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The Michigan Daily - SportsWednesday - October 15, 2003 - 5B

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1. Give credit to Michigan's
offensive line, it came up
huge when it needed to -
mainly during Michigan's
shotgun offense. Holes were
opened up for John Navarre
to pass through, even to the
point where Navarre was
able to step up to the line
and deliver his throws
uncontested. Considering
the line was having difficul-
ties moving the ball on the
ground early on - thanks in
part to Minnesota loading
up defenders in the box -
the successes the line had
at the end of the game
showed the All-American
line that was promised at
the beginning of the season.
2. It was LaMarr Woodley's
time to shine. On a day when
it was tough for any of the
front seven to be spectacular
- giving up over 400 yards
on the run will do that -
Woodley shined. He had nine
tackles, but it was when he
wasn't making a play that
made him good. He'd take up
two offensive linemen at a
time, which should have
freed up for tackles for loss.
It was just that Asad Abdul-
Khaliq was an elusive quar-
terback for many of
Michigan's defenders.
3. Can't dominate with the
run? No problem. Michigan
offensive coordinator Terry
Malone went right to the
screen and swing passes
that gave Chris Perry the
freedom he needed to make
big plays. The same that he
would usually make through
holes in the line. Kudos to
Malone for keeping Perry a
large part of the offense.

higan Daily Sports Editor Kyle O'Neill is not a collegiate athlete, nor is
collegiatecoach. But he was a starting wide receiver for his winless
a at Garber High School, was third in Bay County in receptions his sen-
ear and claims to know something about the game of football. So each
e, we'll let him and his 5-foot-10, 158-pound frame break down why
higan either succeeded or failed.
Key play: 1 st-and-10; 11:12, Third quarter
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Explanation: The double pass worked for a few reasons. The first was that it had been set up all game (and
all season) by the quick passes that John Navarre would throw to his wideouts before they even crossed the
line of scrimmage. The previous play, Braylon Edwards had caught the same ball that Steve Breaston did,
except Edwards ran with it. Minnesota's defenders - all but two - followed Navarre's original pass, expect-
ing the play to be designed for Breaston. Not even Tim Massaquoi's slant over the middle of the field gar-
nered any attention (Breaston could have hit him in stride for a touchdown as well). Give credit to
Michigan's offensive line for moving down field so well. Only two blocks needed to be made - David Baas
on Minnesota's Eli Ward and Matt Lentz on Ukee Dozier - but they were made well. Well, there's only so
much I can say about Minnesota completely biting on this play and how Michigan sold it so well ... so here's
a few takes on how Navarre scored:
Michigan quarterbacks coach Scot Loeffler: "That was a phenomenal call. It's a big joke in the staff room ...
out of all the quarterbacks (who have run that play) I can't believe he scored it, to be honest with you. He's
been waiting five years to run that play. Stevie Breaston - gosh - I might have to start recruiting him to
play quarterback."
Michigan offensive coordinator Terry Malone: "Maybe Henson is a lot slower than Navarre."
Michigan running back Chris Perry: "It took him a long time to get there. But he got there, and that's all that
matters. I was like, 'Come on, man, come on,' but he took his time. I guess he wanted to look up to the
crowd and wave - but he did what he had to do to get in the endzone."

Hype-meter
r<;.Ohio State fans
>4yyrPenn State
game last year
- Lloyd's proud
lYou'll be a fine
Michigan alum
Shaking keys
on 3rd down
Sorority girls
on cell phones
Minnesota was deafening at
points ... yeah, because
Golden Gophers fans were
encased in a dome.
Minnesota had its largest
crowd ever ... yeah, and
there were still empty seats
in what was its biggest
game of the season.
Minnesota stayed until the
end ... yeah, and they booed
their team as it left the
field.
Consider us not that
impressed with Minnesota,
and it had a chance to stun
us after a sub-par perform-
ance from Iowa. Pointless
spellings of "M-1-N-N-E-S-0-T-
A" were impossible to under-
stand as one half of the
arena would be on "E" while
the other was mumbling out
S.
While this crowd was more
vocal than most Michigan
home games, it was hardly
up to what it could have
been: Hence the poor rank-
ing and disappointment.
But ... the food was good.
And while we've never con-
sidered this before, a good
brat can make the differ-
ence when the crowd isn't
delivering what it should.

