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Brown started the Kentucky game on the
Spurrier took action but it may have
been too little, too late. These players
seem too self-concerned to care about
tltese sanctions. Both Gaf nev and
Brown still saw playing time and racked
up individual statistics in the game.
San Francisco coach Steve Mariucci
also imposed sanctions on Owens, cut-
ting his pay and suspending him for this
Weekend's game. But the S24,294
Owens was fined won't affect a profes-
sional athlete. That's pocket change.
Finally, there was Larry Foote's ges-
ture to the crowd after the Michigan
defense stopped Illinois late in the fourth
quarter, forcing Illinois to punt.
But Illinois didn't punt that down.
Foote's actions drew a 15-yard penalty
and an automatic first down for the Illini.
If the players can't keep themselves in
line, someone else has to tre. I'm sure
Care gave Foote a stern talking-to, but
the impact that had is questionable.
Does anyone remember the most
embarassing fumble return in Super
Bowl history? It's been seven years but I
still remember Leon Lett running down
an open field after picking up a Buf01lo
fumble. The Cowboys were blowing out
the Bills but Lett egotistically strutted
into the end zone. Buffalo's Don Beebe
caught up with him and slapped the ball
front his hands. The Cowboys still won
the game, but no one remembers the
score. The only thing we remember is
that embarrassing blunder, thanks to Lett.
These excessive celebrations are
embarrassing - not only for the players,
but for teams and coaches. Is this how
players want to be remembered?
Millions who didn't know Owens' name
before know it now. Is that how Mariucci
wants his players to be remembered?
I don't know how or if it will ever
stop. But the answer isn't more George
Teagues, no matter how amusing that
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New icers aim to make team",
By Joe Smith evaluate these extra players. TOMORROW
Daily Sports Writer That's what makes tomorrow so YOST tE ARENA
important. If these walk-ons can show Game, pm
Every athlete has gone through it at something special and catch the eye of What BeWhiy M ntrasquadGrmeSptr
least once in his life. the coaches against top Division I play- When: 7.30 p.m.
On the edge of his seat in the last ers, who knows what might happen. . atest:Tickets arelust $5 for adults$1for
class of the day, waiting for the final The Blue/White game is "pretty children under 12.
bell to sound so he can rush down to the much the one-day tryout," freshman -
coach's office and take a look at the walk-on Geoff Kobayashi said. and even then none may be chosen for
"cut list" - with a mere smile or sigh Kobayashi is one of the players the varsity squad. This is because
on his face indicating whether or not coaches have singled out as impressive Michigan is also limited by the gender
he'll be donning the team sweater that thus far, and practiced yesterday with equity agreement in Title IX, which
season. the team. Although he's the smallest limits the amount of players Michigan
Tomorrow's Blue/White hockey guy on the ice, coaches have been can keep. This leaves at most one spot
game will be more significant to a few impressed with his skills and like his for the eight walk-ons to fight for.
Wolverines than just an intrasquad potential. But anything can happen - just ask
scrimmage. Kobayashi "is small, but is a great sophomore Brad Fraser. Fraser walked
For a few walk-ons who are attempt- skater and has good puck sense," on to the team last season and took-
ing to fulfill their dreams and earn a Michigan associate coach Mel Pearson advantage of the opportunity to fill the
spot on this year's already talented and said. void left by the loss of three defense-
deep squad, Friday is one of the biggest Another freshman, Scott Lutz, has men - and ended up seeing action in
games of their lives. also caught the eyes of the coaches and 19 games.
Eight walk-ons have been working is looking forward to fulfilling his Even if they don't make the cut, sooe
out with assistant coaches prior to the dream of playing at Michigan. of these walk-ons will participate for
team's practices, with a chosen few "This is the most decorated hockey the club team, and each have earned the
each day being selected to skate with team in Division I hockey," Lutz said. respect frotm the coaches and players to
captain Geoff Koch and the rest of the "The whole aura of Yost, with the fans give it a shot again next season.
