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The Michigan Daily - Friday, November 8, 2002 - 7

Michikan content to move program forward

Students see move-
as 'extreme injustice

AMAKER
Continued from Page 1.
it as an opportunity to show that we are an up and
coming program, and an up-and-coming team.
And our kids have made some very strong state-
ments in that regard."
It was an emotional meeting for the 16 Wolver-
ines who comprise this year's team, but amid the
negative feelings brought about by the sanctions,
there were glimmers of hope, and the team was
able to take a few positive things away from the
meeting.
"I think our kids feel some relief, disappoint-
ment, anger, all the gambit of emotions," Amaker
said. "But also some relief to know that this is
moving forward and we are getting past it and we
are going to do things the right way."
There is also a sense of relief now that the team
does not have to wonder as much about what the
future will hold.
"It beats the uncertainty," Amaker said. "Now
there is some clear direction."
But even though there were some positives that
arose from the meeting, there is still a sting as a
result. The pain of the sanctions has hurt three
players more than any. For seniors LaVell Blan-
chard, Gavin Groninger and Rotolu Adebiyi,
there will be no postseason berth in their final
campaign as Wolverines. The three will have no
opportunity to represent their school once the Big
Ten season is done.
"It is disappointing for our current team, and
our seniors, especially disappointing for a kid
like LaVell Blanchard," Amaker said.
-This is the time of year when every team is set-
ting goals and expectations for what they hope to
accomplish this season. But for these Wolverines,
some of those goals as now unattainable, through
no fault of their own. Instead of bemoaning lost
opportunities, the Wolverines are looking forward
to what is still within their reach. After being
informed of the news that the team would not be
able to play in the postseason, the first question
Amaker was asked by his players was whether or
not they could play in the Big Ten Tournament.
"I knew right away that we were moving on,
right to the next phase of 'What can we do?' and
'What are the possibilities of this team, at this
Monts sai
be a great l
Continued from Page 1 who is open
"One hundred days is not very much tion input.
time," he said. "It is a big and compli- "While P
cated place." agree with ev
Lester Monts, senior vice provost for posal thatc
academic affairs, said he is amazed at always be as
the broad insight Coleman has exhibit- considered v
ed when dealing with pressing issues said.
confronting the University. "As time
"The University of Michigan is fortu- more of herI
nate to have in President Coleman a University
leader of tremendous breadth and Bingham F
knowledge," said Monts, who is also deep experi
senior counselor to the president for versity presi
arts, diversity and undergraduate affairs. regarding ho
"From life sciences to community run and what
involvement to issues surrounding "The firs
diversity and the lawsuits, we see a dis- reinforced th
ciplined leader and a person of enor- day I nomir
mous integrity,"he said. "said. "Amo
the michigan daily

By Andrew Kaplan
Daily Staff Reporter

FILE PHOTO
Maurice Taylor is one of four Michigan players whose games are being forfeited. Every game in which Taylor
played - from 1995-1997, is striken from the record.

time?' And that told me how mature we are and
what kind of chemistry and heart we had in that
lockerroom (Wednesday) night," Amaker said.
Even though he and his team were not respon-
sible for the incidents that ultimately led to the
sanctions announced yesterday, Amaker, who
received an automatic two-year contract exten-
sion in light of recent developments, accepts their
validity, as he said, "We recognize that we repre-
sent the basketball program today."
The championship banners won by the teams
involved in the scandal have been removed from
Crisler Arena, a blow, that strikes deep in to the
hearts of fans, players and coaches alike. Amaker,
who played at Duke from 1984-1987 and earned
a Final Four banner in the process, knows the
importance they carry.
"As a former player and a coach you recognize
the significance of seeing a banner," Amaker

said. "You recognize that that signals success,
that signals winnings, that signals pride. And so
anytime you are talking about making some of
those types of penalties for sanctions, as a player
and as a coach, you're tugging at your heart
because you realize that's what you are playing
for."
Amaker's players share his steadfast commit-
ment to Michigan as well. After Wednesday
night's meeting, the team is ready to move on and
the players understand their responsibility to the
school and to the program.
"They realize why they come to the University
of Michigan for a variety of reasons," Amaker
said. "And today is one of those reasons. To stand
firm, stand strong and keep our heads held high
and represent this school the way we know how.
And that's what we've done and that's what we
are going to continue to do."

