Page 16-The Michigan Daily-Friday, July 21,1989
Schembechler assertive during first year as AD
BY STEVE BLONDER Associate Athletic Director in charge
Everyone knew he could coach of Development, and the formation
football. But effectively run one of of monthly newsletters in order to
the most comprehensive athletic better communicate with alumni.
departments in the country while Alums are now regularly being
still practicing his trade on the asked to make contributions to the
gridiron? athletic department as Michigan
No problem for the man known continues to field 21 varsity sports.
everywhere as Bo (and I don't mean When he retired, Don Canham
the strike out-home run king). warned that new sources of revenue
The management team of Bo and would be needed. And Michigan has
Jack, better known officially as been creative to develop new
Schembechler and Weidenbach, have initiatives.
worked to continue the Michigan For example, the upcoming
tradition built up in the past by the football season will mark the start of
likes of Fielding Yost, Fritz Crisler, hospitality tents, which can be
and Don Canham. rented for $20,000. For the home
Since assuming control of the opener, all three tents are already
athletic department last July, reserved.
Schembechlerand company have had British Airways began
to deal with a plethora of issues, sponsoring a shootout in-between
including: an NCAA inquiry, a periods of hockey games. Special
national basketball championship, nights have been held for non-
and hawkers wanting to get their revenue sports. Women's volleyball
fingers on championship material. games have been moved to Crisler
Even though Michigan is forced Arena, and even broadcast on cable
to face an impending deficit along television. This season you can
with the ever-increasinsg expect to see Michigan football and
commercialization of college basketball cards for sale at your
athletics, Schembechler recently told nearby supermarket.
a group of recruits "we will not sell Women's athletics, an often
our souls here at Michigan." neglected area in college athletics,
While other universities have has been seeing benefits as well. For
struggled to stay with everyone else, example, teams now travel in buses,
Michigan is trying to stay ahead of so the players can study while
potential problems. returning from a match. Facilities
Development has been a priority have been continually improved, and
for Schembechler, evidenced by the more money is being poured into the
naming of Fritz Seyferth as the women's sports.
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Coaches whose methods were
questioned have resigned, not eager
to work for a coach who insists on
doing things by the book. And
Schembechler himself has spoken
out on numerous occasions about
the standards he insists coaches live
Suffice it to say that Barry
Switzer would probably never coach
a Wolverine team.
Before the new regime took over,
certain faculty members were fairly
vocal in their calls for increased
oversight over the athletic
department. These requests have all
but disappeared in the past 12
And in Weidenbach,
Schembechler couldn't have a better
Number Two. Widely regarded as an
administrator, Weidenbach made the
move south to the athletic building,
and the ensuing transition fairly
His contribution has not gone
unnoticed by Bo. "The first thing I
found out was 'God help us without
Jack Weidenbach.' This thing would
never have worked,' said
"This is too big a job, too many
things involved. Jack has been, in
effect, AD at Michigan and that's the
way it should be."
Schembechler and Weidenbach
have done a lot in one year. Let's Bo Schem
just hope they aren't hit with the presides o
sophomore jinx. year at the
bechler, head football coach and athletic director,
ver a press conference marking the completion of his first
e helm of Michigan athletics.
Athletes competing in Olympic fest
BY MIKE HEAD
- Several Michigan athletes will
be participating in the U.S. Olympic
Festival now through July 30 in
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Danny
Felsner, Todd Copeland, and Don
Stone will be displaying their talents
on the ice as they compete in;
hockey. Wrestlers Joe Pantaleo and
Kirk Trost will be vying for spots
on the U.S. world championships
team. Michigan diving coach Dick
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Kimball will also be in attendance at League's sports programs. The
the sports festival, officiating the exhibition, featuring other NBA
diving events. greats such as Magic Johnson and
- Glen Rice, recently drafted by Dominique Wilkens, will mark
the Miami Heat in the National Rice's debut in the professional
Basketball Association draft, has ranks.
agreed to play in an NBA exhibition - Barry Larkin, a former
game at the Palace of Auburn Hills standout on the Michigan baseball
on August 11. The game, organized team, was selected to represent his
by Detroit Piston Isiah Thomas, is a current team, the Cincinnati Reds, in
benefit for the Detroit Public School the 60th annual Major league
" baseball All-star game played last
ySHIP INFORMATION FOR week. The shortstop, currently
having his best year and batting over
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an injury he suffered in a pre-game
SCOLLEGE drill-Former Michigan football
players Mark Messner and Kevin
We for Some Type of Brooks have signed contracts to play
Grades or Parental Income. I professional football with the Los
00 listings of scholarships, fellow- Angeles Rams of the National
ng over $10 billion in private sector ' Football League. Both Brooks, who
ts based on their academic interests, most recently played for the Dallas
e of residence. . 'Cowboys, and Messner are defensive
s who have been newspaper carriers,
okers... etc. lineman and former collegiate all-
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