The Michigan Daily -Tuesday, March 20, 2001-41
Scorers need support
Piti no s consideration
R ick Pitino may or may not
be headed to Louisville.. But
e won't set foot in the
Bluegrass State if campus crusader
Joe Johnson has his druthers.
Pitino has announced his intent to
ive Louisville athletic director Tom
Jurich a decision by tomorrow, citing
a desire to be fair to the school that
has courted him heavily over the past
Johnson isn't waiting to find out if
Michigan will have a crack at the for-
mer NCAA champion. lie's orga-
nized a massive effort to show Pitino
personally --that Ann Arbor
-hould be his final destination.
With the help of Dan Klemppner,
Jennifer Krzeszak and Jason Witler,
Johnson spent yesterday in the Diag,
in the residence halls, at the IM
Building and anywhere else with foot
The fruits of their labor after 10
hours in 50-degree weather: Approxi-
maiely 3,000 signatures from Michi-
ganstudents to be forwarded to the
decision-maker, the man in charge.
Not athletic director Bill Martin,
who spoke to Pitino on Sunday. Piti-
Johnson managed to reach Pitino
by phone yesterday and the two had a
short conversation. Johnson relayed
to the coach what he was in the
process of accomplishing, and asked
if Pitino would be willing to receive
copies of the signed petitions via fax.
Pitino, surprised by this unexpect-
86d call, agreed. Johnson promised to
send the mass of paperwork out by
the end of the night - a task that
could make Kinko's salivate.
"He was very surprised to hear that
he had that kind of support here at the
University,' Johnson said. "He was
very warm and receptive to the idea.
"He was really honored, more than
It was a low-budget campaign.
Headquarters was a folding table in
the center of the Diag. The volunteers
were compensated only by the real-
ization of their vision. If not for
Krzeszak, Johnson's girlfriend, the
troops would have gone hungry.
Grassroots activism, at its best.
Sure, the U.S.'s position in the Viet-
nam War wasn't the cause of the con-
flict, nor was affirmative action. This
is different. This is college basket-
Don't mention the names of Kelvin
Sampson, Tom Crean, Skip Prosser,
Ben Braun or Gary Waters to John-
son. There is one and only one man
he wants to see on the north bench of
Crisler Arena next season.
"If you think about it, we've had a
couple bad incidents at the universi-
ty," Johnson said. Pitino "will try to
restore the integrity. He's a proven
winner, and the bottom line is he's the
right guy for the job."
Upon the mention of the idea,
Johnson said he might forward the
petition sheets to Martin - the man
who will ultimately make the call
despite a job search that makes one
wonder who's in charge.
The groundswell still has time.
Johnson's gang isn't through yet.
They'll be on campus today, finishing
their task, doing more than their
share to protect the future of Michi-
gan basketball. A pro-Pitino rally at
some point during the day is a possi-
My faith in humanity is restored,"
Klemppner said. "People are willing
to help for a good cause."
The group will take whatever help
it can get - a slice of Backroom, a
can of Coke. More importantly, your
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Former Wisconsin men's basketball coach Brad Soderberg will be the latest
coach joining the job search in the weeks to come.
won' Crain Soderberg
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mentally prepared," Hilbert said.
"They are going to be out there and
put a checking line on you and that's
their job -to shut you down."
And the coaches have a valid point.
Michigan has lost just once in 19
games (15-1-3) when Cammalleri has
scored a goal and twice in 18 games
(15-2-1) when Hilbert has lit the
But when neither of the two explo-
sive forwards score a goal, the
Wolverines are 3-9-2.
"There's no question they're huge
components to this team," assistant
coach Billy Powers said. "I think you
find out in most teams that, if your top
guys aren't going, it's hard to pick up
This is evident in Michigan's skid at
the end of the regular season, as it
went 1-4-1 down the stretch. In three
of those losses, neither Hilbert nor
Cammalleri found the scoresheet.
"Everybody has their role on the
team, and myself and Andy are count-
ed on to produce offensively," said
Cammalleri, who had his five-game
scoring streak snapped Saturday in
Michigan's loss to Michigan State.
"We take that as a responsibility and
we accept that responsibility. We'll go
out there and hope to be able to con-
Berenson and the players agree that
when their top line is clicking on all
cylinders and is putting points on the
board, it's a sign that the whole team
is playing well.
"It definitely gets your team on a
roll," freshman forward Joe Kautz
said. "Then we see that their team's
down and we try to capitalize on it.
