October 25, 2002
By Bob Hunt
Daily Sports Writer
At first glance, this weekend's visi-
tors to Yost Ice Arena seem to come
from a different seed.
While Michigan normally has road
trips that consist of two-hour bus rides,
Alaska-Fairbanks normally takes two
long plane flights in addition to a four-
hour bus ride.
While Michigan boasts an 11-time
national champion football team, Alak-
sa-Fairbanks boasts a back-to-back-to-
back-to-back national champion rifle
But the Alaska-Fairbanks hockey
program - which Michigan will play
in its CCHA opening series this week-
end - likes to think it's not much dif-
ferent from any other school in the
While it may not make sense to
have a school from Alaska in a
league that consists mostly of
schools in the Midwest, the
Nanooks have settled into the
CCHA pretty well since they
became a full member of the league
ING (AP) -
Smoker was sus-
yesterday for vio-
lating team rules.
Smoker will sit
out Saturday's ...:
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consin at Spartan
"The decision was made after con-
sulting with Jeff and others," Michigan
State coach Bobby Williams said in a
Reached at his on-campus home
yesterday, Smoker declined comment.
School officials declined to release the
specific reasons for the suspension.
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Michigan defenseman Mike Roemensky and the rest of the Wolverines' depleted
blueline will have a tough task in handling the Nanooks in their CCHA opener.
"It's doesn't sound very practical to
have a team like Alaska-Fairbanks in
your league, but they've given us plane
tickets and they pay for part of our
hotel," Michigan coach Red Berenson
said. "It's just about as cheap for us as it
is to go to Lake Superior or Ohio State."
Alaska-Fairbanks has had a varsity
hockey program since the 1920s and it
joined the NCAA in 1980. The
Nanooks came in along with Alaska-
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both Alaska-Fairbanks and Alaska-
Anchorage. So to help salvage two
programs that had invested greatly in
college hockey,. the WCHA took in
Anchorage and the CCHA took in
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YOST ICE ARENA
Who:Michigan (3-1-0) vs. Alaska-Fairbanks (1-2-1)
When: 7:35 p.m. tonight and tomorrow
Latest: The Wolverines open up their defense of
their CCHA regular-season championship when
they take on the Nanooks, who have split with
Michigan in their last two trips to Yost.
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Michigan basketball coach Tommy
Amaker is hoping that the large num-
ber of fans from the Iowa football
game will carry over to Crisler Arena
to watch his team's intrasquad scrim-
mage, just as he's hoping that his
team's last two weeks of practice will
spill over to the season.
"We're looking to see if we can have
carry over"Amaker said. "We want to
see if we can take what we do in prac-
tice and carry it over into the game."
After two weeks of practice, the
Michigan basketball team will suit up
for its Maize and Blue scrimmage
tomorrow at 4 p.m. The scrimmage is
the highlight of the free events in the
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The Big Ten title may be on the line for the Wolver-
ines (3-0 Big Ten, 6-1 overall) as they take on the sur-
prising Hawkeyes at the Big House.
Iowa, winless in the Big Ten just a few years ago, has
taken the conference by storm this season. The
Hawkeyes (4-0, 7-1) boast an almost perfectly bal-
anced offense, led by quarterback Brad Banks.
Inside this edition of Football Saturday, you will find:
D-line disappointment - The Wolverines' defensive
line has admittedly underachieved at times this year.
But shutting down Iowa's potent offense could serve
Different breeds - Iowa quarterback Brad Banks
and Michigan's John Navarre have very different
styles, but both can beat you.
As good as it gets? - Daily football writers David
Horn and J. Brady McCollough sound off on the
potential of the "new" Michigan offense.
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