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14 -The Michigan Daily - Monday, July 10, 2000

Continued from Page 12
due to "issues related to communication
style" with players according to interim
athletic director Bill Martin.
The suspension, which lasted approx-
imately three days, stems from various
letters of complaint from current and
former Michigan baseball players in ref-
erence to some of Zahn's coaching tech-
Coming on the heels of a 20-32-1 sea-
son, the suspension does not threaten the
coaching status of Zahn, according to
"I'n very positive in maintaining
'coach Zahn," he said. "I think he's a
great coach and a solid guy. Sometimes
you get problems and you need to sit
down and figure things out."
According to Martin, he has received
complaints about Zahn as far back as his
first day on the job.
Martin assumed the interim athletic
director post on March 6.
Senior outfielder C.J. Ghannam
denied knowledge of the letters coming
from members of the current baseball
"My family and I have talked to coach

Zahn and there is nothing to talk about,"
Ghannam said. "I would know if some-
body wrote letters. It's a shock to me and
all the upperclassmen"
The prospect of Zahn's suspension
coming as a result of angry reaction over
Hyde's firing was downplayed by Hood.
"In my opinion, I don't think they (the
letters) had anything to do with the fir-
ing," Hood said. "I don't think anyone
knows about what's in those letters
except the writers and the A.D.
Likewise, Hyde refused to add to the
"Certainly, there were some players
who had bad experiences, but that's
between the players, coaches and the
A.D." ie said.
When asked if the content of the letters
related at all to the suspension of Zahn,
Martin responded: "absolutely not."
"We're always trying to improve the
situation (on each Michigan team),"
Martin said. "Not-every player will be
happy with every coach. I took a hard
look into this to make sure that we
weren't just dealing with a few disgrun-
tled players who don't play very often."
Zahn replaced Bill Frechan as coach
in 1996.

Subtraction should
mean addition for 'M'

RIA The University of Michigan WHAT'S
REC Department of Recreational Sports HAPPENING

G eneral managers say it all
the tine -- "addition by
subtraction" -but it espe-
cially applies to the Michigan bas-
ketball team and how it is impacted
by the departures of senior Brandon
Smith and sophomore Leland
Smith was a better person than a
player, never taking his game to a
new level after
an intriguing
freshman year.
By the end
of last season,
Smith seemed
so paralyzed
with fear at the
prospect of yet
another offen- CHRIS
sive charge DUPEY
being called DIpe's
on him that he Scoop
rarely wanted
to handle the ball.
Anderson, meanwhile, suffered
Ray Jackson Syndrome last season,
his freshman year.
Anderson was the least heralded
of Michigan's five-man class, and
he did little to break out of that by
sitting 13 games with an injury. 1e
serve a minor role in Brian
E lerbe's sbstittiosn schimes and
was often the last option on ofIlense.
But Anderson's troubles swrcn't
limited to the on-court vaiety.
The N ovember 1999 theft of
three items from a Michigan stu-
dent's apartment brought hit into
1l1e unwanted spotlight.
Charged with the responsibility
of retisritin ,a Palm Pilot a lother
stolen items. After the theft, the
victim said Anderson told her, "I'm
sorry my teammates stole your
Ihis statement was mre public
in media coverage of the theft, and
it angered Anderson's teammates.
One Michigan player toldt se pri-
vately in February that, even though
the incident was three months' past
by this time, other players were still
upset with Anderson and thought

upset with Anderson and thought
hirn disloyal.
Michigan's official reason for
Anderson's departure is playing
This is true - in part.
Having players transfer is often
considered negative for a program,
but in this case, it is a positive
opportunity for Michigan.
Anderson's scholarship will go
back into the pool and give the
Wolverines more recruiting leeway.
(Smith's, as a senior, was up for
grabs anyway.)
The logjam at small forward has
been eased somewhat.
The original roster would have
had Big Ten co-Freshman of the
Year LaVell Blanchard coming back
at the three position, along with
Smith and incoming freshman
Bernard Robinson.
All of these three would have
been too valuable to the Wolverines
-- Blanchard and Robinson for
their talent, Smith for his leader-
ship - to have them split the play-
ing time of one position.
Ellerbe would have had to go a
little bit smaller lineup-wise by
playing two of these three at the
same time. And that was precisely
the problem Michigan had last sea-
son - it had too small of a lineup
to defend the Big Tsen's beasts down
Now, a tough deciison has been
made and Ellerbe didn't have to
make it.
Blanchard and Robinson can get
the play g s' time they need to devel-
op as young players. Ellerbe doesn't'
look like the bad guy for having to
sit Smith, a relatively unproductive
Everyone is appeased. And that
will be the defining -legacy of this
transaction - - Michigan gains a
clearer direction of where it wants
to go as a prograin, and Smith and
Anderson can find greener pas-
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Sampras wins
1mbledon -
The rain, double faults and darkness
couldn't keep Pete Sampras from mak-
ing tennis history.
Sampras overcame Patrick Rafter in
four sets Sunday to win his seventh
Wimbledon title and record-breaking
13th Grand Slam championship.
Sampras served 27 aces and
whipped 13 passing shot winners to
beat Rafter 6-7 (10), 7-6 (5), 6-4, 6-2 in
a rain-delayed match that ended at dusk.
After Sampras hit a service wins
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Sampras climbed into the stands and
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mother. Gloria, who had come to
Wimbledon for the first time to watch
him go for the record.
Even tournament referee Alan M
was overcome by emotion, his eyes
brisming with tears.
The victory confirmed Sampras'
place as among the greatest players of
all time I- if not the greatest.
The 28-year-old American matched
the record of seven Wimbledon titles,
set by William Renshaw in the 1880s,
and surpassed the men's record of 12
Grand Slain tournament victories he
had shared with Australia's Roy
Sampras has won 28 straight mate
at Wimbledon, extending his mark there
to 53-1 over the past eight years.
"It meant so much to me, he said.
"My parents are here today. It's s
important to me they could share itwith
"I love Wimbledon. This is the best
court in the world. It's sty home away
from home."
Sampras also is only the sixth pla
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straight years. The last to do it wa
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