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Oh, Weber!
Weber State advanced to an NIT quarterfinal game against Michigan by
defeating Fresno State, 102-86. The game, which lasted until the wee
hours of the morning in the Eastern Time Zone, was Jerry Tarkarian's-
first as the Fresno State basketball coach, The Wolverines will host the
Wildcats Friday at Crisler Arena at 7:30 p.m.

Page 12
Thursday
November 16, 1995u

Don't fget
about ite
and Bullock
Sthis season
lothought this kid would
start?
With the Wolverine
forwards, who thought 6=6 freshman
Albert White would get the call?
Sure, Michigan coach Steve Fisher
started him in the last exhibition game
- he also called White the Wolver-
ines' "fourth big man."
But there he was, an 18-year-old with
a lot of hair and a funky goatee, jogging
out for introduc-
tions with that
swagger that
Jalen Rose made
so familiar.
What a solid
choice Fisher
made: White
looked great in
BRENT scoring nine
MCINTOSH points and
McIntosh grabbing four
Classics rebounds. He ran
the floor with the
confidence of a
guard and slashed through the lane
rather brashly for someone his size. It
felt like someone needed to pull him
aside and politely point out, "Albert,
you're a 6-6 freshman. Get out on the
perimeter where you belong."
Those might, have been Fisher's
words, if not for White's smooth
passing and tough defense. White
scored the Wolverines' first bucket in
both halves on layups, but his repertoire
isn't limited to two-footers: he also
filled up a confident 3-pointer after 13
minutes, and less than two minutes into
the second he took the ball baseline and
put down a one-handed jam.
Louis Bullock didn't hit any of the
three treys he fired, but Fisher had to be
pleased with the 6-1 freshman guard's
confident play.
Bullock was quick and tough when
he had the ball, driving the lane
smoothly for his seven points and
holding his own inside to haul down
five boards.
With under seven minutes to go in
the first half, Bullock was caught in the
forehead by an errant elbow - the
stitches he received were certainly not
part of his ideal debut.
When play resumed for the second
half, however, Bullock was ready to go.
See McINTOSH, Page 14

Like father, like son
Penn State's Engram maintains his late father's ideals

By Brad Young
Collegian Magazine Writer
If the train had not been 50 minutes late, it would have
never happened.
The train would have passed the intersection of U.S. Route
1 and South Carolina road 28-235 uneventfully, missing
Simon Engram's car as he traveled to work at the Bethune
post office.
But a crew change and some extra luggage held it up for a
while in Jacksonville, Fla. It was a long enough delay for
Engram's car to get to that intersection precisely when the
train did, just after 6 a.m. that August Thursday in 1991.
The car, once stuffed with kids who couldn't find a ride
home from practice, was folded into a disheveled heap after
the Amtrak plowed into it. It was dragged 300 feet and
deposited in a ditch alongside the tracks, its driver pro-
nounced dead at the scene.
A couple of his relatives went to the area of the accident a
day later, finding only a picture of Simon's youngest son in
his football uniform.
"He ain't had a chance," one of those relatives, Simon's
uncle Albert Carter, said at the time. "He ain't had a chance."
Not a chance to avoid a train roaring through the dark
morning air at 80 miles per hour. But also not a chance to see
the boy in that picture become the best wide receiver to ever
play at one of the nation's top football schools. And, more
importantly, not a chance to see the boy in that picture
become a man who embodies the values he held so dear.
Simon Engram had more than three kids. He unselfishly
considered each child in the small community of St.
Matthews, tucked just outside of Camden, S.C., as partially
his own. It seemed like he was everyone's coach, tutor and
taxi driver.
"He was just one of the finest people we could have ever
possibly had in our community," says family friend Billy

Ammons.
One of Ammons' fondest memories of Simon Engram
involves a Dixie Youth League baseball team, It was made
up of kids around the age of 12 that he organized, coached
and took to games. Simon Engram made sure everyone on
the team had uniforms, including the equipment manager.
That five-year old boy would take care of the bats and
balls, and would catch the pitcher's warmup tosses while the
real catcher put on his gear. The equipment manager's
mother laughs when she remembers her son's exploits behind
the plate.
"That big old glove," Dorothy Engram says, giggling, "on
his little hand."
That little hand belonged to Bobby Engram.
Baseball would quickly become Engram's favorite sport.
His hand would eventually grow to fit that glove, and his
talents in the game would grow toward the light of his dad's
guidance. He would not teach his youngest son the mechan-
ics of the game. They weren't as important as getting some
other things down pat.
"He molded my mentality," Engram says. "Through
baseball, he taught me to be a sportsman, how not to give up,
how not to take anything for granted. But at the same time,
don't let anybody think they can beat you and take what's
yours."
While Engram's father gave him lessons on baseball, his
older brother Darrell was cultivating a star in another sport.
The backyard was the classroom for their version of Sunday
school, with lessons in toughness.
Every weekend, Darrell Engram would organize games
with all their cousins and friends, most of them around his
age - eight years older than Bobby. Don't want to play with
the big boys, Bobby? Too bad. You will anyway.
See ENGRAM, Page 14

