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No more oranges
Since Alabama lost 35-34 (OT) in the
Orange Bowl, the team has been in a
state of disarray. Coach Mike DuBose
stepped down yesterday. Read about it
online.
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THURSDAY
NOVEMBER 2, 2000 '

Southern jaunt
no vacation for
'M' swimming
By Kristen Fidh
Daily Sports Writer
One would think a trip to Georgia and Florida for the
weekend would be exciting, or, at least, much anticipat-
ed.
But if the sole purpose for the trip is to work, a ho-
hum attitude is understandable.
This weekend, the 12th-ranked Michigan men's swim-
ming and diving team will take a break from its rigorous
training schedule to head to Georgia tomorrow and
Florida on Saturday.
Instead of quickly checking in and dropping off their
belongings to rush out and enjoy the beach, the team will
climb off the plane, grab their bags and hit the pool.
But at least it's a change of scenery.
For a training sport like swimming, the whole season
leads in gradually to the final outcome -- the conference
championships and the NCAA competition.
"Everything is a build-up," Michigan coach Jon
Urbanchek said. "The first four months are kind of bor-
ing because it's all preparation with not a whole lot of
excitement, and sheer hard work, day in and day out. A
lot of yardage, a lot of miles."
Swimming 70-80 kilometers per week can get a little
monotonous.
As a change of pace, Michigan is able to compete
against nonconference teams, like it will this weekend,
for a little variety.
"The training and training and training for some guys
becomes boring, so it's nice to have a meet with a little
travel," Urbanchek said.
-The Wolverines face No. 14 Georgia at the Gabrielsen
Natatorium in Athens tomorrow. After defeating
Michigan last season, the Bulldogs look for a repeat, this
tine on their home turf. Saturday, the team will travel a
bit farther south to compete against No. 7 Florida in
Gainesville.
The teams are similar. Talented swimmers fill the ros-
ters and the training never ends.
"You don't get a whole lot out of these dual meets
other than to have the opportunity to train hard and com-
pete while you're tired," Urbanchek said. "Nobody
shaves down. Nobody wears the body suits. It just kind
of a one-on-one basis."
Michigan had its first competitive test last weekend,
and passed with flying colors. Winning I11 of 13 events
against Eastern Michigan, Oakland and Michigan State,
the Wolverines sport high confidence going into this
weekend on the road.
"This time we will be challenged, more so than
against EMU, Oakland and Michigan State," Urbanchek
said. "We will have to put up an honest effort at every
event, so it's going to be exciting to see how hard every-
body works. I am looking forward to seeing the compe-
tition."

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After the tussle in the stands during the game against Miami on Saturday night, Andy Burnes and the
rest of the Wolverines are hoping that the action stays on the ice when the Spartans come into Yost.
Rivalry v week( Sau1-v 7:03
-.- o4 No. 1 Michigan vs. SaturdaO p.m.
No. 6 Michigan State Yostice Arena
aHockey II,
Parents, fans get into' game'

By David Roth
Daily Sports Writer
If watching reruns disappoints you,
don't show up to Ocker Field this
weekend decked in Michigan gear.
The fifth-ranked Michigan field
hockey team, with a 6-0 Big Ten con-
ference record, has already beaten all
the teams they could potentially face
in this weekend's Big Ten Tournament.
The Wolverines are privileged with
both hosting the tournament and own-
ing its top seed. This allows them to
play on a field they haven't lost on all
season and gives them one fewer
game to play, thanks to a first-round
bye.
Saturday, they will take on the win-
ner of fourth-seeded Ohio State and
fifth-seeded Northwestern in the
semifinal game at 11:30 a.m. Should
the Wolverines come out on top, they
would play for the title Sunday at 1
p.m.
Tomorrow "we get to watch our
opponents, so hopefully we'll be a lit-
tle bit more prepared for Saturday,"
Michigan co-captain Regan
.Wulfsberg said. "We'll also be less
tired."
The Wolverines need every advan-
tage they can get. Against Ohio State,
it was only in the game's final minute
that April Fronzoni's heroics lifted the
Michigan over the Buckeyes. And
Northwestern took the Wolverines to
overtime before a Kelli Gannon shot
disposed of it.
"All of the Big Ten matches are dif-
ficult," Michigan coach Marcia
Pankratz said. "We're going to be

preparing for everything and makir
sure we're at the top of our game."
To be at the top of its gam
Michigan must execute its penal
corners. A potent Michigan penalt
corner offense has resulted in such
but the Wolverines have struggh
when their penalty corners are off.
"Penalty corners are going to be tI
key to our success through the end
this year," Pankratz said. "We hay
been struggling a little bit with the
and we're trying to get them mo
detailed, more accurate, more disc
plined, and just more dangerous-c4,e
all.
"If we can really get that ca
together down the stretch we're gd.
to be very difficult to beat."
Unlike last year when Michig
entered the Big Ten Tournament
Columbus seeded third, t
Wolverines don't have to conce
themselves with earning the automr
ic NCAA tournament bid that the B
Ten Tournament offers its winner.
No matter what the outcomeis t
weekend, the Wolverines will be
to either Old Dominion, Maryl1
Wake Forest or North Carolina f
NCAA regional action.
The team's No. 5 national trnkit
and Big Ten regular-season cblpg
onship ensures them an at-lagelt
for postseason action.
Playing in the Big Ten Tournar&c
"is not really going to hurt us eith
way," Pankratz said. "We're not real
thinking too much ahead to NC4
yet, we're really focused on trying
win the Big Ten Tournament. It's
goal within itself for our team."

