called "the most
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which is a big compliment," Carras
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"The bottom half of our lineup
was somewhat disappointing, but my
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"Ron Dayne is a sledgehammer:
whileAnthony Thomas is more like a
flyswatter," Carr said. "But Dayne is
a sledgehammer that you can swing a
lot faster because he's got great feet."
It's those great feet that makes
Dayne such a double-edged sword.
With most would-be tacklers bracing
for impact and trying to avoid getting
run over, Dayne often nimbly side-
steps them and keeps running."
"The key is to keep your feet mov-
ing," Michigan free safety DeWayne
Patmon said. "I have to use all the
power I possibly can, and hopefully
the other players will help out so I
won't have to make too many solo
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