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ERICAN TEXAS 10,
LEAGUE Seattle o
New York 9. Oakland at
BALTIMORE 5 ANAHEIM, Inc.
Toronto 8.,
TAMPA BAY 2 NATIONAL
Cleveland 2. LEAGUE
KANSAS CITY 1 Florida 5,
Detroit 7. MONTREAL 3
MINNESOTA 4

Chicago 8.
PHILADELPHIA 2
Atlanta 9.
NEW YORK 3
Cincinnati 4,
HOUSTON 1
Pittsburgh at
MILWAUKEE, ppd.
San Diego at
ST. LOUIS. ppd.

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Tracking 'M' clubs
The Michigan men's volleyball club will hold open try-
OUts Monday, Oct. 4 and Wednesday, Oct 6 at the
CCRB. This was incorrectly reported in Monday's Club
Sport s Corner.
Wednesday
September 29, 1999

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oozballjans
re are certain letters that strike fear into the hearts of
people everywhere. IRS. FBI. STD.And now, for col-
lege football coaches, there's a whole new set of letters
hat may keep them up at night. BCS.
&roduced a year ago, the Bowl Championship Series
aings is a complex formula designed to produce an
ndisputed national champion by having the two top-ranked
eams play at the end of the season.
For Michigan fans, the emergence of the BCS before last
eason was bittersweet. If the system
ere in place during 1997's national
hampionship season, Michigan Andy
ouldn't have split the national title Latack
ith Nebraska, instead the Wolverines
ould have squared off with the
ornhuskers after the season. On see-
, hought, maybe sharing isn't so
ad.
Now, when the rankings are
nnounced beginning on Oct. 25, a
tatistical mayhem ensues that lasts COUNTER
he rest of the season. With so many LATACK
bscure criteria included in figuring a
eam's BCS ranking - strength-of-
chedule, strength-of-opponent's-schedule, the square root
f the head coach's social security number - it's easy to
e aught up in the minute details.
don't act like you weren't excited when Rice beat
avy last weekend for its first victory of the season, boost-
ng Michigan's strength-of-schedule quotient .0001 points.
nd be aware, as you exault in Notre Dame's futility, that
very loss the Irish suffer lowers the Wolverines' BCS
tanding.
But despite all of the factors to consider, there is one
hing that will cause a team's BCS rankings to plummet like
he Pac-10's respect this year. A loss.
With all the focus on numbers this season, losing a game
as assumed almost mythical proportions. A loss, particu-
late in the season, will surely dash a team's national
it!ehopes. To title-spoiled fans in Florida and Nebraska,
his seems like the end of the world. Since when was an I I -
record a disappointment?
,But the sad fact is if you don't go undefeated, you don't
lay for the ring. Unless you follow Florida State's recipe:
alter early against N.C. State, then go on to pound
mediocre ACC foes by an average of 67 points per game
ttil the BCS has you at No. 2 again.
-So, while teams like the Seminoles rack up double-digit
victories and get their walk-ons some reps, schools that play
irgitimate conferences don't have it so easy.
Consider the Big Ten. With five of the 11 conference
members currently in the top 25, there isn't a tougher bunch
in the country. The Big Ten schedule will undoubtedly
claim more than a few conference teams' national title aspi-
rations before the season is over.
No. I Purdue, undefeated and possessing the most lethal
passing game in the country, probably has visions of

I

W

Hockey
sales up;
prices
constant
By Geoff Gagnon
Daily Sports Writer
You won't see the long lines you used
to. You won't see stiff hockey fans wip-
ing the sleep from their eyes as the tick-
et office throws open its doors to hun-
dreds of students who camped out the
night before. But you also aren't likely
to see an empty seat in Yost Arena this
winter.
Four seasons after replacing long
lines that forced students to camp out
for hockey tickets with an application
process that rewards seniority, today the
athletic department will deliver season
tickets to the 1,664 students who
applied.
Director of ticket opporations Marty
Bodnar says this year's application fig-
ures represent a 10 percent jump from a
year ago - impressive considering last
year's squad was defending a national
title. 1
"We're very pleased," Bodnar said. "I
think clearly the numbers speak for
themselves. We had 10 percent more
students request tickets for this season.
Last year we had 1,580 and this year we
had 1,664."
In 1997-98, with student ticket pack-
age prices around $80, the Athletic
Dept. sold 2,276 packages.
Despite the slight increase in demand
from last year, student ticket sales are
still down more than 26 percent from
the 1997-98 season, when the Athletic
Dept. implemented an unprecendented
student package price increase of nearly
100 percent.
Bodnar said ticket prices remained
the same this year as they had been a
year ago. Last season Athletic Dept.
officials allocated some 2,200 student
tickets only to see roughly 1,600 apply
for season tickets before the initial
deadline.
But those same prices certainly didn't
seem to deter students this fall who sub-
mitted their applications by Sept. 15
along with $160. And it doesn't seem
prices have had any impact on the hun-
dreds of non-student hockey fans that
have been placed on a long waiting list
in hopes of possibly securing season
tickets.
See SALES, Page 14

FILE PHOTO
After being blind-sided by a near 100 percent increase in ticket prices last season, students have come out in slightly larger numbers this
year for season hockey packages - still no comparison to sales before the hike.

