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The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - September 29, 2003 - 3B

Turpin for
four more
By Jeremy Antar
Daily Sports Writer
BOWLING GREEN - As the rain came and
left Mickey Cochrane Field yesterday, so did
Bowling Green's chances of beating the Michi-
gan men's soccer team. In the second half of the
Wolverines' 6-1 victory over the Falcons, junior
Mychal Turpin put on a show
Turpin scored four goals
in a 21-minute span,
becoming the first player in B.NGG ,ENI
Big Ten history to record
two four-goal games in a career. Turpin did it in
two weeks.
Turpin's record-setting day was highlighted by
his second goal. Junior Knox Cameron placed
the ball at Turpin's feet, and Turpin, in the blink
of an eye, stepped over the ball with his left foot
and knocked it through the net with the inside of
his right foot. It looked like a no-look behind-
the-back pass in basketball, only much more
Turpin's first goal of the game came on a
breakaway. For the last few seconds, it was just
he and opposing goalkeeper David Degraff.
Degraff dove at Turpin's feet in desperation, and
Turpin, calmly and cooly, lept over Degraff
before giving the ball one last push into the net.
When asked if he was happy with his play,
Turpin modestly replied: "Mostly, in the first half
I didn't play that strong but in the second half I
came in and played pretty well."
Before the Wolverines second-half outburst,
the game was competitive. Senior tri-captain

Edwards'lack of playing time
a perplexing issue to examine

Michigan junior Mychal Turpin scored four goals in 21 minutes of the second half against Bowling
Green to lead the Wolverines to a 6-1 victory.

Mike White opened the scoring just 19:23 into
the first half with a goal assisted by sophomore
Adam Bruh. That marked the only goal of an
intense first half. Coach Steve Burns noted that
the early score may have diminished the Wolver-
ines' aggressiveness for the remainder of the
half. "After we scored our first goal, there was a
huge sense of relief," Burns said.
"We thought we were the better team, we
stopped playing with urgency."
Burns made a point at halftime to let his play-
ers know that Bowling Green was a worthy oppo-
nent, and that the team needed to stay focused on
doing what it needed to do to win the game.
"At halftime, we said this game is far from
over," Burns said.
Burns was pleased with the team's perform-
ance in the second half, noting that the players
accomplished some of the things they have been
working to improve upon.

"We wanted to make sure that defensively we
stayed very tight, and offensively, we got more
movement out of our front three forwards,"
Burns said.
Senior Kevin Taylor blasted a penalty kick into
the net to extend the Wolverine lead to 4-1, after
Turpin was taken down by a Falcon defender in
the penalty box. Turpin followed Taylor with his
third goal. This one was spurred by a lead pass
from freshman Michael O'Reilly, who sent the
ball sailing down the sideline to where only
Turpin could get to it. Turpin finished off his
incredible game at the 88:13 mark with a goal
assisted by White.
The Wolverines do not have much time to cel-
ebrate. They travel to Oakland University tomor-
row to face the 12th -Grizzlies.
"We're going to stay real level-headed because
Tuesday is the biggest game on our schedule,"
Burns said.

t seems like every time I ask a Michigan
football coach what's happening with Bray-
lon Edwards, I get the same response: "Next
OK. Fine. I'll ask another one: Who is Bray-
lon Edwards?
It's a question that
is almost impossible
to answer right now
for me, for the
Michigan coaching
staff and likely, for
Braylon himself.JBR
He talks the talk of . ORADY
a star, and if you saw MCCOLLOUGH
him strut out of the The SportsMonday
Michigan lockerroom column
after Saturday's
game, you'd say he walks the walk, too.
Sporting two shiny studs in his ears and
braids styled with precision and care, Edwards
would make even R. Kelly proud. He dodges
me like a seasoned veteran who's been dealing
with the media for years.
"Come on Braylon, just two minutes?" I say,
just wanting to get inside his head for a few
precious moments. "I ... I ... I can't do it today
... can't do it today," he says, walking hot and
fresh out the kitchen into a throng of fans.
Edwards has created the image of a superstar.
He wanted the No. I jersey and the bullseye
that comes with it. From signalling a first down
after a catch to making a circus out of a simple
touchdown grab, it's as if Edwards is scream-
ing, "Look at me!"
We're looking, but half the time, we can't
even find Edwards on the field.
Saturday's exhausting, 31-17 win against
Indiana was the second time Edwards has spent
major parts of a game on the sidelines, the first
coming against Central Michigan.
Michigan coach Lloyd Carr has admitted he
and Edwards aren't "on the same page," but
what does that really mean?
Let's do a little detective work.
April 2003: Carr gives Edwards the No. 1 jer-
sey, showing faith in his best receiver to be more
than just a great receiver - a leader on and off
the field. He jokes that if Edwards can't handle
the responsibility, he'll take the No. 1 away.
Central Michigan game: Edwards plays
mostly in crucial situations - third downs and
on the goalline - and scores two touchdowns.
After the game, Edwards says there were no .
discipline problems keeping him from playing.
He gets frustrated when sportswriters ask him
about dropped balls: "Why do you always have
to be focusing on the negatives?"
You asked for it, you got it, No. 1.
Oregon game: Without Edwards' 13-catch,
144-yard performance, there's no way the
Wolverines make a comeback in the second
half. He made catches that defied our imagina-
tion, but, as is the custom, dropped some balls
he could have caught. Regardless of the drops,
Edwards left little doubt his heart was in every
play. After the game ended, Edwards turned
around, leaned his head against the Autzen Sta-
dium wall and stood motionless. He was

