10 - The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, March 11, 2003
Three icers named to All-Rookie Team
By Dan Rosen
Daily Sports Writer
Michigan's freshmen haven't found success
in their first season of college hockey by
focusing on individual accolades. The
Wolverines don't want to start worrying
about that stuff now.
Three of the seven CCHA players named
to the CCHA All-Rookie team yesterday were
Wolverines. Forward Jeff Tambellini, goalie
Al Montoya and defenseman Danny Rich-
mond were all voted in by opposing coaches.
These seven players were named to the 2002-
03 Bauer/CCHA All-Rookie Team yesterday.
There are four forwards named to the team
because of a tie in the voting between the
Player Position Team
VINCE BELLISSIMO FORWARD WMU
DAViD BOOTH FORWARD MSU
DIRK SOUTHERN FORWARD NMU
JEFF TAMBELLINI FORWARD MIcH.
ANDY GREENE DEFENSEMAN MIAMI
DANNY RICHMOND DEFENSEMAN MICH.
AL MONTOYA GOALIE MICH.
"It's a great honor," said Tambellini, who
led all CCHA rookies and tied for first in the
nation with 25 goals in the regular season.
"When you look back over the years and see
the guys that have come through this program
and through the league and have won this
award, it's a nice thing to have."
Tambellini not only led Michigan in scor-
ing with 38 points, but he's been clutch, too
- scoring goals such as his overtime winner
against then-No. 14 Miami on Jan. 4. On the
season, he finished fourth in the nation with
six game-winning goals.
"At forward, I think Jeff Tambellini was a
shoe-in, just because of his numbers," Michi-
gan coach Red Berenson said. "It wasn't like
he just came on last week . . . It's been all
year, Jeff Tambellini has been one of the top
rookies in the league."
Montoya has also played big from day one.
The youngest player in college hockey fin-
ished the regular season fourth in the CCHA
in goals against average, posting a 2.41 mark.
He started all 36 of the Wolverines' games,
tallying a 24-9-3 overall record.
"For me, I just hope it's a sign of big things
to come in the future," Montoya said. "I feel
really privileged to receive an award like this."
Richmond was an offensive talent before
he arrived in Ann Arbor.
And he showed that this season, notching
three goals and 18 assists to lead Michi-
gan's blueliners in points. But his main
challenge this year has been learning how to
play defense at the college level.
"I think Richmond gets in there like a lot
of defensemen," Berenson said. "Whether
they deserve it or not, they're picked on
their points. And I think other coaches will
be looking at Richmond's points, and he's
probably right up there with the other fresh-
man defensemen offensively."
While not receiving accolades, Michi-
gan's other newcomers also had an out-
standing year. Forward Brandon Kaleniecki
is in a three-way tie for second on the team
in goals (13), and center Andrew Ebbett is
sixth on the team in points with 24.
"Our other freshmen had really good sea-
sons," Berenson said. "Maybe their num-
bers weren't as outstanding. But both
Ebbett and Kaleniecki have had, I think,
Yesterday, all of the freshmen named
seemed more excited about the start of their
first conference tournament this coming
weekend then being named to the all-rookie
"The feeling around playoff time, it's
indescribable," Richmond said. "It's not
nerves, you just want to get it started. It's
just it's a war out there. It's a lot of fun."
Freshman Danny Richmond, who posted 21 points in the regular season for Michigan, was named to
the CCHA All-Rookie Team yesterday.
Two current starters
attended 'phony class
HEAVEN AND HELL
Championship Week is supposed to be one of the most exciting and - for some
teams - joyous weeks of the college basketball season. But this year has seen an
unusual number of negative stories break, resulting in the elimination of several
teams from NCAA Tournament contention. Following are the eight teams that had
clinched tournament spots as of midnight last night, and the lonely few who defi-
nitely will not be dancing:
Unhappy with season,
Knight decines salary
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Bonaventure, and claims by a former
student that he wrote papers for players
for payment at Fresno State.
