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Men's Tennis
vs. Kalamazoo
Today, 2 p.m.
Track and Tennis Building
The Michigan Daily

SPORTS
Wednesday, February 13, 1991

Women's Basketball
vs. Illinois
Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Crisler Arena
Page 9

Aft 11 111 2),
BASKETBALL NOTEBOOK
Indiana, OSU clash in
mnother top-rank bout

Optimistic netters
take on Kalamazoo

by Phil Green
Daily Basketball Writer
Last Sunday, No. 1 UNLV de-
feated then No. 2 Arkansas in what
was billed as the game of the year.
This Sunday's Ohio State-Indiana
match-up, which may decide the
Big Ten title, should rival the
,4LV-Arkansas contest.
The Buckeyes won the teams'
first meeting, 93-85, in Blooming-
ton. They opened up a big lead
early, and then held off an impres-
sive Hoosier run down the stretch.
This week's game should be just
as exciting.
"I think it's a great match-up,"
Minnesota coach Clem Haskins
id. "Ohio State's strong up front,
d Indiana has their perimeter
game. They're very deserving of
their two and four rankings."
With so many talented players,
the key to the game could fall on
the shoulders of the two point
guards: Ohio State's Mark Baker
and Indiana's Jamal Meeks.
"Baker's as quick a guard as
there is in the league. When he en-
red Ohio State's starting lineup
ast year, that's when they started
winning," Michigan coach Steve
Fisher said. "Meeks does all the
things Indiana wants him to do. He
gets the ball to the right people.
They're both very instrumental to
the success of their team."~
HOW THE MIGHTY HAVE
FALLEN: When the season began,

not only was Michigan State ex-
pected to repeat as Big Ten cham-
pions, but the Spartans were also
expected to make a run for the na-
tional title. These lofty expecta-
tions were echoed by a pre-season
No. 4 ranking.
However, besides falling out of
the national rankings, they have
dropped to fourth place in the con-
ference. Their 6-5 record puts them
as close to seventh-place Michi-
gan (4-7) as to third-place Illinois
(8-3).
"Our backs are against the wall
in terms of numbers and making
the NCAA playoffs," Michigan
State coach Jud Heathcote said. "I
think we have to win a minimum
of four and maybe five games.
We're talking about not being on
the bubble, but being assured a
bid."
W EBBER UPDATE: Detroit
Country Day's Chris Webber vis-
ited Duke last weekend, and re-
portedly cancelled a trip to Ken-
tucky to do so. Webber had
planned on visiting the Durham,
N.C., campus in December, but
backed out after injuring his ankle
the day before the trip.
While at Duke, Webber told
the Chronicle that last weekend's
visit was the best he has experi-
encedthus far. However, he reiter-
ated that "it's three-way, neck-
and-neck right now between Duke,
Michigan, and Michigan State."

by Caryn Seidman
Daily Sports Writer
Exuding confidence, the Michi-
gan men's tennis team is ready
and eager for today's home contest
with Kalamazoo College.
"I want to use this match as a
way to tell if we've improved,"
Michigan coach Brian Eisner said.
"It's a chance for each individual
to improve. Kalamazoo is one of
the top two or three teams in Divi-
sion III."
Although Michigan is currently
unranked in Division I, its ability
and potential speak louder than
any numbers can right now.
David Kass, the team's No.1
player, recently returned from the
National Indoor Meet in Min-
neapolis where the country's top
32 amateur players competed.
Kass lost in the quarterfinals, but
he is currently ranked ninth na-
tionally.
However, Kass will get a rest
on the sidelines, as newcomer Dan
Brakus will start as the Wolver-
ines' No.1 singles player. Brakus
has been ranked third in Canada
for the past two years, as well as
being one of the top 30 amateurs
in the world.
Although Eisner is trying to in-
still a "take it one game at a
time" motto into his team's head,
Brakus feels differently. "I am sure
we shouldn't have a very hard time
with them," he said. "I'm very,

very, very confident."
Sophomore Scott Cuppett will
provide help for Kass and Brakus.
Cuppett, who finished 15-17 last
season, will be playing in the No.2
position for the Wolverines.
Rounding out the top three singles
players will be senior John Karzen,
who ended last year's season, 8-23.
"We are going to play our style
of tennis," Eisner said. "We're not
going to do anything different for
Kalamazoo."
But the Wolverines are still try-
ing to solve some problems with
their doubles pairings. Although
Kass will sit out the singles portion
of the match, he will be paired
with Brakus as the No. 1 doubles
team.
The chemistry in this pairing
appears good, as Kass and Brakus
have played together on two prior
occasions, reaching the semi-finals
both times. In the No. 2 doubles
spot will be Scooter Placer and
Karzen. John Lingon and Cuppett
will play as the No. 3 doubles
team against Kalamazoo.
As Michigan is beginning to
gear up for its first Big Ten match
against Wisconsin, Eisner is
pleased that there are no nagging
injuries and that the team's energy
and enthusiasm are high.
His assessment about their en-
thusiasm appears to be correct
.When asked about today's match,
Brakus replied, "I think we should
run over them."

Ohio State's Jim Jackson has risen to the occasion whenever the
Buckeyes have called on him. Jackson hopes to continue his winning
ways this weekend against Indiana.

