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Report: Quick committed credit card fraud

Frosh was dismissed
from team on Feb. 1
Daily Sports Writer
Former Wolverine defenseman
Kevin Quick, who was dismissed
from the Michigan hockey team
Feb. 1, stole a credit card and used
it to spend thousands of dollars,
The Buffalo News
reported. NOTEBOOK
The incident
erupted just before the Wolverines'
series against Northern Michigan,
and Michigan coach Red Berenson
called the situation "a total viola-
tion of our team trust and rules."
Quick told the Newport News
Daily Press "he expects to soon
return to Michigan to deal with
legal consequences." The former
freshman hasn't responded to mul-
tiple messages left by The Michi-
gan Daily.
On Sunday, Quick signed an
amateur tryout contract with the
Norfolk Admirals, the Tampa Bay
Lightning's American Hockey
League affiliate. Tampa Bay, which

conducted its own internal inves-
tigation into the matter, drafted
Quick two years ago in the third
round. At 19, Quick would be the
youngest Admiral by more than a
The contract allows the organi-
zation to further evaluate Quick,
who will become the Admirals'
eighth defenseman, before he is eli-
gible to sign an entry-level contract
March 1.
Despite the circumstances, the
Lightning hope giving Quick a sec-
ond chance and a new environment
will help him turn things around.
"We've got a player here that
we're not willing to just throw out
the door and say, 'You're on your
own now, you've made a mistake,'
" said Claude Loiselle, the Light-
ning's assistant general manager.
"We're an organizationthat's going
to help a kid out.
"Kevin made a mistake, and he's
going to have to face the music. I
don't see any other way of doing it.
For him to stay home the rest of the
year is crazy."
Loiselle also emphasized the
"resources" and "stable environ-
ment" the team will provide for
Quick. In addition to the support

of coaching staff and living with
an Admiral teammate, Loiselle
said the team has "people that are
coming in that are helping out," but
would not elaborate.
While donning the maize and
blue, the Buffalo, N.Y., native tal-
lied two goals and two assists in 21
games while playing mainly along-
side junior alternate captain Mark
Mitera on the first defensive pair-
ing three of four points at Miami
(Ohio) was convincing enough for
voters to put Michigan back in the
top spot of the national rankings.
So convincing that the Wolverines
received all but three first-place
votes between the USCHO.com
and USA Today polls.
No. 4 New Hampshire took
those votes, while the RedHawks
predictably dropped to the nation's
second spot.
But the voters recognized more
than Michigan's great weekend.
Senior Chad Kolarik's goal and
three assists earned him CCHA
Offensive Player of the Week hon-
ors, while linemate Max Pacioretty
(three goals and an assist) received
Rookie of the Week recognition.


Freshman defenseman Kevin Quick was dismissed from the team on Feb.1 for an undisclosed violation of team rules. According
to a report in The Buffalo News, he stole a credit card and charged thousands of dollars to it.

Udoh's blocks hold Penn State comeback at bay

Daily Sports Editor
Sophomore Ekpe Udoh is used
to preventing opponents from
scoring - not his teammates. But
with less than
two minutes NOTEBOOK
remaining in Sat-
urday's win over Penn State, Udoh
committed offensive interference
preventing a possible score for the
The bucket would've extended
the Michigan basketball team's
lead to five in the back-and-forth
affair. But the Edmond, Okla.,
native wasn't finished denying

On the ensuing possession, Penn
State forward David Jackson col-
lected an offen-
sive rebound
over Udoh and
the Wolver-
ines' blocks
leader made
up for both
his mistakes.
The rejection
and subse- UDOH
quent defensive
rebound helped preserve Michi-
gan's lead.
"Just by his presence he gives
us a lot of energy - him giving us

great blocks at big times," senior
Ron Coleman said.
Udoh notched six blocks against
the Nittany Lions, his highest game
total this season and the second
highest of his career. The 6-foot-10
forward has rejected opponents 69
times this season.
Udoh's knack for closing the
door on opposing players gives the
team's guards a little more room
for error. With two freshmen in
the starting lineup and two other
players with limited startingexpe-
rience in the front court, Michigan
coach John Beilein needs all the
insurance he can get.
"We have to be careful," Beilein
said. "Sometimes we think we
can let our guy go by us on pur-
pose because we have the big
guy behind us."

