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MARCH 12, 2002



Blue offense sparked
by Nystrom's switch


By Seth Klempner
Daily Sports Writer
While the Michigan hockey coaches
made several changes during this week-
end's CCHA play-
off series victory HOCKEY
over Lake Superior'
none was more Notebook
successful than the
decision to reunite freshman Eric Nys-
trom with juniors Mike Cammalleri
and Jed Ortmeyer.
Ortmeyer was taken off of the top for-
The Pairwise rankings are based on
the ranking system used by the
NCAA selection committee to deter-
mine which 12 teams will participate
in the NCAA Tournament.
Team Record PWR
. 1. New Hampshire 27-6-3 26
2. Minnesota 28-7-4 25
3. Denver 30-7-1 24
4. Boston University 25-8-3 23
5. Michigan State 26-7-5 22
6. Maine 22-9-7 21
7. St. Cloud 29-8-2 20
8. Cornell 23-6-2 19
9. Colorado College 24-11-3 18
10. Michigan 24-10-5 17
11. Alaska-Fairbanks 22-11-3 16
12. Northern Michigan25-11-2 15
13. Mass-Lowell 22-12-3 13
14. Mercyhurst 23-7-3 13
15. Western Michigan 19-15-4 13

ward line with junior John Shouneyia
and was paired with Cammalleri upon
Cammalleri's return to the lineup during
last weekend's series against Western
Michigan. The two have been playing
together since freshman year and
received heavy ice-time on the same line
last year before Ortmeyer injured his
knee in late January, ending his season.
Nystrom, who started the weekend
on a line with Shouneyia and junior
Mark Mink, was placed on Cammal-
leri's line midway through Friday night's
game. The move reunited the trio who
had played together for the majority of
the season before Cammalleri went
down with mono in mid-January.
Over the weekend, the line scored
seven of Michigan's 11 goals and tal-
lied 12 points.
"When you have those three players,
you expect them to play well together,"
assistant coach Billy Powers said. "If
they are going to play together, they
have to be a dominant line and the
coaches expect (that)."
But he was unable to say whether the
line was going to be kept together for
the coming weekend. The Wolverines
may opt instead to place one of the for-
wards with Shouneyia to strengthen a
second line in the absence of freshman
Jason Ryznar, who is out with an
injured hand.
Cammalleri, Ortmeyer and Nystrom
have been among Michigan's top scor-
ers all season and had 30 goals through
their first 24 games, accounting for 35
percent of Michigan's goals. The line
had also tallied 60 points and seven
game-winning goals.

Selection committee like
Strangelove's War Room

Michigan forward David Moss is one of just four Wolverines that have suited up for
every game this season. He had two assists last weekend against Lake Superior.

every class there is a person who never
skipped a day and possessed a perfect
attendance record, but whose efforts go
largely unnoticed. In this year's fresh-
man class, forward David Moss fits
that description.
Moss and defenseman Eric Werner
are the only freshmen players who
hold the distinction of having dressed
for every game this season and just
two other Wolverines can say the
But lately, Moss has had more to
hang his hat on, as he has scored four
points in Michigan's last seven

games including two assists in Friday
night's loss.
"As coaches we felt he has taken a
huge step forward," Powers said.
"When he had the chance to make a
play, he has had the poise and patience
to do it.
"He has shown that he can play in
(playoff hockey) and make a difference
with his gained confidence and poise."
The coaching staff's increased confi-
dence also showed up Friday night when
he received some time on the penalty-
kill unit. But despite the increased role,
Moss doesn't think that it is going to
become a regular occurrence.

