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Tuesday, October 7, 2014 - 7

Academic opportunity faces Bain,
Senior diver one of
select few named
as Rhodes Scholar
Daily Sports Writer

, A T
Kirkland Jepicks
highlight weekend

In diving, your performance
is based on two components: raw
score and degree of difficulty.
The first - the raw score -
is straightforward. The more
precise, athletic and clean
your dive is, the better your
evaluation will be.
The degree of difficulty, on
the other hand, takes more than
skill. Based on what type of
dive you choose, the degree of
difficulty serves as a multiplier
to the raw score and is based
solely off of how much you're
willing to challenge yourself.
In essence, the combination
of talent and the ability to
push yourself is the key to a
successful dive. Senior diver
Kevin Bain is familiar with this
concept, but his quest for a high
score expands beydnd the pool.
The business and comparative
literature major was recently
named one of Michigan's two
undergraduate Rhodes Scholar
nominees, and is now eager
to face his highest degree of
difficulty yet.
Each year,
about 1,500
college "They
students apply that I
for the Rhodes t I
Scholarship y it and t
- typically i n
regarded as the
world's most

Senior diver Kevin Bain is a finalist to become the 26th Rhodes Scholarrecipient in the University's storied history.



prize. The
application requires five to
eight letters of endorsement
from professors and faculty, a
personal statement discussing
your life and ambitions, and
ultimately endorsements from
your university's provost and
your district's Rhodes Scholar
Last week, Bain received
Michigan Provost Martha
Pollack's endorsement, giving
him an opportunity to become
the 26th Rhodes Scholar in
University history.
Once the dust settles, 32
American students are selected
to pursue any study of their
choice at the University of
Oxford for at least two years.
Despite the opportunity, Bain
wasn't sure if he would be able to
pull it off while studying abroad
in Beijing for the summer.
"It's a very difficult
application and takes a lot of
time," Bain said. "I had to find
eight letters of recommendation
and write a personal statement
discussing my life and what I
want to accomplish. That meant
I had to Skype eight people
regularly with a 12-hour time
difference, which was very

difficult to pull off. ,
"But what pushed me to do
it was that, whenever I brought
it up to someone, they told me
that I had to do it and that I
was a perfect fit for it. I hadall,
these people
me and
told me rooting for
me, so I
Lad to do couldn't not
do it and not
hat I was go forit."
p i. Luckily,
*' after three
years of
diving and
business, time management has
become Bain's forte.
"We'll be 10 meters high,
standing on our hands with
our bodies shaking, trying to
convince our bodies that this
is a normal thing to do and that
we're going to survive," Bain
said. "In less than half a second,
we're going to be suspended in
the air doing flips and twisting
our bodies. After all that, we're
trying to enter
the water _
as cleanly
as possible. "I love]
All of this is
in a span of myself as
treseconds, .1
which possible,
translates to just be a 1
quick thinking
and decision-
making and -
really just
stretching your mind."
While diving especially
focuses on individual mental
strength, Bain believes every
sport builds special skills that
ready athletes forthe real world.
Ambassadors Committee, Bain
sees comparable work ethic in

every sport.
"It, takes up a lot of time,"
Bain said, "but if you can be
passionate about one thing, you
can be passionate about multiple
things. If you can push yourself
to get up at 5 a.m. to practice,
you can really push yourself to
do anything.
"I might study a little more
and sleep a little less, butI don't
notice much .of a difference,
because we're all pushing
ourselves so much."
Now a nominee, Bain must
add preparing for the rigorous
finalist interviews in November
to his schedule. Seeking the
nation's best intellect, devotion
to duty and moral character, the
interviews require preparation
that Bain feels may take on a life
of its own.
"I'll be reading The
Economist, Wall Street'JournaL
any literature any chance I get,"
Bain said. "That'll definitely be
hard to do with a full course load
and our competitions, but I have
always been a very competitive
person and I love pushingmyself
as much as
possible, so I
also think it'll
pushing just be alot of
much as If he
it'll receives the
SO..It 1 scholarship,"
ot of fun." Bain hopes
to study
- Development.
at Oxford. The
program contains advanced
elements of economics, social
anthropology and international
relations and can be tailored
toward cultural appropriation
and business development in
third-world Asia, Bain's end
"I want to find ways that

