10 -The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, November 1, 2000
'M,' State anticipate rematch
By Arun Gopal tending. As always, Michigan coach
Dai Sports Writer Red Berenson and Michigan State
coach Ron Mason are two of the most
LAST LANSING - The revered coaches in the collegiate game.
Roadrunner and the Coyote. The "When Red came back from pro
ilatfields and the McCoys. The hockey and came in the league, it was a
Wolverines and the Spartans. real benefit to the CCI IA," Mason said.
On Saturday night, Yost Ice Arena "The fact that the Michigan program
will again host one of college hockey's established itself as one of the top in the
most bitter rivalries M ichigan versus country, when it was floundering, really
Michigan State. helped our league.
And as is so often the case, the stakes Participants on both sides know this
are high. Michigan and Michigan State rivalry is unique in collegiate athletics.
are currently two of the top three teams Unlike Miami-Florida State, which is
in the CCHA. The Wolverines enter the confined to football, or Duke-North
game ranked No. I in the nation - the Carolina, which is restricted to basket-
Spartans are ranked No. 6. ball, Michi-an-Michigan State tran-
"I think it's a great rivalry," Michigan scends the boundaries of any one sport.
State senior captain Rustyn Dolyny Regardless of the event, fans know that
said. "It's good for not only the schools, the determination and effort from both
it's good for college hockey." sides will be at maximum levels.
This year's miatchup won't disappoint. "It's not just the major sports, it's
Both teams possess four solid lines, everything," Michigan State senior for-
strong defensemein and topflight goal- ward Damon Whitten said. "Volleyball,
Prep defensive t
women's basketball, just everything
Separated by only 60 miles,
Michigan and Michigan State stand as
pillars of athletics in the Midwest.
"I think that's a huge part of it,"
Whitten said. "Coach talks about how
Wisconsin and Minnesota have a big
rivalry, but they're out of state rivals.
This is one of the biggest rivalries any-
where in college. It's in-state and they're
only about 40 minutes away."'
With any rivahy, there are going to be
some nasty incidents, and Michigan-
Michigan State is no exception. Fans of
the two schools are still talking about
the infamous bench-clearing brawl at
Munn Ice Arena on Jan. 7, that resulted
in multiple suspensions and generated a
lot of bad blood between the two pro-
Could it happen again?
"That's happened before," Mason
said. "You can always blame anybody
you want to blame, but it falls on the
Port Huron native and assistant captain Scott Matzka knows all about the intensi-
ty of Michigan-Michigan State intrastate rivalry in all sports.
that, and there was no problem. The both sides, and because of it you see
game we had down there, it was just some great plays. Now, you add to that
good hard-nosed hockey." the emotion of the event - and that's
As the days count down to Saturday created by our fans - and you can't ask
night, the intensity can only increase. for better hockey."
"You'll see a lot of skill out there,"
at 125-pound class
By David Mosse
D)ailv Shorts Writer
What would a week be without another blue-chip prospect
committing to the Wolverines? On Monday night, Michigan
received its 20th verbal commitment for the class of 2001, in
the form of Pierre Woods from Glenville High School in
Woods - rated the sixth-best defensive end in the country
by Rivals.com, and the second-best outside linebacker by Tom
Lemming's Prep Football Report -- chose Michigan over the
likes of Miami (Fla.), Michigan State. Ohio State and
"Michigan has always been his dream,' Glenville coach
Theodore Ginn said. "Once he went up there, saw the campus
.and spoke to all the coaches, he fell in love."
Ginn also cited Michigan's tradition as a hardworking, fam-
ily-oriented program and the opportunity for a quality educa-
tion as reasons behind Woods' decision.
At 6-6 and 225 pounds, Woods plays a variety of positions
for the Glenville team which begins the state playoffs next
weekend. Woods has seen action at defensive end, outside line-
backer, tight end, and wide receiver. But Ginn has no doubt at
which position Woods can do the most damage at Michigan.
"Defensive end," Ginn said. "He can get up field when lie
puts his hands on the ground. He's an athletic, hard working
kid with super god-given ability."
Woods commitment comes after Pat Massev, another stand-
out defensive end from Cleveland, gave his pledge to the
Wolverines. Massev's high school, St. Ignatius, is roughly five
miles from Glenville and the two Michigan recruits play bas-
"I don't think it made a big difference." Ginn said. "Pierre
would have gone to Michigan anyway but they are friends and
it will be nice for them to play together."
Woods, Massey and fellow Michigan commitment David
Spytek give the Wolverines three highly-touted defensive ends
for next year The Wolverines are also the favorite to land defen-
sive lineman Marquise 6ill from New Orleans, as Michigan
coach Lloyd Carr tries to rebuild this area of the team.
By Nathan Linsley
Daily Sports Writer
Michigan wrestling coa
McFarland is in a predicament
coaches want to be in.
The most highly acclaimed r
the history of the program
Rodrigues, signed with the Wo
last year before his senior sea
finished his high school care
four Georgia state champions]
three prep national champi
Rodrigues also won the Out
Wrestler Award at prep natio
sophomore and senior year.
