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June 02, 2003 - Image 39

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NCAAbans 'M' from
2004 postseason play
By Gennaro Flice NCAA, but not in the form of another year of postseason ban.
Daily Sports Editor She says that the University will "completely accept" the pro-
bation, loss of scholarships and disassociation aspects, but
For what it called, "one of the three or intends to appeal the postseason sanction.
four most egregious violations of NCAA Actual Sanctions "We've always accepted responsibility for
bylaws in the history," the NCAA Division I the concerns raised by the NCAA and by
Committee on Infractions banned the Uni- U Four years of probation om. the Infractions Committee that are displayed
ersity's men's basketball team from next m ng N v. 7, 2002 and concd in this report," Coleman said. "We own the
year's postseason on Thursday. The commit- in nNv, 6, 2006 wrongdoing, and we own the responsibility."
tee also ruled that the program will be "However, I have to tell you that I am dis-
placed on probation until November 2006 appointed that the committee's actions will
and lose one of its 13 scholarships each year academic year. have the effect of punishing our current,
for four years starting in the 2004-05 aca- Reduction in shlarahi e uninvolved student-athletes with this addi-
demic year. ning in the 2004-05 academic year, tional one year ban from postseason play,"
Michigan's violations date all the way she added.
back to the early '90s Fab Five era, and EThe University is required to dis- Yeager feels that all sanctions were need-
involved four former Wolverines - Chris sociate itself with the former play ed, regardless of whom they affected.
Webber, Robert Traylor, Maurice Taylor and ers involved for at least 10 years. "The Committee on Infractions cannot
Louis Bullock - who altogether received shirk its responsibility to the entire member-
over $616,000 from now-deceased booster ship by failing to apply meaningful and
TOY DINGDaily Ed Martin. appropriate sanctions against the University in order to protect
University President Mary Sue Coleman answers questions about the University President Mary Sue Coleman admitted that the the postseason opportunities of current, and as we acknowl-
NCAA sanctions from the national media Thursday at Crisier Arena. basketball program deserves additional punishment by the See SANCTIONS Page 29
Blue prevails in Outback Bowl

By David Horn
Daily Sports Editor
TAMPA, Fla. - Michigan began 2002 as the victims of a cen-
tral Florida slaughter, courtesy of Tennessee in the Florida Citrus
Bowl. Fortunately for the Wolverines, the first day of 2003 began
very differently. Michigan (6-2 Big Ten, 10-3 overall) survived six
lead changes and a late Florida charge to defeat the Gators, 38-30,
before a sold-out crowd of 65,101 at Raymond James Stadium.
Trailing by eight with just over two minutes remaining in the
game, Florida junior quarterback Rex Grossman engineered a
drive from his team's own 27-yard line. Grossman, who was likely
playing in his final game for the Gators, completed two passes for
18 yards and drew a 15-yard personal foul on a late hit from
Michigan senior linebacker Victor Hobson.
But two plays after jeopardizing his defense's chances at shutting
down the suddenly efficient Florida offense, Hobson made amends.

On Ist-and-10 from the Michigan 27-yard line, the Gators (6-2
SEC, 8-5) called for a reverse option pass to wideout (and former
high school quarterback) Vernell Brown. Brown rolled out to the
left and was pursued by defensive end Alain Kashama, then forced
a desperate, wobbly pass toward the sideline. Hobson stepped in
front of Grossman (the intended receiver) and took the ball 42
yards in the other direction to ensure victory for the Wolverines.
"They'd been getting man coverage all that series, and Rex was
going to be open," Florida first-year coach Ron Zook said. "When
you're in man coverage you don't account for the quarterback,
and at that point in time I thought it was a good opportunity."
Hobson was one of several Michigan seniors who made waves
in his final game for the Maize and Blue. In particular, captain
Bennie Joppru set the team's season-receptions record for a tight
end on the strength of eight catches for 80 yards. That brought his
season total to 53, surpassing a 33-year old record previously held
See OUTBACK, Page 29

Freshman Jason Avant, left, and senior Julius Curry celebrate
Michigan's 38-30 victory over Florida in the Outback Bowl.

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