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Ann Arbor, Michigan

Monday, December 3, 2007


Louisiana State football coach Les Miles was widely expected to be Michigan's next football coach. But this weekend he signed a contract extension with Louisiana State.
How Michig an Iost Miles

of DNC
Democratic party says Jan.15
primary violates rules
VIENNA, Va. (AP) - Democratic leaders voted
Saturday to strip Michigan of all its delegates to the
national convention next year as punishment for
scheduling an early presidential primary in violation
of party rules.
In spite of the vote, some party leaders and officials
said they believed the delegates would eventually be
seated at the convention.
Michigan, with 156 delegates, has scheduled a Jan.
15 primary. Democratic Party rules prohibit states
other than Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South
Carolina from holding nominating contests before
Feb. 5. Florida was hit with a similar penalty in August
for scheduling a Jan. 29 primary.
Michigan officials anticipated the action by the
Democratic National Committee's rules panel. But
Michigan Democratic Chairman Mark Brewer said
before the vote thathe didn't think the delegates would
be lost for good. He expects the nominee will insist
the state's delegates be seated at the convention.
Saturday's vote further diminishes the significance
of Michigan's Democratic primary. All the major
Democratic candidates have already agreed not to
campaign in either Michigan or Florida because the
states violated party rules. And in Michigan, most of
the major candidates won't even be on the ballot.
Democratic candidates John Edwards, Barack
Obama, Bill Richardson and Joe Biden have with-
drawn their names from the ballot to satisfy Iowa and
New Hampshire, which were unhappy Michigan was
challenging their leadoff status on the primary calen-
That leaves Hillary Rodham Clinton, Dennis
Kucinich, Chris Dodd, Mike Gravel and "uncommit-
ted," as the choices on the Democratic ballot in Michi-
The DNC rules panel voted by voice vote, with only
a few dissents.
See PRIMARY, Page 7A

Nobody knows exactly what hap-
pened Saturday, or throughout the
latter part of last week, but as of
yesterday, Louisiana State coach
Les Miles was still Louisiana State
coach Les Miles.
Some how, some way, Michigan
didn't get its man. And now it's
left with no apparent options in its
search for a head football coach.
So how did this happen?
How did Michigan miss out on
its favorite son, a highly esteemed
coach who has practically begged
for the job his entire career?
ESPN analyst Kirk The Ann Arbor Nev
Herbstreit announces reportsthat Miles
on ESPN's College removed himself as
Gameday thatsources possible candidate
tell him Les Miles is in the Michigan coac
as the Michigan head job, refutingESPN':
coach. Herbstreit also earlier reports. Ot
said Georgia Tech newsosources soon
defensive coordinator low suit.
Jon Tenuta would join
Miles inoAnn Arbor.

Four separate reasons, when put Bill Martin had requested and been
together, seem granted permission to speak with
to have forced Miles, albeit after Saturday's game.
Miles to stay in Bertman confirmed these reports
Baton Rouge. through a spokesman, saying that
First, LSU LSU would meet with Miles post-
athletic director SEC Championship Game as well.
Skip Bertman's "We're just looking forward to
strategy. the game Saturday, and that's the
On Wednes- focus of the entire program right
day, word DANIEL now, Saturday's game against Ten-
escaped (appar- BROMWICH nessee," LSU spokesman Herb Vin-
ently from the cent said.
Michigan camp) Not quite true.
that Michigan Athletic Director Sources reported that Miles's

agent was already meeting with
LSU officials in Baton Rouge on
Wednesday. By asking Martin to
wait until Saturday, Bertman knew
he had bought himself a week to
negotiate with Miles and hammer
out an extension without Michigan
getting its own offer in. Martin
respected basketball coach John
Beilein's run in the NIT last year
with West Virginia, and Bertman
knew he'd do the same with Miles.
That's why Bertman extended Miles
a more than substantial, one-day-
See MILES, Page 7A

ABOUT 12:30
Louisiana State Athlet-
ic Director Skip Bert-
man confirms Miles
agreed, in principle, to
a contract extension.

