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8A -the Michigan Daily - Thursday, March 22, 2001

OFFEN
Continued from Page 5A
school and take off for the money.
But if the money was going to be
there next year, along with my col-
lege degree and countless awards
and championships, the decision to
leave wouldn't be so obvious.
If the Michigan football team -
a squad that doesn't have an estab-
lished back-up - and its fans get
their wish, Henson would stay for
his fourth year and fulfill his dream
to start a full season as the Michi-
gan quarterback.

But never has baseball put that
wish so much in jeopardy.
While fans and reporters don't
have the right to judge or try to
sway his decision, they can ask the
question of "Why?" Why would
Henson even struggle with this
decision after all he has said about
his devotion to Michigan and
accomplished here at the Universi-
ty?
Unfortunately if Henson leaves,
that question may never be
answered.
Stephanie Offen can be reached at
soffen@umich. edu.

Crew eyes ACC/Big Ten regatta

By Jim Weber
Daily Sports Writer
This weekend the Michigan women's
crew team will start its spring season at
the ACC/Big Ten Double Dual in Char-
lottesville, Va.
Other schools attending the regatta
include Virginia, North Carolina and
Ohio State.
The regatta - which begins at 10 a.m.
on Saturday - will have Michigan row-
ing head-to-head against Virginia while
Ohio State competes against North Car-
olina in the morning races.
"Virginia is one of the top programs in
the, country," Rothstein said. "That is
obviously a big race for us."
Last season, Michigan showed that it
was also a top program, when it upset the
then-second-ranked Cavaliers. Michigan

won both the first and second varsity
eight against Virginia last spring.
At 2 p.m.,' Michigan will square off
with North Carolina while Ohio State

"I think the team did a great job
preparing this winter," Rothstein said.
Michigan was not able to get on the
water much due to bad weather, but that
didn't stop the Wolverines from training.

will take on Virginia.
The last time the two teams
met, the Wolverines beat
North Carolina by substantial
margins in all three races in
which they faced each other.
Despite Michigan's success in
that regatta, Rothstein is not
about to look past the Tar

CHARLOTTESVJLLE, VA..
Who: Michigan vs..North
Carolina and Virginia
When: 10:00 a.m /2 p.m.
Saturday

Every week the team held
nine workouts on rowing
machines. They also lifted
weights twice a week.
Also, a new 6,000 square-
foot boathouse on Belleville
Lake aided the women in
their conditioning. The

THURSDAY
EAST REGION
7:38 p.m. Kentucky vs. Southern Cal.,
*10:03 p.m. Duke vs. UCLA
WEST REGION
7:55 p.m. Maryland vs. Georgetown
* 10:20 p.m. Stanford vs. Cincinnati
FRIDAY
SOUTH REGION
7:38 p.m. Michigan State vs. Gonzaga
* 10:03 p.m. Penn. State vs. Temple
MIDWEST REGION
7:55 p.m. Arizona vs. Mississippi
*10:20 p.m. Illinois at Kansas
*denotes approximate start time

Heels
"They're a good program," Rothstein
said about the Tar Heels. "They haven't
been at the top tier like Virginia."
The double dual will be Michigan's
first race since Oct. 29, but the Wolver-
ines have stayed in shape through a rigor-,
ous off-season program.A

Tumblers rolling into Big

By Chris Burke
Daily Sports Writer
Championships don't come easily.
For that reason, the Michigan women's
gymnastics team isn't going to sit on its
laurels and expect the Big
Ten title to fall into its lap.
While Michigan has won CRISLE
eight of the last nine Big Who: Michiga
Ten conference meets, there Ten champtor
are teams that are ready to when: 6:00 pi
clean up, should the Latest: The W
Wolverines fall, to continue ti
With that in mind, the ence dominan
Wolverines know that they seek their nir
are going to have to step up tite in the last
their performances, even beyond the suc-
cess of last weekend's season-best score
of 197.575 against West Virginia.
But with their confidence peaking, the
Wolverines feel they're more than capa-
ble of taking their game up yet another
level.
"It doesn't seem like we're as good as
we can get," Karina Senior said. "We still
have things that we can improve on, but
the possibilities are endless. Hopefully

