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The Michigan Daily - Monday, July 1, 2002 - 15

Sapp takes over for
Carras on the links

Brazil fans pack Diag
to celebrate Cup win

By Nicholas Flees
Daily Sports Writer
The last time Michigan hired a new
men's golf coach, Andrew Sapp was
just 10 years old.
But on June 18, the Michigan Ath-
letic Department announced the hiring
of Sapp as the next head coach of the
men's golf team. Sapp fills the void
left by Jim Carras,
who retired at the
end of last season
after 20 years at
the helm of the
program.
The 30-year-old
Sapp spent the
past four years as
associate head
coach for both the
men's and Sapp
women's pro-
grams at Purdue, where he helped
both Boilermaker programs to achieve
national prominence. Purdue's men's
and women's programs finished sev-
enth and 16th in the country, respec-
tively, this past season.
"Andrew has played an integral part
in the rebuilding process here at Pur-
due," Purdue men's and women's head
coach Devon Brouse said.
At Purdue, Sapp worked as one of
three coaches responsible for both
teams. His duties included, but were
not limited to, recruitment, instruction
and the organization of team practices,
scheduling and travel.
"In a lot of ways, Andrew's experi-
ence has been like a head coach. He
has more experience than most head
coaches," Brouse said,
Prior to his stint at Purdue, Sapp
served as an assistant coach for five

years at his alma mater, North Caroli-
na, where he was a three-time letter
winner in golf under Brouse's tutelage.
Though Sapp has never held a head-
coaching position, there does not
appear to be any doubt concerning his
potential to handle the job.
"There is absolutely no doubt in my
mind that Andrew is capable of run-
ning Michigan's program or any other
program for that matter. He'll have no
more responsibility at Michigan than
he did at Purdue;' Brouse said.
Michigan Athletic Director Bill
Martin echoed those sentiments.
"He's got good recruiting skills, he's
a tireless worker, he's young," Martin
said. "He will have a long and suc-
cessful career at Michigan."
Sapp has amassed an impressive.
resume over the past eight years, help-
ing his teams to a total of 26 team
titles, 23 individual medallist honors,
six All-Americans, six Academic All-
Americans, 19 conference first-team-
ers and while at North Carolina, five
consecutive NCAA Championship
appearances from 1994 to 1998.
Sapp's educational background only
further qualifies him for the position.
He earned a master's degree in sports
administration, having conducted his
research in academic enhancement for
student athletes.
Brouse maintains he'll harbor no
resentment toward Sapp for departing
for Purdue's Big Ten foe. lie also dis-
counts the potential for the formation
of a rivalry forming between the two
schools, citing the nature of the sport
of golf as a contest between the golfer
and the course. Rather, he'll do what-
ever he can to assist Sapp in establish-
ing the -men s golf program at
Michigan.

By Bob Hunt
Daily Sports Ediftor
It may not have been Rio de Janeiro
or San Paulo, but for Brazilian soccer
fans, it was a piece of home.
After Brazil won its fifth World Cup
yesterday morning, Brazilians from all
over Michigan came to the Diag
entrance at the corner of North Universi-
ty Avenue and State Street in celebration.
Once Brazil had defeated Germany
2-0 to capture the world's largest sport-
ing event, Brazilians started calling
each other to find a meeting place to
celebrate. Then more than 150 support-
ers danced and sang in a big circle in
the glory of their homeland.
"I came all the way from Detroit just
to be with Brazilians," said Marcie
Alberts, who came to the United States
from Rio 27 years ago and is now the
president of the Brazilian Cultural Club
of Detroit.
Alberts and her husband, Michael,
got up to watch the 7 am. game at the
Spectadium in Troy where people were
already planning to head to Ann Arbor
that afternoon to party.
"This is what you are going to see all
over Brazil," Alberts said.
In a country where "Futbol" is a way
of life, hundreds of thousands of fans
packed the main streets and are likely to
even take the day off today in a national
holiday
"My dad called me after the game
crying and screaming," said Ellen
Borgo, a San Paulo native who swims
at Eastern Michigan. "And he made
sure I was hearing the fireworks and
everything."
As the fans danced to Brazilian
drums, a few bystanders looked in con-
fusion. But the indifference toward soc-
cer by mainstream America did not

bother any of the fans.
"(They are probably thinking) did the
Red Wings win again or something?"
Michigan State graduate student Alex
Rodrigues said.
While they were celebrating Brazil's
triumph, many were also excited about
the United States' run to the quarterfi-
nals. Ricky Suffana, president of the
Brazilian American Youth Soccer Asso-
ciation in Ann Arbor, has seen his organ -
ization grow from four teams to 20 in
just two years and now hosts everything
from summer camps to soccer-mom
leagues. He sees a day when the Ameri-
cans can play with the Brazilians.
"It's a snowball," Suffana said.
"There's no way to stop it"

His eyes could have
seen the glory
Daring the United States' run to the
World Cup quarterfinals, to say that
ESPN play-hg-play man Jack
Edwards was enthusiastic is an
understatement. Edwards bellowed
"Mine eyes have seen the glory!
The United States has beaten Por-
tu5al5" after the Americans' upset
of the Portugese. What would
Edwards have said if the United
States had won the Cup over
Brazil? Here are some ideas.
1) "Oh say can you see, the United
States won the cup!"
2) "This land is your land, this land
is my land, and ourtland just won
the World Cop'
3) "And they're dancing in the
streets from Miami to Hawaii!"

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