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The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, September 12, 2000a15

4'or $1.5M
University of Minnesota is suing for-
mer basketball coach Clem Haskins,
looking to recover its SI.5 million con-
tract buvout and contending he lied
about academic cheating.
"The university got ripped oft, and
we want our money back," university
lawyer Lorie Gildea said Monday at a
O s conference.
Gildca said Haskins' admission to
the NCA A that he secretly paid a for-
mer tutor S3,000 was the "smoking
gun. The lawsuit also contends
H askins told players to mislead investi-
gators after the story broke in March
The suit, filed in Hennepin County
District Court, seeks damages and legal
expenses. It cites fraud, deceit and
*each of employment agreement.
Haskins attorney, Ron Meshbesher,
issued a statement saying the universi-
ty's allegations are false. He said the
school's attorneys investigated the mat-
ter and that top officials were fully
aware of the allegations against
Haskins when they approved the terms
of the buyout.
"If the university will not honor its
agreements, which it deliberately
muoht and considered, what message
cs that send to its law students and
the rest of the student body?"
Meshbesher asked.
Haskins has denied wrongdoing.
University president Mark Yudof
defended the buyout, saying the school
Was obligated to give him the money
because it had no proof of wrongdoing
by Haskins at the time.
After repeatedly denying the accusa-
n, Haskins acknowledged to the
AA in August that he secretly gave
S3,000 to a woman who tutored basket-
ball players after she had been ordered
to stay away from the program.
Gildea said the university had been
considering suing Haskins for some
time but waited until an NCAA investi-
gation was complete. The NCAA is
expected to rule in October.
Haskins resigned in June 1999, three
months after former tutor Jan
tigelhoff said she had written about
400 research papers and tests for about
20 players during Haskins' tenure.

Bad luck for the Irish:
QB sidelined for year

,,Damtie may have lost quarterback Arnaz
- lBattl e for the season with a broken left
S. wrist and coach Bob Davie said Sunday
he isn't sure who will replace him.
Defensive end Grant Irons, a team
captain, dislocated his right shoulder
F and is out for the season.
,///The injuries came in a disappointing
27-24 overtime loss to top-ranked
jr . - % Nebraska that gave the Irish hope they
were ready to compete again with col-
lege's elite teams.
x Despite the loss, the Irish moved up
two spots in the rankings to No. 21.
"We paid a heavy price in that game,"
Davie said.
The most costly injury was at quar-
terback, where the Irish have a convert-
ed tight end and three freshmen as back-
"This was unthinkable three hours
ago. We all realize what a blow this is. °
You've all seen how we've evolved as a
Doctors said yesterday that Notre Dame starting quarterback Arnaz Battle may football team and you've all seen how
miss the rest of the season with a broken wrist. much work has gone into it, so it's a
tremendous blow," Davie said. "It's
Strawberry jailed on hit and run

unthinkable, but it just happened"
Battle, making his second start
Saturday, was erratic throwing, going 3-
of-15 for 40 yards with one intercep-
tion. But he rushed for 107 yards. A
week earlier in a 24-10 victory over
Texas A&M, Battle was 10-of-16 for
133 yards and two touchdowns with no
interceptions and rushed for 50 yards.
Battle broke the navicular bone in his
non-throwing hand when he was
knocked down on the first play of the
game. The injury didn't bother him until
the second half, Davie said. The coach
was told after the game it was just a
moderately to slightly sprained wrist.
The wrist was swollen Sunday morn-
ing and Battle could not make a fist, so
X-rays were taken. It was not immedi-
ately known if surgery is required.
"We're going to exhaust all options,
have some different people look at it.
But right now he is out indefinitely,"
Davie said.
Irons will undergo surgery after the
swelling in his shoulder subsides.
Davie said he hopes Irons will return

for a fifth season. D~avie said Battle also
could seek a medical redshirt waiver if
he is unable to return.
Coaches hadn't had time to discuss
Battle's replacement.
"We're just going to see how it plays
out the next day or so and make a deci-
sion," Davie said.
The choices are 6-foot-7 Gary
Godsey, a sophomore who was recruit-
ed to Notre Dame as a tight end, and
freshmen Carlyle Holiday, Jared Clark
and Matt LoVecchio.
Godsey, the brother of Georgia Tech
quarterback George Godsey, is listed as
the backup. Davie said Godsey could
not run most of the Irish's option plays,
although Godsey previously has said lie
could. Davie described Godsey as "a
really good thrower"
Godsey, who passed for more than
1,800 yards and 22 touchdowns with
four interceptions as a senior at Tamnpa
Jesuit fligh School, converted from
tight end to quarterback last season after
Eric Chappell was dismissed from the