Wolverines - who will most likely be and sellout crowds - it makes it an "These guys just want to play," senior
ranked in the top 10 in the country in experience that you can't get anywhere Josh Langfeld said. "There's a guy out
the national preseason poll. else in the world. That's what makes it here who was playing with two broken
But coaches know that they have the best." toes. I tip my hat to all of them and '
most of their spots filled,-and don't have For the dream to become a reality, the totally respect them for just coming out
a lot of time before the season starts to walk-ons must make their statement, here.
Spikers to face Illinois, Purdue
By Edrick Lopez completely different strategy.
For the Daily "Purdue is smaller and faster (than Illinois) so we'll try
to overpower them," Rosen said.
The Michigan volleyball team is oozing confidence -- Both garnes are crucial for Michigan because all three
and with good reason, after rolling over teams are fighting for early position in the.
Toledo at Cliff Keen Arena on Tuesday extremely competitive Big Ten.
ight.THIS WEEKEND Michigan has the best record ofithe three,
The Wolverines face two tough challenges ON THE ROAD thanks to last night's win over Toledo,
over the weekend. They play at Illinois Friday: Michigan(93)at which boosted its record to 9-3 and a per-
tomorrow and Purdue on Saturday. Iinois(94) feet 4-0 at home.
The Fighting Illini and the Boilermakers Saturday: Michigan at Illinois' record now stands at 9-4 (0-2 Big
are two vastly different teams, but the Purdue(8-6) Ten), after losing to No. 9 Minnesota last
Wolverines' versatility allows them to match When::8p.m.tomorrow, Saturday. Meanwhile, Purdue is on a five-
up against both opponents. 8p.m. Saturday game losing streak, and after falling to
"Illinois is a big team," Michigan coach Minnesota and Iowa last weekend the
Mark Rosen said. "They're 6-2, 6-3, 6-4 Boilermakers' record dropped to 8-6 (0-2). .
across the board." Michigan is looking to improve on both its Big Ten (0-
To deal with the Fighting Illini's power, Michigan will 2) and road (1-3) records. The 25th-ranked Wolverines
"try to keep the pace fast, because their ball control isn't are positive going into both matches.
great," said Rosen. "I feel good about our chances," Rosen said. "If we
Against the Boilermakers, the Wolverines will use a play to our level, we'll be fine."
'M' harriers head to Mt. Pleasant
By Shawn Kemp
For the Daly
Coming off of a second-place finish at
last weekend's Sundodger Invitational,
it's clear that the Michigan men's cross
country team has a strong youth move-
ment. Of the six true freshmen on the
team, four placed in the top six for the
Wolverines last weekend.
Junior Mark Pilja, who was the over-
all champion at the Sundodger, and Dave
Cook, the team's fourth finisher, will not
be running tomorrow at the Central
Collegiate Championships in Mt.
Pleasant, leaving the freshmen to lead
"We're looking to run in a better
grouping," Michigan coach Ron
Warhurst said. "I'd like Tom Caughlan
and Nate Hoffinan to run with the fresh-
Warhurst said the main reason that
Michigan is going to Mt. Pleasant is that
it's only two hours away and it provides a
chance for the local runners to have
friends and family watch them. The meet
will also allow the freshmen to gain
more experience at running at the colle-
The freshmen "need to learn how to
race," Warhurst said. "They're still
young, and they need to find out what it's
like to be hammered."
Despite the early success of the six
freshmen on the team, the new runners
are still adjusting to the changes from
high school. One of the biggest adjust-
What: Michigan at Central Collegiate
When: 4:30 p.m.
Who: Among the other teams competing
are Detroit, Toledo, and Wisc .-Milwaukee
nents has been the increase of pace at
"All the practices are a lot faster,"
freshman Andy Martin said. "It's weird
because there's always 10-12 guys who
are the same speed as me, instead of
The freshmen also have to adapt to the-
longer eight-kilometer race, as opposed
to the five kilometers they ran in high
"It's long," freshman Dave Sage said.
"And it hurts.
Warhurst said the pain his runners are
experiencing - usually between the
fourth and seventh weeks of running
will soon subside. w
"When they're feeling good we'll find
out who the racers are," Warhurst said.
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