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12 - The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, September 12, 1995

Cowboys
pay $35
milon for
Sanders
IRVING, Texas (AP) - Deion
dazzled Dallas on Monday, but did
owner Jerry Jones pay $35 million for
a part-time player who won't play
hurt?
The question became an interroga-
tion of Jones and Sanders at a Cow-
boys' celebration news conference.
Jones said his doctors told him there
were 15 players on the Cowboys who
had worse ankle problems than Sand-
ers.
Buthe quickly added, "I want Deion
to have his physical condition in the
best shape. This is not a big deal. The
ankle is a non-issue for me. His toler-
ance for pain is well-known."
Sanders attacked any thought he
should be rushed into action before he
was ready.
"When I step on the field I want to
be 110 percent," he said. "I'm not at full
speed. I can't cut. If I'm limping on the
baseball field I know what it will be in
football. I know what I can't do."
Sanders, who hurt the ankle in the
spring when playing for the Cincinnati
Reds, said he will undergo arthroscopic
surgery as soon as the San Francisco
Giants are eliminated from the playoff
picture.
Dallas particularly wants him on the
field for the Nov. 12 meeting with the
defending Super Bowl champion San
Francisco 49ers.
"I want the ankle tobe the best it can
be" he added. "I want to give my best
when I represent the Dallas Cowboys.
IfI score after a touchdown I want to be
able to dance and have the ankle hold
up. "
Cowboy players want Sanders as
quickly as possible and wide receiver
Michael Irvin said "he hurt it during
baseball season, let him get it fixed
during baseball season."
Sanders, loaded down with gold
jewelry and wearing a blue pin-striped
suit, a Cowboys cap, and a shirt collar
with "Prime Time" on it, hadthe crowd
laughing when he joked he could have
squeezed more money out of Jones if
his mother; Connie Knight, had quit
saying she wanted her son in Dallas.

Phillips kicked off Huskers
after misdemeanor arrest

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP)- Lawrence
Phillips, the star Nebraska running back
who scored four touchdowns Satur-
day, was arrested Sunday night for
allegedly beating his ex-girlfriend and
was thrown off the football team.
"We will do everything we can to
help him get his life back together, but
he is dismissed from the football team
effective immediately," coach Tom
Osborne said.
Phillips allegedly attacked the
woman early Sunday morning at a Lin-
coln apartment. The incident was re-
ported at about 4:45 a.m., Lt. Kent
Woodhead said. The player surrendered
to police at about 8:15 p.m. and was
released about 45,minutes later on 10
percent of a $1,000 bond, or $100.
Woodhead said Phillips allegedly hit
the woman inside and outside her apart-
ment. The woman was not hospitalized
or seriously injured.
"Allegedly, he was dragging her and
hitting her in the apartment or hall-
way," Woodhead said.
Phillips was arrested on suspicion of
misdemeanor third-degree assault. He
is scheduled to appear Tuesday at an
arraignment at 2:30 p.m., his attorney,

Hal Anderson said.
"He is very, very upset with him-
self," Anderson said. "He's very disap-
pointed with himself- whether he's
guilty or not - with having been ar-
rested."
Woodhead said Nebraska's athletic
department worked with police to lo-
cate Phillips.
"We notified them and told them to
look for him," he said. "They were
very cooperative."
ESPN Radio reported that it reached
Phillips and the player was unaware of
Osborne's decision.
Phillips' arrest follows a judge's de-
cision Friday to order teammate Riley
Washington to stand trial on a charge
of attempted second-degree murder.
The reserve receiver allegedly was in-
volved in the Aug. 2 shooting outside a
Lincoln convenience store.
Phillips was the nation's third-lead-
ing rusher last year with 1,722 yards,
and had been mentioned as a possible
Heisman Trophy winner.
In his first two games this year, the
junior tailback from West Covina, Ca-
lif., rushed for 359 yards and seven
touchdowns.

He ran for 206 yards and four touch-
dovxrns in Saturday's 50-10 win over
Michigan State and piled up 153 yards
and three touchdowns in No. 2
Nebraska's 64-21 rout of Oklahoma
State in the Huskers' opener.
"We have told all our players that
abusive behavior such as this will not
be tolerated," Osborne said. "Lawrence
has been under a great deal of pressure
recently with the NCAA investigation
and with the public scrutiny of his child-
hood and this may or may not have had
some bearing on his actions."
Phillips had been the target of an
NCAA investigation. He was clearedto
play earlier in the season afterthe NCAA
determined a lunch Phillips had with ar
employee of California sports agent
Steve Feldman would not affect his
eligibility.
The NCAA continued to investigate
two other issues involving Phillips, in-
cludinga 1995 Mustang convertible the
player had been driving. The NCAA
would not identify the other issue.
Phillips is Nebraska's sixth career
rushing leader with 2,589 yards and 28
touchdowns in 28 games in his three
years.

