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switches its entire defensive playbook
to confuse them. They don't lead
teams that are undefeated in the con-
ference this late in the year.
Mike Hart's not a freshman either.
No way. Freshman running backs -
especially if they are (maybe) 5-foot-
9 and look like they haven't started
shaving yet - don't run for over 200
yards in crucial Big Ten conference
games. They don't bounce off tackle
after tackle after tackle for big gains.
They don't break two long runs in the
waning moments of a game to set up
So it appears the best thing about
Michigan's freshman backfield duo is
that they refuse to act their age.
"We have to come out here and
play - Chad and I do," Hart said.
"We don't want people to say we lost
because me and Chad are freshmen."
The irony is that much of the focus for
this game was on a senior. Purdue quar-
terback Kyle Orton - who had struggled
in a loss to Wisconsin last week - was
desperate to redeem himself and reclaim
his Heisman-frontrunner status.
Except that Orton spent much of his
day running for his life from Michi-
gan's pass rush. He looked flustered in
the face of the Wolverines' defensive
efforts, and his 14-for-30 day throwing
the ball was the result.
Meanwhile, Henne kept his cool
despite plenty of pressure from the
Boilermakers - even after throw-
ing an interception and several
times being unable to get Michigan
into the endzone and into the lead.
The result of that composure was
not one, not two, but three drives
by the Wolverines deep into Purdue
territory after the Boilermakers
took a 14-10 lead midway through
the third quarter.
"We've been through every situa-
tion," said Henne after the game - a
bold statement for someone who had just
played his eighth college game. "When
you feel comfortable out there and pre-
pare through the week, you can come out
during the week and show your talent."
And man, what talent it is.
With his 206-yard performance
against Purdue - which included
exactly zero carries for negative yard-
age - Hart now has 936 yards on the
season. That gives him more yards than
any true freshman running back has
ever had at Michigan, passing Ricky
Powers's total of 748 yards in 1990.
"I didn't know I'd be coming (to
Michigan) doing this," Hart said. "I
knew I could come in here and play,
but I didn't know I was going to do
But, of course, no one could have
known this was coming. In college
football, freshmen are supposed to ease
their way in - maybe redshirt or play a
Not at Michigan. Not this year.
Henne's been solid, the third-best
quarterback statistics-wise in the
Big Ten behind Orton and North-
western's Brett Basanez, who run
"Throw first, ask questions later"
And Hart has been sensational - he
had a run in the third quarter that was
as good as any you'll ever see. On a
2nd-and-20 draw play, Hart was hit
simultaneously by three (yeah, three)
guys, and simply ran through the
tackles for 33 yards to set up a Garrett
Rivas field goal that cut the Purdue lead
"He has a freshman status," said
Michigan safety Ernest Shazor of Hart,
"but he's playing in a senior body."
So if the rest of the Big Ten is wait-
ing for Michigan's backfield duo to
start making the proverbial "freshman
mistakes," it might be time to move on.
Because I don't see any freshmen.
. Chris Burke can be reached at
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ects the University undertakes on behalf
of the government. Many of those proj-
ects are done in concert with the U.S.
Department of Health and Human Ser-
vices which gave about $350 million last
year. The department and the University
work together on conducting research
about issues such as mental health and
"There are all kinds of public benefit
that accrues with research. The list is
endless. It's the kind of basic research
that corporations can't do because they
need an instant return on their invest-
ments," Waring said.
Because lobbying the government to
receive checks does not happen over-
night, the University must keep up its
relationships with members of Congress
over the course of years.
"You really need to establish relation-
ships with key individuals - members
of the Michigan congressional delegation
- and their staff. We do a lot with respect
to our colleagues in the Big Ten and with
the other big higher ed organizations that
represent universities across the country,"
said Cynthia Wilbanks, the University's
vice president for government relations.
Those same politicians and the next
U.S. president will face a projected $415
billion deficit next year, according to the
Congressional Budget Office. As a result,
schools may lose money earmarked to
them - as has already happened with
cutbacks in 2003. President Bush and
Democratic nominee John Kerry have
pledged to cut the deficit over the next five
years when they submit their budgets to
Congress, whose members will discuss
any changes with college lobbyists.
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conference on Iraq that Egyptian Presi-
dent Hosni Mubarak will host next month.
This conference is part of Bush's larger
strategy to win back allies. The guest
list includes leaders from Europe and the
At the behest of the Bush administra-
tion, NATO members agreed earlier this
month to aid in the training of Iraqi secu-
rity forces, The Associated Press report-
ed. They have promised 300 trainers by
the year's end in addition to the 40 already
stationed there, with a possible total con-
tribution of 2,000 to 3,000 trainers.
