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Men's Basketball
vs. Northwestern
Tonight, 8 p.m.
Crisler Arena
The Michigan Daily

__SPORTS
______________ _________Thursday, January 17, 1991

Ice Hockey
vs. Bowling Green
Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
Yost Ice Arena
Paget

Vaughn leaves

Blue fo
by Josh Dubow
Daily Sports Writer
Michigan running back Jon
Vaughn decided yesterday to forego
his final two years of eligibility and
petition the NFL for entry into the
1991 draft.
Vaughn was unavailable for
comment but his agent, Mark Mot-
taz, was surprised when Vaughn
approached him with his decision.
"Anytime a sophomore decides to
turn pro it shocks you," Mottaz said.
"But he had weighed all his options,
and thought this was the best choice
for him.
"He had decided to leave Michi-
gan before the season for personal
reasons," Mottaz said. "After his per-
formance this season and with the
option for the draft, Jon decided to
test the waters."
Vaughn led the Wolverines in
rushing this past season compiling
1,364 yards and scoring nine touch-
downs during the regular season.
Vaughn also was a First Team All-
Big Ten Selection, Co-offensive
player of the year, and the runner-up
to Greg Lewis for the Doak Walker
Running Back Award.
Mottaz's firm, the St. Louis-
based Sports Management Group,

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NFL

has contacted many NFL organiza-
tions and has found that scouts rate
Vaughn anywhere from a late first-
round to late-round pick. Most place
him between the third and fifth
rounds.
Noted sports attorney Leigh
Steinberg thinks the threat of a wage
scale in the near future may have
played a part in his decision.
"I know a lot of college players
are worried about a fixed salary,"
Steinberg said. "I would expect it to
be intact by as early as 1992. I know
many players are considering leaving
school also."
Mottaz said Vaughn will not par-
ticipate in the first scouting com-
bines in February, but is planning
on going to the makeup. Vaughn is
not returning to school and probably
will not pursue his degree.
The athletic department refused to
comment on rumors that Vaughn's
departure was because of academic
problems. The Athletic Department
said that the only member of the
Department who knew of Vaughn's
decision was coach Gary Moeller
who was unavailable for comment.

KA'T prot
IFC; game
by Ken Davidoff
The Intramural Building is
usually the sight of fun and games,
but last night, nobody seemed to be
having fun, and there were no
games.
The opening night of intramural
basketball was postponed last night
in response to a threat of protest
from the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity.
Fraternity members threatened to
protest both the Interfraternity Coun-
cil and IM for their joint decision to
exclude KATP, and all non-IFC
fraternities, from league play.
The fraternity did not learn of the
IFC and IM's year-old decision until
last Friday.
Director of IM Sports Jan Wells
decided to delay the start of the
season to avoid a confrontation with
the members of KA'.
"We're doing all we can to try
and accommodate these gentlemen,"
Wells said.
In order to weed out some self-
appointed fraternities from the Greek.
branch of IM sports, the IFC
suggested that only those organiza-
tions approved by the IFC should be

JOSE JUAREZalUIy
Michigan tailback Jon Vaughn has decided to leave school and enter the
NFL draft. The sophomore was co-Offensive Big Ten Player of the Year
and led the Wolverines in rushing last season.

