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BALANCING ACT the

athletes tr" to misorts and academics,
athletic department tries to do the same

By Shawn Kemp
Daily Sports Writer
"It's not that hard."
That's what Jeremy Schneider; a
junior on the men's track team, said
about balancing his academics and ath-
letics as a student athlete at Michigan.
Schneider, one of the University's top
*fiddle distance runners, spends between

12 and 25 hours a week training and
competing - time comparable to that of
a part-time job. But this computer engi-
neering major still manages to maintain
a 3.69 grade point average despite his
athletic time commitment.
The responsibilities Schneider and
other student-athletes have at Michigan
to both their academics and their respec-
tive sports are aided and somewhat coin-

pensated for through certain perks and
assistance. It is no secret that the most
talented athletes may receive scholarship
money and training clothes, sunglasses,
backpacks and multiple pairs of shoes
for their athletic abilities.
In addition to its assistance in athlet-
ics, -Michigan also provides its student-
athletes with a controlled study table
four nights a week for two hours each

night, equipped with free tutors in all
subjects and a computer lab.
With all of their academic assistance,
Michigan's athletes are required to
maintain a 2.0 GPA to be eligible to par-
ticipate in intercollegiate athletics. This
is the same GPA an ordinary student at
Michigan must maintain to remain a stu-
dent at the University.
See STANDARDS, Page 6B

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A January
win with an
Aprilfeel
DETROIT - For January, it
just doesn't get any better
than this.
With the lockerroom door wide open,
the exhausted, world-beating Wolver-
ines broke out into a chorus of "The
Victors" led by
their hero, Andy
Hilbert. The
chants resonated
through the halls
of Joe Louis
Arena to the point
that they could be
heard by pedestri-
ans on Jefferson JOE
Avenue. SMITH
This wasn't just
any victory. The one
It was Michi- and only
gan's biggest win
of the year in its biggest game to date
on one of its largest stages, in front of a
jam-packed capacity crowd of 19,618
fans that either had maize-and-blue or
green-and-white blood racing through
their veins.
It was against a Michigan State team
that had the Wolverines' number in the
past and was never afraid to let them
know about it.
"I can remember numerous times
they've been singing their fight song
and they've opened the door so they
can sing extra loud so we can hear it,"
said senior Mark Kosick.
"That's a pretty terrible feeling. So
we gave it to them tonight."
In knocking the top-ranked Spartans
and other-worldly goalie Ryan Miller
off their respective pedestals, the
Wolverines shocked everyone but
themselves.
Afterwards, the usually steady and
media-savvy Wolverines couldn't keep
their feelings inside. The emotions that
spread throughout the arena on Satur-
day night paralleled the feeling from
1998, the last time Michigan won a
national championship.
When Hilbert tallied the game-win-
ner with just under two minutes to play
in overtime, it seemed like the Wolver-
ines had just won the ultimate prize
once again.
Usually-stoic Michigan coach Red
Berenson stood on the bench and banged
the glass with excitement when the red
light flashed. Seconds later, a bench-
clearing horde of Wolverines rushed the
ice and mobbed Hilbert behind the
See SMITH, Page 4B

AP PHOTO
Everyone knew about Baltimore's defense, but its offense
managed to put up 34 points against a good Giants defense.
Defense make
Sunday suprr
fOr B a'1tim ore K
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - The Baltimore Ravens blustered and
bragged and brazenly described how their defense would
smother the New York Giants.
Then they went out and did it.
Led by Ray Lewis, who added the MVP prize to his defen-
sive player of the year award, the Ravens beat the New York
Giants 34-7 on Sunday to win their first Super Bowl.
The defense that set an NFL record for fewest points
allowed in a 16-game regular season intercepted four Kerry
Collins passes and held New York to 149 yards of offense.
"If you put this in a storybook, nobody would believe it,"
said Ray Lewis, who was arrested last year on murder charges
in the stabbing deaths of two men at a Super Bowl party in
Atlanta. He subsequently pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor
charge of obstructing justice.
"We didn't just break records, we shattered them," Lewis
said. "We dominated literally. This is what you work your
whole life for. You come from childhood, dreaming whatever
you want it to be, but now, at 25, to be a world champion,
what else can I dream of?"
Duane Starks returned an interception 49 yards for a touch-
down, the first of three TDs on three plays late in the third
quarter. The other two were back-to-back kickoff returns for
scores by Ron Dixon of New York and Jermaine Lewis of
Baltimore, the first time that's happened in a Super Bowl.
r "I feel our defense is the best ever" said offensive tackle
Jonathan Ogden, a sentiment echoed by every one of his 52
teammates after the game.
The victory gave 75-year-old Art Modell his first Super
Bowl win in 40 years as an owner. He won one NFL title in 35
seasons in Cleveland before moving his franchise to Baltimore
in 1996, but he had never been to a Super Bowl, losing two
close AFC title games in Cleveland.
Modell won by beating his good friend Wellington Mara of
the Giants, who has 75 seasons in the NFL.
"I'm a very happy man," said Modell, who continued to say
he has no hard feelings about Cleveland, even though the city
still has a lot of hard feelings about him.
So effective was Baltimore's defense that the-New York
offense never got inside the Ravens 29. Baltimore would have
had the first shutout in a Super Bowl if the special teams had
not allowed Dixon's 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.
The game might as well have been stopped after Trent Dil-
fer's 38-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Stokley with 6:50
left in the first quarter gave the Ravens a 7-0 lead.
"I don't put the blame on anyone but myself. I just got
beat,' said Giants comerback Jason Sehorn, who had been a
standout throughout the playoffs.
Before the game Dilfer said all he wanted to be was the
quarterback of a team that won a Super Bowl despite its quar-
See RAVENS, Page 6B

