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That's all folks!
The next sports page will beN
SPORTSTuesday on Sept 5.

Wednesday
August 9,1995

Michigan teams prepare for autumn

By John Leroi
Daily Sports Editor
These days, almost every Michigan
'n's attention is focused on the football
program. And with fall right around the
corner and the Pigskin Classicjust a little
more than two weeks away, there is more
than just a little hype surrounding Michi-
gan Stadium.
But seven other Michigan teams
will take the field or court this fall and
almost all of them have lofty expecta-
Carr is just
.waiting for
the season
to begin
Let the games begin.
L In fact, let the practices, the
meetings and the film sessions
begin. It really doesn't matter to interim
Michigan football coach Lloyd Carr. As
long as it has to do with the upcoming
season.
Carr is looking at this season the only
way he can-
forgetting about
the past and not
worrying about the
x future.
.He's not
dwelling on the
events surrounding
former coach Gary
RYAN Moeller's
WHITE departure andhe's
White on notconcerned
Target abouthis ownjob
security beyond
this season, at least not publicly.
Talk to him and he has one thing and
one thing only on his mind, the 1995
football season.
"If there are any comments to make
about 'Mo', he'll make them. We're
ready to move forward."
For now that means concentrating on
two practices a day and getting his team
ready for the Aug.26 Kickoff Classic
against Virginia.
Lost in the turmoil of the summer was
the fact that the Wolverines would be
starting an inexperienced quarterback,
and that they lost their best player from a
troubled secondary --Ty Law.
Carr has worked on turning the focus
back to the team, both its strong points
etnd its weaknesses. Carr knows that the
stories about him and his future at
Michigan will be written, but he wants
themto be written without him.
His picture now sits in Schembechler
Hall where Moeller's once was, and he
has moved into the head coach's office,
overlooking the plush green practice
field.
Now he's just waiting for the season
to begin.

tions for their 1995 seasons.
"It feels good to have athletes calling
me to say that they're back in town and
working hard." said women's cross
country coach Mike McGuire. "They're
getting excited to start the season and
that gets me excited."
The women's cross country team,
which is coming off its best season ever
- complete with a second-place finish
at last year's NCAA Championships -
isn't the only team ready for leaves to

Fall Schedules
Full fall sports schedule for all
Michigan teams on page 15.
start falling off the trees.
Men's cross country. men's and
women's golf, women's soccer, field
hockey and women's volleyball are all
looking forward to their season openers
in September.

This year Patti Smith's field hockey
team will get the chance to play its home
games on a new, state-of-the-art artificial
playing field. The new facility, which
will be dedicated to former Assistant
Athletic Director Phyllis Okur in Sep-
tember, gives the stickers a chance to
play outdoors instead of inside
Oosterbaan Field House.
"It's notijust a new field,? Stmith said.
"It's one of the best surfaces I've ever
seen. Every other top school in the coun-

try plays outdoors. I'm glad that we eI
n(w too.
Each team is looking for a fruit!
season. For some teams, that means
Big Ten Championship. For other
nothing less than an NCAA Champiot
ship will do.
"We're returning a large number c
lettermen this year," McGuire said. "X
hope to compete for the National Chan
pionship. There are a lot of good athlet
here at Michigan.'

Overcoming Classic adversity
Carr needs to escape pressure;
Welsh seeks first Big House win

By Nicholas J. Cotshika
Daily Sports Editor
The problepi from the st art is that
two coaches need the same thing from
the same football game.
Michigan's "Lloyd Carr and
Virginia's George Welsh both need to
win the Pigskin
Classic on Aug.
26 at Michigan
Stadium, but y
more impor-
tantly, both
need to exorcise Eh The first cot
their personal of the season -ti
demons. Ws n weo
Carr has asa e eel
never been a
collegiate head coach and is replacing his
good friend Gary Moeller at the Michi-
gan helm. He says "this season is not
about Lloyd Carr," but he also knows
that his job - however temporary - is
on the line.
Pressure on coaches is nothing new
with the Wolverines. but after two 8-4
seasons and Moeller's debacle, alumni,
students and fans are getting impatient.
Carr will be in the spotlight against the
Cavaliers. Every-
one will want to
see what the new
guy can do.
But Cain- will
bave other prob-
lems to address.
He is going into
his first game
without a tested
'F quarterback.
Sophomore Scott
Dreisbach will
take over the
Wolverines' of-
fense from cur-
rent Buffalo Bill
Todd Collins
r wrox t -

At

w ithout ever hav ing takenit a snap
against a real opponent.
"I'M not worried about talent" Carr
said. "Ijust worry about our experience.
(Dreisbach) has a great arm - he just
hasn't used it."
Dreisbach's arm may not be enough,
however. Vir-
ginia w as the
nation's tc
team in inte-
ceptions last
season with 27,
ege football game not because of
e Pigskin Classic its secondary,
nn Arbor, Aug. 26 but due to its
ABC (Ch. 7) pass rush.
Cavalier
Ron Barber's eight pick-offs led the
ACC in 1994 and was good for second in
the NCAA. Joe Crocker finished with si'
and James Farrior with four, thanks to the
defensive line.
Michigan has a lot of beef to protect
Dreisbach, but the young Wolverine will
need to scramble.
"We forced quarterbacks to run all
over the fieldlast year," Welsh said. "We
made them throw it in a hurry and then~
we intercepted them."
Carr will also have to worry about his
rushing game. Without Tyrone Wheatlev
- now a New York Giant - he w
have to rely on Tshimanga Biakabutuk
to penetrate a defense that was rated best
in the country last season.
The Caaliers allowed an average of
63.6 yards per game and only 2.2 perat-
tempt. Virginia also set a conference
record for fewest rushing yards allowe
in one afternoon, holding Maryland to
42.
For Carr, however, Moeller'
shadow may be the biggest demon of,.
Coaches' legacies don't leav e quietly at
Michigan. Every move Carr makes will
Sc Crossic, PAGE 14

Bring on the
Cavaliers
Top: Offensive stars (clockwise from
top) Amani Toomer, Mercury Hayes and
Tshimanga Biakabutuka will be key
veterans on Lloyd Carr's first Michigan
team.
Right: Jason Horn, Michigan's sack
leader among defensive lineman last
season, is one of seven returning
starters on Greg Mattison's defense.

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