BASKEBAu. NomEooK:
Blue hits the boards like demons

.m.-MR.

By Barry Soilenberger
Daily Sports Editor
DePaul coach Joey Meyer was not a
happy man after last night's game.
After Michigan destroyed his team on
the boards, 54-33, you couldn't blame
him.
"I know sure as hell they can rebound,"
Meyer said. "With their size and strength
... we just couldn't keep them off the
boards."
The Wolverines' Maceo Baston con-
trolled the glass against the Blue De-
mons' outmatched frontline. Michigan's
thintowergrabbed 11 boards andMaurice
Taylor,Jerod WardandWillleMitchel
each added seven rebounds apiece.
"The first key to success was rebound-
ing," Michigan coach Steve Fisher said.
"We should (dominate) in that area with
some regularity all season and we did."
FREETRows: More likecostly throws.
For Michigan, that is.
The Wolverines had a chance to bury
DePaul in the first half, but they couldn't

hit from the charity stripe. Mau ce Tay-
lor registered Michigan's first free throw
ofthe game with 4:39 left in the firsthalf.
It came after eight Wolverine misses
When Traylor finally scornd
Michigan's first free throw ofthe seasoi,
the crowd let out a collective holler that
gave a new meaning to the phrase "mock
cheer."
Fisher jokingly said he was respon-
sible for the Wolverines' foul shooting.
"I'm the free throw coach," he said.
"As Barry Switzer would say, 'Blame
me. Blame nobody but me."'
Michigan -apparently under contract
by ABC Bricklaying - was 13-31 from
the line.
SOiRY, DAD: Meyer still runs a solid
program, but the Blue Demons are noth-
ing like they usedto be underRay Meyer,
Joey's Dad.
The elder Meyer was DePaul's head
coach for an astounding 42 years from
1942-84. His 724 career victories rank
him sixth among all-time coaches and he

advanced to the Final Four twice, in 1943
and 1979.
Ironically, his teams might be most-
famous for a few major failures.
From 1979-82, the Blue Demos erit4,
79-3 in the regular season and 0-1 inthe
NCAA Tournament. DePaul was a No. 1
seed in the tournament all three years and;
lost successive second-round games to
UCLA, St. Joseph's and Boston College.
Back then, 48 teams made the NCAAs
aid top seeds received first round byes.
Ry, who is the color commentator for
Bhe Demonbroadcasts, remembersthosel
heatbreaking defeats. -
"Ve had a lot of injuries at crucial
time,;" Meyer said. "But injuries are A
part dthe game.
Meer said the Wolverines are deepen
than hi teams of the early 1980s, even
though issquads spent sometime ranked
No. I duing those seasons.
"That': why I like Michigan, because
they havehe ability to shuffle people'inr
and out," h said. "We never had that."

Michigan's
Louis Bullock
heads up.court
during the
Wolverines' win
over DePaul
last night.
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By James Goldstein
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan women's basketball
team has a problem - a good prob-
lem.
For the first time in Michigan coach
Trish Roberts' four years at Ann Ar-
bor, the Wolverines head into the sea-
son with a full squad.
Last year's injuries are history; a
distant memory of Michigan's 3-13
conference and 8-19 overall record
lies in the minds of the Wolverines.
Instead, the slate has been cleaned
and there is an upbeat attiude for the
1995-96 season.
But, with two players returning from
injury and having all five 1994-95

starters, a problem arises.
Who is going to start and at what
position? Who is going to come off
the bench? And most important, who
is going to be happy with her role?
Roberts likes her team's depth, but
most of all, her team's attitude.
"Having such a deep team makes
the players play even harder," Rob-
erts said. "Each player knows that if
they don't play well, there is someone
who can come off the bench and re-
place her."
The Michigan coach has announced
her starting lineup for tonight's exhi-
bition game against Waikato, a club

See WOMEN, Page 13

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