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14 --The Michigan Daily --Monday, July 20, 1998

Turco not seeing Stars yet
By T.J. Berka "You want to get things done sooner rather
Daily Shits Editor then later, but that doesn't always happen,"
Many college grads have no idea where or Overhardt said. Hockey "is a simple sport but a
with whom they will be working. These desper- complicated business."
ate souls will do just about anything to become The Stars also are comforted by Turco's per-
employed after they finish school. formance in his four seasons between the pspcs
Former Michigan goalie Marty Turco doesn't with the Wolverines. furco helped Iead
have to worry about finding a job, as he was Michigan 1t national chatmpinsips a 1996
drafted by the Dallas Stars coming oat o iogh and 1998 and won 127 games in is cai, an
school four years ago. In facti Turci has the NCAA reid
leverage -rare anmong most coltege grads in ' "No oilher gi alir trotrt cnllegc, th aur acr
ncgntiate his cwn salary, whict he is piesently Lurope his the creetls ihat M
doit with it help of his agent, Kurt ptaysitseI pressure," O)echardi sat "Th Stats
Ovechardt liase rowned Mtarty for Isour years, so thcy undec-
ECvcryth eg's positie riglt ns' Ovirha di sitnd whas t ilhy are gettieg.
said. "I git a job to do, aind the Stars hive got a Boil sides htopc that the Stats will he geitting
job to do. We both want to get Matty signed and Turci bcfore summer endIs atid traing can
playing as fast as possible, though. begins While Overhardt wouldn't specihy hoe
While both parties wait Turco signed as close Turco was to signing, lie id indicate that
quickly as possible, there eally isn't a rush to Turco is staying positive.
sign for either party. The Stars don't start train- "Marty is doing great,' Overhardt said. "lie
ing camp until September, so there is plenty of understands the process and is looking forward
time to work out a deal. to being part of the Stars."
Advice to Henson: take the


Marty TSrc
If he signs with
S Dallas. Bat he'll
S prohably play for
y.the Stars' minor I
league affiliate in
oney and run ...to New York

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his NCAA baseball eligibility but
still play football for Michigan.
During the summer, he'd play minor
league ball.
Or he can listen to all the cheesy
ommercials and stay in school,
ejecting the Yankees, and enter the
4FL or baseball draft a couple years
Sown the line.
Drew, do yourself a favor, take the
money and run.
When someone offers you millions
of dollars to play a game, don't think
twice. Henson stays in school, he
risks injury. Playing both football

and baseball would tax his body, and
he can lose both careers to an injury.
Look at Jeter, the Yankees short-
stop who fled the Michigan baseball
program to play for the Bronx
Bombers. He's a millionaire, and
he's wanted by every female under
the age of 25, and most over, in the
state of New York.
Then look at former Michigan run-
ning back Tyrone Wheatley. After his
junior season at Michigan, when he
established himself as one of the top
running backs in the country, he
shocked a lot of people by coming
back to Michigan for his senior year,
despite being a projected top-five
pick. He injured his shoulder early in

his senior season and hasn't been the
same player since. His NFL career
has seen more of the bench in Giants
Stadium than the field in Giants
New York awaits, the city that
never sleeps, the city that rewards -
but also chastises - its athletes like
no other city. The city that made leg-
ends from Babe Ruth to Joe Namath
to Mookie Wilson ... to Drew
But Henson's not too likely to
make the jump to the Yankees.
Playing Michigan football has been a
dream of Henson his entire life. He
committed to the school almost two
years ago.

Not only that, he personally called
potential recruits to convince them to
don the winged helmets with him.
Rejecting Michigan would be break-
ing . his word to his fellow
Wolverines, something Henson isn't
likely to do.
So, he might go for option two,
likely the worst of the three choices.
If Henson plays minor league ball for
the Yankees, he will have to miss
spring and summer practice, some-
thing that can't make Lloyd Carr too
happy. He might never start a game
for the Michigan football team. One
of the best arms in the country could
be wasted.
That leaves option three. Stay in

school, become the best shortstop to
play for Michigan since Barry
Larkin, the best quarterback sinec
Jim Harbaugh.
This is the choice that most
Michigan fans want to see Henson
make. The man has become a legend
in the state - while only playing
high school ball - and four years at
Michigan can turn legendary status
into a god-like one.
But he could hurt an arm, a shoul-
der, a leg. A 300-pound linebacker
could squash him like an empty beer
Jeter and Steve Miller know what
they're talking about. Take the
money and run.

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