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August 13, 1997 - Image 15

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Michigan Daily Summer Weekly, 1997-08-13

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Michigan athletes
seek success in Sicily

Wednesday, August 13, 1997 - The Michigan Daily -1

By Chris Farah
Daily Sports Editor
Eight Wolverines will travel abroad
during the end of August to represent
their countries in an international com-
petition. The World University Games
draw some of the best college athletes of
the world. The goal of the games? To
exhibit hard work and dedication, win-
ning honor and fame for Michigan as
well aa their home nations.
And the trip to Sicily, Italy, might not
be so bad either.
"I'm hoping to see a bit of the island,"
said John Mortimer, a member of the
Michigan track team who is running in
the 3,000-meter steeplechase. "I have 10
days before I actually have to compete,
so it'll be nice to do some sight-seeing
and watch some of the other sports."
Joining Mortimer from the Michigan
track program are two representatives of
the women's team, high jumper Nicole
Forrester and long jumper Tania Longe.
Mortimer will represent the United
States, while Forrester and Longe com-
pete under other flags - Forrester for
Canada and Longe for Norway.
The Michigan swimming teams and
men's gymnastics team will also be
sending Wolverines to the games.
Swimmers representing the United
States include junior Jennie Eberwein
and freshman Scott Werner. Eberwein
will swim in the 100-meter freestyle and
Continued from Page 13
Four athletic directors over the past
eight years as opposed to five over the
first 90? The position has really changed.
Som imes even coaches - the ones
who should enforce the roles - get out
of hand, like former Michigan football
coach Gary Moeller who was dismissed
after a drunken tirade in 1995.
Add to all these responsibilities the
overall promotion of Michigan athletics,,
including the improvement of the athlet-
ic campus and facilities. And Nike still
looms over the department.
Besides financial and marketing mat-
ters, the most important thing an athlet-
ic director has to do is damage control.
Often, he orshe is ababysiner, watching
over naughty children driving expensive
cars or breaking windows in bars.
Hypothetically speaking, of course.
The NCAA has a requirement that its
members maintain institutional control
- the very item for which a Kansas law
firm is investigating Michigan.
But most of these concerns - allega-
tions, gender equity issues, athletes and
coaches acting under the influence of
mind-altering substances - were not
even issues during the previous 90 years.
These issues are now the foremost
concern for an athletic director, howev-
er. Bollinger cannot make the mistake
Duderstadt did in hiring only business-
men or -women to run a sports program.
A president should select someone who
will not tolerate anyone in the depart-
ment getting out of control.
In other words, the search committee
should find a good babysitter.

400 free relay, while Werner will com- t
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and Ann Kampfe will tackle double . Tennessee (8) 10-2 9
duty in the 200 and 400 individual med- 6. Nbraska(4) 1-2 6
leys. 7. North arolina (4) 11-2 10
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Olympic team,"he said. "It's almost like a;.IS fold
a pre-Olympic atmosphere. The top 19. Brighatn.Youtg 1-
three from each country compete in the
Olympics or World championships, and w-
the next two compete in the World
University Games."
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University Games to lead to bigger and 24 isons 8-5
better things. She almost qualified for 25 Mt htg e
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said she wouldn't have been ready for MARGARET MYERS/Dady
such intense competition. John Mortimer will compete in the
"I wasn't confident to go to the World 3,000-meter steeplechase at the World M ichigan's Prem ier
championships," Forrester said. "The University Games in Sicily, Italy, on
World University Games is more my August 29. Mortmer hopes to getulti-ta
league." International experience - as well as
see the sights of Sicily.
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