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Phelps' pro status prevents participation

Updated: April 3, 2004, 8:27 PM ET
By Eric Adelson | ESPN The Magazine

From Athens to Ann Arbor?

That's the probable post-Olympic path for swimming phenom Michael Phelps, whose professional status prevents him from competing for Michigan but not from enrolling at the university this fall.

"It's a viable and leading option for him," said Phelps' coach, Bob Bowman, who will be the next head coach at Michigan, it was announced Thursday. "It's a very attractive situation."

In the 2004 Games, 18-year-old Phelps is expected to challenge Mark Spitz's all-time ...

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