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TUESDAY
SEPTEMBER 19, 2000

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Officials'

calls angered

CHRIS
DUPREY

Carr in Saturday's loss

By Stephanie Offen
D.aily Sports FLitor
Big Ten commissioner James Delany received a
011 from a livid coach Lloyd Carr yesterday.
Carr was furious with the calls made by the
officials citing the call in the third quarter that
ruled Julius Curry out of bounds on what
looked to be an interception. UCLA scored on
that drive.
"I thought it was an interception," Curry said.
"It was 20-10 at the time and that interception
would have meant a big momentum swing-
Carr stopped a referee during the game as the
official walked down the field and asked him
9 out that call. Carr was told that "the call wasn't
cven close."
"Certainly there are problems in these intersec-
tional games' Carr said. "Jim told me that he is
going to recommend officials outside of the con-
ference to referee in these games. I don't know
how they could have missed those calls."
The only reason that outside officials don't cur-
rentlv referee the nonconference games is because
of expenses. Carr said.
Wit.sow oui: Defensive tackle and captain Eric
Wilson suffered an injurv to his knee Saturday and
Il not be ready for the game against Illinois.
Either Dave Petruziello or Shawn Lazarus will
replace Wilson at tackle but Carr will not know
until the end of the week who will start.
With the absence of Wilson and Jake Frvsinger,
Tough course

the Wolverines will be without their two top defen-
sive linemen for this weekend.
QiUSIONvMARK: It will be a month this
Saturday.
A month ago Drew Henson broke his foot dur-
ing practice and was reported to sit out the next,
three games.
At that time Dr. Edward Wojtvs said Henson
would be questionable for the UCLA game and hisr
hope for Henson's return was the Big Ten opener.
Now, five days from that opener, Carr still does
not know lenson's status.
Henson went through testing yesterday conduct-
ed by Dr. Wojtvs and practiced last week.
Carr said that he noticed healing in Henson s
foot last week and that it is possible for I lenson to
return for the game. The final decision will not be
made until later in the week.a
Dr. Wojtys refused comment yesterday.
KITTNR BACK: Illinois quarterback Kurt "
Kittner underwent an MRI Sunday revealing ay
slight sprain to his knee which he injured Saturday.
Kittner was cleared for practice today and is
expected to play in this weekend's matchup with
Michigan.8
Kittner sprained his knee after releasing a pass
in the third quarter of last weekend's 17-15 victory
over California. fie left the field under his own
power,
Redshirr freshman Dustin Ward stepped in far cJESSICA JOHNSON/Da ly
Kuesithfeshmn an dusometiehd treofinghot The loss to UCLA may have been John Navarre's last start.
Kissefr 3 h iards. pYesterday, Drew Henson underwent testing but coach Lloyd
passes for 39 yards. Carr will not make a decision until later this week.
means tough times or golfers

Coaches atfault nz M' loss

The lasting effect of Saturday's
loss to UCLA will unfortunately
be this: Hayden Epstein and
John Navarre, goats of the game, failing
to do their jobs.
Years from now, strangers will meet
Epstein and remember him as "the guy
who missed the 24-yarder against
UCLA" Navarre will be associated with
one statistic - 8-for-28.
The sad part is, it didn't have to turn
out this way for Michigan. Had the
Wolverines found a way to win the
game, Epstein and Navarre would be
absolved of their mistakes. The season
would continue without incident.
Epstein and Navarre didn't succeed in
their roles, that's for sure. But two cru-
cial coaching errors by Lloyd Carr and
offensive coordinator Stan Parrish con-
tributed just as much to the outcome.
Each of those two should share the
blame for the, team's implosion.
The first error cost Michigan its best
chance to tie in the fourth quarter. Chris
Perry was stufted on third-and-one at the
UCLA five, losing two yards.
The distance was too far to try for the
first down, so Carr wisely opted for
what the potential game-tying field goal.
a 24-yarder fromi the hash mark.
For whatever reason, the Wolverines
were slow in assembling the field-goal
team. By the time the correct personnel
made it onto the field, the.play clock had
just three seconds remaining.
Panicking, Michigan snapped the ball
before the play clock expired and rushed
the field-goal attempt. Navarre appeared
to fumble the hold. Epstein missed wide
left, and UCLA retained the lead.
Why did it take so much time for
Michigan to assemble itself for a routine
special teams function?
Even more bewildering, why did
Michigan hu-ry to snap the ball? A five-
yard delay of game penalty wouldn't
have had a negative impact on the kick.

