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How does Jessie Mae Carter prepare
Robert Traylor's food? Read the NBA
draft preview on page 15 for details.

SPORTS

Monday
June 15, 1998 1

Wrestling coach Bahr to step down after next season

By Josh Kleinbaum
Daily Sports Editor
Dale Bahr has been involved in
wrestling for most of his life, but
Bahr announced Wednesday that he
will resign as Michigan wrestling
roach after the 1998-99 season.
"I'm not resigning," Bahr said.
"I'm sick of people using that word.
I'm going to coach for one more year,
then work on the summer camps."
Bahr cut short the interview
moments later.
In a released statement, Bahr
announced that after next season, he
will join the Michigan Athletic
Alliance
tannounces
ranking
system
By Tracy Sandler
Daily Sports Writer
It's not as if Michigan fans have
ever been frustrated after being
cheated out of the No. 1 spot in the
scollege football rankings or any-
thing.
But just in case, it may be of inter-
est that the Alliance has devised a
new four-point plan of determining
which teams will participate in the
title game, to be played Jan. 4 in the
Fiesta Bowl.
Standings will come out once a
week beginning in November. These
standings will consist of either the
top-10 or top-12 teams, and each of
these teams will have a certain
amount of points, stemming from
four different classifications.
"Personally, I think it's a good
-dea," said tight end Aaron Shea.
"People had split decisions in the
past, and this new system is a fair
way to determine who is number one.
"It didn't just happen to us. When
Penn State went undefeated, they
weren't national champs either. This
is the best thing, so there aren't any-
more splits. Now there can be a true
national champion."
So, what are these four new cate-
gories?
The first is nothing new but will
be used in a different way. Just as last
season, each team will possess a
ranking in both the Associated Press
'"and the USA Today-ESPN coaches'
poll.
The variation lies in how these
rankings determine points. Each of
these rankings will be added and
then divided by two.
See ALLANCE, Page 13

Department's administrative staff,
working on the summer camp pro-
gram. He will no longer hold the
head wrestling coach position.
Michigan athletic director Tom
Goss vsill use the next year to search
for a ness head coach, Goss said in a
released statement,
"Coach Bahr and Senior Associate
Athletic Director Peggy Bradley-
Doppes have been talking about this
arrangement for quite awhile,' Goss
said in the statement.
The announcement comes on the
heels of Bahr's most tumultuous
year, which saw the death of

Michigan wrestler Jeff Reese during
a supervised
sorkout at
Crisler Arena.
But both Bahr
and Goss deny
that Bahr was
forced out.
Reese s stry-
ing to make
weight for an
upcoming meet
Bahr tgainst Michigan
State.
lie was riding an exercise bike in a
rubber suit in a steam room utnder the

supers ision of assistant coach Joe
McFarland.
"I'm excited to coach one more
year then go into administration,"
Bahr said in a released statement. "I
have been coaching vrestlie ever v
year since grdating in 196 and
this opportunity allows sme time to
pursue a new ssenture wshile remain-
ingyi with the athletic department."
At owa State, Bahr sias a three-
time All-American and the NCAA
champion in the 145-poitnd weight
class inII 968.
ie csaclied as an assistant at lowa
Stue for four Years under former

Wolverine Harold Nichols
And for the past 20 years. he has
coached Miliua, leading the
Wolverines to ses cittop-10 finishes,
Bahr's record at Michigan, 210-
115-6 in 20 seasons. is the second-
best victory total its tichigat coach-
ing history. behind Clilft Kei. ts
s restlers have cirnted all- \imerica
honors 40 tinses and Biii Ten titles 13
tines hIs teams hase 17 top-25 fin-
ishes.
Last season his teas finished
ranked 12 in the nation iswith three tAl-
Americans and two Big len chasmspi-
ons.

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Notre Dame,
Big Ten in *
discussions
By B.J. Luria
Daily Sports Writer
For years, the Michigan-Notre
Dame rivalry has been one of the
most heated in all of college foot-
ball. But starting in the near future,
the Wolverines and the Fightin(
Irish might be playing for more than
just bragging rights - they could be
battling for the Big Ten title.
The Ann Arbor News reported
that a source within the Big Ten said
that Big Ten commissioner Jim
Delaney and several Big Ten presi-
dents are in talks with Notre Dame
officials that are "more than just
preliminary."
Both Delaney and other official
in the conference denied that any
serious talks are taking place.
Notre Dame assistant athletic
director John Heisler reftised to
comment on speculation that Notre
Dame could become the 12th mem-
ber of the Big Ten. The school WoUld
only issue a statement from
Executive Vice President Reverend
E. William Beuchamp that read, "We
at Notre Dame are very pleased with
our athletic positioning, both as a
independent in football and as a
member of the Big East in most
other sports."
Notre Dame, a school with a 112-
year football history, has always
been an independent in football. The
Irish recently joined the Big East in
all sports except football and hock-
ev.
Notre Dame has tiaditionally cher-
ished its standing as an independes4
The changes that hase taken place in
college football over the past several
See NOTRE DAME, Page 13

Marcus Ray zeroes in on Notre Dame's Autry Denson during this year's 21-14 Michigan victory. The Big Ten is reportedly try-
ing to zero in on Notre Dame and make the Fighting Irish the 12th member of the Big Ten.

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