sts TM,
s cancelled
allowed in to play in this depaia
ment. KA'P, a non-IFC membhe
which has previously part icipated it
this league, was placed in the
Independent A league. This great y
upset members of the fraternity.
"It was as if we were not a real
fraternity," Maurice Morton, presi-
dent of the KA'P house, said. "If
there's anything we're trying to
prove, it's that we are a legitimate
organization."
"We feel slighted because we
were not included on these meetings
and talks," Rodney Johnson, vice-
president of the fraternity, explained0
"We are nationally-recognized as a
fraternity. We have been on this
campus since 1922, and we have
participated in the basketball league
for the past ten years."
Wells explained that with all tlW
teams that exist, she could nbt
contact all the groups that this rule
change affected.
"We make our (rules) manual
available at the IM building at the
beginning of the year," she said.
"We leave the onus on the team (toY
see if any rule changes haye
occurred)."
The fraternity also had the optidi
to become an associate member of
the IFC. This would have allowed
them to participate in the fraternity
branch without adhering to thb
majority of the council's rule2
KAP declined to do this, however;
preferring to stay under the supervi -
sion of the Black Greek Association:
A compromise was reached
around 7 p.m. in which KA'P wg
placed in an adjunct conference with
other fraternities that were left out (
the main fraternity conference. Thus
the team will play all fraternities@
during its regular season, and it wil
be eligible for the fraternity playoffs.
Nevertheless, the members of Kappa
Alpha Psi still planned on preven-
ting the night's games in order to
show its discontent with the entire
IM organization.
"We're glad that something was,
done, but it wasn't enough," John- ~
son commented. "It's a shame that I
took a demonstration amongst our-
selves to get the attention of the IIM
and IFC."
Daily Sports Writer Matt Rennie
contributed to this story

Depleted wrestlers head to Indiana
u Josh Dub ow

Daily Sports Writer

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The Michigan wrestling team has
suffered yet another loss at the 126-
pound weight class. One week after
losing starter Jason Cluff to aca-
demics, Cluff's replacement, first-
year wrestler Mike Mihalic, injured
his ankle at the Virginia Team Du-
als.
Mihalic will be sidelined for all
three meets this weekend, and the
Wolverines have no replacement for
Mihalic, forcing the team to forfeit
the six points in his weight class.
Michigan (5-2) opens its Big Ten
dual-meet season on the road, be-
ginning today at Indiana. The
Wolverines will then travel to Illi-
nois and Purdue this weekend.
Michigan coach Dale Bahr looks for
the 118-pound matches to decide this
weekend's matchups.
"We need a big weekend from
Salem (Yaffai, 118 pounds). If he
gets us off to a good start, the ball
should start rolling," Bahr said. "In
Las Vegas, Salem won the first
match, and then we pulled off a big

run. Hopefully we can do that
again."
The most important match of the
weekend will be between Yaffai and
Lance Ellis of Indiana. Along with
Ellis, Indiana's toughest wrestlers
are in the middle weights, led by
All-American Jeff Lyons (142),
Adam Caldwell (150), and Casey
Graham (167). But Bahr is confident
in his own leaders: Joey Gilbert
(134), Sean Bormet (158), Lanny
Green (177), Fritz Lehrke (190), and
Phil Tomek (Hwt.).
"They (Indiana) have a really ex-
citing 118-pounder," Bahr said.
"Salem beat him in Las Vegas and if
he can do the same, we will be
tough to beat in the upper weight
classes, and should win the meet."
Yaffai's performance is more im-
portant this weekend considering the
absence of a wrestler at 126 pounds.
Michigan cannot afford to fall behind
by too many points early in the
meet. Earlier in the week, Bahr was
hopeful that Mihalic would be able
to wrestle, but his ankle injury has

not improved.
"It's important to the team for
Mike to wrestle," Bahr said. "I know
he doesn't like to wrestle unless he
is 100 percent, but if he could wres-
tle, we could maybe hold them to
three or four points."
However, Mihalic does not want
to risk further damage to his ankle.
"I won't be able to wrestle until
Michigan State next week," Mihalic
said. "I don't think the ankle is ready
yet."
Bahr looks for the Illinois meet,
on Saturday, to be the easiest of the
three.
"I don't know much about Illi-
nois, because I have not seen them
compete yet " Bahr said. "Tomek
will have a tough time against Jon
Llewellyn (All-American). But they
lost a lot from last year and they
should have a hard time filling those
holes."
Sunday's meet at Purdue looks to
be the most challenging for Bahr's
squad as Purdue has performed well
in early season open meets. The
Boilermakers return one All-Ameri-
can, Mike McHenry (177), and two
NCAA qualifiers in Matt Lindley
(Hwt.) and Dave Walter (158).

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