Thursday, July 25, 2013
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Thursday, July 25, 2013
The Michigan Daily - michigandaily.com
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A2 citizens voice concerns
over Main Street proposal
Lewan's diet and notes from Big Ten Media Days
traffic and parking
topics of discussion
By AARON GUGGENHEIM
Managing News Editor
After announcing a proposal
on July 15 to close Main Street
between Stadium Boulevard and
Pauline Boulevard during home
football games, the University and
the Ann Arbor Police Department
held a meeting to address the
concerns of nearby residents.
The street would be closed for
three hours before the game and
likely open directly afterward,
avoiding obstruction of post-game
traffic. Six AAPD officers would
help with the street closure.
The Ann Arbor City Council is
scheduled to vote on the proposal
at their Aug. 8 meeting.
The University and AAPD both
said the closure, in accordance
with a recommendation from
a report by the Department of
Homeland Security in 2010, would
enhance the safety of pedestrian
traffic traveling to and from the
games. It would also decrease
the likelihood of vehicle bomb
threats by putting a 100-foot space
between the stadium and vehicles.
The streets surrounding the
stadium have seen closures for
events twice in the past: once
when President Barack Obama
spoke at the 2010 commencement
ceremony and again during the
2011 Notre Dame football game.
Two other collegiate football
stadiums - at the University of
Wisconsin, Madison and Ohio
State University - have similar
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By ZACH HELFAND
Daily Sports Editor
CHICAGO - Taylor Lewan
may have lied to Michigan coach
Brady Hoke before the Big Ten
Media Days on Wednesday, the
coach says. The
fifth-year senior NOTEBOOK
left tackle has
embarked on a strict diet. He went
out for pizza in the city Tuesday
night. He told Hoke he would get a
salad, though. Temptation proved
Lewan's friends "order pizza
and wings, I look at that and I'm
salivating just looking at it, and I'm
excited about it," Lewan said. "I go
te Buffalo Wild Wings, and I order
a salad and five chicken breasts."
Pizza slipup notwithstanding,
Lewan has followed his routine
with zealous intensity. He eats 12
hard-boiled eggs every day. He
eats six cans of tuna fish. He mixes
in 12 tablespoons of olive oil. And
he can count on one hand the num-
ber of times he's broken the diet.
"He doesn't eat like me, I could
tell you that," said redshirt junior
quarterback Devin Gardner.
The All-American, who sur-
prised many by returning to Mich-
igan for his senior season, said that
he has lost five percent body fat
since January. In the past 30 days,
he says he gained six pounds of
muscle and lost one pound of fat.
He didn't mention how much his
diet is costing him, though.
His routine goes like this: Each
night, he boils a dozen eggs. He
eats six the next morning before
his workout, and mixes three
with lunch and dinner. Some time
after each meal, he eats two cans
of tuna. He only eats carbohy-
drates (whole wheat pasta) after
workouts. And he mixes at least
12 tablespoons of olive oil with the
meat and vegetables.
Lewan cooks sometimes, but
fellow fifth-year senior lineman
Erik Gunderson assists. ("I don't
know even know what he does, but
it's like magic when he touches it,"
Hoke confirmed Wednesday
that Lewan "must have not been
truthful" about the previous
night's dinner. One reporter asked
him to elaborate on the diet.
"I can't," Hoke said with a
smile. "Because obviously I'm not
INJURY UPDATE: Michigan's
three injured starters have shown
encouraging signs this summer.
Redshirt junior linebacker Jake
Ryan, who has a torn anterior
cruciate ligament, has been run-
ning, according to Gardner. Ryan
sustained the injury in a March
19 practice, and the team set a
late-October target return date,
which would be an unusually
speedy return from an ACL injury.
Hoke said Wednesday that he still
expects Ryan to resume playing
sometime in October.
Redshirt sophomore corner-
back Blake Countess, who tore
his ACL in the first game of the
2012 season, has been cleared for
Michigan's first practice on Aug. 5.
Gardner said he has resumed nor-
Fifth-year senior tackle Taylor Lewan's diet would be enough to keep chef Guy Fieri busy, broke and lacking descriptive words.
Ann Arbor resident George Feldman, who lives by the stadium, expresses concern about proposed road closures on foo
game days this fall at the Ann Arbor District Library on Wednesday.