we can develop countries
and economies bottom-up
instead of top-down," Bain
said. "This means investing
in key industries sectors and
businesses while applying the
proper cultural framework
so we understand what their
culture will allow them to
accomplish and how they think
and operate.
"In doing so, we can help
them build an economy that
makes sense for them that they
can thrive in."
The degree of difficulty is
high, but as Bain embarks on his
journey ahead, he feels his time in
practice will pay off as he begins
to dive into real-world issues.
"I've got a long ways to go,"
Bain said. "But I think I'm
especiallysuited for this because
I'W been a representative for5
Miigan the' entire'time y've
been on campus as an athlete.
Now, I get to do it in a different
way and show that I'm not just
an athlete, but a student looking
to change the world."

Hoke's uncertain
future, team's
struggles hinder
recruiting efforts
Daily Sports Writer
After a third consecutive loss
Saturday, the Michigan football
team's chances of making a
bowl game are slim. With heads
hanging low in Ann Arbor,
perhaps it's time to look ahead
to future Wolverines.
Here's a rundown of how the
10 remaining committed high
school prospects fared this past
Chris Clark, tight end: Avon
Old Farms (Conn.) vs. Cheshire
Academy (Conn.); Ranking:
ESPN (109) Scout (26)
After receiving his All-
American jersey Friday, Clark
announced Sunday on Twitter
that he will be taking official
visits elsewhere despite
his verbal commitment to
Michigan. Rivals.com reports
that first schools on the list are
USC and Texas.
Brian Cole, athlete:
Saginaw Heritage (Mich.) vs.
Flint Southwestern (Mich.);
Ranking: ESPN (139) Scout (39)
In his second game of the
season, Cole put up a modest
66 yards on 11 carries. His one
touchdown wasn't enough to
seal a victory for Heritage,
though, as it fell, 36-12,
droppingto 2-4 on the season.
Michael Weber, running
back: Cass Tech (Mich.) vs.
Detroit East English (Mich.);
Ranking: ESPN (169) Scout
*The featured running
back' ffom Michigan's 2015
recruiting class had a slight
decline following his 124-yard,
two-touchdown performance
last week. Weber posted 105
yards on 30 carries along with
two touchdowns in his team's
21-16 victory this week, helping
improve his team's' record to
Tyree Kinnel, safety:
Wayne (Ohio) vs. Springfield
(Ohio); Ranking: ESPN (192)
Scout (152)
Highlighting Kinnel's
performance Friday night
was a kickoff return for a
touchdown to begin the second
half, blowing the game open.
Wayne won convincingly, 53-14,
moving to 6-0. Last week,
Kinnel told the Daily that he
would remain committed to
Michigan as long as Michigan
coach Brady oke and his staff
were part of the program.
Grant Newsome, offensive

