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August 02, 1999 - Image 15

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Monday, August 2, 1999 - The Michigan Daily - 15

avie inks
ith Irish
ame and football coach Bob Davie
ave reached agreement on a contract
xtension that will keep him at the
elm of the Irish program through
he 2003 season.
The South Bend Tribune reported
aturday that executive vice presi-
ent E. William Beauchamp and ath-
etic director Mike Wadsworth
orked out the agreement with
vie, whose contract was to expire
r the 2001 season.
The new deal begins this season.
avie signed the original deal when
e took over for Lou Holtz before the
997 season.
No terms of the contract were dis-
ussed by Notre Dame officials, and
avie wasn't available for comment.
But he had said in January that he
as comfortable with the base salary
as paid.
"To automatically presume I am
nderpaid may be inaccurate," Davie
aid at the time.
Such extensions are becoming
ore common in college football,
eluding recent five-year extensions
ranted to Purdue coach Joe Tiller
nd Alabama's Mike DuBose.
"A big part of this has to do with
ecruiting," Wadsworth said.
Coaches are sometimes at a disad-
age in recruiting an athlete when
e s not able to quell rumors.
"It works both ways. If a program
struggling, speculation is raised. If
program is having success, there are
Iso rumors. We had to face reality
at these rumors are used against us
"With all the turmoil he inherited,
ob came through it with a lot of
urity. He has been able to focus
ie job at hand and still have sue-
ontinued from Page 13
roadcasting and other sources relat-
d to Spartan football, men's basket-
all and hockey.
The private fund, the Ralph Young
und, provides money to the general
for athletic scholarships -
2.5 million last year - and supports a
ost-season bonus pay plan for Spartan
Twice in the past five years, the gen-
ral fund didn't pay for itself and the
epartment avoided deficits because of
rtvate money.
Michigan State trustee Bob Weiss
aid the university must remain attentive
athletic expenses.
ust because we're doing well now
oesn't mean we'll be doing well in two
ears," Weiss told the Lansing State

Kyle McCann, above, and Scott Mullen will battle for the start Sept. 4 against
Nebraska after senior quarterback Randy Reiners was suspended.
Hawkeyes bench QB
for Nebraoska opener

By Mike Kelly
The Daily Iowan .
expected, Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz
suspended senior quarterback Randy
Reiners for the season-opening game
against Nebraska Sept. 4.
On June 29, Reiners was charged
with public intoxication after he was
found "sleeping or passed out" in the
parking lot of the Iowa Hospitals and
"As a result of violating a depart-
mental policy last month, Randy
Reiners will serve a one-game sus-
pension and also receive appropriate
counseling," Ferentz said in a state-
ment released Wednesday.
Reiners, a Fort Dodge, Iowa,
native, was expected to battle Scott
Mullen and Kyle McCann for the
starting quarterback spot this fall.
He threw for 1,428 yards and 15
touchdowns in his Iowa career and

started four games in 1998. Reiners
did not compete in the spring game
due to a knee injury, but was expect-
ed to be back by the time fall practice
Iowa sports information director
Phil Haddy said Reiners was unavail-
able for comment on the situation.
The Public Intoxication charge is
Reiners' second alcohol-related
In January of 1998, Reiners was
charged with operating a motor vehi-
cle while intoxicated.
Ferentz said Reiners can partici-
pate in all team practices and func-
tions, but cannot be on the sidelines
for the opening game.
"Randy recognizes the mistake he
has made and has reacted in a favor-
able manner since the incident,"
Ferentz said. "As stated previously,
Randy will pay the prescribed penal-
ty and we will move forward from
that point."

Honolulu Blue and a
gamut of other emotions
By Michael Kern Now, my denial had turned to anger
Daily Sports Editr and resentment, not just at Barry, but
At first, I was shocked. also at the Lions for letting him get
I'll never forget how I found out. I away.
was sitting on my couch watching TV "How could Barry just desert the
and my dad came into the room to Lions and their fans when he is so
break the news. close to the record?" I asked myself.
"No way," I said. "If he had so many problems with the
I turned the channel to ESPN Lions, why couldn't he just tell them
SportsCenter and couldn't believe instead of running away? Why does
what I was hearing. this always happen with the Lions?
Barry Sanders SPORTs Why do they always run their best
was retiring from players, Speilman, Blades, Brown,
the NFL just 1,458 C Glover and now Sanders out of town?"
yards away from~---~~-------------I hated Barry Sanders for how he
breaking Walter Payton's career rush- had handled the situation. For ten sea-
ing record of 16,726. sons, Lions fans cheered and revered
That night when I went to bed I was Barry Sanders as the sports icon of the
still in shock, but when I woke up the city of Detroit.
next morning that shock had turned to Thousands of fans plopped down
denial. their hard-earned money to see Barry
"There's no way he's gone for Sanders break the record this season.
good," I told myself. "How can he just And how did he repay them?
give up that close to the record? The Now, a few days after the announce-
Lions will find a way to trade him. ment, after I have run the gamut of
He'll be in uniform on another team emotions, I have finally reached the
come fall. Barry is just looking for a point that most Lions' fans reached
way out of training camp like he years ago.
always does." Indifference.
As I read the morning newspaper Talking to my uncle the other day,
though, I finally came to the realiza- he told me about his philosophy ofjust
tion that Barry Sanders would never watching the Lions on Sundays and
wear No. 20 for the Lions ever again. not concerning himself with all of the
Even if he came back to the NFL, it offseason ineptitude that has become
would not be in the Honolulu Blue and synonymous with the Lions' name.
Silver. He called it, "rooting for the uni-
Listening the radio, I then heard the form."
statement to the media that Barry had But with Barry gone, the uniform
sent to the Wichita Eagle about his doesn't look the same anymore. I just
retirement. I also learned that Barry won't look forward to Sunday after-
had been spotted in London as he noons like I used to.
headed out for a vacation in Europe. And I probably never will.
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