At Georgia, Tony Cole - kicked off
the team last year - accused Harrick
and his son, an assistant coach, of
breaking NCAA rules. Cole said Jim
Harrick Jr. paid his bills, did school-
work and taught a sham class on coach-
ing. Harrick Jr. was fired Wednesday.
Cole said he never attended the class,
but received an A. Two other players -
starters Chris Daniels and Rashad
Wright - were also in the class.
Dooley said Daniels and Wright were
declared ineligible. Dooley said he and
school President Michael Adams decid-
ed to drop out of the postseason because
of the academic fraud.
Even if the team played, it would
have been difficult to win any games
without Wright and Daniels, since the
team usually uses only seven players.
Harrick Sr. has three seasons left on a
$700,000 per year contract at Georgia.
His career has been one of success on
the court and trouble off it.
He is one of only three coaches -
Eddie Sutton and Lefty Driesell are the
others - to take four schools to the
NCAA tournament. Harrick has a 470-
235 record in 23 seasons as a college
head coach, and led UCLA to the 1995
But this is the second time Harrick
has been disciplined because of ethical
lapses. He was fired by UCLA in 1996
for lying about an expense report.
Harrick then went to Rhode Island
and took that school to the regional
finals of the 1998 NCAA tournament.
And he also has been accused of impro-
prieties during his two years there.
A former secretary there says Harrick
had grades changed for players, had stu-
dent managers write papers for players
and arranged for players to receive
lodging, cars and money from boosters.
In addition, Harrick Jr. was accused of
falsifying hotel and meal reports for
recruits when he worked for his father
at Rhode Island.
Last week, Harrick defiantly defend-
ed himself against those who would
portray him as a rule-breaker.
"I've never had a violation," Harrick
said then. "Go ask the NCAA."
No. 19 Creighton
East Tennessee State
Fresno State 20-8
- After academic fraud charges, the Bulldogs, who were virtual locks for the
NCAA Tournament, won't even play in the conference tournament.
- These Bulldogs won't play again either, and coach Jim Harrick is most likely
out after allegations about money lending and academic fraud.
- The Wolverines received self-imposed sanctions from the University in
response to the scandal centering around booster Ed Martin.
St. Bonaventure 7-22
- In an ever-growing scandal that has now claimed the school president, the
Bonnies were stripped of six wins and then boycotted their final games.
LUBBOCK, Tex. (AP) - Bob
Knight won't accept his $250,000
salary for coaching Texas Tech this year
because neither he nor his team met his
"He has standards,"' Texas Tech
men's basketball spokesman Randy Far-
ley said Monday. "He just didn't meet
his standards, and so he said, 'I don't
think I should be paid for that."'
Tech (6-10 Big 12, 16-10) is the No.
7 seed in the Big 12 conference tourna-
ment in Dallas and plays Baylor on
Knight was not available for com-
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NCAA sanctions. You can run, but you
I've said it before, and I'm saying it
now: Maintaining academic standards
and ethics while trying to also achieve
on the basketball court is nearly impos-
sible. At St. Bonaventure, regrettably,
they seem to have not been at all con-
cerned with the former, but most
schools very much want to have their
cake and eat it, too.
ment late yesterday, but he told the Dal-
las Morning News that he was taking
"I'm just not at all satisfied with what
transpired with our team in terms of our
fundamental execution. I don't think it's
anybody's fault but mine," Knight told
the newspaper for its online edition.
Last season, Knight led Tech to a 23-
9 record and to the NCAA Tournament.
His five-year contract is worth $4.5
million. He makes $250,000 in base
pay, $150,000 in deferred annual
income and $500,000 in guaranteed
outside income through May 2006.
It is likely that nearly every school is
in violation of some NCAA regulation
or another. But when you get caught,
have the cajones to face the music,
fully own up to your wrongs, and at
least pretend that there is still honor in
Georgia and St. Bonaventure are
crooked, calculating, cowardly and,
worst of all, quitters.
David Horn can be reached at
THE EFFECT OF
ABED A-BASAT UDA'S
ON HIS PALESTINIAN FAMILY:
$25,000 IN CASH
PENSION FOR LIFE
(TIME, APRIL 15, 2002 AND FOX NEWS APRIL 4, 2002)