Carr would not answer questions about
Edwards in the post-game press conference.
Could he have been disappointed with
Edwards' performance? It has to be something
deeper than just dropped balls.
Last Monday, Carr finally weighed in on
Edwards, saying "the only issue" is that Edwards
has trouble being on time. On time, as in,
Edwards shows up late to practice? Or, on time,
as in, Edwards makes catches that he shouldn't
make and drops balls he shouldn't drop? Some-
body help me with all of this Football-speak.
Carr continued with more coded speech.
"He has a challenge, and he'll meet that chal-
lenge," Carr said. "He knows the expectations
and he's working hard to meet them. If you're
working as hard as you can, then you're suc-
So ... the fact that Edwards didn't play until
six minutes were left in the second quarter
should tell us that he's not working as hard as
he can?
Edwards caught three passes for 42 yards in
limited action, including a touchdown on a pris-
tine route. After the game, wide receivers coach
Erik Campbell wouldn't talk about Edwards.
Carr said Edwards, who is nursing a dislocated
finger, had a "rough" week of practice, and
there is a lot of competition at his position.
So ... Tyrece Butler, Calvin Bell, Carl Tabb
and Jermaine Gonzales were above Edwards on
the depth chart because they'd outplayed him at
practice? Somehow, I find that hard to believe.
Stan Edwards, Braylon's father and a former
Michigan running back, is as perplexed as I am.
Stan Edwards said that when his son wasn't
playing in the first quarter, he thought the
coaches had decided not to play Braylon
against Indiana because of his finger. But "if
(the finger is) hurting in the first quarter, it's
hurting in the second quarter, too," Stan said.
Stan wasn't tiptoeing around his son's issue.
"(He has to) learn what the coaches want
him to do," Stan explained. "Learn how to mas-
ter the mental part off the football field. He
asked for the focus to be on him when he asked
for the number one, and there are responsibili-
ties on him that aren't on other people. He's
learning that. This is valuable.
"It's his time at U of M. He has to work it
Stan Edwards is right. It is Braylon's time,
but how much patience will the Michigan
coaches and fans have if this continues?
Students are turning on him. They are fed up
with his inconsistency. The great catches show
what he could be every down.
A friend of mine took out his frustration in
Playstation2's NCAA 2004. He changed
Edwards' jersey back to No. 80 and gave Steve
Breaston the No. 1.
If Edwards' "maturation process" keeps
plodding along at its current rate, Carr just
might do the same.
J Brady McCollough can be reached at
bradymcc@umich edu.

Mackovic out at Arizona after 1-4 start

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Arizona
fired coach John Mackovic yester-
day, five games into the third sea-
son of his tumultuous tenure in
Defensive coordinator Mike
Hankwitz will take over as interim
coach for the rest of the season.
Athletic director Jim Livengood
offered no specific reason for the
firing when he announced it Sun-
day at a news conference.
"There's no one single event, no
one happening, that all of a sudden
had a weight to it," he said.
Mackovic, who turns 60 on
Wednesday, survived a player
mutiny last season after tearfully
promising to do a better job of com-
municating. But this year's team
lost to LSU, Oregon and Purdue by
a combined score of 166-30.

The Wildcats (1-4) played their
best game of the season in a 13-10
overtime home loss to TCU (No. 21
ESPN/USA Today, No. 20 Associ-
ated Press) on Saturday night, but
pressure from boosters and unrest
among the players led Livengood to
let the coach go.
Livengood had insisted that
Mackovic's status would not be
evaluated until the end of the season
but changed his mind.
The athletic director met with
Arizona's players for about an hour
on Sunday morning, then spoke
with Mackovic.
"I felt that at this particular point
in time it warranted making a deci-
sion right now," Livengood said.
"That's going away from what I've
normally done."
Mackovic was 10-18 at Arizona.

The Wildcats currently have lost 12
consecutive Pac-10 home games.
Mackovic signed a five-year, $4
million contract in December 2000,
and the buyout of his deal will cost
$909,000. He had been out of
coaching since 1998, serving as an
ESPN commentator.
Last November, more than 40
players asked for and were granted
a meeting with university president
Peter Likins to air their complaints
about the coach.
For some 90 minutes, the play-
ers told Likins of what they
believed was Mackovic's unwar-
ranted verbal abuse, and the mis-
ery that was Arizona football. The
team was 0-6 in the Pac-10, and
3-7 overall at the time.
Mackovic held a lengthy team
meeting, then apologized at a

news conference.
"I'm terribly sorry for my part in
this turmoil and unrest," he said at
the time. "I accept full responsibili-
ty for my actions and pledge to
work tirelessly to mend any fences."
Later, Mackovic indicated that
"outside forces," apparently boost-
ers and players' parents, had insti-
gated the unrest.
Livengood stood by his side then,
but the pressure got too intense, as
problems between the players and
coach continued this season.
He coached at Texas, Illinois and
Wake Forest, and has a 95-82-3 col-
legiate record. He also coached the
Kansas City Chiefs from 1983 to
Mackovic hired Hankwitz just
before the start of spring prac-
tice this year.

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