Ask the
Football Writers
EDITOR'S NOTE: On age
5B of SportsMonday, the f oot-
ball writers will answer your
questions about anything, and
we mean anything. E-mail us
with questions or just to vent at:
askthefootbalwriters@umich.edu
We do have an update on
Jeff Zuttah, the freshman
offensive lineman, from
last week. Michigan
coach Lloyd Carr verified
what he had said this
past summer, giving Zut-
tah a chance to leave
Michigan and transfer
without the penalty of
having to sit out a year.
Zuttah is still a student
at the University, howev-
er. And though he will
keep his scholarship, he
has not been a part of
the team at this point of
the season.

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Michigan went for it
on 4th-and-1 near mid-
field when it was tied
35-35. This didn't
seem like a very Lloyd
Carr thing to do. Why
did he go for it?
- Alyson Lobert, LSA
Senior

Alyson,
Carr said he knew that
if they didn't convert,
they could lose the
game. He considered
punting because after
converting two QB
sneaks early in the
game, he wasn't sure
they could convert
another one with a
stacked line. But all
the coaches and play-
ers wanted to go, and
as Carr said, "Thank
God]I did." Carr also
said, "The other
thought that went
through my mind is if
you punt the ball away,
you may never get it

Four Big East schools file lawsuit against Boston CQllege,ACC

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Officials from four Big
East football schools approved a lawsuit Monday against
Boston College, its athletic director and four Atlantic
Coast Conference officials, state Attorney General
Richard Blumenthal said.
The suit, filed yesterday in Vernon Superior Court,
alleges that the ACC and Boston College conspired to
weaken the Big East. Boston College
announced Sunday that it would follow
the University of Miami and Virginia
Tech, which are leaving the Big East to
join the ACC. n
}"We just got off a conference call,"'
Blumenthal said early Monday evening.
"All the presidents have authorized this lawsuit."
The suit names Boston College athletic director Gene
DeFilippo, ACC Commissioner John Swofford, ACC
President Carolyn Callahan, ACC Vice President Donn
Ward and ACC Treasurer Cecil Huey, Blumenthal said.
Connecticut, Rutgers, Pittsburgh and West Virginia
already are suing Miami. A judge last week threw out a
case against the ACC on jurisdictional grounds.
vi"I suspect the same will happen to those of us who, by
virtue of our rotation, happen to be officers," Ward said.
"And I suspect the people of Connecticut want their
attorney general to chase far more important issues."
The case against the ACC was thrown out because
attorneys could not prove the conference did enough
business in Connecticut to warrant a state suit. By suing
the conference directors as individuals, Big East schools
hope they can get around the jurisdiction issue.
"We are not required to show they are transacting
business," Blumenthal said. "If they have violated the
law and have damaged Connecticut or its citizens, they

can be sued."
Messages seeking comment were left at the homes
and offices of the other school and conference officials.
Hugh Keefe, an attorney who represented the ACC, did
not return a page.
Miami and Virginia Tech will join the ACC next year.
Boston College might not change conferences until 2006.
The suit makes several tort claims, including unfair
trade practices, civil conspiracy and breach of contract,
Blumenthal said. As in the suit against Miami, the Big
East schools seek unspecified damages.
The suit singles out DeFilippo for allegedly using his
role as a conference director with Big East to manipulate
discussions between BC, Miami and the ACC, Blumen-
thal said.
"One of the key reasons that BC and DeFilippo were
able to engage in this secret scheme with Miami and the
ACC is that they had access to sensitive and confidential
information from the Big East and its member schools,"
Blumenthal said.
He said Boston College's defection strengthened the
case.
"The more we learn, the more appalled and astonished
we are by the depth and breadth of the illegality," Blu-
menthal said.
No Mo' lawsuit: COLUMBUS (AP) - An attorney
for Maurice Clarett clarified Monday that Clarett is not
suing Ohio State, but rather is asking that the school be
held in contempt of court for violating Clarett's student
privacy rights and be ordered to pay him at least $2.5
million, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported yesterday.
"I want to make clear that we didn't sue the universi-
ty," Percy Squire told the paper by telephone.
Squire told the paper that he filed a motion, and an

