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TUESDAY
SEPTEMBER 12, 2000

11:

Mum on B
r enson, Carr
praises his
star backup
By Mark Francescutti
Daily Sports Editor
Peanut butter and jelly, sour cream and onion,
cOntroversy and quarterback - they all come
hand in hand. And while coach Lloyd Carr
insists he knows which QB will be the eventual
starter this season, he remained vague on the
subject at his Monday luncheon.
"He's making progress." Carr said. "When
Drew Henson is ready, he's the starting quarter-
back."
A reporter then asked. "Will he be ready?"
"Well, I don't know. I honestly don't know,"
Carr said. "I haven't seen him today."
Carr did give a short Henson health update.
"He can walk. Last Wednesday, he couldn't
throw because you push off the right foot. If you
get back in the pocket and you've got to move
and you've got to scramble, you've really got to
Oxert pressure on that injury Believe me, I don't
think he knows and I certainly donut know."
Henson said on Saturday that he started jog-
ging, and hopes to test the foot this week.
If Henson doesn't start, redshirt freshman
John Navarre will again guide the offense.
Navarre, who had superior protection and all
dv to throw against Bowling Green, wasn't as
fortunate against Rice. The signal caller was hit
several times, but showed poise in the pocket,
and even some mobility.
On one play, as one of Michigan's blockers
missed their assignment. Navarre sidestepped
Rice linebacker Jeff Vanover and quickly con-
nected on a five-yard pass to tight end Bennie
Joppru.
"His poise has been incredible." senior offen-
sive lineman Jeff Backus said. "I don't think
anyone would have thought he would have
played as well as he has."
Despite his impressive seven touchdowns and
zero interceptions, Navarre had a little trouble in
his accuracy on Saturday.
Thankfully for the Wolverines. Marquise
7Walker and David Terrell caught some clutch
passes.and Navarre's numbers show it (he's
completed 25-of-34 passes).
"After watching the tape I think the thing I am
very impressed with was that our receivers did a
tremendous job catching the football," Carr

Fife, others to leave
Indiana after firing

BRAD QUINN/'Daly
Michigan coach Lloyd Carr praised the play of backup quarterback John Navarre (16), but said he was.still
unclear on the status of injured starter Drew Henson.

Point guard won't
rule out Michigan,
father says
From Staff and Wire Reports
The post-Bob Knight era at Indiana
began yesterday in a style one might
expect from the Hall of Fame coach
himself: an ultimatum.
Players demanded that assistant
coaches Mike Davis and John Treloar
be retained and that one of them be
hired as interim coach. Otherwise,
center Kirk Haston said, there would
be "serious repercussions."
"I'd say we'd have several guys
leave. I couldn't put a specific number,
but several would leave," Haston said.
"If they want to keep this team togeth-
er, they'll give us some support, and
that means they'll keep coach Treloar
and coach Davis here."
Athletic director Clarence Doninger
said he has asked Davis and Treloar to
stay, although not necessarily as the
interim coach. Doninger also said he
already has received calls from "a
number of people" - whom he would
not identify - interested in the head
coaching job.
One player, junior guard Dane Fife,
said he has decided to transfer - at
Knight's urging. - "because there's
no reason for me to be here with
what's going on and how we've been
treated."
Fife might find an opening at
Michigan, since the Wolverines' star
guard was dismissed one week ago.:
Fife considered playing for Michigan
three years ago when he was a senior
and his father Dan and his brother
Dugan both played and captained the
Wolverines.
"I don't know if Dane is planning on
transferring or not, but if he is,
Michigan is certainly not out of the
picture," Dan Fife said.
Another, freshman swingman A.J.
Move, said he likely would leave, too,
and lashed out at university president
Myles Brand, who fired Knight a day
earlier.
"I just feel like the whole adminis-
tration, this whole school is screwed

said.
Michigan will need those types of catches at
UCLA, where Navarre won't have a friendly
home crowd behind him.
"He's going to face noise," Carr said. "le's
going to face an eruption of noise when he gets
sacked or when he makes a bad throw. He's
going to be up against a much more intense
football team from a standpoint of the speed that
is created when the ball is snapped."
SITREOTYPEs: What does the Pac-10 think of
the Big Ten?
"Big, slow, run the ball a lot,' junior Hayden
Epstein said.
And as for the Pac-10, the feeling around the
Midwest is that it's a conference struggling to
succeed after last season. But this year the
Pacific tides have changed backed by impressive
wins in the first two weeks by UCLA (over
Alabama). Southern Cal (over Colorado and
Penn State), and Washington (over national
championship contender Miami).
"I'll tell you the Pac-10 has played as well as
anv conference in the country. I've been tremen-
dously impressed. I don't think anyone is going
to be dominant. You're going to have some down
years. Just recently you can remember when
people were saying that the Big Ten could not

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compete nationally and couldn't win a national
championship. I think the Pac-10 maybe they
just had a bad vear."-
TitE TRAvi..: Michigan coach Lloyd Carr is
keeping his players under wraps on the trip to
UCLA. There won't be any Beverly Hills par-
ties, or lazy days at the beach.Michigan leaves
on Friday, just a day before the game. Carr will
also keep his players on Eastern Standard 'ime
to avoid jet la,.
"We're going to trV and stay on Eastern Time
as much as possible. We're going to be tired.
We're going to go to bed on Eastern time and
we're oiiig to try to slav to our routine as best
we can.
Carr said that the temperature printouts he's
received show that it has been very hot in
Pasadena.-
"I don't knoxV if the heat is different but I
believe Alabama wore down a little bit in their
dame two weeks aco." Carr said.
INJi tRN IPDTIL: Tight end Shawn Thompson,
who injured his knee acainst Bowline Green had
surcerv today. Carr said the surcerv was suc-
cessful Thompson, though, will not play the rest
of the season. Senior defensive lineman Jake
lrysin:er, seen in a cast on Saturday, is consid-
ered "day-to-day" by Carr.

Dane Fife says he will leave Indiana,
but has not announced where he'll go.
up, basically,' Moye said "We were
lied to, we were deceived and now it's
over, all because people wanted coach
out. They got their way. I hope they're
happy. ... I hope they're just dancing
somewhere happy. Twelve players lives
are never going to be the same because
of them."
Other players said they would wait
to see what Doninger decides about a
new coach.
"If things work out the way we want
it, we'll stay," sophomore forward
George Leach said. "We are ready to
go if they don't meet our demands.
Indiana will not have a team.".
Haston said he would like to talk
again with Knight, who met with the
players Sunday night.
"This is still his team, and I'll do
anything he says he wants me to do,"
laston said.
Knight's son, Pat, an assistant
coach, said his father likely will coach
somewhere else, and he would go witi
him.
"I'm out of here. I wouldn't stav ii
this place after the way they treated my'
father," Pat Knight said. "There's no
way"

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