A 29-yarder is essentially the same as
a 24-yarder, distance-wise. And the
kicking angle would have significantly
improved by moving back.
When a team is disorganized, the
coaches are at fault. When a team pan-
ics, charge the coaches with the blame.,
That was Error No. 1.
Error No. 2 was the playcalling
sequence on Michigan's final drive.
Facing second-and-10 from the UCLA
26 with under two minutes to play, Carr
and Parrish elected a running play by
Anthony Thomas. It gained one yard.
At this juncture, up against a third-
and-nine, Carr appeared to be playing
for a field goal - a conservative but
solid strategy. Three points would again
send the game into overtime.
Despite his troubles, a 41-yarder by
Epstein was a decent option. Certainly it
was better than forcing Navarre to throw
down the middle on third-and-long.
But that's what happened. A pass was
called and Navarre forced one that never
should've been made. It was picked off,
ending Michigan's chances of winning.
If Carr were gunning for the touch-
down, he shouldn't have run on second-
and-10. It was obviously going to bring
up a third down of some distance, which
would then almost certainly require a
pass - a pressure throw by a young
quarterback who had struggled all day.
Carr and Parrish's options were these:
Play for the field goal by rushing on sec-
ond and third downs, or go for the win
by throwing on second and third downs.
Instead, Navarre was put in a tough posi-
tion, and it ended the comeback attempt.
In the aftermath, Epstein and Navarre
are portrayed as having cost Michigan
the game. That's not entirely fair,
although they certainly didn't play well,
Just don't forget that mistakes by Carr
and Parrish contributed to the downfall.
- Chris Dupre can be reachedta
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By Matt Kramer
r lle DAiy
If Monday's first round of the Inverness
Intercollegiate Invitational in Toledo is a sign of things
to come for the Michigan men's golf team, coach Jim
Carras and his players could be in for a long year.
The Wolverines shot a 36-hole total of 604. good
enough only for 10th place among 13 teams. 27 shots
back of leader South Carolina on a tough par 71
Inverness Country Club.
After a mediocre 306 first round that placed the
Wolverines 14 shots back of the Gamecocks the
*rmat calls for the best four scores Irom the team:s
five members - the Michigan golfers could only
muster a 298 in the second round to fall even farther
off the lead.

The tournament will conclude with an 18 hole final
round today.
"This is one of the strongest fields of the vear:' said
Carras after watching his Wolverines first tournament
of the season. "And a very, very difficult course."
South Carolina's team total of 577 is 13 shots better
than second place Kansas, and 20 shots clear of third
place UCLA. Following the Bruins are Colorado,
Texas Christian, Alabama-Birmingham, Oklahoma.
Fresno State and Bavlor. After Michigan - tied with
Kent State- is tournament host Toledo, and Ohio
State rounds out the field after day one.
But one Wolverine has a chance to vil mcdalist
honors. Senior Scott Haves, who shot rounds of 71 and
72 finished the first day tied for third with three other
golfers, two shots off the lead held by Fresno State's
Nick Watnev.

"I am eery pleased with Scott's play today," Carras
said. "Especially since this is definitely the toughest
course we will play all year."
lnerness Countrv Club has been the sight of four
t S. Opens. two PGA Championships, and a U.S.
Amateur Championship.
Junior Andv Matthews leads the other Michigan
colfers with rounds of 76 and 74. Hfe is followed by fel-
low juniors Andrew Chapman. Kyle Kilcherman, and
senior Kcvin H inton.
A\lthouigh Michigan looks to be too many shots
behind South Carolina to make a run at the title, Carras
still belie\es the Wolverines can make a dent in the
0ou1namcnt.
"When you look at it we may be far out of the lead:'
Carras said. "But we are only seven shots out of third
place. And seven shots is not a lot in college golf."

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