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i PRRMANCE
Former Michigan hockey player
Brendan Morrison was named
The Hockey News' 1996-97
U.S. College Player of the Year
for the second straight season.

SPORTS

Wednesday 13
July 9, 1997

'M' icers

facing
flashback
By Mark Snyder
Daily Sports Editor
When Michigan goaltender Marty
Turco came to Ann Arbor three years
ago, he replaced a legend. Steve
Shields, Turco's predecessor in net, left
Michigan as the winningest goaltender
in NCAA history - the year before
Turco arrived.
Shields' extended shadow put signif-
icant pressure on the freshman's shoul-
ders, but Turco was up to the task.
He backstopped Michigan to the
NCAA semifinals, turning in a remark-
able performance
in the season's
final contest -a
tri ple-overtime
loss to Maine.
Now that this
fall's recruiting
class is finalized,
the long-term
prospects have
taken precedence
Turco at the Yost Ice
Arena offices.
A huge hole in net is the coaches'
focus.
Turco is graduating after the upcom-
ing season and will be a hard act to fol-
low. He is 17 victories behind Shields
with an entire season to play, and
should graduate with his name atop the
NCAA record book. He will leave as
the most decorated goaltender in
Michigan history.
And there's no one in the waiting.
That vacancy, compounded with the
coinciding departure of backup Gregg
Malicke, leaves Michigan without the
most important ingredient of a champi-
on - a goalie.
So Turco's successor will face a
daunting task. And this week the search
for that young man began.
With the top 17-year-old American
See GOALIES, Page 14

Classic brings
out celebrities
By Chris Farah
Daily Sports Editor
Monday's fifth annual Millie Schembechler Memorial
Golf Classic at the Michigan Golf Course provided an
opportunity for sports celebrities to prove that their cares and
concerns don't just center around negotiating multi-million-
dollar contracts.
The Classic offered the celebrities a chance to show that
generosity and the love they feel for legendary former
Michigan football coach Bo Schembechler could motivate
them to raise money for the fight against adrenal cancer.
Then again, there could be other reasons.
"It means that everybody's afraid of Bo Schembechler,"
former Detroit Tigers manager Sparky Anderson joked at the
conclusion of the tournament.
Considering the impressive number of stars who took part
in the outing - including Michigan football greats Pan
Dierdorf and Anthony Carter, Indiana basketball coach
Bobby Knight and a host of others - Anderson may not
have been far off in his assessment.
"No, that's not true," Schembechler laughed, when he
heard Anderson's allegation. "They just like to say that"
In all, Schembechler's friends helped raise $250,000 for
the Millie Schembechler Foundation, bringing the total
amount raised to fund adrenal cancer research at the
University Medical Center to $1.6 million. Millie, Bo's first
wife, died from adrenal cancer in 1992. Some participants
travelled great distances for the tournament -Anderson, for
example, lives in Thousand Oaks, Calif.
"Well, they've done it for five years," Schembechler said.
"There are pro athletes and coaches that write me a check.
They go above and beyond."
Schembechler was especially impressed with the class
shown by two former Michigan athletes who play a sport
with which he is not quite as familiar.
"It was kind of neat, because I didn't know the two Red
Wings who used to play for Michigan (Mike Knuble and
Aaron Ward), and they were just excited about being here
and being invited to play," Schembechler said. "It was kind
of refreshing. I guess hockey players are a little bit different
- they're a little easier to deal with than basketball and foot-
ball players."
On a more serious note, Anderson said that Millie's death
helped him recognize the urgency of cancer research and
fundraising.
"It always means a lot, because I knew Millie very well,"
Anderson said. "When you know somebody really well, it
means a lot to you."
Current Michigan football coach Lloyd Carr said he Was
See CLASSIC, Page 14

MARGARET MYERS/Daily
Former Michigan football coach and athletic director Bo Schembechler hosted the fifth annual Millie
Schembechler Memorial Golf Classic last Monday.

r{___________________________________

Traylor declines nationa

By Sharat Raju
Daily Sports Editor
Most athletes dream about represent-
ing their country in athletic competition.
And only the best athletes are given the
opportunity.
So when a highly talented athlete turns
down an invitation to represent his or her
country, a good reason must be behind it.
Michigan men's basketball player
Robert Traylor declined an invitation to
participate on the USA Basketball 22-
and-under team, despite having already
been accepted to the 16-man trial roster.
The tournament runs from Aug. I-1 in
Melbourne, Australia.

"We received a message on our
answering service from coach (Steve)
Fisher that Robert Traylor will not be
competing this season because he is tak-
ing summer classes, USA Basketball
media representative Craig Miller said.
Fisher left USA Basketball the mes-
sage was last Thursday. Classes had
started three days before.
The final roster, which will eventually
be pared down from 16 to 12, is laden
with young talent, including five other
Big Ten players: Purdue's Chad Austin,
Brian Cardinal and Brad Miller,
Northwestern's Evan Eschmeyer and
Minnesota's Sam Jacobson.

I team spot
Although not guaranteed a spot on the
final roster, Traylor's chances for making
the team were favorable. At 6-foot-9, 300
pounds, he was likely the most qualified
person to fill the center role on the team.
Traylor is no stranger to USA
Basketball. He played on the 1994 Men's
Junior World Championship Qualifying
team, the 1995 Junior National team, the
'95 Olympic Festival West team and the
'95 Junior Select team.
Traylor's decision to decline playing
in the tournament is not uncommon,
according to Miller.
Traylor was unavailable for comment
regarding his decision.

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