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Page 10- The Michigan Daily-Thursday, March 7,1991

Theodore Cox

Ted's Excellent Adventure
Everyone acts childish .
over Webber's decision
"Just one question, where's Chris Webber going?"
It is something I am often asked, but I have no answer.
"What do you mean you have no clue, you should find these things out."
It's as if people expect Webber, the top high school basketball
recruit in the nation at Detroit Country Day, to call me up and say,
"Hey, Ted, because I've talked to thousands of reporters this year,
don't know who the hell you are, but that doesn't matter. My friends sW
you're the best. I just wanted to let you know first, because after all, if
it's printed in the Daily, everyone will take it as fact. I'm going to
Slippery Rock."
Well, for all of you who've asked us at the Daily, no one is going to
find out until he holds a press conference. And for all of you who've
heard reports that he's going to Duke, Kentucky, Michigan State, or
Michigan, well:
"All the reporters that say I'm going there are liars," Webber said.
Believe it or not, Webber has no idea where he's going. Hes
narrowed it down to three schools: Michigan, Michigan State, and tI&
University of Detroit. After the state playoffs conclude March 24, he
going to sit down, think it out, and decide.
So let's all sit back, relax, and wait a couple of weeks.
In my first year of covering college recruiting, I finally understand
why faces cringe anytime the word is mentioned. The whole process is
based on greed, and not one party is innocent.
THE MEDIA: First, there were the reports from a Kentucky radio
station that Webber was going to Duke. Then, after Webber's first trip to
Duke a month ago, an East Lansing station seconded the report. Last
week, Webber called Duke and told them, "sorry."
Over spring break last week, Jim Spadafore of The Detroit Ne4
quoted an unnamed source saying Webber was coming to Michigan. Of
course, Webber denied it the next day. So as not to look like an idiot,
Spadafore wrote in his column this Monday, "Believe it, Webber will
be a Wolverine next season. If he isn't, I'll clean every bathroom at
Crisler Arena.... Anyone who thinks Southwestern Coach Perry Watson
is my source obviously has no connections. ... My source is much
better."
Who is this great source, Madame Zora? I don't know which I'd
rather see, Webber at Michigan or Spadafore cleaning the bathrooms for
such self-aggrandizement.
However, the worst media exhibition took place at the Michigari
Purdue game at Crisler. At halftime, Dick Vitale of ESPN sent someone
to bring him over so he could say, "You're awesome baby!!!!!"
After Webber finished being hugged by Vitale, he put on some of his
best moves trying to avoid the deluge of scribes. A security guard and
then a friend of his set picks allowing him to glide by the reporters.
Unfortunately, there was no one to watch his back side. So for the
billionth time, he said, "No, I don't know where I'm going to college."
Then, the media hounds asked, "Do you get sick of people always
bugging you about this?"
THE FANS: Everywhere I go, I hear it said, "If Fisher gets Webbe.
he must be a great coach." Last year, when coach Steve Fisher lost ou
on top recruit Eric Montross, people said, "Fisher can't recruit, and he
sucks as a coach."
Furthermore, the often-heard chants of "Webber" from fans at various
college arenas are just as pathetic. Webber got more applause than any
Michigan player the night he was here. Wolverine players who've
worked hard deserve better.
At Duke, the student paper formulated letters for students to sign and
send to Webber - like he needs more mail, not to mention it was very
close to violating NCAA rules.
THE COACHES: Webber gets hundreds of calls and letters weekly. 1
is ridiculous. Every coach knows the remaining schools he's interested
in, so why keep pestering him? The coaches are just as bad as the
media in following him everywhere. Major college coaches have even
been known to attend his pick-up games.
Hold on, I hear the phone ringing...
"Hello, Ted Cox's line. Oh, hi Chris. Hey, I hear you're going to
Slippery Rock? ... Cool!"
'M' pulls together for NU*
by Robert Siegel
Daily Sports Writer The Wolverines (5-2) are coming off

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If you think about it, the term
'tennis team' is really an oxymoron.
After all, tennis is an individual-ori-
ented sport. But according to Eliza-
beth Ritt, coach of the Michigan
women's tennis team, there is no
contradiction in terms here.
"We can't just rely on our num-
ber one player," Ritt said. "In team
tennis, every player is equally im-
portant."
As it kicks off their Big Ten
season tomorrow at Northwestern,
Michigan will need a total team ef-
fort. The Wildcats are currently
ranked fourth in the ITCA Midwest
Rankings.
But an even greater effort may be
required of Northwestern, who face a
talented and hungry Michigan squad.

a disappointing 7-2 loss to Florida
State last weekend. Apparently, the
loss has only served to motivate the
team.
"Tennis is such a mental game,"
Ritt said. "The players are now re;-
ally psyched to play Northwestern."
Among the Michigan players
hoping for a big match against tl
Wildcats is No. 1 singles player
Christie:Schmeidel. An NCAA qual-
ifier and all-Big Ten player, Schmei-
del lost last weekend in three sets.
Ironically, all three of Michigan's
doubles teams, the only players who
actually have to work together, lost
against Florida State. As a result,
the team is especially counting on
its doubles players for contributions
against Northwestern.

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