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Fall 2003


NC.AAdecides on

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.Frostbitten but still
wearng a smile:
An introduction to
Wolverine sports
M ark Bonges had never been a fan of Michigan
sports. Really, he wasn't a sports fan at all. His
father was a University alum, but Mark - from
Evanston, a Chicago suburb - had not even attended a
Michigan football game. He only watched the Wolverines on
TV when they were playing - gasp -Northwestern. When
talking about legends like Bo Schembechler, Desmond
Howard and Charles Woodson, you might as well have been
speaking in tongues as far ask Mark was concerned.
But then he enrolled in Fall 2000. And by some miracle,
Mark ordered football season tickets. Whew! That was a
close one.
By the end of his first semester, Mark had attended every
home game and road games at Northwestern and Ohio State.
All of a sudden, he knew what it meant to be a Michigan
football fan. He'd experienced what some consider the most
heartbreaking loss in Michigan history in Evanston (54-51
last-second loss that ended Michigan's chances at an outright
Big Ten title) and the ending of the John Cooper era in
Columbus (a 38-26 win that pushed Coop's record against
Michigan to 2-10-1).
Within four months, Mark had become such a "Michigan
man" that he would sacrifice anything to help his beloved
Wolverines win - including his fingers. Late into one frigid
January evening, Mark joined a friend from South Quad in
taping up "Don't go pro Dave and Drew" signs all over the
Diag and the rest of Central Campus. They shared one pair
of gloves. Of course, Terrell and Henson did not return to
Michigan, but that's OK, regardless of what Mark's fingers
would tell you.
Mark made the right decision - one that I am encourag-
ing all of you to make. And get this - you can even keep
your functioning body parts. Frostbite is not a requirement.
Embrace Michigan sports. Let them infect you like a virus
eating through your computer's hard drive.
Many of you are reaching for your own anti-virus right
now. For some, that will be your classes. For others, you'll be
much more worried about creating Saturday morning hang-
overs than actually showing up for those obnoxious noon
football games. Maybe you're so devoted to the notion that
professional sports are vastly superior to college, so why
even bother? I'm looking at you here, New Yorkers and Long
Islanders. It's not our fault the only college athletic event
you've ever been to is Fordham basketball or SUNY-Pur-
chase football.
Put away your anti-virus, whatever it may be. There are the
obvious reasons to be a Michigan fan.
Michigan wins. The football team has won the most games
in college football history. It's won 11 national champi-
onships. The basketball team, even after deleting 100-some-
thing wins from its record books, won a national title in 1989
and many Big Ten titles. The hockey team has won nine
national championships and has become a yearly lock to
make the Frozen Four.
But then again, the Yankees win a lot, too. So do the Lak-
ers. Having a 4.0 GPA makes you a winner in most circles.
Becoming a beer pong superstar also makes you a winner
about three nights a week. But, we all enjoy winning more
than anything, and being a Michigan fan provides that sensa-
tion regularly.
Michigan has tradition. But not tradition like lesser
schools only claim to have. Michigan Stadium - you'll
know it as the "Big House" - is the largest football stadium
in the country. It's bigger than every pro stadium, and only
soccer stadiums in Europe can rival its intimidation factor.
Michigan has the best uniforms in just about every sport -
hands down. There is nothing like putting on your Michigan
football replica jersey (or in the sorority girl's case, the blue
shorts with maize "Michigan" printed across the back side)
and heading down to Hoover Street. As Schembechler put it,
"Tradition is something you can't bottle. You can't buy it at
the corner store."
However, buying beer at the corner store is also a tradition
that many students cherish. Studying at the picturesque law
library is a tradition that has stimulated the mind of Michi-
gan men and women for ages. As I said, there is more tradi-
tion packed into a fall Saturday afternoon at the Big House
than anywhere else in the country, but it's easy to find else-
where on campus.
So, winning and tradition.
"I don't have to be a Michigan fan to experience those

things," you say, like the all-knowing freshman that you are.
You may be right, But when you're sitting at the cafeteria
table at your dorm with a total stranger, and you are grasping
for something interesting to talk about, knowing who John
Navarre is or that the Michigan basketball team is on proba-
tion might not be such a bad thing to know.
Michigan sports will be the one thing that will connect
you to just about every person in that cafeteria. They tran-
scend everything else at the University, because they're big-
ger than the University. Over the next four years, Michigan
sports will take you on the ride of your life.
All you have to do is jump on board.
Who knows? You might end up with no fingers.

