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PoIRTS

THURSDAY
SEPTEMBER 6, 2000

23A

AD Martin: Ellerbe
will continue' as
basketball coach

Volleyball's climb to
top starts at No. 25
Michigan's first-ever preseason ranking

By Chris Duprey
Daily Sports E itor
University Athletic Director Bill
Martin cmphatically stated yester-
day that Brian Ellerbe will continue
to serve as Michigan's basketball
coach, despite continual incidents
that have shamed the program.
"There's no question that Brian is
our coach and will continue to be
coach," Martin said last night.
Reacting to starting guard Kevin
Gaines' arrest for driving under the
influence and subsequent dismissal
from the team, Ellerbe "acted deci-
sively and with dispatch."
When asked if his vote of confi-
dence for Ellerbe would extend to
next season and beyond, Martin
said in a light mood, "Who knows'?
Let's get through this season. I
haven't even thought about" next
season.
University President Lee
Bollinger has been busy as usual
throughout the week. "I've kept him
informed," Martin said.
One of the reasons former
Athletic. Director Tom Goss was
forced to resign from his post was
for failing to keep Bollinger in the
loop about the NCAA-mandated
suspension of guard Jamal
Crawford, who later left the pro-
gram and was drafted in the NBA
Lottery.
Gaines' arrest took place on
Monday at 3:19 a.m. Taylor police
observed a vehicle pull oxer and

stop in the far right travel lane of
Telegraph Road near Haig.
All three occupants exited the
vehicle and began to engage in
"horseplay-type wrestling/fight-
ing," according to the police report
obtained from the Taylor Police
Department by The Michigan Daily.
Police said traffic "had to change
lanes to avoid hitting them."
Officers approached the three
and were able to "smell the odor of
intoxicants coming from them." The
men said they were coming from "a
frat party," later discovered to be a
Michigan fraternity house.
Field sobriety tests and
Preliminary Breath Tests were
administered to all three.
Gaines, who admitted to the offi-
cers that he was the driver, regis-
tered a .171 percent.
In addition to violating the state's
zero-tolerance for the consumption
of alcohol by drivers under 21,
Gaines also exceeded the legal limit
for driving in Michigan, a .10.
Based on these findings, Taylor
police charged Gaines with both
operating under the influence of
liquor and minor in possession.
Bernard Robinson and Avery
Queen, the two 19-year old passen-
gers, who are also freshmen on the
Michigan basketball team, were
charged with minor in possession.
Ellerbe said that Robinson and
Queen are now on "my probation,"
the details of which Ellerbe refused
to release.

By Benjamin Singer
Daily Sports Writer
For the first 26 years of Michigan
women's volleyball, the Wolverines
never even had a whiff of the top 25.
Then in the first year under coach
Mark Rosen - in the first gaue under
Rosen - Michigan knocked off
Brigham Young and catapulted itself
into unfamiliar territory. Michigan
was voted 25th in the nation.
"When you're trying to build a pro-
gram, beating a team like BYU gets
you noticed," Rosen said.
This year, the challenge for
Michigan is to show its success was
not a fluke.
They've been given the benefit of
the doubt being ranked in the presea-
son polls for the first time ever, at the
No. 25 spot.
Although the Wolverines eventually
slipped out of the top 25 after being
ranked for five straight weeks, getting
as high as 18, the team still has carned
the respect and recognition from the
college world.
Even with a 15-14 record last year,
the Wolverines snuck into the NCAA
tournament.
After a first round win over
Fairfield, Michigan was eliminated in
the fifth game 19-17 to fourth-ranked
Pacific.
What accounts for the mediocre
record is competing in the toughest
conference. Once the Wolverines hit

the meat of the Big Ten schedule,-the
losses started to come, but the talent,
confidence and respect was still there.
"The conference is so strong that as
we got better, we didn't get more wins,
we just got closer," Rosen said. "For
the (selection for the) NCAA tourna-
ment, it comes down to games you win
and games you lose. We didn't loseto
anyone who shouldn't have beat us.
Though the tough competition
seems to keep Michigan buried n ar
the bottom of its own conference,
Rosen said the tough matches pre-
pared his team for the tournament.
Rosen has a winning tradition that
follows him wherever he goes. 'He
coached in five straight Division, I1
Final Fours, including a natiopial
championship with Northern
Michigan in 1994.
When coming in to turn around fhe
Michigan program, Rosen found that
his players didn't meet his desired
mental approach with any resistance.
"They have the mentality of 'We'll
do anything you ask to be good,"'
Rosen said.
The Wolverines have their sigits set
on a title, but still have to think about
building for the future as an up-and-
coming team.
Rosen does not have a clear vision
of exactly how Michigan will make it
to the top, only that it will happen.
"Sooner or later we're going to be
there," Rosen said. "Hopefully sooner
because I'm not a patient person.:

LOUIS BROWN/Day
Athletic Director Bill Martin said that "there's no question" Brian Ellerbe will contin-
ue as Michigan men's basketball coach, despite negative incidents that have
affected the program, such as Kevin Gaines' dismissal from the team Tuesday.

