THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Tuesday, March 19.1968
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By PHIL BROWN
You might say it was a big
weekend for Don Canham.
The ingenuous coach of the
Michigan track squad was named
to succeed H. O. (Fritz) Crisler as
Michigan athletic director during
the first day of the national col-
legiate indoor track champion-
ships in Detroit.
Hounded by newsmen amid
widespread rumors that he would,
be named to succeed Crisler as!
athletic director, the energetic
Canham was busy with his job as
meet director for the champion-
ship meet in Cobo Arena.r
He had been busy all week with
final preparations for the two-
day affair, involving hundreds of
athletes; he had a track team of
his own to handle; and then he
was picked as Crisler's successor.
It was a supreme noment for
the 49-year-old Michigan mentor,
but there was weariness in his
eyes as he answered the reporters'
There were the questions about
his business interests, the ones
about his choices for the asso-
ciate athletic director posts, and
the ones about who would suc-
ceed him as track coach. And he
fielded them all graciously, de-
clining specific answers when
they were not appopriate and re-
sponding candidly when they
But when it was over, Canham
didn't go home to sleep, or even
to his hotel for a nap. "The first
thing we've got to do is finish
this track meet," he grinned, and
he headed for the arena floor.
All the Adjectives
Personable, candid, capable,
dedicated - you could find a
hundred adjectives to describe
Canham's qualifications for the
job of director of athletics. And
he'll have to live up to every one
of them to enjoy the successful
tenure realized by his two pre-
decessors in the position.
"Gee," he exclaims after three
days of handshakes, phone calls,
and telegrams. "The response to
this thing has been overwhelm-
ing. I've always thought of this
as a very important position, but
I never thought so many people
would be so interested."
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"Fritz made this job what it is
today," he adds. "The prestige it
carries is due to his influence."
Crisler was renowned as an in-
novator in athletic circles, and his
successor has already shown his
abilities in that direction. Can-
ham has been a guiding light in
the rise of track to its modern,
glamorous position in collegiate
And although Canham is re-
serving his opinions on possible
changes after he takes office, he
has already indicated that there
will be quite a few. The next
three months will be spent in eas-
ing the changeover between ad-
"I think the biggest thing right
now is for me to find time to
spend with Fritz," he suggests.
"He has 40 years of administra-
tive experience behind him, and
I want to take full advantage of
"Fritz has always been very
helpful, and he's been extremely
valuable already - giving me ad-
vice about the job change. I've
spent a number of hours with
him since the announcement, and
I hope I can spend many more
with him in the future."
One of the major questions fac-
ing Canham is his connection
with his own athletic equipment
and educational products com-
pany. But he has already assured
the University that he will sep-
arate himself from the company
as soon as possible.
"It will be placed in an irrevoc-
able trust," he states with final-
ity. "I will have no hand what-
soever in the company's manage-
ment; I will have no hand in ad-
ministering the trust.
"I've already spoken with the
Ann Arbor Trust Company about
setting it up. Tom Dickinson will
be the man who will assist the
lawyers in drawing up the trust."
The switch will not be a major
blow to Don Canham Enterprises,
however, since Canham has been
steadily withdrawing from the
business for two years.
"I don't do much out there
anyway," he points out. "You see,
two years ago I was offered the
job of commissioner of parks for
the City of Detroit, and that put
me in exactly, the same position.
"I had to decide where I wanted
to apply my energies - either
with collegiate athletics or inthe
business. I decided on athletics
and startedkhiring management
people to take care of the busi-
But this is an external problem,
and there will be more internal
ones for the new director to meet
when he takes office in June.
Some viewers have suggested
that, as a track coach, Canham
might be inclined to favor minor
sports more than his predecessors
did. But this is not the impres-
sion you get from Canham.
"I've always felt that we had
an adequate supply of tenders for
track," he says. "Fritz was always
willing to cooperate if we asked
for more help. He insisted on
quality, of course - the guy we
wanted to help must be both a
good student and a good athlete."
The issue of financial aid draws
this opinion from the director-
"I personally liked the pre-'56
rule which stated that tenders
must be awarded by need; this is
definitely the minority view now.
It's become' the national pattern
to recruit aggressively, and we
have to go along.
"This can always cause trouble
for some schools," he continues.
"As you know, the Big Ten has
for a long time opposed the idea
of allowing freshmen on varsity
"But now the NCAA has voted
to allow those freshmen to com-
pete, and I don't see any way -
if the NCAA reaffirms that deci-
sion next year - for the confer-
ence to avoid going along with
Canham sees student athletics
playing a big part in Michigan's
"I was real happy to see the
Board in Control of Intercolle-
giate Athletics pass that resolu-
tion favoring the use of athletic
facilities by other campus groups
in the evening hours. This is
something I've supported for a,
"I also believe," he adds. "that
we must have new intramural fa-
cilities. I can't say where the
money will come from, but I have
already talked with the adminis-
tration about the problem."
Canham is also pushing the
idea of Michigan hosting a holi-
day basketball tournament in the
very near future - "maybe this
And cage coach Dave Strack
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confirms the plan's feasibility.
"Everybody's already booked up
for this year," he says. "but
there's a good possibility of get-
ting one going in '69, and defi-
nitely in '70."
With three months remaining
before he assumes his duties of-
ficially, Canham will have to
spend long hours becoming fa-
miliar with the routines and re-
sponsibilities involved with the
And he will continue to coach
his track team for the remainder
of the season, creating at least
one minor problem for those who
know him: what do you call Can-
In the past, "Coach" has been
fine. But somehow, it just doesn't
seem right anymore.
By HAL BOCK
Associated Press Sports Writer
The shoulders seem to slope a
trifle more and perhaps it takes
him a bit longer to change out
of his Detroit Red Wings uni-
form and into his street clothes
after a game
It's understandable because
in one week, at the conclusion
of his 22nd National Hockey
League season, Gordie Howe
will celebrate his 40th birthday.
It won't be as happy as most
for Howe because the Red
Wings are out of the post-
season playoffs this spring. But
that's no fault of the man who
has scored more goals than any
player in the history of pro-
Gordie Howe at 39 is climax-
ing the kind of season men 15
years his junior envy. He's
reached the 30-goal plateau for
the 12th time and significantly,
it's the first year in the last
five he's hit it.
A week ago, he scored his
16th career hat trick -three
goals in a single game.
Does that mean he's better
"Maybe not better," says Alex
Delvecchio, his long-time cn-
ter, "but just as good. And
that's pretty good."
In a game where players dash
up and down ice at speeds of
up to 30 miles per hour, elderly
Gordie Howe ranks, as some-
thing of a medical marvel.
Howe has no trouble keeping
up with the younger men
around the league although
even his coach and another
long-time linemate, Sid Abel,
admits that some nights are
tougher than others for Gordie.
"He has his flat games, just
like everyone else," says Abel.
"But he's still the greatest."
Gordie Howe on a bad night
is head and shoulders above
most players on an average
night. Frank Mahovlich, traded
from Toronto to Detroit and
placed on a line with Howe for
his first game with the Wings,
"Pretty good right winger
they've got me with, eh?"
DoesHowe feel 40?
"Forty? Well, that's not very
old you know," laughed Gordie.
"I feel fine, thank you."
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