But Hilbert and Cammalleri are the
ones who start it off."
Kautz is one third-liner who-has
found a way to complement the output
of Hilbert's and Cammalleri's. He
posted five points in the CCHA play-
offs - a feat that earned him All-
Tournament team honors.
But while the rest of the Wolverines
feed off the momentum created by the
first-liners, it has quite an aversive
effect on the opponent's psyche.
"We often play our top line against
the other team's top line," Berenson
said. "And if we can overpower them
and outscore them, then it's very dis-
couraging for the other team."
But Hilbert and Cammalleri don't
always light the lamp, as the Wolver-
ines found out the hard way this;past
Saturday after getting shut out b} the
Spartans. Michigan State's goaltender
Ryan Miller said after the game that
he saw some visible frustration on the
faces of the Wolverines. No matter
how many rocket shots Hilbert sent
towards the net or crafty maneuvers
Cammalleri pulled off, no one could
score when Michigan needed it the
The top line can carry the Wolver-
ines for a while, but, as the NCAA
Tournament rapidly approaches, other
Wolverines cannot afford to depend
on the hot hands of their top two scor-
ers to produce.
Third- or fourth-liners like Kautz
will have to step up if Michigan wants
to reach the promised land.
"That's why our team can't be a
one-line team," Hilbert said. Having
everyone producing is "what it's doing
to take for us to do something special
MADISON (AP) - Brad Soder-
berg will not keep the Wisconsin
men's basketball job.
Athletic director Pat Richter said he
told Soderberg yesterday, four days
after the Badgers were ousted in the
first round of the NCAA tournament.
"Obviously, he was disappointed,"
Soderberg was not at yesterday's
news conference. The university said
he planned to speak to reporters today
at the Kohl Center to discuss his dis-
Richter said he hoped to attract a
coach to Wisconsin with a "nation-
al reputation" by month's end, and
he acknowledged that Utah's Rick
Majerus, a Wisconsin native,
would be a prime candidate if he's
Majerus fits all Richter's criteria:
Solid recruiter, state ties, big name.
"He's a national coach with a repu-
tation," Richter said. "He does obvi-
ously have Wisconsin ties, and I think
those are all positives."
Richter said he hadn't spoken with
Majerus, who is on sabbatical this sea-
son to recuperate from a heart opera-
tion and to care for his terminally ill
mother in Milwaukee.
Majerus was back in Salt Lake City
Richter said he wanted'a coach,
preferably from the collegiate level,
who could recruit better athletes to
give the Badgers more offensive fire-
power, which in turn would augment
their reputation in the Big Ten and
Soderberg, 38, took over as "acting
coach" on Nov. 30, when Dick Bennett
retired, citing mental and physical
Richter acknowledged he consid-
ered inviting Bennett to come out of
choosing a concentration? "
Women golfers take Stetson Hatter Fling,
lose top position by only a playoff hole
Concentration & Advising
This past weekend, the Michigan
women's golf team finished first out
of 16 teams in the Stetson Hatter
With 602 strokes in two long
rounds, the Wolverines edged out
lo State - which shot 616 - for
Michigan's top individual honors
went to sophomore Kim Benedict,
who tied Molly Frankhauser of
Ohio State for first with 148 - four
Men's golf posts.
It started off well, but had a
downfall this past weekend.
@ This past Saturday, the Michigan
men's golf team finished its worst
showing of the season -- it placed
20th out of 24 teams at the El Dia-
Trailing top-finisher Toledo by
nearly 30 strokes, the Wolverines
tallied 606 after two rounds of bru-
tal swinging. The third round was
cancelled due to rain.
'Scott Phillips from Rice took
ome the trophy, hitting 140, while
Michigan's top finisher, Andy
Matthews, totaled 145 - a tie for
The team will have a chance to
undo the damage this weekend,
March 24-25, at the Tanglewood
pool leader board
147 entries accepted
Results after 48 games:
1. Lauren Buck 47
Rebecca Feferman 47
3. Philip Sheridan 45
Brian Groesser 45
Jacqui Buda 45
Jamar Rush 45
7. Jim Dans 44
J.R. Griffin 44
But Benedict ended up finishing
second overall after losing the play-
off hole to Frankhauser.
Lee junior Anna Wicks tied for
fourth with 150 strokes, and junior
Bess Bowers, who led the competi-
tion after the first day, hit a 151 that
tied her for seventh.
Michigan's next competition is
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