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14 - The Michigan Daily - Monday, July 1, 2002

KOMISAREK
Continued from Page 1L3
season in Hamilton, Ont. with the
Canadiens' minor league team if he
signs. Montreal advanced to the second
round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs with
a strong defense leading the way.
"Would you rather be at Michigan
getting a degree or playing in Hamil-
ton," Powers asked. "The odds are with
the defense they had, it's not going to be
an easy thing for a 20-year-old to crack
their lineup."
Physically, there are no weaknesses
for the Islip Terrace, N.Y. native.
Komisarek's 6-foot-4, 225-pound frame
makes him a literal standout in college
hockey. Although more players equal or
exceed his stature in the NHL, he
would have been the biggest player on
the Canadiens this season.
But there are some improvements
that Komisarek can make before he
leaves Michigan. Powers addressed his
decision-making with the puck, espe-
cially on the powerplay.
"He's just starting to get comfortable
as somewhat of an offensive defense-
man," Powers said. "His composure
with the puck wasn't where it should
be. He has offensive skills, he just

needs to play in (powerplay) situations
to get more comfortahle."
Komisarek's dominating presence also
disappeared at times on the blueline,
leaving netminder Josh Blackburn alone.
"I think his consistency is clearly
something he wants to get better at,
Powers said. "There were certain nights
where he wasn't where he should be
and where he played like he was our
fifth-best defenseman:'
The Wolverines have been plagued
recently by their stars leaving early. Mike
Comrie (2000) and Andy Hilbert (2001),
two of the most prolific scorers in all of
college hockey, both left after their soph-
omore seasons. Comrie led the Edmon-
ton Oilers in goals with 33 in just his
second season. Hilbert struggled to
make the Boston Bruins' top four lines,
playing in just six games and scoring
one goal while spending most of the year
in the minor leagues. Jillson scored five
goals and 13 assists in his first season
with the Sharks in what would have been
his senior season at Michigan.
"We've gotten used to (players leav-
ing early," Powers said. "The kids fully
understand the decisions that these kids
are faced with. No one wishes them
bad or thinks they're going to make
mistakes if they leave."

Webb leaves 'M', will
tyhis luck in pros
By Bob Hunt that Webb would take a low-key
Daily Sports Editor approach for the remainder of the year
while focusing on school and twining.
When Alan Webb walked onto the Raczko also said that while no schedule
Michigan campus in September, he was had been laid out for Webb, he would
supposed to bring home multiple notrace until some time next year.
national titles to the Wolverines. He "His intention and mindset will be
was supposed to team up with Canadian to prepare for the future," Raczko
star Nathan Brannen to form the great- said. "He is very dedicated to a long
est distance running class in collegiate term plan."
history. But Warhurst does not know where
It wasn't meant to be. Webb would run if he does indeed turn
Webb announced June 17 that he professional, which at this point appears
would be leaving Michigan to train at likely. Despite his fame nationally and
home. The All-American will take class- on campus, Webb ranked just 20th in
es at George Mason University near his the world in the mile and 77th in the
home in Reston, Va. and train with his world in the 1500-meters. According to
high school coach Scott Raczko. Warhurst, it could be five years before
Webb received much publicity after Webb would be in position to make an
he broke the 36-year-old American impact on the professional circuit in
High School mile record last summer Europe.
and got off to a good start with his "He would be eaten alive if he was in
Michigan career when he finished 1 Ith pro races right now," Warhurst said.
at the NCAA Cross Country Champi- "He's got a lot of physical tools, but he
onships last fall. But Achilles tendonitis needs to learn how to race. That was
kept him from racing during the indoor pretty evident by how he raced by the
season and he ran below expectations end of this season."
before placing fourth in the 1500- Warhurst feels that Webb and Raczko
meters at the NCAA Championships in believe that the college system is not
late May. conducive to the development of a pro-
Near the end of the outdoor season, fessional runner, but lie believes other-
Webb had discussed leaving school wise citing Michigan Assistant Coach
with Raczko, the United States Track and alum Kevin Sullivan who finished
and Field 2001 Nike Coach of the Year 5th in the 1500-meters at the 2000
whom he had been close with through- Olympics in Sydney.
out his time in Ann Arbor. Two weeks But Warhurst wishes Webb the best
ago Webb called Michigan coach Ron and is confident the program will go on
Warhurst to say that he was leaving without him.
school and that he had signed with run- "The program was here and estab-
ning agent Ray Flynn. lished at the University because of aca-
"(Raczko and Webb) I'm sure had demics and athletics long before Alan
the plan for a long time," Warhurst said. Webb," Warhurst said. "He was here, he
"it had nothing to do with me." made his splash and now he is gone. In
Neither Webb nor Flynn could not be a few years, I don't think there will be
reached for comment, but Raczko said anybody talking about him."

No date set
for meeting
between 'U'
and Martin
By J. Brady McColough
Daily prt dtor
The Michigan Athletic Department
has still not met with banned booster Ed
Martin, who admitted that he gave four
former Michigan basketball players a
sum of $616,000 May 28 in front of the
U.S. District Court in Detroit.
"I wish I could give you good news
on that front but I can't," Michigan Ath-
letic Director Bill Martin said. "We
haven't been able to coordinate with
(Ed Martin's attorney), our office and
the NCAA for that to take place.
"It's the number one thing on my
agenda daily. There's no question we
need to get on with this, and that's
exactly what I want to do."
Bill Martin said that a date has not
been set and that he had no idea when
they would meet. Ed Martin must meet
with officials from the University
before his sentencing date of August 29.
"It's frustrating to all of us -- the
entire university," Bill Martin said. "t'm
in the same boat everybody is"
By accepting the plea bargain negoti-
ated by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rick
Convertino and Martin's lawyer,
William Mitchell, Ed Martin gave up
his constitutional rights and will be
forced to disclose all information
regarding his illegal gambling conspira-
cy as well as the depth of his involve- 4
ment with former Michigan basketball
players Chris Webber, Robert Traylor,
Maurice Taylor and Louis Bullock from
1988 to 1999.

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'M' NOTIES
Matbis leaves Cavaliers
to play for Amaker
The Detroit Free Press reported that
J.C. Mathis, a 6-foot-8 power forward
from Virginia, will transfer to Michi-
gan next season. Mathis will be ineli-
gible next season and will pay his
own way through school.
Mathis was recruited by Amaker
in high school and the coach was
one of his main reasons for choos-
ing Michigan.
- Staff reports
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Date
Aug. 30
Sept. 6
Sept. 13
Sept. 20
Sept. 27
Oct. 4
Oct. 11
Oct. 18
Oct. 25
Nov. 1
Nov. 15
No. 22

Opponent
Cetral Michigan
Houston
Notre Dame
at Oregon
Indiana
at owa
at Minnesota
linois
Purdue
at Michigan State
at Northwestern
Ohio State

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