Crew coach Caviston breaks world mark

didn't want to have to do this, but they
made-me. This is not the first or only
ant on the inadequacies of the NCAA
Tournament selection committee, but I
need to get something off my chest. Sun-
day evening, the committee was exposed
for what it is: A know-little, uppity collec-
tion of dunces.
I previously imagined this group of ath-
letic directors meticulously formulating
every scenario possible in their hotel suite.
My vision of the suite was not unlike that
of the War Room in Stanley Kubrick's "Dr.
Strangelove." The most powerful people in
college basketball making decisions that
would impact the world. Well, I guess now
that I think about it, that vision wasn't too
far off. Like the generals in "Dr.
Strangelove," the athletic directors rushed
to decisions and drew conclusions that did-
n't make much sense. For more, please
refer to Exhibit A: the West bracket.
Even when you ignore the well-docu-
mented travesty of giving Gonzaga a No.
6 seed, this bracket is still a mess. It is
more stacked than Anna Nicole Smith.
The West includes the major conference
tournament winners Cincinnati, Okla-
homa, Ohio State and Arizona. It also
includes Atlantic 10 champion Xavier,
the aforementioned 'Zags, as well as
Hawaii and Wyoming - arguably the
best teams in the Western Athletic Con-
ference and Mountain West Conference,
respectively. Four teams are in the top 10
and eight in the Top 25. In addition, the
West includes preseason favorites
UCLA and Missouri, each of which has
the talent to reach the Final Four. In all, I
would say nine of the 16 teams in the
region have a legitimate shot at making _
it to Atlanta.
Exhibit B is the exclusion of Butler
from the field of 65. Does the committee
truly believe that this team doesn't belong?
The answer of course, is yes, because oth-
erwise the Bulldogs would be dancing.
Butler has proved its worth with a near
upset of Florida two years ago and by
embarrassing Indiana in last year's tourney.
And at 25-5, Butler was the team with
most wins to be excluded. The moral of
the story? Don't get punked in your con-
ference tournament.
But above all, the most egregious errors
on the part of the committee are the recent
changes made to the actual tournament -
reworking the locations within regions and
the addition of the play-in game, played
two days before the rest of the tournament.
The goal of the rearrangement of region-
al locations is to reduce traveling in order
to increase fan attendance and avoid send-
ing Maryland teams 1,000 miles away.

In theory, this is a good idea. College
students should be able to attend their
team's games if they make the tournament.
(Excuse me while I dry my eyes). But the
unfortunate result is that a few teams are
privileged enough to essentially play home
California makes the trek to the "South"
region to play Penn and potentially Pitts-
burgh, in Pittsburgh. The games are not at
the Panthers' home arena, but it is safe to
say that there will be fewer California fans
in attendance.
Illinois, which plays its big-time
matchups at Chicago's United Center,
makes a return trip for the tournament,
surely to the chagrin of Florida and San
Diego State. Texas also benefits by playing
its first two games in the heart of the "Mid-
west" - Dallas.
The "quads" or "pods" have no basis by
region, as Sacramento hosts Midwest and
South games, but no West games. Similar-
ly, Dallas does not host any games in the
South region. While the idea is to give an
quad to the higher-rated team, No. 4 seed
Ohio State is still sent to Albuquerque
while No. 10 seed Pepperdine stays in Cali-
Where previously teams were rewarded
by playing in their region, now the titles are
in name only until the Sweet Sixteen.
Tonight's play-in game is truly awful.
Alcorn State and Siena fans rushed the
court when their team earned the right to
play in Dayton, Ohio, site of one tourna-
ment game. The idea of the play-in game is
make room for all of the conferences win-
ners, but I would rather see a lower at-large
major conference team get the boot. It is
tough to make an argument that either of
the two play-in teams are better than the
sixth-place team in the SEC, but the early
game takes away from some of the luster of
the tournament.
What makes the first weekend of the
tournament so great is that basketball is
played all day for four days with the only
break for the evening news, if you care
about what is going on outside the tourna-
Hopefully Siena or Alcorn State fans
will again rush the court if their team wins
and finally makes the final 64 teams.
The committee likely had the fans' best
interests in mind when making its deci-
sions, but the changes have lead to the pos-
sibility-ofa Strangelove-esque, apocalyptic
end to what we all love about the NCAA

By Dan Rosen
Daily Sports Writer
Mike Caviston, a lecturer in Michigan's Kinesi-
ology department and the Michigan rowing team's
conditioning coach is no stranger to world records.
Back in 1988 he set the overall world mark for
lightweights in the 2000 meters. So when Caviston
went to the 2002 C.R.A.S.H.-B. World Indoor
Rowing Championships in Boston over spring
break, he had a feeling that the Senior Lightweight
record, for men between the ages of 40 and 49,
was within his reach.
"I just turned 40 and I had been watching the
age-group record (for the some time)," Caviston
said. "I knew it was something I could break. I
thought if I had a good year of training, then I'd be
able to get the record."
Caviston was right. His time of 6:18.20 was
good enough for first place in the event and a
new record. He hopes that this new mark will
hold up longer than his last one - which stood
for just a week.
"It happened so fast that I wasn't really that
attached to it," Caviston said of losing his first
world record. "When I pulled my test, I didn't even