NCAA legislation may

SPORTING VIEWS1
NCAA reforms should
save student-athletes
by Mitch Rubenstein
There are college coaches that are taking the "student" out of the
word "student-athlete." For this reason, the NCAA was forced to regu-
late the amount of hours that student-athletes can play their sports.
The NCAA needed to help the victims of excessive coaches who
take all they can from young athletes, leaving the athlete with nothing
left to give to their academic or social lives.
The NCAA acted upon the statistics that they saw: namely, low
GPA's and the low graduation rates. If the NCAA knew how some
&aches treated their athletes, the restrictions might have been greater.
A few years ago I left my home up north to attend a college in the
deep south. I was given an athletic scholarship by an NCAA Coach-of-
the-Year to play tennis for the second-ranked team in the nation.
What seemed to be my dream come true turned into a nightmare. I
was a 17-year-old who wanted to be a college student. However, I was
turned into an athletic robot with my coach holding the controls. My
coach demanded practice seven days a week, sometimes more than six
hours a day. The pressure to practice was exceeded only by the pressure
to win.
My teammates and I had to live in an athletic dormitory, isolated
*om the rest of the student body. Our tremendous practice schedule -
which included early morning workouts and an afternoon practice that
went well into the evening - made it hard to study or even be friends
with other students.
I dealt with so much abuse that my personality became distorted,
and my grades and athletic skills were nearly ruined. I was forced to
transfer to avoid any more suffering.
What I took away from the experience was the terrifying knowledge
that I may not be the only one who's had to deal with these unsympa-
thetic coaches. I also learned that too much practice only hurts your per-
#omance.
It is easy to measure the success of a program in terms of wins and
losses, but college sports have to be placed in their proper perspective.
Winning cannot be stressed if it is to be achieved at the expense of the
athletes. Coaches must realize that if an athlete chooses to go to col-
lege, then that athlete should be able to enjoy the same freedoms as
those around them. Coaches must realize that athletes share the desire
to succeed.

by Mitch Rubenstein
The NCAA governing body took
their show to the music capital of
the world last month to continue
their seemingly eternal debate
over how to reform college sports.
After a week of discussion, the
legislative congress of college ath-
letics passed amendments of un-
precedented reform. Athletic pro-
grams that once operated with a
free reign, now must operate with
less practice hours, competitions,
coaches, and scholarships. The
NCAA felt all the reductions were
necessary in order to benefit the
student-athlete.
These changes recorded in
Nashville were met with mixed re-
actions by student-athletes and
their coaches. The greatest opposi-
tion to these highly publicized
amendments has come from the
athletic programs, for which the
Olympic Games is the only non-
collegiate competition.
Most of the objections have
come from college swimming pro-
grams. Many of these select
NCAA programs currently provide
U.S. Olympic swimmers with ideal
Olympic-training facilities while
simultaneously offering the oppor-
tunity for an education. Michigan
boasts one of these impressive
practice grounds in its Canham
Natatorium.
Michigan men's swimming
coach Jon Urbanchek, whose swim
program currently features four
U.S. Olympians, feels it is the re-
sponsibility of American universi-
ties to train the nation's Olympic
athletes.
"If people have the opinion that
colleges are not suppose to prepare

athletes for the Olympics, then
they are un-American," Urbanchek
said. "Swimmers have shown the
ability as student-athletes, so why
punish their Olympic dreams?"
According to Urbanchek,
NCAA legislators view universities
solely as academic institutions
which are not responsible for train-
ing U.S. Olympic hopefuls. This
type of thinking has caused re-
sentment of coaches and swim-
mers.

hurt Olympi
Collegiate swimming has tradi-
tionally been a sport where its stu-
dent-athletes must work hard both
in the pool and in the classroom.
Because the sport provides no pro-
fessional opportunities, only a
chance at Olympic competition,
these athletes labor long hours for
the love of their sport and for the
reward of their scholarship.
"They are young, strong-willed
student-athletes who achieve 3.0
GPA's or above on a national av-
erage," Urbanchek said.
Since the turn of the century,
college sports have produced many
great U.S. Olympic athletes. The
late Jesse Owens, possibly this
country's greatest Olympic cham-
pion, did all of his Olympic train-
ing while he was a student at Ohio
State. Owens used a system that
has been proven to give two gen-
erations of deserving student-ath-
letes the ability to dream of both
Olympic glory and a college
scholarship.
Michigan's Mike Barrowman,
who won a gold medal in swim-
ming at the 1988 Summer Olympic
Games, feels that the NCAA has
unjustly punished his sport.
"(The college presidents) did it
because it was a scapegoat for the
NCAA," Barrowman said, "which
is taking too much heat for the
programs that are failing academi-
cally all over the country."
Many football and basketball
programs are confronting academic

Ic hopefuls
problems concerning academically
ineligible athletes and low gradua-
tion rates. Barrowman feels that
new legislation should not have
been applied to all sports, but only
those where academic quality was
in question.
Swimming requires the student-
athlete to achieve a balance be-
tween long practice hours and
studying. Collegiate swimmers
learn to master this challenge and
become efficient with an increased
workload.
"If the NCAA's intent was to
give students-athletes more time to
study, it does not realize that
swimmers perform best on a busy
schedule," Michigan women's
swimming coach Jim Richardson
said. "Free time causes problems
for all students."
Concern lies with how the re-
duced practice time will hurt the
elite swimmers, who want to get
their diplomas while continuing to
train for the Olympics.
"The NCAA scapegoat will at-
tempt to destroy Olympic sports in
the U.S., Barrowman said.
"Fortunately, elite athletes will
always seek alternative means to
be the best that they can be.
"Unfortunately, that will mean
taking away an education from
someone who cannot afford it, and
is entitled. All programs will go
downhill. Qualities and standards
will never be met again until the
old standards are returned."

'If people have the
opinion that colleges
are not suppose to
prepare athletes for
the Olympics, then
they are un-American.
Swimmers have
shown the ability as
student-athletes, so
why punish their
Olympic dreams?'
-John Urbanchek,
Michigan
Swimming Coach

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