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The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - January 14, 2002 - 7B

Vols' Stallworth pulls name from draft pool

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - One
day after announcing plans to forgo his
senior season for the NFL draft, Ten-
nessee receiver Donte Stallworth
changed his mind, according to his
Donna Stallworth said her son told
coach Phillip Fulmer of his desire to
stay in school during a Friday meeting.
"He just said it didn't feel right and
that the coaches were looking into it to
see if there was anything that could be
done," Donna Stallworth told the
Nashville newspaper, The Tennessean.
Stallworth, a junior from Sacramen-
to, Calif., has already submitted his
paperwork to the NFL office for early
entry into the draft, which makes the
receiver's desire to return to Volunteer
football a bit more complicated.
NCAA rules say a college player
'M' netters
turn heads
at Classic
By Albert Kim
Daily Sports Writer
If the Michigan women's tennis
team was looking for a springboard
into the dual match season, it found
it this weekend at the Tribe Classic
at William & Mary College in
Williamsburg, Va.
Although the Wolverines were the
only unranked team among the invit-
ed, they proved their merit on the
court, posting a 12-4 overall singles
record and recording four doubles
wins, despite some lineup shuffling.
"I think the weekend went well
for us, we played some really tough
matches," freshman Leanne Ruther-
ford said.
The other three teams at the Clas-
sic may not have expected this kind
of performance out of the Wolver-
ines, considering the Wolverines
played two sophomore and two
freshmen in the top four singles
spots. But No. 27 Louisiana State,
No. 49 William & Mary, and No. 50
Penn State all lost three or more
matches to Michigan.
"We definitely felt that we should
be ranked. We were either right in
there splitting with the teams or
dominating," junior Jen Duprez said.
Yesterday, the Wolverines were
able to get an early look at the Big
Ten in the form of the Nittany Lions.
Michigan once again dominated sin-
gles play, taking all five matches
against Penn State in straight sets.
Although the Big Ten season is still
weeks away, the Wolverines were still
able to gain some confidence from
their performance.
"You go into the season, and you
feel good about your team, but you
don't know how you stack up
against others," Duprez said. "So it
was nice to see where we are, and
how we compared (to Penn State)."
Also impressive was the Wolver-
ines' performance on Friday against
Louisiana State, as Michigan took
four of five singles matches from
the Tigers and thoroughly dominated
play. Then, yesterday the Wolverines
took two out of three doubles match-
es from Louisiana State also.
"Everyone looked like they were
playing pretty well," Duprez said.
"People matched up well in all the

In terms of individual perform-
ances, junior Joanne Musgrove,
sophomore Kim Plaushines and
Rutherford each finished undefeated
in singles play. Also, freshman
Michelle DaCosta was able to turn
in a 2-1 performance.
"I think everyone is going to have
a huge part on our team, we're all
strong singles and doubles players,"
Rutherford said. "We all play a huge
a_ ., ..

loses amateur status when he asks to be
placed on the draft list of a professional
athletic league - even if he asks to
withdraw his name prior to the draft.
Tennessee officials were checking
Friday to see if the paperwork could be
rescinded, the newspaper said.
Malcolm McInnis, Tennessee's asso-
ciate athletic director for compliance,
said Saturday he had not been asked to
check Stallworth's amateur status with
the NCAA or request an appeal.
"If there's an interest in that, it's
something we'd look at,' he said.
He didn't know if Stallworth's name
had been placed on the official draft
list, and he wasn't aware of any Ten-
nessee player ever declaring for the
draft and then asking for his eligibility
to be reinstated.
"I have never thought about that

iftue because it's never come up," he
Another key element is whether
Stallworth has entered into any kind of
agreement with an agent - a move
that would also make him ineligible for
another season of college ball.
Donna Stallworth told The Ten-
nessean Friday that her son had not
signed with an agent.
Fulmer on Saturday declined com-
ment to The Associated Press, and
Stallworth could not be reached.
Stallworth and junior defensive tack-
le Albert Haynesworth both announced
their intentions to turn pro Thursday,
submitting paperwork by Friday's 4
p.m. deadline. Freshman receiver Kel-
ley Washington, however, said he is
staying for another year.
Tennessee quarterback Casey


Clausen said he knew his friend was
having second thoughts when they ate
lunch together Thursday afternoon.
"There's just something that wasn't
right about that whole deal," Clausen
Stallworth missed three games early
this season with a broken wrist but fin-
ished the season with his best statistics
yet. He had 41 catches for 821 yards
and 10 touchdowns. In two games, he
had three touchdown receptions.
Stallworth's announcement on Thurs-
day surprised some - including Ful-
mer - who think his draft chances
would be better next year.
"I can only hope that his draft status
is such that it justifies him passing on
his senior year of college," Fulmer said
in a statement released after Stall-
worth's announcement.

Tennessee wideout Donte Stallworth wants to take his name out of the NFL draft.






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