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The Michigan Daily - Orientation Edition 2003 - 29

SANCTIONS
Continued from Page 27
edge, uninvolved student-athletes,"
Committee Chair Thomas Yeager
said by teleconference.
The Committee of Infractions is
an independent administrative body
composed of representatives from
NCAA member institutions and the
general public. All members either
have experience in athletic depart-
ments or law.
Another stipulation in Michigan's
punishment will be completely dis-
associating itself from the four play-
ers for the next 10 years - the
largest disassociation ever handed
out by the NCAA. Under the disas-
sociation, Michigan cannot receive
any assistance (including financial)
from the quartet and is barred from
giving them any benefit or privi-
lege, either directly or indirectly,
that is not available to the general
} public. The NCAA also expects the
University to implement other
actions to eliminate their involve-
ment in the athletic program, and
completely remove them from all
University records.
Last November, the University
self-imposed a number of penalties
that went into effect in the 2002-03
season. Besides banning itself from
any 2003 postseason play and plac-
ing itself on two years of probation,
Michigan basically erased all exis-
tence of the four aforementioned
players by forfeiting 112 regular
season and tournament games
which they took part in, removing
four banners from Crisler Arena
and eliminating all records of the

the committee evaluated all these
factors, and gave sufficient weight
to the University's cooperation, mit-
igation, age of the case, self-
imposed penalties, we felt it was a
two-year case in which one has
already been served."
If the appeal fails, the 2003-04
season will be Michigan's second
straight campaign with a postseason
ban. But, according to point guard
Daniel Horton - who will be a
sophomore next season - the team
remains optimistic, and no one has
any intentions to leave the program.
"Everybody's coming back (for
next season)," Horton said. "I look
at (the possible postseason ban) as
another challenge. We can show
tremendous character if we are able
to overcome this and still have a
great season."
Michigan's postseason ban
includes both the NCAA and NIT
tournaments, but the Wolverines
are eligible to play in the Big Ten
Tournament.
Most of these violations took
place while Steve Fisher - current-
ly head coach at San Diego State -
held the head coaching position at
Michigan. The NCAA said there
were many "red flags" that Fisher
should have picked up on during the
time, but found no wrongdoing by
the coach.
"There was no direct evidence that
(Fisher) was involved in the viola-
tions. Hence there's no penalty," Yea-
ger said.
In July, Webber will be on trial for
obstruction of justice and lying to a
federal grand jury about his relation-
ship with Martin.

OUTBACK
Continued from Page 27
by Jim Mandich.
But it was truly a couple of jun-
iors who led the Wolverines. Tail-
back Chris Perry set an Outback
Bowl record with four touchdowns;
the accomplishment is also a Michi-
gan bowl record. He finished the
game with 85 yards rushing on 28
carries, as well as 108 yards receiv-
ing. Quarterback John Navarre
threw for a career-best 319 yards,.
going a very efficient 21-for-36
with a touchdown and no intercep-
tions.
Despite Navarre's career perform-
ance, the Michigan offense stumbled
out of the gate and took some time
to find its rhythm; the unit's only
score until late in the second quarter
came as a result of a Florida miscue.
Deep in his own territory, Gross-
man found himself scrambling after
a high snap. Kashama beat him to
the ball, recovered it inside the five-
yard line, and put his offense in
position to grant Perry his first
touchdown.
After two Florida touchdowns,
Zook made the decision to attempt
the two-point conversion try. Its fail-
ure seemed to swing the momentum
back to the Wolverines, who utilized
Perry via a number of screen passes
to get him, Navarre and the 10-win
Wolverines back on track.
This is the 23rd 10-win season in
Michigan's illustrious football his-
tory. The Wolverines will likely find
themselves ranked in the top-10
nationally when the dust settles on
the BCS.

TONY DING/Daily
Freshman Daniel Horton speaks with media on the floor of Crisier Arena Thursday.
Horton said all of the players are adamant about staying with the program.
quartet in any printed materials. tion, the committee concluded that
Michigan also returned the additional penalties are warranted,"
$450,000 earned from postseason Yeager said.
appearances in the '90s. Many Michigan faithful share
"Although the self-imposed Coleman's displeasure with the post-
penalties are significant and appro- season ban, but Yeager says it could
priate, as mitigated for the institu- have been much worse.
tion's cooperation and efforts to "A two-year postseason ban isn't
uncover the facts, as well as the the worst that could've happened by
time factor of the time of the viola- any stretch," Yeager said. "When

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