By Gennaro FMice
Daily Sports Editor'
For what it called, "one of the three or four most egre-
gious violations of NCAA bylaws in history," the NCAA
Division I Committee on Infractions banned the University's
men's basketball team from next year's postseason on May
8th. The committee also ruled that the program will be
placed on probation until November 2006 and lose one of
its 13 scholarships each year for four years starting in the
2004-05 academic year.
Michigan's violations date all the way back to the early
'90s Fab Five era, and involved four former Wolverines -
Chris Webber, Robert Traylor, Maurice Taylor and Louis,
Bullock - who altogether received over $616,000 from
now-deceased booster Ed Martin.
University President Mary Sue Coleman admitted
that the basketball program deserves additional punish-
ment by the NCAA, but not in the form of another year
of postseason ban. She says that the University will
"completely accept" the probation, loss of scholarships
and disassociation aspects, but intends to appeal the
postseason sanction.
"We've always accepted responsibility for the concerns
raised by the NCAA and by the Infractions Committee
that are displayed in this report," Coleman said. "We own
the wrongdoing, and we own the responsibility."
"However, I have to tell you that I am disappointed that the
committee's actions will have the effect of punishing our cur-
rent, uninvolved student-athletes with this additional one year
ban from postseason play' she added.
Committee chair Thomas Yeager feels that all sanc-
tions were needed, regardless of whom they affected.
"The Committee on Infractions cannot shirk its responsi-
bility to the entire membership by failing to apply meaning-
ful and appropriate sanctions against the University in order
to protect the postseason opportunities of current, and as we
acknowledge, uninvolved student-athletes," Yeager said by
The Committee of Infractions is an independent adminis-
trative body composed of representatives from NCAA

member institutions and the general public.
All members either have experience in ath-
letic departments or law.
Another stipulation in Michi-
gan's punishment will be
completely disassociating
itself from the four play-
ers for the next 10
years - the largest
ever hand-
ed out by
r t h e
the disas-
"""s ciat ion,
- Michigan cannot

banners from Crisler Arena and eliminating all records of
the quartet in any printed materials. Michigan also returned
the $450,000 earned from postseason appearances in the
"Although the self-imposed penalties are significant and
appropriate, as mitigated for the institution's cooperation and
efforts to uncover the facts, as well as the time factor of the
time of the violation, the committee concluded that addition-
al penalties are warranted," Yeager said.
Many Michigan faithful share Coleman's displeasure
with the postseason ban, but Yeager says it could have been
much worse.
"A two-year postseason ban isn't the worst that
could've happened by any stretch," Yeager said.
"When the committee evaluated all these factors, and
gave sufficient weight to the University's cooperation,
mitigation, age of the case, self-imposed penalties, we
felt it was a two-year case in which one has already
Y MOLOSHOK/Daily been served."
nd other If the appeal fails, the 2003-04 season
n's troubled will be Michigan's second straight cam-
face another paign with a postseason ban. But, accord-
ason play. ing to point guard Daniel Horton - who
will be a sophomore next season - the
team remains optimistic, and no one has any intentions
to leave the program.
"Everybody's coming back (for next season)," Horton
said. "I look at (the possible postseason ban) as another chal-
lenge. We can show tremendous character if we are able to
overcome this and still have a great season."
Michigan's postseason ban includes both the NCAA and
NIT tournaments, but the Wolverines are eligible to play in
the Big Ten Tournament.
Most of these violations took place while Steve Fisher -
currently head coach at San Diego State - held the head
coaching position at Michigan. The NCAA said there were
many "red flags" that Fisher should have picked up on dur-
ing the time, but found no wrongdoing by the coach.
"There was no direct evidence that (Fisher) was involved
in the violations. Hence there's no penalty,Yeager said.
In July, Webber was on trial for obstruction of justice and

any assis-
t a n c e
(in cluding
financial) from

Bernard Robinson ai
members of Mlchlga
basketball program1
year without postsei

the quartet and is6
barred from giving
them any benefit or
privilege, either directly or
indirectly, that is not avail-
able to the general public. The
NCAA also expects the University
to implement other actions to elimi-
nate their involvement in the athletic
program, and completely remove them from
all University records.
Last November, the University self-imposed
a number of penalties that went into effect in the
2002-03 season. Besides banning itself from any 2003 post-
season play and placing itself on two years of probation,
Michigan basically erased all existence of the four afore-
mentioned players by forfeiting 112 regular season and
tournament games which they took part in, removing four

February: While driving to Ann Arbor after
visiting Ed Martin's home in Detroit, five
Michigan men's basketball players and one
prospective recruit are involved in a car acci-
dent. An investigation into the car's owner-
shiprr4at sive SUV) arises.
June: Michigan and the Big Ten Conference
submit a joint investigative report to the
March: To counter allegations against the
men's basketball program by the NCAA, for-

mer Michigan President Lee Bollinger
demands that an independent investigation of
Martin and his relationship with student-ath-
letes be carried out.
Octoben During the independent investiga-
tion, it is concluded that there is enough evi-
dence o Envict Martin of three secondary
violations, and a report is submitted to the
May: Michigan is informed that after an FBI
investigation, officials discovered that Martin,
involved in his own gambling ring, had made

improper payments to former Michigan bas-
ketball student-athletes.
May: Martin pleads guilty to a conspiracy of
laundering money in exchange for the other
seven counts of his indictment being dropped.
He agrees to cooperate fully with further
Michigan investigations.
July: Representatives of the NCAA and
Michigan meet with Martin's attorneys, the
FBI and an assistant US attorney to gather
information about Martin.
Octoben A letter of official inquiry is

received by Michigan.
Novemben Michigan responds with self-
imposed penalties, including a ban on 2003
post-season competition.
February: Michigan appears before the
NCAA Division.I Committee on Infractions.
May: The Infractions reports is released,
dicttating that Michigan refrain from post-
season competition in the 2003-'04 season,
be placed on probation until 2006 and lose
one of their thirteen scholarships for the next
four years.