Not all of the training will take place
within Iraq. According to NATO officials,
Iraqi policemen and troops will also train
in Italy, Germany and Norway.
Despite these developments, Kerry has
said he would still accelerate the training
process. The Democratic nominee has
said the involvement of more allies would
ease the burden on America's military.
Though Kerry has asserted that he will
gain allies if elected, no nation has pub-
licly stated its intention to commit troops
to Iraq in the event of a Kerry victory.
Earlier this month, a spokesman for
German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder
said Germany will not change its policy
on Iraq, even if Kerry is elected.
"It remains in the future as it was in the
past - there will be no German soldiers
in Iraq," he told the AP.
But Democratic vice-presidential nom-
inee John Edwards has said a Kerry presi-
dency would attract allies.
"Success breeds contribution, (which)
breeds joining the coalition," he said in
this month's vice-presidential debate.
Many of the allies' leaders have also
expressed resentment at being denied
reconstruction contracts by Bush for
not having committed to the original
Kerry has said he would allow coun-
tries that did not support the U.S.-led inva-
sion to bid on reconstruction contracts.
There are currently 165,000 trained Iraqi
personnel and the U.S. Department of Defense
plans to expand the Iraqi National Guard.
Kerry's plan to spread the responsibil-
ity of rebuilding Iraq is an idea also shared
by the Bush administration.
The administration has said an Iraqi
army is being trained to compensate for
the shortage of allies and relieve pressure
on the United States. There are currently
165,000 trained Iraqi personnel and the
U.S. Department of Defense plans to
expand the Iraqi National Guard, the army
and the force patrolling Iraqi borders.
The Bush administration has suggested
- most recently by Vice President Dick
Cheney in a debate with Edwards - that
the burden of manpower, weaponry, tax
dollars and casualties is shared by the U.S.
with its allies. But as Edwards noted in
the debate, an overwhelming majority of
coalition casualties have been suffered by
the United States, and CNN.com reports
that about 90 percent of the coalition's
casualties have been borne by U.S. forces.
One week ago, the White House pro-
vided fuel for Kerry's claim that Bush has
not been aggressive enough in his pursuit
of allies when it rejected a Saudi plan for
a Muslim force that would provide secu-
rity for Iraq's planned elections in January.
One reason the administration offered for
the rejection was that the proposed force
would operate outside the established
chain of command.
Perhaps the sharpest contrast that has
emerged between Bush and Kerry's foreign
policy platforms relates to their stances on
dealing with North Korea and Iran.
Unlike Bush, the Democratic nomi-
nee has favored bilateral talks with North
Korea, which claims to have several
nuclear weapons and defends its right to
possess nuclear arms as a deterrent to
U.S. aggression. In the final presidential
debate, Kerry said this strategy would
allow direct dialogue with North Korea
on a wide range of issues, including its
nuclear arsenal and human rights record.
The Bush administration has refused to
pursue one-on-one discussions with North
Korea and has instead been engaged in six-
party negotiations with the country that
have also involved China, South Korea,
Russia and Japan. But North Korean dic-
tator Kim Jong Il has been reluctant to
continue these talks, citing Bush's hostile
stance towards the Communist nation.
The presidential candidates also
diverge on the issue of dealing with Iran.
The Bush administration has expressed
a desire to take up the issue in the U.N.
Security Council, while diplomats from
Britain, France and Germany met with
Iranian counterparts Thursday and
plan to have another meeting Wednes-
day in Vienna. The three nations are
offering incentives to persuade Tehran
to halt uranium enrichment.
Kerry, on the other hand, has said he
would join these international efforts to
discourage Iran's nuclear ambitions. The
Islamic nation recently announced it will
forge ahead with its nuclear program,
though it claims its goal is to generate
nuclear power and not weapons.
But foreign ministry spokesman
Hamid Reza Asefi said yesterday,
"Indefinite suspension of nuclear enrich-
ment activities is not acceptable to the
Islamic Republic of Iran."
Neither candidate may be able to
convince Iran to abandon its atomic
energy program. As reported by the
Islamic Republic News Agency, Presi-
dent Mohammed Khatami said last week,
"Kerry and Bush are both wrong if they
think they can deprive Iran of its legiti-
mate right to acquire nuclear technology.
"U.S. policy is based on denying the
right of Iran in enriching uranium to pro-
duce nuclear fuel and this is something we
do not accept," he added.
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