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OCTOBER 23, 2001
hopes to keep
By Jon Schwartz
Daily Sports Editor
A little over a week ago, the Michigan football
team was on a tremendous emotional surge. Having
just beaten Purdue and sitting alone atop the Big Ten,
the Wolverines were ready for any challenge.
But Michigan's problem was a significant one -
there was no enemy to attack this past weekend.
At 3-0 in the Big Ten and advancing closer a Bowl
Championship Series game berth, Michigan had to
watch college football on television Saturday, waiting
out the end of a bye week.
In some senses, the week off was good - Michi-
gan got a chance to rest up and heal injuries. But at
the same time, there is.a significant concern for the
loss of momentum that had been building since
Michigan fell to Washington in its second game.
Coach Lloyd Carr had no answer for how the week
off would affect this team.
"How we're going to play in a bye week?" he said.
"I have no answer for that. We kept our players on
basically the same schedule that we would in a nor-
In the last two years, Michigan has suffered critical
losses in the game following the bye week. Last year,
Michigan rode two shutouts into the off week, seem-
ingly ready to take on Northwestern's powerful
offense. But the Wolverines failed to contain the
Wildcats, falling 54-51. The year before, Michigan
lost in East Lansing before the bye, and needed a win
in its next game to regain the momentum. Again,
though, the Wolverines lost, this time to Illinois.
This year, the Wolverines control their own fate in
the Big Ten, and understand the importance of the
"In a bye week, you can't move back and you can't
stay where you are," quarterback John Navarre said.
"You have to move forward."
NOT GETTING BETTER: Michigan wanted to heal its
injuries this past week. But one Wolverine is too hurt
to suit up in the maize and blue anymore.
Fifth-year senior tight end Eric Rosel suffered his
third career concussion in the Penn State game. After
sitting out against Purdue, a decision was made to
avoid any further harm.
"Based on everyone's advice, he will not play any-
more," Carr said. "There's no question it's the right
Rosel was hit hard while faking a reverse against
the Nittany Lions. This season, he caught one pass for
Junior defensive lineman Dan Rumishek has helped Michigan put itself in position to play in a Bowl
Championship Series game this season. Rumishek leads the Wolverines with five sacks this season.
"Eric's a great guy," said defensive lineman Dan
Rumishek. "He was a guy that gave us everything he
had on every play and you really appreciate that."
ROLLING TO THE TOP: The Bowl Championship
Series rankings were released last night for the first
time this season.
The Wolverines are ranked seventh, the second-
highest position of any team with a loss.
But the relatively young Michigan team under-
stands the dangers that can come with investing too
much faith into polls. It knows that it can't afford a
"You can't be thinking about that," Rumishek said.
"You can't be thinking about the BCS or the rankings.
If we lose, it doesn't even matter what the BCS says."
Despite its No. 1 position in both major polls,
Miami (Fla.) is in fourth place on the BCS' list,
behind Oklahoma, Nebraska and UCLA. Between the
Wolverines and Hurricanes stand Texas and Virginia
Oklahoma plays Nebraska this week, and Miami
will face the Hokies on Dec. 1.
First BCS Rankings
Team Points Rec
1. Oklahoma 3.06 7-0
2. Nebraska 6.40 8-0
3. UCLA 8.34 6-0
4. Miami (Fla.) 12.01 5-0
5. Virginia Tech 13.38 6-0
6. Tex as 15.35 6-1
7. Michigan 15.91 5-1
8. Maryland 21.29 7-0
9. Tennessee 22.07 4-1
10. Washington State 23.05 7-0
11. Florida 23.48 5-1
12. Washington 26.90 5-1
13. Oregon 28.6 6-1
14. Stanford 29.86 4-1
15. South Carolina 35.31 6-1
aren 't worth it
T he professor in my English class don't help
likes to criticize the University started on
for changing its course-registra- cheer requ
tion procedure. on a post,
"If it ain't broke, don't fix it!" Pro- (it's becau
fessor Bauland says about the change ing) but a
from phone registration to a ne com- frustration
puterized version. I'm a b
He's right - the system causes the only r
absurd problems, a point I learned very because o
clearly when I was trying to get off sev- game at Y
eral waitlists earlier this year. surrounds
But it doesn't bother me too much - happens o
it's something that becomes a hassle ence is go
twice a year. I can deal with that. Its repl
What I can't deal with is the so- fans screa
called "improvement" that my darling certainly
Yost Ice Arena has found since the last from the b
time I watched a game there. trying to s
Of course I'm talking about the new The sit
luxury boxes that hang over the student sandwich'
section. I'm not going to talk about the I sit with.
rest of the $1.4 million project - the that the at
center-ice scoreboard - because it the Yost e
means nothing to me. The luxury boxes enough to
completely block my view. It gets
I don't ask much of my University. seats rem
But one thing that I will not waver on is luxury bo
the that the school, and all its depart- being bloc
ments, understand the value of my seats!
