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14, 1967






Behind Closed Doors

Mason Builds Forward Wall


Board in Control:
Behind those Doors
(EDITORS NOTE: Daily Executive Sports Editor Bob McFar-
land begins a series of articles today on Michigan's Board in
Control of Intercollegiate Athletics. In addition to serving as
student representative on the Board in Control, McFarland has
had extensive reporting experience on the administrative side of
intercollegiate athletics. The opinions and analysis presented are
his own personal thoughts on the subject. C. N.)
Much villified and little understood, the working of the Board
in Control of Intercollegiate Athletes are about as well understood
as the machinations of the National Security Agency.
We know that both bodies exists, that both are powerful in their
own realm, and, well, that's about the extent of the laymen's knowl-
edge of the subject.
Ignorance of the latter agency can readily be excused. (It's
detrimental to the national interest that we know as much as we
do about NSA, of course.) But the Athletic Board is a different
matter. Its policies directly affect students, alumni, faculty, along
with other elements of the University community, and it is of
great value to these groups that they have a correct knowledge of
the board's activities.
It's not that people don't talk about the board. Rumors fly
thicker than Phantom jets over North Vietnam about its operations.
And there's no one around to shoot down the rumors, either.
There is no time like the present for learning the rudimentary
facts of the board's functions and operations. Athletic Director H. O.
(Fritz) Crisler, after filling that post since, 1941, is nearing his retire-
ment. It is only fair to Crisler and his yet-to-be-named successor
that the climate during the changeover be informed and constructive.
With this purpose in mind, I will attempt in this series to go
behind the closed doors, and present some information which will
reinforce some conceptions and dispel others. I must stress that
the opinions are mine alone, being a result of my opservations of
the workings of the board over the past year.
The first place I turn to is the Regent's Bylaws,,where in Section
29.08-29.12, the formal composition, organization, and functions of
the Board are outlined.
A majority of the Athletic Board's members, in compliance with
Big Ten regulations, must be members of the faculty. Thus, the Bylaws
call for nine members of the University Senate to serve. The members
are selected by the President from a slate submitted to him by the
Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs, better known as
SACUA, and subject to the approval of the Board of Regents. In ad-
dition to these nine, the Director of Physical Education and Athletics
and Dean Walter B. Rea are members ex-officio.
The term of a faculty member is three years, with the maximum
number which a member of the Senate may serve being limited to
two. The terms of three members expire each year. One more fac-
ulty member, the University representative in the Intercollegiate Con-
ference of Faculty Representatives (I kid you not), fills an ex-officio
Other factions represented on the board include the students
and alumni. Two students have seats on the board, with one being
elected by student-wide vote each spring from the sophomore
class. The term of each student representative is two years. Three
alumni sit on the board, selected by the Regents for three year
terms, one term expiring each June.
The other seat on the board is filled by the vice-president for
University relations, also an ex-officio member.
Regarding organization of the board, the athletic director is
designated as chairman ex-officio. In such capacity, he acts as pre-
siding officer of the board. There is an eligibility committee made
up of the board's faculty members and the registrar of the Univer-
sity, which determines athletic eligibility for intercollegiate teams.
Functions of the board are enumerated in Section 29.10. Ac-
-cording to the bylaws, it "shall act as the business and financial
agency of the department, and it shall have control of the program
of intercollegiate athletics." The board is also responsible for the
maintenance of its physical properties, such as the stadium, the golf
course and skating rink.
The Athletic Board has the additional charge of making all
policy decisions concerning intercollegiate relations, and athletic
associations entered into for regulative purposes, such as the
Big Ten. The board also chooses the faculty representative, sub-
ject to the approval of the University Senate.
As far as funds are concerned, all board revenues are deposited
in banks to the credit of the board. Surplus funds, if they are
present, are to be allocated among further support for activities of
the athletic department, and permanent University improvements
(the University Events Building). The Athletic Board presents its
budget and an annual report to the Board of Regents.
Just fine, you say, but this is all theory. How does the board
really operate. Tune in tomorrow.
TOMORROW: Part II, Behind the Bylaws.

