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Peterson quits women’s team
By Brandon Schulte
Nebraska women’s basketball
Coach Paul Sanderford announced
Monday that starting point guard
Melody Peterson would not return
Peterson, a junior from Pasadena,
Calif., chose not to rejoin the team for
her senior season.
The 5-foot-9 guard sat out the first
eight games of the season because she
was declared ineligible by the NCAA
after transferring from Stanford before
the 1999-2000 season.
She was granted an appeal by an
NCAA Administrative Review
Subcommittee on Dec. 21 and
appeared in 23 games for NU, starting
in the last 21 of the season. She aver
aged 7.8 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.8
assists and 2.4 steals.
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ISU wants to win tight games,
reload running backs corps
By David Diehl
Borders exist in college football
between the great teams and the good
teams, and certainly between the good
and the mediocre ones.
Iowa State would like to get out of
that last category. Last year, it seemed
the Cyclones were about to cross into
the top half of the Big 12 with a 3-0
And then reality hit It came in the
form of the Big 12 Conference.
The Cyclones managed to win just
one of eight conference games, but,
contrary to years past, ISU was in
many of them until die bitter end.
An example is a hard-fought, 41
38 loss to Texas, where the Longhorns
hit a field goal as time expired.
ISU Coach Dan McCamey said he
would like those games to end in Iowa
“We’re going through everything
as thoroughly as we can,” McCamey
said. “We’re trying to see what we
need to do to win some of those close
Against three teams - Colorado,
Texas and Kansas - the Cyclones lost
by four points or less. At home vs.
Kansas State, ISU squandered a 21
point halftime lead to lose 35-28.
To move into the upper classes of
college football, McCarney said,
teams have to win the nail-biters.
“We’re not a bit satisfied with
being competitive,” said McCarney,
who is entering his sixth year as coach.
“We don’t want to be near greatness or
on the verge. We want to be there.”
Entering their spring camp,
McCarney’s team has token the steps
to do so.
After a two-year stint at
Minnesota, Steve Loney returns to
Ames as offensive coordinator after
leading the Golden Gophers offense to
record heights and the team’s first
bowl appearance in 13 years.
Also new in the coaching box is
Bobby Elliot, who takes over second
ary coaching duties.
Loney coached at ISU before
heading north to Minnesota, so there
won’t be any minor or major adjust
ments to the ISU attack.
“A lot of what we had here then,
they had continued to fine tune,”
Loney said. “So it’ll be a similar look.”
However, the look won’t be exact
ly the same. Fans at Jack Trice Stadium
probably did a double take during the
March 22 spring game when they took
a look at the starting running back.
I OUTLOOK: The defense is getting
better slowly, but the offense needs Ennis
Hayward to fill every last yard Darien
Davis gained last year at running back.
ISU lost too many close games last year.
For the first time in a Jong time, the
name Davis wasn’t scrawled across his
shoulders. Brothers Troy and Darren
Davis have been the starting running
backs at ISU for the last five years.
Darren Davis used up his eligibility at
the end of last season.
“It’s going to seem real strange
without a No. 28 in the backfield,”
Ennis Haywood, a 6-foot, 200
pound junior, will take over running
back duties. Two redshirt freshmen
will be backups.
“Ennis Haywood certainly has a
lot of talent,” Loney said. “I think he
can have a coming out party and show
what he can do with the ball.
“They’ve filled in when Darren
needed rest last year. Now they’re
going to be the one’s carrying the
Baylor works to beef up interior line
By Joshua Camenzind
There’s nothing like taking a step
back to show progress.
Before Baylor Coach Kevin Steele
took over the Bears’ football program
last year, the team had posted a 2-9
record in its previous two seasons.
Steele then led BU to a 1-10 mark
in his first year. The lone win came
against North Texas.
But, in the midst of spring practice,
nothing is new in Steele’s philosophy.
“We’re encouraged by where we
are right now in the program,” Steele
said. “People look at the program
externally and say, ‘Wow, did you guys
make any progress this season?’ but
internally we’ve improved in every
Steele said when he arrived at
Baylor for his first coaching job, there
was a lot to be done to get better. The
former Nebraska assistant said much
of the work begins off the field.
“We’re starting to understand what
it takes to compete m the Big 12 and
what it takes to just be a football team
in general,” Steele said. “We had to
start believing in that.”
COACH: Kevin Steele
RECORD: 1-10 overall, 0-8 Big 12
OUTLOOK: Steele has learned to
down the ball when he's got a win in
hand, but he's also developed a nearly
empty offensive line. Bears need time.
Luck wouldn't hurt
The Baylor players are currently
experiencing their second spring prac
tice with Steele and have been a part of
his off-season conditioning as well.
Weightlifting was a big key in develop
ing better players and especially better
lineman, Steele said.
Steele said he is focused on getting
better in the trenches, the place where
he believes it all begins.
“We’re getting leaner and bigger
and stronger,” Steele said. “To take an
example, we just took a tight end who
could run pretty well and put him on
the defensive side, and he went from
249 pounds to 294. That’s the type of
things we have to do.”
Bear assistant ancyfejmer NU
quarterback Tommie Frailer agrees
that better linemen will benefit the
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tainly help the whole offense,” Frazier
said. “We just have to improve on the
things that we are working on because
we are getting better technique-wise.”
The Bears have 13 starters return
ing and 31 lettermen coming back to
Waco, Texas, overall. Four starting
offensive lineman return, along with
only one starting lineman on defense.
So Steele will have to develop
more linemen from positions such as
the tight end or rely on freshmen
recruits to fill the positions. There are
seven lineman recruits coming in the
fall, but Steele is not big on young play
ers at that position.
“If a lineman is even playing
before 18 months on campus, then
there [s a problem,” Steele said. “And
with the defensive line, you’ve got to
find a guy who is capable of going
against the 300-pound behemoths in
the Big 12.”
The Big 12 refused to give Baylor a
win last year (0-8), and Steele said it
will not give the Bears any breaks next
“So it isn’t going to get any easier,”
Steele said. “But at some point, we’re
going to have to produce. Otherwise,
we don’t belong here.”
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