University Police Chief Joe
Piersante, who spoke briefly in
response to resident's questions
about safety concerns, said the
proposal was in the best interests
of both fans and neighbors.
AAPD Police Chief John Seto,
who spoke at the meeting and
answered questions, said the
AAPD supported the measure
because of the enhancement of
public safety and protection of the
"It is a balanced approach for
public safety," he said.
Seto added that the AAPD and
the University Police Department
would meet after every game to
evaluate how the street closures
worked, stressing that the
measure would be reviewed after
the first three games.
He said concerns of opening
the section of Main Street up to
vendors and the street becoming
part of the game day experience
"That is not going to happen, we
are going to maintain control of
that," Seto said.
Some residents, many of whom
allow fans to pay to use parking
spaces in their lots, voiced strong,
often angry, opposition to both
the process of the proposal and
the proposal itself. Many argued
that the disrupted traffic patterns
would hurt those who parked on
Ann Arbor resident George
Feldman, who owns property
near the stadium, said this same
proposalwas brought up years ago.
He said the Athletic Department
only cared about the experience of
the fans, not the homeowners who
live in the neighborhood near the
"It would inconvenience
everyone. That's not really in
anyone's interests," he said. "It is a
better experience for their stadium
and it is a worse experience for all
Feldman said the security
concerns were simply a way to get
the proposal passed by the City
Council, citing numerous areas he
thoughtwere still insecure despite
"My personal belief is that this
is completely bogus," he said.
Councilwoman Marcia Higgins
(D-Ward 4) said a committee
could be formed to represent
concerned residents in the next
year or two. But she said that she
hadn't known the direct desires of
her constituents until now.
"I haven't had anyone write
back and say this is something that
(they) would like to see," she said.
Gardner also reported that
fifth-year senior running back
Fitzgerald Toussaint recently beat
him in agility drills. Toussaint
broke his leg on Nov. 17 in a game
"I guess that speaks for itself,"
Gardner said. "I feel like Fitz is
ready to go."
NO GARDNER GUARAN-
TEE: Gardner refused to walk
back his statement in June that
Michigan would beat Ohio State
when the teams meet in November.
Appearing on the "Huge Show"
on WBBL 107.3 FM, Gardner said
this year's team is one "that will
win in the Big House against Ohio
State." Some commentators took
that as a guarantee.
"I never said the word 'guaran-
teed' or 'promise,' " Gardner said
He said the media had made a
big story out of nothing, and added
he wouldn't retract what he said.
"I wouldn't expect any player
from any team to ever answer
that question differently," Gard-
ner said. "And if they do they don't
deserve to be on that football
ING SPENDING MONEY: Big
Ten commissioner Jim Delany
talked (and talked and talked)
Wednesday as the last speaker of
the day. His opening statement
alone went 23 minutes - 748
words longer than the longest
coach's press conference.
He made news on two poten-
tially controversial fronts. Delany
called for more money in the stu-
dent-athletes' pockets for expens-
es and for a guarantee of free
tuition for all scholarship athletes
who leave in good standing.
Delany explained that in his last
year of college in 1970, he received
$15 per month for laundry, in
regards to the expenses.
The NCAA cut the stipend in
1972 to save money.
"But now that we're revisiting
45 years later, it's never too late to
do the right thing," Delany said.
Delany also introduced his
vision for what he called an "edu-
cational trust." Under his plan,
any student-athlete on a full schol-
arship who left a school in good
standing would be guaranteed the
right to finish school for free.
"If you go professional, if you
drop out, that we'll stand behind
you so when you're ready to get
serious or when you have the time,
we'll support your college edu-
cation degree for your lifetime,"
INJURIES END ANTONIO
POOLE'S PLAYING CAREER:
Sophomore linebacker Antonio
Poole is no longer with the team
as a player, the team confirmed
Wednesday. Poole will return as
a student-assistant after battling
injuries for the entirety of his col-
SCORECARD: There are no
winners and losers at the Big Ten
Media Days, but that doesn't mean
we can't declare winners and losers
at the Big Ten Media Days anyway.
Hoke wins for brevity at slightly
less than 93 words per answer. The
conference average was 171 words
per answer. First-year Wiscon-
sin coach Gary Andersen was the
most verbose at more than 284
words per answer.
Ohio State coach Urban Meyer
said the most total words of any
coach at 2,604. Delany's opening
statement alone was 3,339 words.
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