JEFF HURVITZ/Daily
Ryan Miller looks between his pads and is stunned by what he finds - nothing. Michigan's Andy Hilliert (sliding) sent the puck through
his five-hole for the overtime win.
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P By Jon Schwartz
Daily Sports Editor
DETROIT -- Saturday night at Joe
Louis Arena, 19,618 fans witnessed a col-
lege hockey game that they will likely not
soon forget.
It was a back-and-forth thriller; one of
those games that people sometimes say
should end in a tie to save anyone from
} having to suffer the fate of losing.
But with 1:57 left in overtime, when
Michigan's Andy Hilbert put the puck
through Michigan State goalie Ryan
Miller's five-hole, the Michigan fans were
laughing at those earlier thoughts and cele-
brating their team's 4-3 victory over the
hated Spartans.
"I'm so tired right now, I couldn't
believe it," Hilbert said after the same play
that Miller stonewalled at 7:30 in the first

period found its way past the sophomore
goaltender the second time around. "I just
got mauled by everybody and I was on the
ground and I really couldn't do anything I
was so excited."
With the win, No. 7 Michigan moved to
13-4-2 in the CCHA, 19-6-4 overall -
now only three points behind the first-
ranked Spartans (14-2-3, 21-24).
The matchup had all the pregame hype
that an intra-state rivalry should. It fea-
tured a goalie in Miller that hadn't given
up a goal in 207:12. It had a Michigan
State team that hadn't lost in its last 23 out-
ings and had played the best defense in the
nation.
And it had a Michigan team desperate to
stay in position to take the conference
crown in the waning days of the CCHA
season.
"Two good teams - you look forward

THE RACE HEATS UP
Team WLT PTS
Michigan State 14 2 3 31
Michigan 13 4 2 28
Western Michigan 9 5 5 23
Nebraska-Omaha 10 8 2 22
Miami ' 10 7 1 21
Ohio State 9 7 2 20
Up next:
Fri.: Michigan at Nebraska-Omaha 7:05 p.m.
Sat.: Michigan at Westem Michigan 7:05p.m.
® Blue takes back-and-forth game
® Unsung 'M' keeps pace with Spartans
B Despite loss, Spartans' defense tops
More hockey coverage, Page 4B.
to games like this," Michigan coach Red
Berenson said. "You have a good feeling
about your team when you walk out with a
victory.
See SPARTANS, Page 4B

Second-half charge leads Blue to win

By Dan Williams
Daily Sports Editor

EVANSTON _- It appeared for one half on
Saturday night that Northwestern had concocted
' sure-fire scheme to turn the Wolverines' height
advantage against them. Northwestern started
explosively from 3-point land, utilizing quick-
ness and roadblock screens to hit seven treys in
the first 10 minutes.
But the Wildcats went cold in the second period
while Michigan began to exploit its interior advantage.
Michigan rebounded from a nine-point deficit

coach Bill Carmody said. "I thought we played
well enough to win.
"Michigan got some easy looks, and it didn't
take too long before they got back in the game.
(Michigan) showed us some fortitude."
The Wolverines (3-4, 9-9) are back in the mid-
dle of the conference pack with tomorrow's con-
test with Michigan State at Crisler looming.
"I thought we came out and played a lot harder
(in the second half)," Michigan junior Chris
Young said. "Every win is a good win, we'll
enjoy this for five-and-a-half hours and then turn

many as 12 in the half, shooting 9-of-18 from
behind the arc.
N Blake finished with a game-high 23 points.
Carmody's "team obviously came out and exe-
cuted exactly what he wanted," Michigan coach
Brian Ellerbe said. "You don't expect guys to
shoot that well that quickly, but I know that's a
big part of their arsenal."
Surprisingly in the second half, Michigan
switched predominantly to a 2-3 zone - a
defense that usually has holes on the wings -
and had much better success defending the Wild-

Michigan's Josh
Asselin goes in
for the dunk
against North-
western Satur-
day night. The
Wolverines
fought back

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