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14 The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, September 28, 1999

Continued from Page 12
Arkansas and No. 7 Brigham
But the most important change
from last season is the Wolverines'
perception of the game.
They aren't concerned about
their next opponent or any of the
other teams they will face.
They don't worry about how well
they're doing in the rankings or
where they will finish in the Big
The pressure of establishing
itself as one of the best teams in the
conference isn't a factor yet for
Nor is this the last chance for the
core of this team to prove them-
"We focus on our side of the net,"

senior defensive specialist Maggie
Cooper said. "We focus on what we
can do better and how we should
play the game."
This team philosophy has worked
well so far.
Michigan has won two tourna-
ments and broken into the Top 25
for the first time in the program's
Much of this success boils down
to the Wolverines' outlook on the
game and their own improvement.
They have consistently attributed
their success to their hard work and
Rosen's philosophy of concentrat-
ing on themselves.
"If we don't execute on our side,
it doesn't matter what we know
about the other team," Rosen said.
"We can't get too wrapped up in
what the other team is doing unless
we play well."

Continued from Page 12
plishments, Gannon acknowledges the
contribution she makes to the team.
"I see myself as a playmaker on the
field," Gannon said. "I play as hard as
I can, lead by example and play my
Gannon is especially important in
the penalty corner. Both of her goals
against the Golden Bears and her
game-winning goal against the
Spartans came on penalty plays.
Pankratz describes Gannon's shot
as "lethal," and teammates acknowl-
edge that if it weren't for her presence,
the offense would not capitalize on
these opportunities as regularly.
"She has one heck of a shot, espe-
cially on penalty corners,"
Reichenbach said. "She's really pow-

Former Spartan Underwood's.
stab wound was self-inicted

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LANSING (AP)--The neck wound
that left Dimitrius Underwood of the
Miami Dolphins bleeding on a down-
town street was self-inflicted, police
said yesterday.
Police found the player Sunday
afternoon after getting calls that a man
was yelling for help. He was covered
with blood as officers approached.
"He was somewhat despondent,"
police spokesman Lt. Ray Hall said.
"He was upset, physically upset."
Hall said Underwood apparently
slashed his neck with a knife at the
home of the mother of his twin 17-
month-old children.
No one in the home saw him cut
himself, but several people in the
neighborhood saw him running down
the street afterward.
Police took Underwood to Sparrow
Hospital, where he was listed in fair
condition Monday after undergoing
surgery Sunday. No further informa-
tion was released at the request of his
"This is real rough for the family,"
Hall said. "They're going through a
real rough time, like any family would
at a time like this."
Hall said physical evidence at the
scene and witnesses' statements con-
vinced police Underwood used the
knife on himself.
The officer would not describe the
knife, other than to say it was a com-
mon household knife. He declined to
say if Underwood had written a suicide
The 22-year-old player .cooperated
with police when they found him
about 12:45 p.m. Sunday and has spo-
ken with police since, Hall said.
He declined to say if Underwood

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Former Michigan State and current Miami Dolphin defensive end Dimitrius Underwood
is currently being treated at Sparrow Hospital after slashing himself in the throat.



gave them a reason for his actions, but
said police are close to completing
their investigation.
"Our attention is turned toward safe-
guarding his good mental health," Hall
Underwood was arrested by Lansing
police about 7 p.m. Saturday for non-
payment of child support.
A S500 bond was posted for him
about three hours later, but
Underwood refused to leave the jail in
Mason for another hour, spending the
time talking to another inmate, Hall
Police had no trouble arresting
Underwood or taking him to the coun-
ty jail, Hall said.
Underwood played defensive end at
Michigan State for three seasons
before sitting out his senior year with a
sprained ankle.
The Minnesota Vikings in April
made Underwood their second first-
round draft pick, and 29th overall.
He signed a five-year, $5.3 million
contract Aug. I but walked out of
training camp the next day.
Underwood told coach Dennis Green
he had no desire to play football.
Michigan State football coach Nick
Saban on Monday hinted that
Underwood's ambivalence about play-
ing football may not be new.
"I think Dimitrius' behavior over a
little bit of time here has been a little
bit unusual," Saban said at his weekly
news conference.
"We tried to help the guy last year; I

know the Dolphins have tried to help
him now, and I've talked to him on
several occasions ... Maybe now
someone can help him and he can do
Underwood has explained his depar-
ture from Minnesota by saying he was
torn between a desire to pursue the *
ministry and the need to support his
The Vikings released him Aug. 11.
Underwood sacrificed a $1.75 million
signing bonus by leaving.
He was claimed on waivers by
Miami after 23 other teams passed on
him and is now getting a base salary of
$395,000 in the first season of a five-
year contract with Miami.
Underwood dislocated his left *
shoulder during preseason and was
expected to begin working out again
this week. The Dolphins did not play
On Monday, Dolphins coach Jimmy
Johnson said he had spoken with
Sparrow Hospital nurses about
Underwood's condition.
"(1) have passed on the word that we
are 100 percent supportive of him. Our
No. I concern is his health and well-
being, and the No. I thing we want to
do is for him to get well" Johnson said
during a Miami news conference.
Johnson declined further comment.
The team did not practice Monday, and
players were unavailable for comment.
"He's a good person and a good guy
and he's going through some hard
times right now," Saban said.

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