CAUSE AND EFFECT?
THE STUDENT TICKET PACKAGE

I

Capacity of Yost Ice Arena:

About 6,340

Initial student package sales 1997-98:
Initial sales in 1998-99:
Initial sales in 1998-99.
Student ticket package price 1997-98:
Price in 1998-99:
Price in 1997-98:

1,580
1,664
....... «... $80
+ s wsoe+e oewewe...@

2,276
$160
$160
$9-11
$9 - 11

Avgerage student ticket price 1997-98: $4 - 5
Home record in 1998-99:
Home record in 1999-00:

See LATACK, Page 14
Uurns named men's
arsity soccer coach

Scoring depth key to
Blue soccer success

jeff Phillips
Fordhe Daily
-After 51 years of club status, the
Ujiversity of Michigan has named its-
f men's varsity soccer coach.
Xerday, University Athletic Director
'I2M Goss officially announced Stephen
Horns as head coach.
"It's time for things to change," Burns
siid after practice yesterday. "This Is a
big step for Michigan soccer."
murns has been coaching the men's
ckib team since 1993. During this time,
the v4lverines have compiled 101 wins
and two national club titles in 1997 and
* hile the team has had success at the
c level, Burns is keeping the club and
vasity teams separate.
"The varsity game is much different
thainthe club game." Burns said. "In the
first year we will have to work in recruit-
ifng. I expect six to eight players to carry
oler to the varsity."
Burns wants to follow the lead of the
%omen's soccer team, currently No. 15
ii.the nation.
t took the women four years to
reach the upper level of collegiate soc-
er," Burns said. "I have a three-year
plan for the men's team. In year one, I
am going to teach the players the colle-
giate game. Division I is very difficult."
The new Michigan coach hopes to
recruit top club players from around the

ers the national level;' Burns said. "By
year three, I want to add the names. It
will be time to play with the big boys."
By the third year, Burns hopes to
compete with top teams such as
Maryland and North Carolina. In Burns'
first year, the Wolverines will compete
in the already tough Big Ten schedule.
This schedule will include Penn State
and Indiana, currently ranked No. I and
No. 6 respectively. In the third year of
his plan, Burns expects Michigan to fin-
ish in the conference's top three.
Bums also believes that Michigan's
exceptional academics will attract per-
spective players to the team.
"When you take a look at the top
teams, Duke, Stanford, academics play a
role," Burns said. "I hope that we can do
the same here at Michigan."
Burns hopes that Michigan's decision
to make soccer a varsity sport will start
a trend throughout the nation.
Numerous Division one schools lack a
soccer team.
"I hope that the rest of the country
looks to Michigan as a leader" Burns
said. "Many schools in the southeast do
not have a varsity soccer team."
Today at 5 p.m., the club team will
play Schoolcraft College in Livonia. But
the big game of the season will be on
Oct. 16th at 2 p.m., when the team will
take on llinois here in Ann Arbor.
"We expect about 1,100 to 1,500 peo-

By Rohit Bhave
and Dan Williams
Daily Sports Writers
Going into this Friday's match with
Indiana at the Michigan Soccer Field,
the Michigan soccer team is poised to
continue their success in the Big Ten
season. At 3-0-1, they are currently atop
the conference standings, coming off
home victories over Illinois and Iowa.
At the heart of this season's success
has been the solid leadership of the vet-
eran core, led by Emily Schmitt,
Michigan's season leader in assists and
in shots on goal. Freshman forward
Abby Crumpton is leading the team in
goals, just a part of a very talented
freshman class that has made a strong
impact on the team. Kacy Beitel has
drawn the praise of Michigan coach
Debbie Belkin for her clutch scoring

and high shooting percentage (20 per-
cent).
Belkin attributed their early success
to the Wolverines' scoring depth -
seven different players have scored this
year, creating a balanced offensive
attack.
Backing up the offense has been a
quick and aggressive defense. The
dominant quartet, consisting of fresh-
men fullbacks Amy Sullivant and
Andrea Kayal, sophomore sweeper
Alissa Shaw and senior stopper
Shannon Poole, has overcome its inex-
perience with pure speed and an I've-
got-your-back approach to defense.
"We have the attitude that every
loose ball is ours, and that aggressive-
ness filters throughout the team,"
Belkin said.
See SOCCER, Page 13

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Sophomore midflelder Laurie Peterson is one of the seven players to have scored
this year for the No. 15 women's soccer team.

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