TA MPA (AP) - DarrlI Strawberry,
the suspended outfielder for the New
York Yankees who has battled cancer
and substance abuse, was arrested
Monday and jailed on charges of reck-
less driving and leaving the scene of an
accident. No one was injured.
An off-duty officer pointed his pistol
at Strawberry's car window in finally
getting him to stop. Police said
Strawberry told them he was on his way
to his probation officer.
Strawberrv, driving a sports utility
\ehicle, is accused hitting a road sign
weaving through traffic outside down-
town Tampa and rear-ending an SUV at
a red light. Police said he wasn't speed-
ing when he struck the sign at about 9
It is not clear if alcohol was a factor
in the accident, and the Hillsborough
County Sheriff's Office would not com-
ment on whether drugs were in
Strawberry's car.
"We are testing him, though,' depart-
ment spokesman Rod Reder said. "We
are in mid-work on that.

The 39-year-old player was held at
the scene in the back of a deputy's cruis-
er. then taken to jail. deputies said. He
did not resist arrest.
When Strawberry rear-ended the
SUV and tried to drive on, Sgt. Anthony
Kolka pulled him over and, pistol
drawn, removed him from the car. The
officer said he banged on the window to
Strawberry's attention.
"He just wanted to know: 'What did I
do'? What did I do?' like he didn't know
what happened," Kolka said. "He said
he didn't know he hit the car or the
sig :l
The officer in an unmarked car, said
he was unaware the driver was
Strawberrv until a passer-by told him.
"I wasn't thinking about who the per-
son was. My idea was to get him out of
the car, get him secured," Kolka said.
"All I knew was the vehicle needed to be
stopped to see what the problem was''
The officer said he drew his gun "for
my own safety and cvervbodv else's
safety." When Strawberry opened his

door, the officer said he reached inside,
made sure the car was in park and
pulled Strawberry out.
"le was quiet and calm" Kolka said.
The officer radioed for marked cars
to assist and continued following
Tanya Whitaker, 32, the driver of the
car Strawberry is accused of hitting,
said the player tried to drive around her
car after hitting her when she saw the
deputy stop him. She said the deputy
beat on Strawberry's window to get him
to stop.
"lie had the gun to Darryl's window,
he was trying to leave, said Whitaker,
of nearby Land O'Lakes. "Once the
police officer realized who he
(Strawberry) was, he said, 'You aren't
going to run from this one."'
About a S1,000 in damage was done
to Whitaker's car. Strawberry's car
received about S 1,800 in damage.
Strawberry, an eight-time All-Star,
started his career with the New York
Mets and later played in Los Angeles
and San Francisco.

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Youngest gymnast on
U.S. team withdraws


SYDNEY, Australia (AP) - Morgan
White, the youngest member of the
U.S. gymnastics team, withdrew from
the Olympics on Tuesday (Monday
night EDT) because of a stress fracture
in her left foot and was replaced by
someone even younger.
The 17-year-old White has been
bothered by the injury since last
month s Olympic trials. She sat out all
* one of the events at the team's exhi-
bition in San Marcos, Texas, earlier this
The selection committee, headed by
team coordinator Bela Karolvi, unani-
mously picked second alternate Tasha
Schwikert, 15, to take White's place,
even though she finished a spot behind
first alternate Alyssa Beckerman at the
Olympic trials.
chwikert was chosen because of
re consistent performances at the
pre-Olympic training camp.
"We have great confidence in Tasha's
ability to step forward and meet the
challenge of helping this team compete
for a medal in Sydney." USA
Gymnastics president Bob Colarossi

said. "Tasha has proven herself
throughout this entire year by always
being ready for significant competi-
White left Sydney for Cincinnati late
"It just got to the point that it was so
painful, she wouldn't have been able to
compete at the level she wanted to com-
pete." White's doctor, imothv
Kremchek, told The Cincinnati
White won't require surgery
Kremchek said she left because she
doesn't want to distract the team.
Mary Lee Tracy, the coach for White
and Beckerman, had been chosen as the
U.S. assistant coach, a role she also
filled in 1996. But with no athletes on
the team. she will be replaced by Steve
Rvbacki, who coaches J.amie
Tracv will transfer her credential to
Schwikert's coach, Cassic Rice.
Tracy and Beckerman were expected
to stav in Sydney through the team
competition, which concludes next

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