shirt freshman Anthony Wright
didn't do much wrong during the
first half of Saturday's game.
The Fairfax, Va., native hit two
of his three shots from beyond the
arc and was 3-for-4 from the field
in the first half. Wright's perfor-
mance was a "huge help," Beilein
On two separate occasions dur-
ing the first frame, Wright gave
Michigan the lead and revital-
ized a quiet Crisler Arena crowd
with 3-pointers. The second gave
the Wolverines a 23-22 edge with
just under eight minutes left in the
Wright also hit a big3-pointer to
pull Michigan within four points
with 12 minutes remaining in the
Heading into the Wolverines'
tilt with Michigan State two

weeks ago, Wright was averaging
just three points per game. But he
has averaged nine a game in his
last four contests. .
"(He) really opens up the floor
for us," Coleman said. "It gives
us another threat. He's a big time
threat, a great shooter and has a
quick release. That's good for us
to have somebody coming off the
bench with that kind of attitude
and that kind of confidence."
IT'S AN HONOR: He's most
known for the Heisman pose he
struck against Ohio State in 1991,
but when Desmond Howard was
named a member of the Michigan
Hall of Honors during a special
halftime ceremony on Saturday,
the only motion he made for the
crowd was a dignified wave.
Howard received the biggest
ovation during a ceremony honor-

ing this year's Michigan Hall of
Honors inductees. Jenny Allard
(softball), Ann Colloton (women's
swimming), Bill Hewitt (football),
Michael Leach (men's tennis) and
Ruth Pickett Thompson (synchro-
nized swimming) were all hon-
ored along with Howard during
halftime of Saturday's game.
"It's really an honor for me tobe
honored by a school that I always
hold dear to my heart," Howard
said. "(It was) four of the best years
of my life - especially as a young
man. I hold the school insuch high
Former men's tennis player
Michael Hung was honored in
a separate ceremony. Hung was
the 2007 NCAA Sportsmanship
Award recipient. He is the first Big
Ten student-athlete to receive the

Junior's mental strength is lengths ahead

Daily Sports Writer
Sixty-six lengths is a lot of time
to think.
For junior Emily Brunemann,
the mental approach to swimming
is just as important as her tech-
nique in the 1,650-yard freestyle.
And this season, she's getting
some mandatory assistance. The
entire Michigan women's swim-
ming and diving team is supple-
menting its training with readings
from Carol Dweck's Mindset: The
New Psychology of Success.
The book focuses on achieving
success through a 'growth mind-
set' rather than a 'fixed mindset.'
Instead of seeing ability as fixed, a
growth mindset treats success as a
work in progress.
"The most important thing is
preparing yourself to do the best
that you can do and learning to
take great joy in that," Michigan
coach Jim Richardson said "Itkind
of ties into this 'no fear' philosophy
- second place is the first loser.
That's just complete baloney."
But enhancing her mental
approach to swimming is nothing
new for Brunemann. Even before
this season started, she wanted to
refine the mental side of her swim-
ming and took responsibility for
her own improvement.

Last summer, Brunemann
trained in Colorado and roomed
with fellow Club Wolverine
teammate Kalyn Keller. A 2004
Olympian and former American
record holder in the 1,500-meter
freestyle, the 23-year-old Keller,
shared some wise words with her
Keller advised her to focus on
swimming as a whole. Instead of
worrying about the race or other
swimmers, she told Brunemann to
focus on herself.
"Lastsummer,itreally clicked,"
Brunemann said. "I understood
what I needed to do - how to train
and how to approach swimming
so that I could enjoy it and still do
Keller's advice helped. In
August, Brunemann claimed the
1,500-meter freestyle national
title at the 2007 ConocoPhillips
USA Swimming National Champi-
onships in Indianapolis. Not only
did she touch the wall nearly eight
seconds ahead of the pack, she beat
her personal best time in the event
by eight seconds.
Fresh offnational success, Brun-
emannreturned toAnnArbor with
an open mind.
"Now, when I'm having a bad
practice (I look) at it that I can
always improve from this instead
of ... looking at all of the negative

Junior Emily Brunemann is a level above most of the competition she faces. the
posted the second-fastest Division I time in the 1,650-yard freestyle this season.

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aspects," Brunemann said.
In many meets this season,
Brunemann has had to focus on
herself After hammering out an
early lead in the mile, she usually
swims solo. In each of her four
wins in the mile, she has finished
at least ten seconds ahead of the
nearest competitor.
Brunemann posted the second-
fastest NCAA Division I time in
the 1,650-yard freestyle this sea-
son last November at the Texas
A&M Invitational, and she rarely
faces serious competition. But she

never lets up, swimming each race
as if every swimmer were right on
her tail.
Headinginto the Big Ten Cham-
pionships scheduled for Feb. 20-23
in Columbus, Michigan will face
its stiffest distance competition
this season. Minnesota's Yuen
Kobayashi has come close to Brun-
emann, posting a mile time two
seconds slower than Brunemann's
But with her growth mindset
in place, Brunemann can focus on
one swimmer - herself:

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