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By Heather Kamins
rmer Michigan assistant basket-
ball coach Perry Watson said he was,
concerned when he came to the
University in 1991 because of his tense
relationship with Detroit booster Ed
Martin, according to - documents
released by the University under the
Freedom of Information Act.
In March, the University admitted to
committing two NCAA violations
.rugh involvement with Martin.
Announcement of the violations set
off a chain reaction leading to numer-
ous allegations against the basketball
"I told (Martin) to stay away from
the program, I said (to Michigan bas-
ketball coach Steve Fisher), 'I want
you to know that I don't deal with
that guy,"' Watson said. "I said,
'Now, you can choose to deal with
him,' I said, 'because you've been
ing with him' ..So I didn't deal
See WATSON, Page 8
"Life is not always fair. It is not always
easy. But life is life and you have to live it."
- Michigan basketball coach Steve Fisher
Fans turn out
By Chris Farah
and Heather Kamins
Daily Staff Reporters
NOVI - With balloons, hot dogs and pictures of Steve
Fisher in hand, more than 1,000 University alumni, celebri-
ties and supporters crammed into the Novi Doubletree Hotel
last Thursday to proclaim themselves loyal fans of the
Michigan basketball coach.
In fact, the intense support for Fisher at the "We Believe In
Steve" rally almost made it possible to forget that the men's
basketball program is currently under investigation for
alleged NCAA violations.
Following numerous allegations of impropriety and the
University's announcement that the basketball program had
committed two NCAA violations, the University hired an
outside firm to investigate the validity of the claims. The
University is currently awaiting the firm's report.
Although several former players expressed their devotion to
Fisher without mentioning the word 'allegations,' the coach's
plight undoubtedly occupied the thoughts of the crowd.
"I think it's a great group of people getting together to sup-
port the coach who has taken some hits the last few months"
Michigan basketball analyst Jim Brandstatter said. "I think
it's been extremely tough on him. It has had an effect on his
family, and he's a dedicated father."
"(Fisher) has shown great class in the face of adversity,"
Brandstatter said. "He's handled it all extremely well, though
See COACH, Page 13
Michigan basketball coach Steve Fisher spoke to an estimated 1,000 fans who came to the Novi
Doubletree Hotel last Thursday to show their support for the coach.
'U' Medical Center ranks in
top 10 of U.S. News survey
By Matthew Weiler
Daily Staff Reporter
The University's Hospitals, long
considered by many to be among the
best of the best, scored big in U.S. &
News and World Report's annual hos-
According to the rankings released
July 18, University hospitals
improved from 15th overall to 10th
sn last year's rankings
hings really seem to be improv-
ing there," said Bruce Zanka, direc-
tor of communication at U.S. News,
speaking of the dramatic improve-
ment University hospitals have
Internal medicine Prof. Bob Wicha
expressed joy with the center's individ-
ual 15th-place ranking, but expects to
see an improvement in future evalua- the fourth spot, a ninth place in geri-
tions - especially in light of the new atrics and a 10th in rheumatology and
Cancer and Geriatrics Center, which rehabilitation.
may not have Zanka said
been taken into the goal of the
consideration VWe are U.S News
this year. rankings are to
"We are delighted to be assist patients
delighted to be who need the
ranked so high- ranked so hi ," best diagnosis
ly; we are the and treatment
only center in - Bob Wicha available.
Michigan to be Internal medicine professor The method-
ranked in the top ology used by
15," Wicha said. the magazine is
"With the (June) opening of the impeccable, he said. "(The methodolo-
new building, we expect next year to gy of the rankings) is impartial. It's
be better." fair. It's based on sound, scientific
The University's top 10 specialty logic," Zanka said.
rankings included otolaryngology in See RANKINGS, Page 3
By Jason Stoffer
Daily Staff Repsrter
Michigan Student Assembly repre-
sentatives, marching through Congress'
corridors in step with wing-tipped
Washington lobbyists, met individually
with the legislative aides of Michigan
Assembly members visited congres-
sional officers to discuss several pend-
ing bills that could make higher educa-
tion more affordable.
MSA President Michael Nagrant
said the assembly's second annual
lobby day was planned to coincide with
the 105th Congress' important budget
See MSA, Page 3
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