accompanying complaint, on Friday, in which he claims
Ohio State committed a "deliberate, calculated and mali-
cious violation" of a permanent injunction issued in
2000 by a U.S. District Court that prohibits universities
from releasing "student disciplinary records" or any
"personally identifiable information" about a student.
According to the report, Ohio State was a defendant
in that case in which a judge ruled disciplinary records
are considered educational records protected by the
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
Clarett is accused of filing an exaggerated theft report
with campus police in April after a dealership's car he
was borrowing was broken into. Clarett has pleaded
innocent to one count of falsification, a misdemeanor
with a maximum penalty of six months in jail and a
$1,000 fine.
Squire claims the university obtained information
about that theft report during the course of an NCAA
investigation into possible eligibility violations and then
turned that information over to city prosecutors.
According to the report, Squire is asking the court to
prevent that information from being used against Clarett
because it was provided illegally.
"I don't think it's fair for Mr. Clarett to go down and
face criminal charges for evidence that was in violation
of a court order," Squire said.
On Saturday, a university attorney called the federal
action "procedurally irregular" and "misguided,"
because the school hasn't had time to respond to a coun-
ty complaint filed last month seeking information to
help determine if Clarett should sue.
Squire claims that Clarett could suffer significant eco-
nomic harm if the school's disciplinary records are
allowed to be used in the criminal case.

Boston College Athletic Director Gene DeFilippo speaks Sunday in
Boston. The school agreed to join the Atlantic Coast Conference.

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STAFF PICKS
Predictions AGAINST THE
SPREAD for 10/11/03
No. 20 Michigan at No. 17 Minnesota (-1)
No. 21 Michigan State (-3.5) at ILLINOIS
Northwestern (-3.5) at INDIANA
Penn State at No. 18 PURDUE (-12.5)
No. 3 Ohio State (-2.5) at No. 23 WISCONSIN
No. 18 Texas Christian at SOUTH FLORIDA (-1)
No. 2 Miami at No. 5 FLORIDA STATE (-7)
Syracuse at No. 4 VIRGINIA TECH (-18)
No. 22 Kansas State (-3) at OKLAHoMA STATE
No. 25 Virginia (-2) at CILmsoN
.,- .A .-.,16:

Courtney
Lewis

Minnesota
Michigan State
Northwestern
Purdue
Wisconsin
Texas Christian
Miami
Virginia Tech
Kansas State
Virginia
a.a.m

J. Brady
McCollough
Michigan
Illinois
Northwestern
Purdue
Ohio State
South Florida
Miami
Virginia Tech
Kansas State
Clemson
A rkar na

Kyle
O'Neill
Michigan
Michigan State
Northwestern
Purdue
Ohio State
Texas Christian
Miami
Virginia Tech
Kansas State
Virginia
Ahurn

Michigan
Michigan State
Indiana
Purdue
Wisconsin
Texas Christian
Miami
Virginia Tech
Kansas State
Virginia
Auburn

Naweed
Sikora

George
Washington
Minnesota
Michigan State
Indiana
Purdue
Ohio State
Texas Christian
Florida State
Virginia Tech
Oklahoma State
Clemson
Arkansas

No lie: Washington
can 't produce
He commanded the Continental
Army? So what? He had no faith
in Michigan. So why should we
have faith in him?
Led the revolution against the
British? Your point? The guy
couldn't even manage a .500
record this week. Even Kyle
O'Neill managed to go above
that this week at 10-8.
Aside from the perennial losers
- Ann Arbor's best and O'Neill
- it is all left to play for.
Courtney Lewis, J. Brady McCol-
lough and Naweed Sikora are in
a three-way tie for first and nei-
ther are looking to give a leg up
to their opponent. In fact, things
have gotten tense at work.

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