The Michigan Daily - Monday, July 17, 2000 - 15
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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) ---Matt
oherty, a starter on North Carolina's
982 NCAA national championship
am, was introduced as Tar Heels'
>ah Tuesday, the first former player
om the storied program to return as
rach in 75 years.
herty, who had his first head
ing job at Notre Dame last season,
id he was excited and surprised by the
>portunity to coach at his alma mater.
"This is a big day in my life, one that
did not see coming," he said during a
ess conference Tuesday night. "I was
st cruising along in South Bend, and
en the phone rang, and here I am.
laybe a lot of you saw this coming, but
Mike Brey, Delaware's former coach,
ill replace Doherty's vacated position
ogers scores 16 on
ACT, ruled ineligible
Charles Rogers, a Michigan State
ruit, who some considered to be the
st incoming freshman in the country,
led to get a 17 on his ACT and gain
S A eligibility.
n order to beat Prop 48, a recruit has
total 68 points on the test. Rogers
ly scored 65.
Rogers will have to miss this upom-
football season. He will still keep all
ar years of his eligibility.
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With the start of the school year
looming just a month and a half away,
one of the biggest questions facing the
Michigan athletic department is the sta-
tus of Elbel Field as the home of the
men's soccer team.
The field has long been a recreation-
al haven for students, but some of that is
bound to change once the soccer team
kicks off its inaugural season in
"It's unrealistic to take the field away
from students," Michigan coach Steve
Burns said. "Since the field dimensions
are 120 yards by 70 yards, that leaves
about a 50 by 60 chunk by the back wall
for the students."
One of the consequences of placing a
varsity team on Elbel Field is that tmagy
ittramural and recreational teams that
have used the field in the past will now
have to relocate elsewhere on campus.
Predictably, this has created a schedul-
"It's really been a domino effect,"
Mike Stevenson, head of the
Recreational Sports Department and
the person in charge of Elbel Field, said.
"For example, we've had to move the
rugby team out --- they're going to be
playing at Mitchell Field now.
Currently, the only available seats at
Elbel Field are three rickety wooden
bleachers that are used by intramural
softball spectators. For the soccer sea-
son, added bleachers will be brought in
from around campus, boosting seating
to around 750. The bleachers will be
moved against the fences when a match
is not taking place.
"From the conversations I've had, it
sounds like we'll be using every avail-
able bleacher," Burns said. "We'll have
some games where we draw 1,500 peo-
ple, including spectators who sit on the
grass. Our goal is to create a good
While it might not seem like lbel
Field - with its' bumpy, uneven sur-
face and dirt patches -is an ideal place
to contest a varsity sport, the ever-opti-
mistic Burns has found some advan-
tages to his team's new home.
"If you want to compare it to the
Varsity Soccer Field, then, sure, it does-
n't look good,," Burns said. "But, we're
not going to piss and moan about it.
We'll be a pretty rugged team, so the
condition of the field will actually help
us when we play more skilled teams."
The Varsity Soccer Field, home to the
women's soccer team, was constructed
in 1994. With a seating capacity of
Remember scenes like this, because in the fall, this won't be possible. The soccer
field will consume a large chunk of Elbel Field, leaving little room for students.
1.500, itsis clearly a first-rate facility. ing to a new facility after just one year
While the popular theory is that sched- at Elbel. But, those plans hit a slight
cling conflicts prevented joint use of the snag.
field by the men and women's teams, "This would be a one-year issue, ide-
Burns highlighted another issue forcing ally" Stevenson said. "Originally, we
the men to play at Elbel. were going to build two new fields
"The biggest problem is the use of the behind the tennis center. We had bids
field - it gets pretty beat up from prac- and contractors lined up until these bud-
tice and games," Burns said. "Men wear get problems hit."
the field harder than women, so there "The athletic department is putting
was a concern with the condition of the together a master facilities plan," Burns
field towards the end of the season. added. "Once the plan is put together,
The men's soccer team will be play- we have to work quickly so that every-
ing at Elbel Field for two seasons. The thing is in place in a reasonable amount
initial scenario had the Wolverines mov- of time."
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