money. The dei
I don't feel that request is being sated about this
in this case. at the situ
I didn't complain when Athletic to those w
Director Bill Martin raised prices for I think tha
football tickets - I applauded the shoes sho
decision. The department needs around wi
money, and the Michigan football team Yost's att
is one of the most marketable entities money to
that I know of. I gladly paid the extra right to ge
money. else, don'
And I didn't complain on Sept. 4, I spoke
1999 when I saw my first Michigan he gave m
football game. Sure, my seats (row 92 tion - th
in front of the south scoreboard - the "teething
visitors' section) were closer to the to give the
field at Spartan Stadium than Michi- He heard
gan Stadium, but I kept my mouth and agree
shut. But my
This time, though, I'm furious. In the games
September, I cut a check to the Michi- in Iowa Ci
gan Ticket Office for more money than seat to Bil
hockey tickets had ever cost in the past. high posit
Like I've said, I don't mind paying the game,
more - but I won't accept giving more me that he
money for less of a product. - that m
I know that I'm not the only one out- money as
raged by the situation. Nor should I be. - I'll dro
The athletic department knew that the Here's t
addition would cause a problem. But it umn was
did little to alleviate the issue. the brand-
There are television sets hanging off video cap
the overhang which are supposed to ing that I'
represent a scoreboard for the fans
whose views are blocked. But in the
case of my seats, the screens are point-J
ed in the opposite direction - they
at all. Don't even get me
the fact that standing up to
ires risking hitting my head
not the fault of renovation
se Yost is a 77-year old build-
n added annoyance in a sea of
ig hockey fan, but that's not
eason I buy tickets - I do it
f the experience of seeing a
bst, the knowledge that what
the ice is as enticing as what
n the surface. That experi-
acement is a muffled echo of
ming, an inaudible - and
unappealing - sound coming
and and a neck cramp from
.ee everything on the ice.
ation reeks - like a "shit
in the words of a friend that
He's right - it's just not fair
hletic department has ruined
xperience for those unlucky
be seated near me.
worse - there are still a lot of
aining to be sold in the new
xes. That means that I'm
ked by nothing but empty
partment has to do something
mess. Maybe it should look
ation and refund some money
'hose seats are just worth less.
t, if nothing else, those in my
uld be allowed to move
thout being harassed by
ndants. If I'm paying good
be at a game, I have every
t as much out of it as anyone
to Mr. Martin last night, and
e an understandable explana-
e department is experiencing
pains" in his words. We need
,m time to iron out the issues.
every one of my complaints
d to look into them.
feeling is this: I can't be at
this weekend because I'll be
ity. So I'm willing to give my
1 Martin or anyone else in a
ion in the department. If after
that person can honestly tell
or she didn't see a problem
y ticket is worth as much
those five rows in front of'me
p my complaint.
he irony: Originally, this col-
going to be about the fact that
new scoreboard should have
abilities. Now, I'm just hop-
11 be able to see it.
Jon Schwartz can be reached at
Icers call on young and old defensemen
By J. Brady McCollough
Daily Sports Writer
Four experienced defensemen returned to the
Michigan hockey team this fall, and with six freshman
forwards on the Wolverines' top four offensive lines,
the defense was expected to carry the team through
the early stretch of the season.
Allowing three goals in each of its first five
games, Michigan (1-1-1 CCHA, 2-2-1 overall) is still
looking for its defense to show up and play to its full
"The veterans have to take the freshmen under their
wings," said Michigan's associate head coach Mel
Pearson. "The young guys are making some mistakes
right now but we know that's going to happen. We
have to play better team defense. It's not just the
defenseman - (goalie Josh Blackburn) has to play a
little better than he has, too."
To try and find the best combinations on the blue-
line, the sixth-ranked Wolverines are planning on
making some changes in their defensive combinations,
pairing senior Jay Vancik with sophomore Mike
Komisarek, and freshman Eric Werner with sopho-
more Andy Burnes.
During the first month of the season, Werner and
Vancik were paired together, forming one of Michi-
gan's most consistent defensive combinations. A 5-
foot-10 freshman and a 6-foot-2 senior may seem like
an odd combination, but Werner and Vancik had been
two of the bright spots in the midst of a disappointing
start to the season.
"They've been a really solid pair," Pearson said.
"They complement each other well. You'd like to have
three pairs like that. Jay is very strong, physical and
experienced, then you have a guy like Eric who can
handle the puck and make nice plays."
In last weekend's action against Western Michigan,
Vancik's performance was one of the main reasons
Michigan was able to earn a split in the series.. His
tough, intense attitude was exemplified over the week-
end, especially in Friday night's loss in Kalamazoo.
"Jay Vancik was outstanding this whole weekend,"
Michigan coach Red Berenson said. "You talk about a
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By Joe Smith
Daily Sports Editor
Michigan State basketball coach Tom
Izzo said he would be handling a totally
different animal with his Spartans this
He wasn't kidding.
Losing 10 players in the past two sea-
sons - five of whom were NBA draft
picks - the Spartans will most likely
have three or four walk-ons on their ros-
ter to start the season.
Inside the paint
MICHIGAN STATE SPARTANS
BIG TEN PREVIEWS
As the college basketball season approach-
es, the Daily basketball writers will give you the
inside scoop on every Big Ten team as they
count down the days until they release their CONFERENCE
special section "Tipoff" in November.
While Izzo said that his team is "not
as good as Illinois and Iowa right now,
maybe a few other teams," he hasn't
changed his expectations.
"It's going to be done differently,"
Izzo said. "But we expect the world. We
expect to win another championship."
This past season the Spartans lost
seven letterwinners that accounted for
over 75 percent of their points,
"We have to be more patient and
understanding," Izzo said. "Now we need
to walk every single guy through every
single thing - which is a negative. But
it's fun because we get to teach again."
The team is so different that Izzo and
his coaching staff are looking back to
the 1997-98 season for an ideal compar-
ison on how they should run things with
so many underclassmen playing big