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SIORTS

August 9,19 1.3

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All that
litters in
South Bend
By David Den Herder
Dauly Sports E ditor
Did you hear that?
A quiet exhale mixe wcitiih a half
chuckle, coming from a secluded oifice
huildling in suburbau C hicago.
No mrthlan six monthls cgo, Big.
Ten commtissioner
Jima Delanes 55 is SPORTS
prepaing forii thle
poi~i bility thl 1t7C't~l~
Nottre Damte wouiild---------
leud its saute and lii til Ii im to le
historie eotierence. I wer aos some
serioius talk --aud it dow ci uteiito
a votcby tlihe oaerd ii rscc. Als the
rish esere a tit tioi piiiudi anid 'iiued to
miti ei heinuepjendcut sanice.
But. ,- sI. tP, ikecs so eloqentily put
it, that xxsthent. TIhis is . .. swell, this is
quite a tiLes theysve gottett themselIses
itito.
Back itt Iebtriary, Notre' Damte presi
detit Edward Malloy talked about his
uttiversity's "core idettity"- somte-
thintg lie called Nuotre Datie's "oserarcht-
tug defintitioti
"At the core" saud Malloy, "ire these
liaracteristics: (Cathiolic, prisate, ide-
etident."
Ittdeed. After all, thts ts Notre Daiie
--thte fairy tale utilversity. Rudy, the
Gippet, the four hiorsemati. Touchidowti
Jesuu. The golden dotte.'AWalkittg across
a grassy carus field itt auturrut, watch-
tttg the leaves twirl to the groutid atid
wafting the scetit of football easoti, youu
cati alttout picture yourself itt a movie.
Such tradition, these Irish. Sttch
*tttegrity But the NCAA tas been deal-
itig with some different characteristics
of late: sports booutitig, enmhez'zletieint,
rules violations - characteristtcs
Malloy cettaitily couldn't swant in hits
"overarching definitiot." Wheti Notre
Dante is setenced later this fall, they
could he put ott NCAA probation atid
even lose televisiotn rights - sottethintg
neithier the BigTeti tnor ABC would Iaxe
appreciated, had the Irish joitied.
But, perhaps these tiew and imuproved
Qltaracteristics in South Bend tiake
o' Nre Dame a better fit thati ever.
Bell, they're sltavitig poitts itt
Evansville, cheatitig on tests in
Minneapolis, stealing heer itt East
Lansitig, passitig out in loses City, pay-
itng off players iti West Lafayette. duck-
itig classes in Columbhus --atid iti Ainnt
Arbor ... ohli. Anti Arbor.
The truth of the amatter"? There's to
such thiitg as ati indepetident, holier-
1han-thou university ita Dixvisiott I athlet-
ics. Not atnymore.
Maybe these violations tartnislh the
itmage of the goldetn dotme.
All I can say is, join the club.

Varsity is No.*7 as Iig House awaits
The ohr Big Ten teams I^ FA eL appear
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Stadm Friday aftero, - On et4 h veie tdh h hretefnd
2,7 daysa lat couin
quarterb ck une
Will Henson start against Notre Dame?

*Controversy reminicent
of weeks before 1997
Rose Bowl season
By Chris Grandstaff
Bathl- Sporss Fditor
Baven't we seetn this onte hefore'?
Back ini the spritng atid siummner of
1997 Michuigant coach Lloyd Carr wvs
faced with the dilemmtaa of choosing
between Scott Dreishach, the seasoned
tuttior quarterhack who tad started the
first 11 pattes of the 1996 seasoti hefore
being injured, atnd Brian Griese, who tad
denmonstrated great poise itt orchestrat-
itng a comie-froma-bhintd victory over
Ohio State and a good shoxing in the
Outhack Bowl.
Carr tmade the decision to go with
Griese, atid te Wolverities wound up
with a fairy tale enditng hy winnitig the
Natiotial Chiamapionsxhip.
DOne lgain Carr is forced to miake a
difficult decisiotn at the quarterback
positioni heading itnto the 1999 seasoti
_-but weith a newv cast of characters.
Wheti football practice hegitis text
Saturday, sophotmore sensatioti Dress
Bensoti snd last year's starterlTon Brady
wsill miake their final auiditiotis for s posi-
lion that hasu heen tip ini the air since
Bettsota's arrival last seasoti.
The decision will he a touight one for
C arr, but otte that lie's happy to tmake.
"Bavinig twso great quarterhacks