I
ER
all
lto

we can put it all together at Big Tens."
No. 10 Penn State will most likely
provide the biggest competition for
seventh-ranked Michigan. The Nit-
tany Lions will enter Saturday's
meet led by the nation's top-ranked
gymnast, Katie Row-
land. Her score of
ARENA 39.555 is a commanding
hosts Big .6 points ahead of the
hips. next closest competitor
n. - Kristi Lichey of
Iverines look Georgia.
irconfer- In spite of Rowland,'
:e as they Michigan is still the favorite
h Sig Ten to continue its impressive
to seasons. run through the Big Ten.
"I don't want to jinx ourselves," said
Michigan coach Bev Plocki when asked
about her team's chances this weekend.
"What we have to do is just hit our rou-
tines like we did against West Virginia."
KNAEBLE HEALTHY, HONORED: After
.being bothered by a sore back in recent
weeks, Michigan senior Bridget Knaeble
was back in form last week against West
Virginia.
"My back's much better than it was

boathouse has not been christened but
was used by the team over the winter.
Thanks to Michigan's top-notch pro-
gram and rigorous off-season workouts,
Rothstein has supreme confidence in the
Wolverines' ability.
"We have a team that can compete
with anyone in the country' he said.
Ten meet
against UCLA," Knaeble said. "I'm
ready for the rest of the season."
In addition to feeling better, she also
earned the Big Ten Conference gymnast
of the week honor for her performance
against West Virginia. The senior just
missed perfect 10.0 scores on two events
- posting a 9.975 to win the individual
bars title and a 9.950 to tie Senior for the
floor exercise win. Knaeble's win on bars
was her fourth of the year, to go along
with three wins on the floor.
SINGER DEFENDING CHAMP ON BARS:
Sophomore Cami Singer tied former
teammate Tara Tagliarino for the Big Ten
uneven bars title last season with a 9.925
score. Singer is the only current Wolver-
ine who is looking to defend a title at Big
Tens this weekend.
This season, Singer did not compete
on bars for five meets after a shaky per-
formance against Oregon State, but she.
has returned to the rotation by posting 9.8
scoresin two of the last three competi-
tions. Her toughest competition for this
year's title could come from her own
teammates, as Elise Ray and Knaeble are
ranked first and second in the Big Ten.

x

Davis to remain asS
Indiana's coach
BLOOMINGTON (AP) - Mike
Davis will keep his job as Indiana as-
ketball coach, with the school drop-
ping the interim" tag from his title
Indiana president Myles Brand,
who fired Bob Knight in Septemer,
made the announcement yesterday
after two days of deliberations and a
morning filled with contract negotia-
tions
"We don't name basketball coaches
very often around here, and when we
do we make sure that we make the
right choice," Brand said. "This sea-
son has revealed the character of Mike
Davis. He and the team have repre-
sented the university very well
indeed."
Davis' contract, which will guaran-
tee him a salary of at least $400,000e er oeta wc htKih
earned. The salary can grow if Da*.
meets performance and academic
incentives.
University vice president Trry Ca-
pacs, who was one of seven members
on the committee that decided Davis'
fate, said no other candidates were
contacted.
Texas Tech plans to
hire Knight tomorrow9
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - Texas
Tech president David Schm idly plans
to accept a recommendation from the
university's athletic director to hire
Bob Knight as the school's next men's
basketball coach.
"What better thing could happen for
Texas Tech," Schmidly said Wednes-
day following an hour-long meeting
with the faculty senate. "I like the fact
that he doesn't violate NCAA Aul
and that's the way he chooses to w
We've had a problem with NCAA
penalties. And that's set this institution
back. We don't ever want to be on the
wrong side of the NCAA rules again?'
Schmidly hadn't yet received a writ-
ten recommendation from athletic
director Gerald Myers, but expected to
have it in hand today.
Myers, who has been friends wa
Knight for more than 30 years, saidW
would be offering Schmidly his rec-
ommendation "soon" and planned to
visit with the president sometime
today. He has indicated he would rec-
ommend his basketball buddy for the
job, but wouldn't commit late yester-
day as to which way his expected rec-
ommendation of Knight will go.
Griffin expected
to enter NBA draft
HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP)-
Seton Hall might lose freshman for-
ward Eddie Griffin to the NBA.
The 6-foot-9 Griffin is very
close" to declaring his eligibility for
the NBA draft, The Record of
Bergen County reported yesterday.
Marvin Powell, Griffin's older
brother and adviser, said Tuesday
that Griffin was still considering .
options.
"We're having a family meeting
shortly and Eddie talked to his
coach, but there is a strong chance he
may be going," he said.
The report, which cited unidenti-
fied sources, said Griffin met with
Pirates coach Tommy Amaker on
Tuesday and has told a few team-
mates he is ready to leave
Amaker, who said his meeting
with Griffin was one of many hehd
scheduled this week with all his
players, disputed the report.

"He hasn't indicated to me all of
his intentions yet," Amaker said
Tuesday.
Warrant issued
for Sims' arrest
TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Billy Sin
the 1978 Heisman Trophy winne
'failed to appear at a child-support
hearing yesterday and a federal mag-
istrate said she planned to issue an
arrest warrant.
U.S. Magistrate Claire Eagan told
the Tulsa World she planned-to issue
an arrest order once the U.S. Attor-

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