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1 The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, September 26, 2001- 11

Coaches se
By J. Brady McCollough
Daily Sports Writer
DETROIT - In order for Michi-
gan to win its sixth CCHA regular
season title, it will have to overcome
its own inexperience, along with a
conference packed full of teams that
believe this is their year to break into
the elite.
"Every time we were down below,
we always thought we could beat the
teams up top," said Ohio State coach
John Markell, whose Buckeyes were
picked to finish fourth by the media.
"If they have a bad night, it's usually
a one-goal game. If you catch them
on the right night, you're going to
beat them. It's a hard league to stay at
the top of."
"I don't think there is a weak team
in the conference," Michigan coach
Red Berenson said. "It's a tough
league - there are no easy games.
It's harder now because everyone
knows Michigan is back with the
Last season, the Wolverines were
plagued by inconsistency in confer-
ence play, leaving them third in the
final regular season standings. With
the youth of this year's team, the road
back to the top will be tough for
"We lost some games last year that
we shouldn't have lost - games we
were in, games that were winnable,"
Berenson said. "You have to be on
your game. You also have to stay
healthy. I can't tell you we're going
to stay on top of the CCHA. My goal
is that we start off strong, and even
finish stronger."

e tight race
State, last season's CCHA regular
season and tournament champion, is
predicted to repeat that feat again this
season with Hobey Baker Award
winning goaltender Ryan Miller
returning for his junior season. The
Spartans also return seven defense-
men from a hard-nosed group that
assisted Miller in shutting out the
Wolverines twice last season.
ning of a new season is normally
characterized by immense anticipa-
tion and excitement. Yesterday, at
CCHA Media Day, the atmosphere
took on a more somber tone.
Monday, college hockey lost one
of its legendary coaches, Shawn
Walsh of the University of Maine, to
cancer. Walsh's hockey roots go back
to the CCHA, where he played at
Bowling Green and coached on Ron
Mason's staff at Michigan State.
Combined with the recent tragedies
that have hit the United States,
Walsh's passing brought about a time
of reflection for many CCHA coach-
"I've had a lot of time to reflect
about what has gone on," said West-
ern Michigan coach Jim Culhane,
whose team is scheduled to face
Maine in October. "My heart goes
out to Shawn and his family, and the
rest of our country."
"It's very sobering to be struck as
we've been struck," Northern Michi-
gan coach Rick Comley said. "It rein-
forces to me how lucky I am."
OPEN HOUSE: The CCHA tradition-
ally features an ten team playoff, with
four first-round, best-of-three series.

CCHA media poll
and TV schedule
The CCHA media met yesterday at
Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, and
selected Michigan State to repeat
as champions.
1. Michigan State (22)
2. Michigan (1)
3. Nebraska-Omaha (1)
4. Ohio State (1)
5. Northern Michigan
6. Miami (1)
7. Western Michigan
8. Bowling Green
9. Lake Superior
10. Ferris State
11. Notre Dame
12. Alaska Fairbanks
Oct. 6 at Michigan State
Jan. 4 at Notre Dame
Jan. 19 Michigan State
Feb. 8 Nebraska Omaha
Feb. 16 Michigan State
All games are televised by Fox
Sports Net.
This season, all 12 teams will receive
a playoff berth, which means six
teams will host first-round series.
"I understand why we're doing it,
and it will definitely help some pro-
grams, and hopefully it will be good
for our league," Berenson said. "But
I've never been in favor of everyone
making the playoffs. If we're going
to play the season, I'd rather teams
get eliminated."

needs to
keep pace
Continued from Page 10
ting a lot of touches this weekend. To
do this, they will need to serve hard and
play a fast paced game.
Michigan will also need to be strong
at the net and dig well. Most important-
ly, the Wolverines cannot be dragged
into a slow game where Iowa can set
Meyermann a lot of balls.
"We have to be very steady against
that type of team and not get wrapped
up into their system," Rosen said. "We
need to stay with what we do well."
This was the mistake that cost the
Wolverines against Northwestern, a
team they should have beaten. When
Michigan let the Wildcats slow down
the pace of the game, the team was
unable to execute its system. If, on the
other hand, the team plays as it did
against Wisconsin, it should have no
difficulty with the Hawkeyes.
Saturday night the Wolverines will
take on last year's Big Ten runner-up
Minnesota. The Golden Gophers have
one of the best players in the conference
in their setter, senior Lindsey Berg. But
Minnesota graduated three strong
seniors last year. The loss has left a void
that is now filled with talented but inex-
perienced players.
If the Wolverines play to the best of
their ability and keep the matches fast,
then they have a good chance of sweep-
ing this weekend.

Michigan will not be the only team challening Michigan State for top honors in
the CCHA. Nebraska-Omaha is one of many teams in a very tight race.

The greatest player ever
will return to'the game

Detmer still starter despite follies

Continued from Page 10
"Michael has always brought joy
to basketball fans around the
world, and, in these difficult times,
we can all use a little more joy in
our lives."
Jordan said he would not com-
ment further on his return until
Oct. 1.
Jordan has been'training for a
possible comeback for about six
months, at first saying that he was
simply trying to lose the extra
weight he had gained in retirement.

He rigorously worked himself into
playing shape over the summer by
holding several invitation-only
camps of pickup games with other
NBA players at a gym in Chicago.
Jordan's first official practice
with the Wizards will be Oct. 2, the
first day of training camp at Wilm-
ington, N.C.
He occasionally worked out with
the team last season when he was
president of basketball operations,
a job in which he almost complete-
ly overhauled Washington's roster
and put the team into a rebuilding

* PONTIAC, Mich. - Throwing
seven interceptions was not enough to
cost Ty Detmer his job as the Detroit
Lions' starting quarterback.
"I have evaluated the film, and we'll
go on about our business with Ty,"
Lions coach Marty Momhinweg said
The Lions (0-2) have a bye this week
and will play St. Louis (2-0) at home
on Monday night, Oct. 8.
Detmer was 22-of-42 for 212 yards
and a touchdown in a 24-14 loss at
Cleveland, which traded him to Detroit
for a fourth-round pick three weeks
ago. His seven interceptions were one
short of the NFL record set 51 years
"I'm glad that I am getting an oppor-

tunity to prove that I'm a better player
than I showed," Detmer said Monday.
"I'm looking forward to playing in a
couple weeks and redeeming myself."
Mornhinweg benched Charlie Batch
afler he completed 20 of 39 passes for
276 yards with two interceptions and
was sacked seven times in a 28-6 loss
at Green Bay in Week 1.
"Two quarterbacks have played and
started and gone the whole way, and
neither has played up to standards,"
Momhinweg said.
Mornhinweg would not say that
Batch will be stuck with a clipboard on
the sideline for the rest of the season.
"I have talked to Charlie about this.
He will get an opportunity at some
point," Mornhinweg said. "It could be

in two weeks, five weeks, 10 weeks.
Two-thirds of this league does not fin-
ish with the same quarterback that they
started with."
Batch said he wouldn't feel any dif-
ferent about his situation if Detmer
kept his job after playing an exception-
al game.
"The only thing that would be differ-
ent would be that we would have
smiles on our faces," Batch said. "The
only thing that I could tell Ty is to keep
his head up. I've never been in that sit-
uation, but I guess it's like being a bas-
ketball player trying to shoot his way
out of a slump."
Mornhinweg, who replaced Batch
after only one week, said he's not
refusing to bench Detmer.

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