Gaines' dismissal from the bas-
ketball team Tuesday is the nost
recent black cloud to settle over the
Michigan basketball program.
Ellerbe said Gaines was booted for
"continual breaking of team rules."
Ellerbe said some incidents were
highly publicized, while others were
not. Ellerbe declined to identify the
incidents that had not been made
public. Ellerbe also declined to say
how Gaines had been punished for

previous violations of team rules.
Gaines started in all but one of
Michigan's 29 games last season as
a freshman. The sophomore did not
start the opener against Oakland on
Nov. 18 for breaking an unspecified
team rule.
What Gaines did to merit his
removal from the starting lineup
was never reported.
- Daily Staff Reporter David
Enders contributed to this report.

AROUND THE HORN
For view, Penn State's dirty laundry

By Stephanie Offen
DRail Sports Edior
Sophomore tailback Larry Johnson Jr.
had some choice words for the Penn State
coaching staff after Mid-American
Conference foe Toledo upset the Nittany
Lions to start their season 0-2
Johnson commented on the weak
offensive line that only enabled him 28
yards in two games -- and he is the
team's leading rusher.
Johnson also said that the offense was
"too predictable" and the coaches don't
want to change.
. At the weekly coaches' teleconference
on Tuesday, Paterno addressed his con-
cerns. Paterno admitted that the morale
of the team is down after the poor start
but wishes the team would not go to the
public with its concerns.
This weekend against Louisiana Tech,
the Lions will return senior guard Jordan
Caruso. Paterno savs Caruso is fully
recovered from fainting during a presea-
son practice. But center Joe lorio, who
was out with mononucleosis, and wide
eceiver Eddie Drummond, who suffered
a knee injury against Southern Cal, are
not ready to return.
WISCONSIN: It is probably no coinci-
dence that the Badgers will have served
their 26 suspensions by the fifth game of
the season. Just in time to bring on the
Wolverines.
Coach Barry Alvarez accepts the sus-
pensions but doesn't necessarily agree
vith them.
"My players bought shoes at discount
stores," Alvarez said. "Everyone received
discounts. They don't know what other
people's discounts were. But if they did
receive any benefits the punishment did-
n't fit."
No matter whether the punishment

was fair or not, the Badgers have stepped
up in the face of adversity, and Alvarez
says that adversity has helped over play-
ers improve.
Even though Wisconsin had a tough
time with Western Michigan last week,
the team managed to pull out a 12-point
victory.
MICHIGAN STATE: The Spartans have
one of the toughest schedules in the
league and it all starts this weekend.
Marshall will by the team's first oppo-
nent and first-year coach Bobby
Williams thinks this Mid-American
Conference team has raised the bar in
that conference.
Marshall, who has been consistently at
the top of the league and the nation, has
gained respect for the MAC.
And the Spartans will start their sea-
son, much like Michigan - with a new
quarterback.
Ryan Van Dyke has gotten the starting
nod, but there is talent behind him.
Williams said that freshman Jeff Smoker
will also see playing time against The
Thundering Heard.
And Tuesday, former Detroit Henry
Ford High School quarterback Damon
Dowdell was allowed to enroll at
Michigan State after he pleaded no con-
test to assault and battery charges last
month. He will not be able to compete
with the team on scholarship until his
academic record is looked at and
approved by the NCAA.
OHIO STxrE: The defense was what
impressed coach John Cooper in
Saturday's win over Fresno State. The
defense created six turnovers helping the
offense to four touchdowns.
But there were disappointments.
"I am disappointed in our short game,'
Cooper said. "We failed to knock the ball
into the endzone and we didn't convert

on a fourth-down opportunity"
Cooper also said the team was in pret-
ty good shape injury-wise, with none to
report.
PURDUE: After missing last week's
victory over Central Michigan, wide
receiver Vinny Sutherland will play this
Saturday against Kent. The wide receiver
broke a team rule in the offseason but
coach Joe Tiller has cleared him for this
weekend.
The Boilermakers saw injuries to
defensive end Brian Denkins last week-
end and linebacker Alex Tone in camp,
but everyone should be healthy for this
weekend's game.
INDIANA: There has been talk that one
of the nation's top quarterbacks, Antwaan
Randle El, may switch positions. But
coach Cam Cameron said that would not
happen until the team finds itself in a
desperate situation.
"We are not going to move Antwaan
around to be clever or be fancy or any of
those type of things," Cameron said. "If
we think that the situation presents itself
where that would be a good matchup for
us - and it would give us the opportuni-
ty to make a play that could help us win
the game - you could very well see him
anywhere."
Cameron mentioned tailback, slot
receiver, split end or flanker as the many
positions that Randle El could play.
But for now Cameron is still evaluat-
ing the skills of backup quarterback
Tommy Jones. Jones will see game time
and Cameron will use that to see how he
handles himself.
ILLINOIS: Sophomore backup running
back Antoineo Harris will play against
San Diego State this weekend despite
separating his shoulder last Saturday
against Middle Tennessee.
See BIG TEN, Page 26A

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