AP PHOTO
Nebraska's Lawrence Phillips, who rushed for four touchdowns Saturday against
Michigan Stater, was kicked off the team after his arrest on assault charges.

Irish's Holtz out with injured back

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Notre
Dame coach Lou Holtz will have spinal
surgery Tuesday and be sidelined at
least three weeks.
Defensive coordinator Bob Davie wil l
coach the No. 24 Irish while Holtz is out.
"We kind ofjust all sat there in disbe-
lief,"said offensive guard Ryan Leahy,
describing a team meeting Monday in
which Holtz broke the news to his play-
ers.
Leahy said Holtz was calm but the
team was shocked.
"It's pretty hard to take that," Leahy
said. "Halfthe time you see yourcoaches
as indestructible. But then you realize
they're just human."
The operation will take place at the
Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., where
Holtz is expected to remain for about a
week, said university physician Dr.
James Moriarity. The 58-year-old coach
could be out three to four weeks.
Holtz was told the condition required
an immediate operation to avoid per-
manent spinal cord damage and pos-
sible paralysis.

"There's no reason for the operation
not to be totally successful," Moriarity
said at a news conference. "The only
difference would be ... if all the damage
already done to the spinal cord is re-
versible."
Moriarity said Holtz has what ap-
pears to be a bone growth that has
compressed the spinal cord. Doctors
believe the growth has been develop-
ing for some time and is not the result
of an injury.
Surgeons will enlarge the diameter
of the spinal canal so the cord will be
able to fit.
Moriarity said Holtz has experienced
weakness in the muscles of his legs and
hands the past four weeks.
"On the morning of the Northwest-
ern game (Sept. 2), he came to us for
medical advice after he was unable to
run onto the field with his team and
climb the stairs to the locker room."
Moriarity said.
Holtz could miss as many as three
games against current Top 25 teams.
Notre Dame faces Vanderbilt Saturday,

then plays No. 15 Texas, No. 10 Ohio
State and No. 18 Washington.
"In 26 years as a head coach, I've
never missed a practice, let alone a
game," Holtz said. "I've seen three dif-
ferent doctors, trying to find the least
bit of encouragement to delay this, but
they all say it has to be done now."
The loss of Holtz was another low
point in an already disappointing season
for the Irish. They were upset by North-
western, 17-15, in their opener but recov-
ered to beat Purdue, 35-28, Saturday.
Though the team knew Holtz was
uncomfortable - he told them not to
slap him or bump him on the sidelines
- Leahy said they were all surprised at
the seriousness of his condition.
"He's a fighter, so I'm sure he'll
probably get out of there as quick as he
can," Leahy said.
Holtz is in his 10th season at Notre
Dame and has been a head coach at the
major college level for 26 years. The
victory over Purdue was his 200th win,
something achieved by only five other
active coaches in Division I-A.

Griddes!
Griddes is back again, so drop what you're doing and fill this out. Drop off
your picks for this week at the Michigan Daily sports desk on the second
floor of the Student Publications Building at 420 Maynard. Deadline is 4
p.m. Friday. The most accurate prognosticator will receive a $15 gift
certificate to Steve and Barry's University Sportswear on State Street.
Contestants are limited to five entries per week, please.
1. Michigan at Boston College 14. Arizona State at Nebraska
2. Temple at Penn State 15. Auburn at Louisiana State
3. Arizona at Illinois 16. Oregon at UCLA
4. Kentucky at Indiana 17. New Mexico State at Georgia
5. Iowa at Iowa State 18. Georgia Tech at Virginia
6. Miami (Ohio) at Northwestern 19. Houston at Southern Cal-
7. Washington at Ohio State 20. Tulsa at Texas A&M
8. Michigan State at Louisville 21. West Virginia at Maryland
9. Wisconsin at Stanford 22. Southern Methodist at Oklahoma
10. Ball State at Minnesota 23. Cincinnati at Virginia Tech
11. North Carolina State at Florida State 24. Colorado State at Air Force
12. Tennessee at Florida 25. Dartmouth at Pennsylvania
13. Arkansas at Alabama
Tiebreaker - Michigan at Boston College, total points:
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