In spite of misconduct that a Uni-
versity, NCAA and FBI investigation
unearthed, students still showed
resentment toward the sanctions
imposed by University President
Mary Sue Coleman and Athletic
Director Bill Martin, which punish
this year's
team for for-
mer basket- E A
ball booster
Ed Martin's FALL OUT
previous
wrongs. The
Michigan of
all its victo-
r i e s
achieved dur-
ing the period of \
Martin's underhand-m
ed dealing.
"I think that annulling all the victo-
ries is definitely going overboard,"
said LSA freshman.David Gorshein.
"I think that it's a little bit
extreme," commented LSA sopho-
more Hyun Choo Lee. "It's not just
punishing the few people who are
guilty, it's punishing the whole
school. The bad publicity is enough
punishment for the rest of the
school."
Super Fan Brian Groesser, an LSA
senior and a spokesman for the
Maize Rage, denounced the Universi-
ty's brusque treatment of this year's
athletes.
"Really, when you look at it with
an outsider's point of view, the only
group who's really being punished is
the senior class of players," Groesser
RECRUITS
Continued from Page 5
Michigan."
Amaker's other major recruit,
Dion Harris of Detroit Redford,
also assured the Wolverines' coach-
ing staff that he still had every
intention of honoring his commit-
ment to Michigan.

said. "For them, this year is their last
opportunity. For them, this is it. I
think it's an injustice."
If anyone but Ed Martin is culpa-
ble, says Groesser, it is the coaching
staff and the four former players who
have been implicated in the scandal.
"You have to blame the players,"
Groesser said, "especially Louis Bul-
lock. He was told to stay away from
Martin, but he was selfish and it cost
us a couple of seasons in forfeits. You
got to blame the coaching staff. If
anybody, (former coach Steve) Fisher
should be punished out of San Diego
State."
Lee agreed that Bullock, Robert
Traylor, Chris Webber, Maurice Tay-
lor and other members of past lineups
hold as much blame as Martin does.
"I think they pretty much know
what's right and what's wrong," Lee
said. "I think it's a little too much to
say that they were totally naive of the
situation. I'm sure that there were
some people who knew about it, but
kept quiet about it just for the team's
sake or the players' sake."
As for the University's measure to
educate players on NCAA conduct,
"it's a good try," Lee said, "but I don't
know how effective it will be."
What's more, the recent scandals
come as no surprise to students.
"I think that the University might
honor athletics a little more than aca-
demics," said Derrick Reed, an LSA
sophomore. "Sports are the big
money-maker in this school."
Gorshein said Martin's malfea-
sance is typical of Big Ten sports.
"I definitely think it's a corruption
of the moral regulations that should
go into college athletics," Gorshein
said. "But at the same time, every-
thing in the world is about politics."
"The reputation of Michigan
speaks for itself," Harris' coach
Derrick McDowell said. "Amaker
has spent a long time developing
the relationship with Dion and this
decision isn't going to affect that.
Dion grew up watching the Fab Five
and was a big fan of theirs. I think
that was a big part of his initial
attraction to Michigan."

d he has found Coleman to
istener, as well as someone
to faculty and administra-
resident Coleman may not
very initiative and every pro-
comes her way, one can
ssured that she has carefully
what you have to present," he
passes, we stand to see
brilliance."
y Regent Larry Deitch (D-
arms) said Coleman brings
ence as a past Big Ten Uni-
dent as well as a set of values
iw public universities should
t they should stand for.
t hundred days have only
the view I expressed on the
nated her for president," he
rng the candidates we saw,

she was the best of the best."
Deitch said it is her skills, her experi-
ence and her attitude toward higher
education that have made her a strong
and decisive leader. He also said her
history as a people person was a critical
element in her selection, one that she
has exemplified in her work at the Uni-
versity so far.
"I think she has shown a high degree
of energy and enthusiasm about going
out and meeting with various communi-
ty groups," Deitch said.
He added that he thinks the splendid
job she has done so far is an example of
what she will do in the future.
"I am looking forward to great things
under her leadership in the months and
years to come,' Deitch said.
Newly re-elected University Regent
Andrea Fischer Newman (R-Ann
Arbor) said Coleman has "hit the

ground running" since starting her posi-
tion at the University.
Specifically, she said Coleman
moved immediately on appointing Alan
Saltiel as the new director of the LSI.
Newman said Coleman's background in
science has enhanced the role she has
played in the development of the LSI.
She added that former University
President Lee Bollinger was a great
president too, but-that both his and
Coleman's styles are somewhat differ-
ent. Newman said Coleman has been
terrific in meeting the University's cur-
rent needs.
"Michigan has a great history and
tradition of finding the right person at
the right time to be our president -
we're very lucky that way."
"The idea that we'll get to spend
many years together is exciting," New-
man said.

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