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Friday ,
November 8, 2002
©2002 The Michigan Daily
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Vol. CXIII, No. 46

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University institutes sel -imposed
sanctions; Fab Five's g ory erased
By Steve Jackson
Daily Sports Editor m Ma

Fighting back tears, Michigan Athletic Director Bill Martin
told reporters he had just ordered the removal of four champi-
onship banners from Crisler Arena.
"It was like a dagger in my heart," Martin said.
While this may have been the
TH11E most symbolic and emotional action
ED MARTIN that Martin and University Presi-
dent Mary Sue Coleman took
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terday, it was just one small part of a
shamefully sad yet relieving day for
the University.
In a morning press conference,
Coleman announced that Michigan
had agreed to sanction itself for
$616,000 of improper loans given
by former booster Ed Martin to four
former basketball players - Chris Webber, Robert
Traylor, Maurice Taylor and Louis Bullock.
In addition to dropping the championship banners and
removing all other references to the relevant players and teams,
Michigan chose to forfeit games won while those four players
were on the team, including two trips to the Final Four in 1992
and 1993. The Athletic Department will also use $450,000
from its discretionary fund to pay back the money received for
postseason play during that time.
The current program will face a two-year period of proba-
tion and will be banned from this year's postseason play - the
2003 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship Tour-
nament and the 2003 National Invitational Tournament. Michi-
gan will still take part in the Big Ten Tournament because it is a
regularly scheduled part of the conference slate.
"There is no excuse for what happened," Coleman said. "It
was wrong, plain and simple. We have let down all who believe
that the University of Michigan should stand for the best in
college athletics. We have disappointed our students, our facul-
ty, our alumni and our fans."
Martin sympathized with the players, who will no longer
have the option of playing-in-the postseason this year.
"Even though this is the right thing to do, I want to personal-
ly apologize to our three basketball players who are graduating
seniors," Martin said. "These students had nothing to do with
what happened, and I am sorry that they have to pay the price."
Michigan submitted a report to the NCAA yesterday with
the self-imposed sanctions, the detailed findings of its joint
investigation with the NCAA, and an outline of all corrective
actions the University has already taken, including: Banning
Martin from the program, making major coaching changes,
limiting access to the tunnel area of Crisler and hiring new staff
to oversee compliance.
This came in direct response to an official NCAA letter of
inquiry, dated Oct. 25, 2002, which requested information
about the extra benefits that Martin, a retired autoworker from
Detroit, gave to Michigan players.
Once the NCAA has finished reviewing Michigan's submis-
sion, the next step will be for University officials to meet with
the NCAA Infractions Committee. At that point, the NCAA
will present its final decision in this case, which could include
new sanctions such as the loss of recruiting visits, television
time or basketball scholarships. Sanctions that were self-

University President Mary Sue Coleman stands behind Athletic Director Bill Martin
as he fought back tears while addressing a curious press corps.
Amaker rcreofidoptz~ si ic aboult season

unposed coula also oe strengnenea at mat time.
"We don't know what the NCAA will do," Coleman said.
"We certainly hope they will (accept these sanctions) because
we believe that these are consistent with their practice in the
past as well as consistent with what went wrong here at
The NCAA letter of inquiry said that the Committee on
Infractions anticipates hearing Michigan's case during its Feb.
14 meeting, but there is also a "remote possibility" that it could
be discussed at the Dec. 13 meeting.
After six years and three investigations, the University was
finally able to uncover the facts of the case this summer dur-
ing an interview with Ed Martin's lawyers, which took place
July 26. The meeting was made possible through cooperation
with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Justice
Department, which were investigating Martin on charges of
conspiracy, money laundering and running an illegal gam-
bling ring.
"Because of the government's subpoena powers, we finally
uncovered all the facts," Martin said. "And once we had the
facts we acted as soon as possible."
The entire athletic department will meet today to discuss
these issues and answer specific questions from coaches and
"I'm very relieved to finally be putting this behind us," Mar-
tin said. "This is not the last page of this story, but it is the first
page of the final chapter."

By Charles Paradis
Daily Sports Writer
Tommy Amaker came to Michigan to build a bas-
ketball program. Yesterday, when Michigan
announced its self-imposed sanctions as a result of
theEd Martin scandal, his job become a little harder.
But amid the disappointment and the frustration
resulting from the sanctions, Amaker is ready to
move on.

Wednesday night, Amaker called his players togeth-
er for a team meeting, and informed them of the sanc-
tions that would be placed on the team this season.
No one outside that room will know what went on in
the meeting, but Amaker's players came together and
affirmed their commitment to Michigan.
"Our kids were very strong in their conviction of
wanting to do something very positive with this
opportunity," Amaker said. "And certainly we look at
See AMAKER, Page 7

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Courant: 'She calls them as she sees them'

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By Megan Hayes
Daily Staff Reporter
Today marks Mary Sue Coleman's 100th
day as University president, and members of
the University's administration agree she has
brought an invaluable set of qualities to the
"She has, first and foremost, a passion for
higher education,"Vice President for Govern-
ment Relations Cynthia Wilbanks said,
adding that Coleman is not at all shy about
sharing that passion with everyone she meets.

Wilbanks also said Coleman's understand-
ing of the role the University plays in the
community and across the state has prompted
her to leave the boundaries of the campus in
her meetings with community leaders. She
said Coleman is very interested in meeting,
with constituencies and has brought a unique
perspective and approach to the presidency.
"I think the president is off to a fabulous
start at Michigan," Wilbanks said.
"She calls them as she sees them," said
Paul Courant, provost and executive vice
president for academic affairs, regarding

Coleman's straightforward approach.
He said her knowledge and experience as a
scientist has made an enormous difference in
her work with the Life Science Institute.
Courant, recently appointed provost by
Coleman, said she is not only fun to work
with, but that she also has a nice sense of
"Her ease with people from all over the
University is an extraordinary asset," he said.
Courant said he expects she will improve
upon what she has accomplished thus far.
See COLEMAN, Page 7

"She has really jumped in with enthusiasm
and a lot of energy in all aspects of work,"
she said.

First bone marrow drive
debuting at Blood Battle

By Jennifer Misthal
Daily Staff Reporter
Michigan and Ohio State football players are not
the only ones preparing for a competitive face off in
a bloody intrastate rivalry this year. Monday marks
the beginning of the 21st annual University of
Michigan vs. Ohio State University Blood Battle.
After claiming victory for the past two years,
University students are hoping to continue their
winning streak with an 11th overall win.
The University is also adding a new component

Battle, E. Royster Harper, vice president for student
affairs said.
"This year, for the first time, you also can regis-
ter at the Michigan Union location to give bone
marrow, which benefits those with certain blood
disorders, such as leukemia and aplastic anemia, as
well as certain immune system and genetic disor-
ders," Harper said.
The bone marrow drive is sponsored by Univer-
sity Students Against Cancer.
USAC senior advisor and LSA senior Anita
Gupta said the bone marrow register is extremely

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Minnesota is one of the Big Ten's
surprises and enters the game with a 7-2
The Wolverines embarrassed Michigan
State at the Big House, 49-3.
The Minnesota running game will test a
Michigan defensive line that has been
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