tackle: The Lawrenceville
School (N.J.) at Episcopal
Academy (Pa.); Ranking: ESPN
(242) Scout (215)
Heading across state lines
for the second time this season,
Lawrenceville dropped a close
one, 35-28, falling to 1-3 in
2014. An encouraging stat came
from Newsome's offensive line,
which gouged the Episcopal
Academy defense for 35 points.
Episcopal Academy's defense
had previously allowed just 19
points per game through its first
five games.
Darrin Kirkland Jr.,
linebacker: Lawrence Central
(Ind.) vs. North Central (Ind.);
Ranking: ESPN (266) Scout
Returning two interceptions
for touchdowns, Kirkland
Jr. led his team in scoring as
it rolled over winless North
Central, 37-0. His touchdowns
helped lead the defense to a
statement performance after it
had been allowing an average of
34 points per game heading into
the weekend.
Alex Malzone,
quarterback: Brother Rice
(Mich.) vs. Orchard Lake St.
Mary's (Mich.); Ranking: ESPN
(NR) Scout (184)
Coming off of a record-
setting performance against
rival Detroit Catholic Central,
Malzone led his teamto a win in
another matchup of undefeated
teams. He threw for 419 yards
and four touchdowns, guiding
the Warriors to a 28-20 victory.
Malzone has passed for 18
touchdowns over five games
this season while throwing only
one interception.
Jon Runyan Jr., offensive
lineman: St. Joseph's Prep (Pa.)
at Malvern Prep (Pa.); Ranking:
Working back toward a
.500 record, St. Joseph's won
this non-conference matchup,
49-28. This win came after
three consecutive losses, but
offense wasn't the problem in
any of those games, in which
the team averaged 24 points per
Andrew David, kicker:
Washington (Ohio) vs.
Austintown-Fitch - (Ohio);
Ranking: (NR)
Surrendering 14 fourth-
quarter points proved
detrimental to Washington's
quest to move to 6-0, as it fell,
Garrett Taylor,
cornerback: St. Christopher's
(Va.); Ranking: ESPN (111) Scout
Taylor tore the anterior
cruciate ligament in his left
knee during offseason practice
and will miss the remainder of
the year.

Number of Big Ten Distinguished
Scholar Awards received

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"News bullets: Green out for season, Gardner No. 1 QB

At his press conference
Monday afternoon, Michigan
football coach Brady Hoke
discussed injuries, issues in
execution Saturday and more.
Green out for year
Sophomore running back
Derrick Green broke his clavicle
late in Saturday's loss to Rutgers
and will miss the rest of the
season, Hoke said.
The injury leaves sophomore
De'Veon Smith as Michigan's
top back, while redshirt junior
Justice Hayes and redshirt
sophomore Drake Johnson will
split backup duties.
"I'm highly confident of what
they bring and what they can do,"
Hoke said.
Green had been Michigan's top
back all season, and he rushed
for 471 yards at 5.7 yards per
carry. Against Rutgers, he ran 12
times for 74 yards in Michigan's
best offensive showing against a

Power S opponent this year.
This year, Johnson has just
three carries, while Hayes has 19.
Injury non-update
Hoke wouldn't comment on the
injury status of Smith, freshman
nickle back Jabrill Peppers,
or senior linebacker Desmond
Gardner No.1QB
Fifth-year senior Devin
Gardner remains Michigan'sNo.1.
quarterback ahead of Michigan's
game Saturday against Penn
State, Hoke said.
Sophomore quarterback
Shane Morris, who suffered a
"probable, mild concussion"
against Minnesota on Sept. 27,
has returned to practice.
Since Michigan only had
team meetings Sunday because
of the team's late arrival from
Piscataway, New Jersey, that
could mean Morris began
practicing last week.
Morris traveled with the team
to Piscataway and participated

in some pregame activities, but
he didn't play. Hoke wouldn't
confirm if the sophomore had
been cleared for game action.
Punt return woes
Early in the second quarter
of Michigan's game against the
Scarlet Knights, the Wolverines
had just 10 men on the field for a
Rutgers punt.
Thatcame after Michigan took
a defensive timeout when the
Scarlet Knights lined up in punt
formation on 4th-and-2.
According to Hoke, an
individual "didn't get that"
when the Wolverines sent out
their punt-return team after the
Michigan also had 10 men on
the field when Utah returned a
punt for a touchdown Sept. 20.
"It's more coaching, and that's
on me," Hoke said. "We all need
to be locked in to doing a better
Dennis Norfleet fielded the
punt inside the five-yard line and
returned it six yards.

Brady Hoke said to blame the coaches for Michigan's inability to get 11 menon the field for a punt return Saturday night.

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