National hockey tide eludes
Icers in overtime defeat

By Bob Hunt
Daily Sports Writer
BUFFALO, N.Y. - It seemed like the Michigan
hockey team was finally going to take that next
step. After coming out and dominating the first
period, developing a 2-0 second-period lead, the
Wolverines had a berth in the NCAA national title
game in their grasp.
But for the third straight year, it wasn't meant to be.
Minnesota goals late in the second period and
early in the third gave freshman Thomas Vanek a
chance to score in overtime and defeat the Wolver-
ines to advance to its second straight title game.
At 8:55 in overtime, Vanek got al3way from junior
alternate captain Andy Burnes behind the net before
he received the puck and put it between goaltender
Al Montoya's right shoulder and the post.
The defeat was the seventh national semifinal loss
in nine NCAA Frozen Four appearances for the
Wolverines in the past 12 years.
"We really came in here feeling like we had a

chance to win it," Burnes said.
"We had the chemistry all year long and the
leadership. I still feel like we should have won
that game."
Michigan got the vast majority of the scoring
chances in the first period, outshooting Minnesota
15-5 and scoring at 9:33 when freshman Andrew
Ebbett passed the puck off the draw to fellow fresh-
man Brandon Kaleniecki, who wristed the puck past
Minnesota goaltender Travis Weber's glove. But the
Wolverines mustered just one goal in the period in
part to some spectacular saves by Weber.
"We really needed to score more than one goal in
the first period," Michigan coach Red Berenson said.
"We had them on their heels, and we needed to make
those chances count because you knew that it was
not going to be a one-sided game."
Senior two-year captain Jed Ortmeyer received a
pass from freshman Jeff Tambellini right in front and
put the puck through Weber's legs, putting the
Wolverines up two. But the Golden Gophers con-
See HOCKEY, Page 7E

Dwight Helminen (10) and Eric Nystrom (21) lower their heads in
dejection as Minnesota celebrates its 3-2 overtime victory.

Guevara resigns, Burnett steps up to save program

By Jim Weber
Daily Sports Writer

This isn't how it's supposed to go.
Once a program is rebuilt, it's not sup-
posed to fall apart again.
After taking over a miserable women's
basketball program and leading it to the
second round of the NCAA Tournament
just two years ago, Sue Guevara saw her
last two teams take nosedives.
Two years in a row, Michigan started
the season strong in the nonconference
schedule, but ended it limping to the fin-
ish. This past season, the Wolverines
started off 9-2 before finishing tied for
last in the Big Ten (3-13) and 13-16 over-
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before she became head coach.
It was also her last season. Just a cou-
ple weeks after the Wolverines were elim-
inated in the Big Ten Tournament,
Guevara resigned after a meeting with
Athletic Director Bill Martin.
So what went wrong the past two sea-
sons? It appears that what helped Guevara
become the winningest coach in Michigan
women's basketball history didn't work
anymore. Guevara always tried to trans-
form her players into leaders that are men-
tally tough. But according to players on
last year's team, Guevara's style of coach-
ing, combined with her frustration in los-
ing, resulted in too much criticism.
Guevara, who was a two-time Big Ten
fr, of te .V-nr Pninati t+e imanr-

"I look at an Anne Thorius, who, when
the going got tough, she got everybody
together and put them on her shoulders,"
Guevara said of her point guard that led
the Wolverines to the second round of the
NCAA Tournament in the 2000-01 sea-
son. "That is tough."
The problem is, no one assumed Tho-
rius' role since she graduated. Two years.
ago, Michigan moved shooting guard
Alayne Ingram to the point, something
she struggled with all season. This past
season, the point guard duties were han-
dled by several freshmen, while captain
and preseason All-Big Ten pick LeeAnn
Bies struggled throughout the Big Ten
season at center.
The nst twn eanne xmnlifv why

feelings get hurt in the process, so be it.
"I talked to a player once because she
was upset about the way someone said
something to her. And I pulled her off the
floor and I said, 'When you play in the
Gus Mackers (basketball tournament),
don't people talk trash and swear at you
and stuff? Do you crumble? Or do you
fight? Do you go back at them? What do
you do?'
" I go back at them,"' the player said,
according to Guevara.
"Well, then why can't you do the same
thing here?"' Guevara asked. "'It's the
same thing. You have to block that out."'
From bad to worse
The problem is, some players thought
Guevara hecame overly critical once the



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