1:45 P.M.
Miles holds a press
conference in the
Georgia Dome and
adamantly states he's
stayingat Louisiana
State. "'mthe head
coach at LSU,"Miles
said. "Iwill be the
head coach at LSU."

4 P.M.
Miles tells a CBS side-
line reporter prior to
the SEC Championship
Game that he would
return as Louisiana
State's head coach
next year.

In his postgamepress
conference, Miles
reiterates that he
has no interest in the
Michigan job. "There
is no wiggle room,"he
said. "It's very difficult
for me to take another
job if I'm not talkingto
anyone else."

9:45 P.M.
Michigan Athletic
Director Bill Martin
ends any lingering
hope for Miles with
an e-mailed state-
ment saying he talked
to Miles'agent that
morning and that
Miles is staying in
Baton Rouge.

Few students vote, and
MAP still dominates


Ruling party takes 17
out of 25 MSA seats
up for election
Daily News Editor
In an election that saw measly
voter turnout, the dominant stu-
dent government party, Michigan
Action Party, won a vast majority
of the available seats in last week's
elections for the Michigan Student
Assembly and LSA Student Gov-
Only 2,100 people voted in last
week's election out of 39,447 eli-
gible voters. There were 2,756 vot-
ers in the fall of 2005 elections, the

most recent available fall election
information, according to election
director Ryan Bouchard.
MAP Chair Alex Blouin attrib-
uted the low turnout to the election
beingheld right after Thanksgiving
Break. He said he thought the stu-
dent population wasn'tconscious of
the elections.
"We only had three days to cam-
paign before the election," he said,
referring to the three days after
Thanksgiving Break before the
start of the election on Thursday.
"We encountered many people that
didn't know what was going on."
MAP won 17 out of 25 seats in
MSA and nine out of 10 LSA-SG
MAP is an umbrella party whose
candidates often run on platforms

that focus on specific issues like
expanding Entree Plus around
Ann Arbor and campus safety. The
focus of this semester's election
was freshmen, Blouin said. He said
seven out of the nine MAP candi-
dates for LSA-SG were freshmen
and five of their 18 MSA candidates
were freshmen - significantly
higher than in years past.
He also said the party's plans for
student outreach - which include
an increased effort to meet with
student groups and administrators
in person - would focus on get-
ting freshman voices heard on the
MAP lost only a single seat
on MSA - in the LSA election -
despite a scandal-plagued semester

Jimmy John's employees sweep up glass yesterday after a Bobcat sidewalk cleaner bumped into the State Street restaurant's
plate glass window.
Students launch effort to oust Yost

Twenty-five seats were up for election last week. Here's the party affiliation of the winners.
Defend Affirmative Action Party

-i -"

Michigan Action Party

Supporters say his MSA Rep. Tim Hull and made
reference to his Asperger's syn-
resignation would drome, a form of mild autism.
LSA senior Aghogho Edevbie
ignore real issues announced the meeting in an e-
mail message sent to friends and
By SCOTT MILLS campus student groups on Friday.
Daily StaffReporter He intended for the meeting to be
-- -- - a time for concerned students to
About 20 students showed up discuss how they would pressure
yesterday for a meeting to dis- Yost to resign. Edevbie's e-mail
cuss Michigan Student Assembly said that Yost needed to resign
President Zack Yost's creation of a because his actions were "in direct
Facebook.com group that mocked contrast to MSA's commitment to

diversity and inclusiveness."
Four MSA representatives
attended the meeting yesterday,
including Hull.
Edevbie began the meeting,
held in the Tap Room of the Mich-
igan Union, by outlining his plan
to put pressure on MSA and Yost.
He asked for volunteers to help
him distribute flyers around cam-
pus today. The flyers call forYost's
resignation and urge students to
attend tomorrow's MSA meeting.
See YOST, Page 3A


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