By Ryan C. Moloney
Daily Sports Writer
It wasn't "Slapshot" or even a minor-league rock-
'em sock-'em video.
Nobody threw their car keys at players, and by
the same token. no players climbed over the glass to
take a few swings.
But the Saturday night verbal altercation between
a Michigan student and a Miami parent was
extreme in an arena full of extremes.
The Yost experience is raucous to start with, cer-
tainly in comparison to its cerebral siblings,
Michigan Stadium and Crisler Arena.
But with Michigan State looming, is there poten-
tial for a more intense, dramatic incident?
"I hope not," center Mike Cammalleri said.
"When emotions are flying around in the stands, it
takes away from the game."
According to witnesses, heckling between Miami
parents and Michigan student section fans carried
on throughout the game, culminating with the inci-
dent at just over a minute left in the second period.
"One of the parents walked up and started yelling
at us - there were words between us and the vel-
lowcoats (ushers) kicked out my friend Rishi." said
fan Matt Comsak, who saw the incident develop.

Comsak said Rishi Moudgil, a recent graduate,
was kicked out because "the usher said he threat-
ened" the parent.
Michigan coach Red Berenson was asked if the
incident was blown out of proportion.
"That could be," Berenson said. "I think parents
who have been here before understand some of the
rituals -- maybe the parents took it personal with-
out realizing it was more of a chant.
"I hope Yost is a place where I can bring my
grandson and my daughter-in-law and my wife and
my mother and they will still enjoy the energy and
noise and not be embarrassed."
Defenseman Bob Gassoff said the Halloween
atmosphere might have riled up people in the crowd
a notch more than usual.
"With all the costumes and the holiday, kids
probably got a little excited," Gassoff said.
"Certainly in a game like this weekend it will be a
totally different, unique atmosphere. This place will
be rocking and we are really looking forward to it."
MIAi/ZE Our: There will probably be more maize
than blue Saturday, as the second annual "Maize
Out" is slated to take place. The first 1,000 fans
through the door will receive a maize t-shirt.
"I can't wait for it," freshman defenseman Mike
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1. Michigan
bye

Saturday
11:30 a.m.

Sunday.
1 p.m.

2. Penn State.
Tomorrow 10 am.
7. Indiana
Saturday.
2 p.m.
3. Iowa
Tomorrow, Noonl
6. Michigan St

4. Ohio State
Tomorrow, 2 p.m.
5. Northwestern

Big Tens provide women with 'new season

Ocker Field, Ann Arbor
Tomorrow through Sunday

Ticket info:
Tickets are available at the event.
$5 for adults. $3 for senior citizens, students with ID and children

I

By Rohit Bhave
Daily Sports Writer

With all the mad twists and turns of
its Jekyll-and-lyde season, the
Michigan women's soccer team's (6-
31 .Big Ten, 10-7-1 overall) NCAA
tdufnament hopes come down to this
-The Wolverines' defense of their
Big.Ten tournament championship.
"We look at (the Big Ten tourna-
ment) as a whole new season,"
Michigan coach Debbie Belkin
Rademacher said.
Last year, Rademacher took her
second-seeded Michigan squad to the
Big Ten Tournament championship,
waxing Penn State -an NCAA final
four team - 4-2 in the final.
"To win, you have to have your
best performances in a very short
amount of time," Rademacher said.
.Siarting todav, the top eight teams

1. Penn State
1 P.M.
8. Minnesota
Tomorrow,
6 p.m.
4. Illinois
Noon
5. Michigan State

Sunday.
3 p.m.

2. Wisconsin
4 p.m.
7. Purdue
Tomorrow.
8:30 p.m.
3. Michigan
3 p.m.
6. Iowa

Wolverines face Iowa, a team that
took Michigan into double overtime
before falling 3-2. Michigan has also
been in nailbiters with its two possi-
ble second-round opponents, losing
to second-seeded Wisconsin 1-0 and
beating No. 7 seed Purdue 2-1 in
double overtime.
Because of Michigan's tendency to
play close games, the Wolverines
must bury their chances. The quick
Wolverines have had few problems
getting scoring chances this year --
Michigan has outshot seven of its 10
conference opponents.
Unfortunately for Rademacher's
squad, it was haunted in crucial loss-
es to Wisconsin and Michigan State
by a failure to capitalize on golden
scoring opportunities.
Forwards Abby Crumpton (seven
goals, five assists) and Stephanie
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in the Big Ten will butt heads to
determine a champion. With the
exception of undefeated Penn State,
parity rules in the conference -- the
other seven teams in the three-round
tournev were separated by merely

two games in the regular season.
Michigan had its share of tight
games. Three of its Big Ten contests
went into overtime, and four others
were either decided by one goal or
ended up tied. In the first round, the

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