Because of his prep succes
expected Rodrigues to have im
impact on a squad that finishe
the Big Ten and 13th in the na
But with returning NCAA<
A.J. Grant at 125 pounds, M
found himself with a decision'
With Grant's progress from
son and his determination to be
mier .125-pounder in the B
Rodrigues will most likely red
"It will be a good year for
develop a bit, and get accl
Possible injuries and other
stances dictate that the plans to
Rodrigues are not set in stone.
"That's what I'd liket
McFarland said. "That doesn'
The chance for the two team
practice together and wrestle against
each other should be valuable -in the
years to come.
ch Joe "I want depth in my weight classes,
t that all and I want competition in my weight
classes." McFarland said. "Great
ecruit in wrestlers make other wrestlers great."
, Chris The highly anticipated lineup with
lverines Rodrigues at 125, preseason top-
son. He national wrestler Otto Olsen at 174 and
4er with highly touted redshirt freshman Foley
hips and Dowd at 133 will be put on hold.
onships. With Olsen petitioning for another
standing year of eligibility for next season and
nals his Rodrigues joining the lineup, Michigan
could be a national contender next
s, many year.
imediate The Wolverines, ranked No. 7 in the
d fifth in "nation by Intermat and No. 9 by the
tion last Amateur Wrestling News, should be a
solid team with or without Rodrigues.
qualifier As a true freshman last year, Grant
cFarland finished fifth in the Big Ten, qualifying
to make. for the NCAA tournament. He was
last sea- named one of the top five freshmen
the pre- wrestlers for his weight class after fin-
ig Ten, ishing the season strong, winning two
shirt this matches at NCAAs.
After a great offseason, Grant is
Chris to ready to make a run at the conference
imated," championship. His attitude to this point
has shown the coaching staff that he
circum- expects to pick up where he left off last
"I expect big things from A.J. this
to do" year, and he expects big things from
t always himself, as well," McFarland said. "He
really has come a long way from last
mates to year."
Vick may not start at
QB against Miami
RICHMOND, Va. (AP)-- A deci-
sion on whether to play Michael Vick
against No. 3 Miami (Fla.) on Saturday
might be delayed until just before kick-
off. Vick thinks he'll know long before
then if he'll start.
The Virginia Tech quarterback, who
sprained his right ankle against
Pittsburgh last weekend and is hob-
bling around on crutches, unable to put
weight on his foot, said Monday that
his ankle is improving, but that he
thinks he'll have to practice by
Wednesday to start.
I think by Wednesday, I'm going to
have to start getting some reps in prac-
tice. You can't go a whole week without
practicing," he said in a conference
Earlier, coach Frank Beamer said
Vick's availability could be a game
time decision, even if the sophomore
doesn't get any reps in practice all
week. Beamer also said he won't risk
further injuy to his star quarteback,
big game or no big gane.
"Whether it's Michael or anyone
else, we're not going to put them out
there if the doctors feel like there's any
chance of them not being able to per-
form and perform well without chance
of further injury," he said on the 13ig
East coaches' conference call.
Vick agreed that he has his own
future in football to consider, and
added, "I won't do anything to put this
team in jeopardy or hurt this football
Assault charges dropped
against Penn State's Casey
STATE COLLEGE (AP) -- Assault
charges have been dismissed against
Penn State quarterback Rashard Casey
in the alleged beating of an off-duty
policeman, a New Jersey. prosecutor
Casey and high school teammate
Desnond Miller had been accused of
assaulting Patrick Fitzsimmons as the
officer left a bar in Hoboken, N.J., on
Ed DeFazio, deputy first assistant
prosecutor for Hudson County, N.J., said
the grand jury did not find probable
cause to return an indictment against
Casey, but returned a third-degree
assault charge against Miller.
The grand jury's action ends the case
against Casey, although the quarterback
could be called as a witness against
Miller, DeFazio said.
Last week, several newspapers report-
ed that Casey had been indicted by the
grand jury. Prosecutors said at the time
they could not comment until the grand
jury had completed its business.
"He never hit anybody," McAlevy
said. "There's no question in my mind
that the chief of police of Hoboken
knew that, and he's the reason that this
happened," McAlevy said.
Chief Carmen LaBruno did not return
a message seeking comment.
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Tot, OF THE WORLD: Michigan now tops both major polls
for the first time in the regular season since the 1996-1997
season, ahead of Wisconsin by three points it the USCHO
poll and one in the USA Today/Al-HM coaches poll.
As was expected, Berenson and his players downplayed the
ranking, claiming that it is still far too early in the season to
get excited about such things.
"I'm on one of those polls, too," Berenson said. "And I
respect the fact that a team like North Dakota can go from
No. I to No. 7 or 8 real quickly so you've got to take this all
with a grain of salt.
"We just want to focus on playing our best hockey. The
ranking can be a negative thing as well as a positive thing.
The flattery's good and the respect our program has around
the country is good. I think those things are important, on the
other hand, we have to live up to that."
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