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16 - The Michigan Daily Summer Weekly - Wednesday, Juy 28,1993
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Plot thickens in AD search

Michigan center Leon Derricks, seen here consoling Chris
Webber,will play for the Big Ten men's all-star team.
Gray , Derricks, Bi Ten
globetrot across Europe

The search for the new Michigan
Athletic Director could be compared
toa Danielle Steel novel: lots of twists
and turns to make things interesting,
but very little movement.
Although the search committee,
headed by Michigan Chief Financial
Officer Farris Womack, originally
promised that current Athletic Direc-
tor Jack Weidenbach's replacement
would be in office by Aug. 31, the
consensus now seems to be that the
change won't occur that soon. Michi-
gan Assistant Athletic Director Bruce
Madej, head of the Public Relations
Department, said that the fall sports'
media guides had been changed to
indicate that Weidenbach's retirement
would take place later than scheduled.
The Ann Arbor News reported last
week that the committee has narrowed
thesearch down to four: FritzSeyferth,
Michigan associate athletic directorfor
development and external relations;
JohnD. Swofford,NorthCarolinaAth-
letic Director; and two other unkown
candidates. Among those thought to be
in contention are Reggie McKenzie, a
former Wolverine football star who
now works for the Seattle Seahawks,
and Rick Bay, a Michigan alum who
served as athletic director for Oregon,
Minnesota and Ohio State.
Each candidate bringshisownposi-
tives andnegatives intothe scene, add-
ing tothemysticalquality ofthe search.
Seyferth has proven that he can man-
age large amounts of money. The
Michigan athletic program has been
extremely successful under his super-
the backing of such prominent person-
alities as former football coach and
athletic director Bo Schembechler.
On the flip side, Seyferth's only
experience with college athletics has
been with Michigan. University Presi-
dent James Duderstadt has stated on

record that he wants better relations to
exist between the athletic offices and
the President's office, and Seyferth's
strong ties to the athletic department,
andspecifically the football teammay
indicate that his loyalties will rest on
the athletic side.
lina athletic director for the past 13
years,andheinterviewed for the Michi-
gan post five years ago when Don
Canhamretired. He was named one of
the nation's top threeathletic directors
in an Arizona Republic poll of athletic
administrators. As evidenced painfully
to Michigan fans by the Tar Heels'
success in the 1993 Final Four, North
Carolina's athletic department holds a
reputation similar to Michigan's: ex-
ceptional in athletics and academics.
.Whereas Seyferth's experience
with only Michigan may rank as a
deficiency, Swofford's absence of
Michigan on his resume may likewise
hinder his chances. However, he did
work with Womack at North Carolina.
Seyferth couldnotbereached, and
Swofford would not comment.
McKenzie holds no college ad-
ministration experience, butashesaid,
"I'dlike to think thatI bring alottothe
table so far as the kinds of things I've
done over the years."
Founder of the Reggie McKenzie
Foundation, McKenzie has displayed
desire to "give back" to the commu-
nity. He confirmed that he did inter-
view for the position, and he feels his
experiences can only help hisechances.
"My background is marketing, ad-
vertising, public relations, as well as
organizing and putting together the
Reggie McKenzie Foundation,"
McKenzie said. "So I did not just 'pop
up' in other words. I didn't fall off the
last turnip truck that went down the
street. I've done a lot of things over the
As for Bay, he has the Michigan
alum status to go with his tours of duty

with two other Big Ten schools. He
said he "talked" with the committee,
but did not confirm an official inter,
view. Much like McKenzie, he ex-
pressed much interest in the position,
and he also felt his potential contribu-
tions to be unique.
candidates who had both the same
Michigan background and the profes-
sional experience that I have," Bay
said. "It's not to say that there isn't a
non-traditionalcandidate out there who
couldn't do the job very well."
. Bay's exhaustive credentials list
may also have a drawback: He could
be viewed as the Larry Brown of ad-
ministrators, one who jumps from job
tojob every few years. However, Bay
stressed that this post would notbejust
another rung on his personal ladder.
"Ireallyhadnotgivenmuch thought
to going back into college athletic ad-
ministration as a director, except that
the Michigan job, I think, is unique for
me because it represents coming home
in a sense," Bay said.
Michigan hockey coach Red
Berenson, who to thispointhas denied
any interest in the job, maybhe the wild
card in this scenario. Berenson has
turnedaroundthehockeyprogram from
one that lost money to one that may
soon be in the black. He has proven his
loyalty to Michigan by diffusing any
talk ofhisreturn toprofessionalhockey,
and he also ranks as a bigger "nae"
than the other candidates.
Berenson alsocouldnothbe reached.
In order for these candidates to
reach thespotlightothershadtodepart
it. Women's Athletic Director Peggy
Bradley-Doppes, considered earlier to
have a good chance at obtaining the
post, has vanished from contention
along with Associate Athletic Director
Bob DeCarolis and Projects Adminis-
trator Mike Stevenson.
-Brett Forrest and Bryn Mickle
contributed to this report.

Two Michigan basketball players
will get the opportunity to ply their
tools overseas this August. Junior for-
ward Shimmy Gray will join the Big
Ten women's all-star squad for a six-
game tour in Hungary, while sopho-
more center Leon Derricks will ac-
company the Big Ten men's team for
an eight-game journey through Ger-
many and Belgium.
year in which Big Ten all-star women
willtourthe world.Lastyear,thesquad
compiled a 1-4 mark in New Zealand
and Australia. The squad will practice
at Minnesota in early August before
Hill-MacDonald will direct the club.

The team consists of II players,
one fromeach Big Tenmemberschool.
Gray will join the following players on
the trip: Illinois senior guard Tonya
Booker,Indianajunior forwardShirley
Bryant, Iowa junior guard Arneda
Yarbrough,Michigan Statejuniorcen-
terMarlaSmith, Minnesota senior cen-
western junior guard Maureen
HolohanOhio State sophomore guard
Adrienne Johnson, Penn State junior
center Missy Masley, Purdue junior
guard Jennifer Jacoby and Wisconsin
junior forward Camille Williams.
The men will embark upon their
third voyage in three years. Last year's
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