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Ellerbe sees
CHEDULE
Continued from Page 13
Michigan's next opportunity to har-
ness the Broncos will come Nov. 27 at
home.
Like any college basketball schedule,
an arsenal of smaller schools fill in the
cracks for Michigan. Chattanooga,
owson and Oakland will all make
meo appearances in Ann Arbor. St.
Peter's will take a break from guarding
the Pearly Gates to try its hand at guard-
ing Michigan's five freshmen in Ann
Arbor on Jan. 2, 2000.
Most notable about Michigan's con-
ference schedule is a two-game road
trip that will take the Wolverines to
Minnesota and Purdue in early January
to kick off Big Ten play.
"Opening up the Big Ten season with
back-to-back road games at Minnesota
d at Purdue with a young basketball
team and without Brandon Smith (lost
until mid-January with a tear in his
anterior cruciate ligament) will make
our Big Ten schedule that much more
MEES
Continued from Page 13
that the level Mees was practicing at
ould inflame his hips so much that he
ouldn't play.
Mees n d down the chance to turn
pro to become Eisner's first assistant
coach. With his physical education
degree and his love for teaching, it was a
logical move. Add in his trademark work
ethic and it was no surprise that Mees
had found his calling.
"One ofthe biggest things I remember
- he was always willing to go out and
practice extra with you and really get out
*d work out with you on a one on one
Csis," said Michigan men's tennis assis-
tant coach Dan Goldberg.
Mees left Michigan to become the
Director of Tennis at the Cleveland
Racquet club coaching junior players
and even finding time to be the private
traveling coach for professional tennis
player Malivia Washington.
"It's just a pleasure to work with
someone like that," Mees said. "To get
*t combination of quality person and
quality athlete is pretty special."
With Mees' wife Amy expecting their
first child, Mees decided to settle at the
Cleveland Racquet Club. Although it
would have been easy to find another
college coaching job, Mees was content
to stay in Cleveland. That is until Eisner
retired last season.
While surfing the internet, Mees dis-
covered Eisner's retirement and the next
thing he knew he was calling Michigan,
lying for the job. As a die-hard
ichigan man and a staple in the pro-
gram, Mees was an instant front-runner.
"I can't think of another job that I
could do with more passion," Mees said.
That passion will be necessary to live
up to the precedent of the program. The
game has changed a lot since Mees
freshman year with his wooden racquet.
But taking over a team that finished sec-
d in the Big Ten and returns five of its
singles starters tradition will be the
least of his worries.
"I've never met a Michigan grad that
regretted going so Michigan," Mees said.

Monday, July 26, 1999 - The Michigan Daily - 15,,
early-season schedule as opportunity to 'mature'
| Michigan releases 1999-2000 hoops schedule V

difficult," Ellerbe said in a released
statement.
Per usual in the Big Ten Tournament
era, the Wolverines will skip matchups
against two conference opponents both
at home and on the road. In a bit of a
break, Michigan misses facing heavy-
weight Ohio State at the Schottenstein
Center.
The Wolverines will also miss Penn
State on the road, while Wisconsin and
Minnesota will forgo voyages to Ann
Arbor this season.
With a grueling conference slate,
Michigan will need to take advantage
of a more balanced nonconference line-
up if postseason play is to become a
reality.
"I hope that this schedule is more
conducive for this particular team,"
Ellerbe said. "I hope it will allow us to
grow and mature as the season goes
along given the fact that we are so
young and inexperienced at this level."

DATE
Sat.. Nsa. 6
Wed., Nov. 10
Sun., Nov. 14
Fri., Nov. 19
Tse., Nov. 23
Sat., Nov. 27
Wed., Dec. 1
Sat., Dec.4
Wed., Dec. 8
Sat., Dec. 11
San., Dec.19
Thur., Dec. 23
Tue., Dec. 28
Sun., Jan. 2
Wed., Jan. 5
Sat., Jan. 8
Sun., Jan. 16
Wed.. Jan. 19
Sat., Jan. 22
Tue., Jan. 25
Tue., Feb. 1
San.. Feb. 6
Wed., Feb. 9
Sun., Feb. 13
Wed., Feb. 16
Sat., Feb. 19
Thur., Feb. 24
Sat.. Feb. 26
Tues., Feb. 28*
Sat., Mar. 4*

OPPONEN
Maize & Blue Scrimmage
Double Pump All Stars
Cuban National Team
Oakland
Detroit
Westem Michigan
at Georgia Tec
Chattanooga
Kent
Duke
at Boston College
Duquesne
Towson
St. Peters
at Minnesota
at Purdue
Illinois
Northwestem
at Ioa
at Indiana
Michigan State
at Illinois
Indiana
at Wisconsin
Penn State
Purdue
at Northwestern
Iowa
at Michigan State

S O ; 4 WNt~i
* F e r ettv u
tobod aucetiy

-Big Ten Conference Tournament-
Chicago
Thur., Mar. 9 First round
Fri., Mar. 10 Quarterfinals
Sat., Mar. 11 Semifinals
Sun., Mar. 12 Championship
-National Invitational Tournament-
Prelim. rds. (TBA) Cam s sites
Champ. rds. (TBA) New York
-NCAA Tournament-
East Region
Mar. 17, 1 Buffalo, N.Y.
Mar. 17, 19 Winston-Salem, N.C.
Mar. 24. 26 Syracuse, N.Y
Miwest Region
Mar. 16, 18 Cleveland
Mar. 16, 18 Minneapolis
Mar. 23, 25 Aubum Hills
South Region
Mar. 17.19 Nashville
Mar. 17, 19 Birmingham, Ala.
Mar. 24, 26 Austin, Tex.
West Region
Mar. 16, 18 Salt Lake City
Mar. 16, 18 Tucson, Ariz.
Mar. 23, 25 Albuquerque, N.M.
Final Four
April 1, 3 Indianapolis

Gonzaga coach replaces
Haskins at Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Dan
Monson was hired Saturday as men's
basketball coach at Minnesota, a month
after the school bought out the contract
of former coach Clem Haskins follow-
ing an academic fraud scandal.
Monson, 37, led Gonzaga to a 52-17
record and consecutive West Coast
Conference titles in two seasons as
coach. His last Gonzaga team eliminated
Minnesota from the NCAA tournament
last season, then advanced to the region-
al final before losing to Connecticut.
Monson will receive a seven-year
base salary of $150,000 per year and an
outside package worth another $340,000
annually.
Monson signed a 10-year deal with
Gonzaga in April, but he assured

Gophers fans that he wouldn't take the
next available opportunity.
"It was well known there with my
administration that if I had an opportuni-
ty of a lifetime, that I have certain goals
in my profession to move up, and I feel
that this is one of those opportunities of
a lifetime'" Monson said during a news
conference at Williams Arena.
Monson takes over just weeks before
Minnesota takes an exhibition trip to
Europe, and less than three months
before practice begins Oct. 15.
The basketball program also faces an
uncertain future. The academic fraud
investigation by independent investiga-
tors is expected to wrap up in
September, and the university could face
NCAA probation or sanctions.

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