know what the record was. I didn't realize I had set
it until about an hour later when they told me. So I
wasn't invested in it."
This time around, Caviston was more aware of
the world mark. It served as a motivation for him
throughout a rigorous workout regimen.
"He does all the workouts (that the team does)
plus more," Michigan rowing head coach Mark
Rothstein said.
Despite his busy schedule in Kinesiology, Caviston
still manages to work out 10 to 11 times each week.
"My schedule varies a lot, but since I work in
the CCRB I can usually find time to train," Cavis-
ton said.
The coach's commitment to rowing began back
in 1979 when he was an undergraduate at the
University. As a freshman, he saw a race on TV
and decided it would be a great sport to get
involved in.
"I saw a flyer on campus for anyone interested
in the rowing club, so I showed up and got
involved," Caviston said.
He rowed with the club program throughout his
undergraduate ,tenure. After graduation, Caviston
continued his connection with the sport by coach-
ing novices for the club program off-and-on for 15

years. Rothstein, who knew Caviston as a rower
with the men's team and a coach for the women's
club program, approached the coach before last
season about joining the women's varsity staff. For
the last two years, Caviston has played an impor-
tant role in the team's preparation.
"He designs the workouts, as well as helps to
evaluate the data, advise the coaches on the train-
ing (and) serves as a source of education for the
(team as a whole)," Rothstein said.
Even though his involvement with the sport has
greatly changed - Caviston now spends his time
coaching rowers rather than being in a boat him-
self - the personal attachment that he developed
as an undergraduate 23 years ago remains strong.
"It's a unique sport for sure," Caviston said. "I
definitely like the physical challenge."
Although he's unsure if he'll make it back to
Boston to defend his victory next season, Caviston
is positive that he will continue to push himself
through a difficult training schedule.
"I set my personal record this year, I've set a
new personal record each of the last five years, so
I'm just curious about how far I can go," Caviston
said. "I definitely want to train intensely just a lit-
tle bit longer and see if I can get still faster times."

Jef Phillips can be reached at

More charges filed in case agamst Williams

FLEMINGTON, N.J. (AP) - Prose-
cutors filed more charges yesterday
against Jayson Williams in the shooting
death of a limousine driver at his man-
sion, alleging the former NBA star
wiped his own fingerprints off the
shotgun and told guests to tell police it
was suicide.
Williams, 34, has already been
charged with manslaughter in the
Feb. 14 shooting of Costas Christofi.
Prosecutors have said the former
New Jersey Net was handling the
shotgun recklessly.
The new charges are hindering
apprehension, evidence tampering, wit-
ness tampering and conspiracy to
obstruct the law, which carry a com-
bined penalty of more than 12 years in
prison. Manslaughter carries up to 10
years in prison.
Williams surrendered at the court-
house yesterday and posted $20,000
bail before leaving. His attorney,
Joseph Hayden, declined to answer
questions about the new charges.
"When we have our day in court, we
will address all relevant facts and alle-

gations, and we are confident Mr.
Williams will be cleared of all
charges," Hayden said.
According to court papers, Williams
removed the clothing he was wearing
when Christofi was shot and gave
investigators other clothes. He also
allegedly tried to position the shotgun
at an angle to make it seem as if the
driver shot himself.
Williams wiped his fingerprints off
the shotgun, then "attempted to imprint
the victim's fingerprints upon the very
same shotgun in an effort to convince
investigators that the shooting had been
self-inflicted," prosecutors said.
Several witnesses at Williams' estate
30 miles from Trenton told police
Williams told them to lie "in order to
convince detectives that the victim's
death had been self-inflicted," prosecu-
tors said.
Two of his guests, Kent Culuko, 29,
and John W Gordnick, 44, were also
charged yesterday with evidence tam-
pering, hindering apprehension and
conspiracy to obstruct the law. Culuko,
a former NBA player who was waived

by the Nets in 1997, was also charged
with witness tampering.
Neither Culuko or Gordnick
returned calls seeking comment. Both
were expected to surrender yesterday
or be arrested.
Acting prosecutor Steven C. Lember
said more than a dozen people were at
the estate when the shooting occurred,
including two children and four mem-
bers of the Globetrotters. He did not
release their names.
Williams removed his clothes after
shooting Christofi and told Culuko to

dispose of them, the court documents
say. Gordnick took the clothing away
but has since turned it over to investi-
gators, the documents say.
Culuko helped Williams to wipe the
shotgun clean and also told witnesses
to lie to investigators about how the
shooting occurred, authorities said.
Williams told guests to tell investiga-
tors that everyone in the home had
been in a downstairs recreation area
when Christofi was shot in a master
bedroom upstairs, the court documents

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