doesnit bothler me,'Ctarr said. "Belies-c
tre <ta <xctd.:I'd take thus exery single
year. I ihtituk they bhl hasve a lot oh' the
saume qualities. T hey're both extretmely
comteitive, they're both x'ery smalt,
they're huth tough and they're hoit the
kind of guys that are respected by their
teamimaates."
Both quarterbacks are extrernely hal-
entted, hut despite their simtilarities there
are distitict advatitages to starting otte
over the other.
Benasoni is nutch hetier at genttig out
of trouble it the pocket collapses antd has
the ahility to scraitble for the first doswn.
While no one will dehate H-enson's
potetitial for greatness at the positiotn,
Brady has already proven ho he a potent
starter svithitn the Wolveritie system. Assa
starter last season Brady set team
records for passing attemtpts, comple-
tiotis and fittished second in total yards
en ruoute to a 10-3 season capped off by
a Citrus Bowl win.
Whatever Carr and the coacltitig staff
decide, as far as the players are con-
eerned "it doestit really matner," presea-
son All-American candidate Stexe
Butchainison said.
'Both take charge itt the huddle.
Thsey walk up atid everybody shuts up,
wvlich is good hecause thia's what you
teed from youtr quarterback."
And they'll need to he ready to play
fr-omthte get go against Notre Datne if
the Wolverines want to enjoy attothter
faity tale seasont.

'SsIiyouui talk abiutihis
lie schdcutle. Butt the utpporu
pay s S ic yountgcr and inect
paercs, cell, that'scertinulyo
drawsbacks."
C arr sotutuded particularly c
switht the cay Michtigati's Big
soti wouuld begiti. After a pr
gamue with Syratcuse at thet
Doate, thinWulverinestex
Madisoti to face No. 8 Wiscot
"Every year we save a xu
itmpossible schedule,' saidI
offenisive initnatiSteve Bc
"This is goitug to be simiilart
tot harder. But that's the cay
it's
Also ott Michiigans's plate of
Big Ten is an openitng day
with No. IS Notre Damie-
the Irish will have the oippot

19 (a s slate 37'
us tutu2i0~. iSta 36i7
'V 21. Southern Cal 360d
e oil' like .Arkanrsas '325
N~ell Iii 23. Purtue 292
:trsactoii 24. Virgiuia 191.
aiuuyto 25. Arizonau State 167
Gae' t i'ticeil
tue oh the titne up befotre their trip to thuetig
IHotixe after adding Kansaus to their
otucertued schedule earlier this sumnier.
Thn sea- Fourth-ranked Penn State miay hiave a
rime--titeate ouigher tion-cotiference openier, as the
eCarrier Ntttany Liotis host No. 3 Arizotia
ravel to Auguxt 28 in this year's versioti of the
isin. Pigukin Classic.
ipposedly Florida State, ranked third in last
Michigant year's final Coaches' Poll after a Fiestat
tcliiusott. Bowl loss to Tenntessee, top this year's
to that, its list of favoirites with 36 of 59 first-place
we watat votes. The Semittoles return preseascon
Bleisutau catudidate wide receiver Pcter
iitxide the Warrick and quarterhack Chris Weitake.
nastehup -Daily Sports Editor TJ Bucket
although contributed to theae report frost the
ntutnity to Big Ten tmediat kickoff/'in ChJic-up.

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