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June-July 2012

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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INSIDE MICHIGAN ATHLETICS JUST SAY NO • In recent weeks, both Sports Illustrated and ESPN The MAIZE AND BLUE NOTEBOOK Magazine have reported on the abuse of drugs, most promi- nently marijuana and ecstasy, by college athletes at pro- grams such as UCLA and Oregon. Michigan has taken steps in its athletic department to enforce a strict anti-drug policy among its student-athletes. "We made it very clear one of our goals at the University finishes at the Big Ten Champion- ships, respectively. In his senior season, he missed the conference tournament to sit for the Law School Admission Test. While in University of Bridge- of Michigan is to be a drug-free athletic program," athletics director David Brandon said. "We're not going to put up with it. We think it's bad, and we're going to do everything we know how to do to prevent it. "We have strong feelings about it, and we have a strong policy around it, and we're committed to that policy. "I'm very, very proud of our student-athletes. In the last year, I would put our results up against anybody in the coun- try, and we test for both synthetic and actual marijuana, as well as other drugs. Our student-athletes understand that if they want to be here and participate, it's something they'll have to live up to, and they do. " HONORED • Former Michigan coach Dale Bahr was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in April while former U-M wrestler Michael DerGarabedian entered the Downstate NY/Friends of Long Island Wrestling chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, also in late April. An NCAA champion in 1968 and three-time All-American port School of Law, he coached Fairfield Prep to a fourth-place finish at the New York State Tournament. He has held vari- ous coaching positions through- out his life since, has joined the Board of Directors for the Friends of Long Island Wrestling Chapter (where has sat since 1992) and has hosted free clinics. Dale Bahr was U-M's wres- tling coach from 1978-99. PHOTO COURTESY MICHIGAN ATHLETIC MEDIA RELATIONS for Iowa State from 1966-68, Bahr coached 21 seasons at Michigan from 1978-99, accumulating a 221-119-6 record (.647 winning percentage). He led U-M to a Big Ten title in 1988, and top-10 NCAA finishes in 1979 (10th), 1985 (fifth), 1986 (10th), 1988 (sixth), 1989 (fifth), 1994 (fifth) and 1996 (ninth) before turning the program over to one of his own, Joe McFarland, in 2000. During his tenure in Ann Arbor, Bahr also coach Mark Churella (1978-79) and Kirk Trost (1986) to individual na- tional titles while his wrestlers garnered All-America honors 45 times. A letter winner from 1983-85 with the Wolverines, DerGa- rabedian helped lead U-M to fourth-, fifth- and third-place for us. Finally, a good player out of Chesterton. We've been thirsting for this for a long time. The 80 people there deserve it." Koger sounded some more seri- "He'll be a really good player HOOPS MATCHUP ANNOUNCED • Michigan will host N.C. State for its 2012 Big Ten/ACC Challenge matchup on Tuesday, Nov. 27, at Crisler Center. All Challenge games will be televised on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU, with platforms and times being announced at a later date. After expanding to a 12-team event last year, following the addition of Nebraska to the Big Ten, the 2012 Challenge will be played over a two-day period, Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 27-28. Each day of the Challenge will be split evenly with three home and three road contests for each conference. The first day of play will feature U-M's home contest against North Carolina State, Minnesota hosting Florida State and Indiana facing North Carolina. Big Ten road games will be North- western traveling to Maryland, Iowa heading to Virginia Tech and Nebraska going to Wake Forest. The second day will feature Illinois hosting Georgia Tech, Penn State playing Boston College and Wisconsin taking on Virginia in Big Ten home games. The three remaining games will be Ohio State traveling to Duke, Purdue at Clemson and Michigan State heading south to face Miami. The Big Ten has claimed the last three Commissioner's Cups after an 8-4 series win in 2011. Overall, the ACC has won 10 of the 13 Challenges. ous notes when reflecting back to the start of the 2011 football season. He admitted fretting about how his senior season might turn out. "You go into media day, and you feels. I know how much it hurts. Not going to a bowl game two years in a row, and going down to Jackson- ville in 2010 and giving that embar- rassing display, that's not what a Michigan Man is. That's not what Michigan is all about. It was really embarrassing." All of that changed with Brady give the right and political answers," Koger said. "You always expect to win … but I had my worries. I had my doubts. I'd been through a coach- ing change. I'd been through a 3-9 season. "I know how it is. I know how it Hoke and his coaching staff coming into Ann Arbor, Koger assured. "It was the expectation at Michi- gan," Koger said. "The job the se- nior class and I did this year is the expectation. I appreciate all the praise, but it goes to Coach Hoke … that's what we should do. That's what Michigan should be. I really feel like the program is headed back in that direction." The Bob Ufer Quarterback Club — named for the iconic Michigan football broadcaster whose recorded voice still peals throughout Schem- bechler Hall during big rivalry weeks — also presented the 2012 Ooster- baan Award to former baseball standout Ed Hood. A captain on the 1962 national champions, Hood went on to a distinguished career in law. The club itself has awarded some $565,000 worth of scholarships to Michigan for students from Ann Ar- bor high schools, and the Bob Ufer Memorial Scholarship Fund now to- tals more than $483,000. JUNE/JULY 2012 THE WOLVERINE 13

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