Last 2 Weeks
Sign Up on the Diag

Tony Mascon, offensive line
coach for the Michigan football
team, concerns himself every year
at this time with fitting the pieces
together. But he isn't hoping to
build an impregnable wall.
Rather, he is more interested
in building a wall that will crum-
ble into the right places. One that
will crumble into obstacles in
the way of would-be tacklers. One
that will shore up to protect quar-
terback Dick Vidmer from the
pass rush. One that will get down-
field to cover punts even though
the NCAA says that it can't leave
until the ball is kicked.
Mason isn't exactly flying maize
and blue banners over his pros-
pects this year. Both guards and
a tackle have graduated from last
year's starting five. Hard nosed
blocking fixtures such as Jim
Hribal, Henry Hannah, and Don
Bailey departed with the season-
closing Ohio State game.
But, as alwaysMason exudes
infectious confidence, even before
the test of a game. He is con-
vinced he has put together a solidI
dependable unit that will perform
just as well as, if not better than,
its immediate predecessor. And
the statistics back him up. Mich-
igan has been a leader in offense

in the Big Ten for the past few
years, thanks in no. small part
to hard blocking offensive lines.
Mason, seeking experience at
a guard position, switched Ray

Phillips, a standout performer in
the Big Ten at tackle last season,
to guard during spring workouts.
He brought in another pair of
tackles and a guard, only one of
them a letter winner, but all
of them thoroughly versed in the
Mason method of offensive foot-
Fashion Designer?
All indications point to another
fine creation for Mason. He has
a knack for taking unknowns and
coming up with lines that con-
tains the likes of Tom Mack,
Charlie Kines.
This season, besides returnees
Phillips and Captain Joe Dayton,
the performers will be Dick Yanz,
Pete Mair and Bob Penksa.
Dayton, starting his third year
of crunching middle guards, pro-
vides strength and stability in
the middle of the line. At 6-2
228, he is an excellent blocker.
Unnoticed except for the fact that
he gets his hands on the ball
every play, he is, as Mason says,
dependable, always there.
The guards will be Phillips and
Yanz. With a sterling perfor-
mance in the spring behind him,
Phillips is already getting All-
America candidate billing. Yanz
also had a productive spring, be-
ing named the winner of the
Meyer Morton Trophy as the most
improved player of the spring.
Both Phillips and Yanz are
fast, fast enough to get out and
get going in front of sweeps to'
keep speedy halfbacks from run
ning onto their backs.
New Men
The tackles will be Mair and
Penksa. At 6-4, 235, and 6-1, 225,
respectively, they have size. Mair,
a senior, won a letter as a part
time performer last year. Penksa
won his starting left tackle spot
on the basis of his performance in
last spring's drills.
The game of football is, ac-
cording to Mason, dependent on
luck. Nevertheless, his charges
enter a game well prepared to
take on the opportunities that
come to them, ready to, as Mason
says, "deal out punishment" to
the opposing defensive line.
They are well drilled. They are
good blockers and thinkers. They
are in the winning frame of mind.
The marks of a Mason-coached
Perhaps as a sort of tribute to
their coach's thinking and way of
doing things, not one member of
the starting five has missed a
day of practice this fall.




BOB COUSY, cheered by over- ELGIN BAYLOR, for nine years
whelming support of friends and a star of the LOS ANGLES LAK-
fans in the darkest hour of his 21- ERS basketball team, came to a
year basketball career, is looking contract agreement yesterday with
forward to his fifth season as head the National Basketball Associa-
coach at Boston College. m tion club.
"The support has been tremen- Baylor agreed to a one-year ex-
dous and I'm very grateful," the tension of his present contract,
39-year-old Cousy said yester- the terms of which were not di-
day. "I'm feeling better each day." vulged. It had been reported he
Only a week ago, he tearfully wanted a longer extension as well
defended his reputation at a news as a future job with the Lakers.
conference he called after a na- when he eventually retires.
tionalmagazine linked him with GORDIE HOWE, a 39-year-old
an alleged gambler. hockey superstar slightly greying
KANSAS CITY ATHLETICS' at the temples and admitting he
players have buried the hatchet is pushing his luck, signed a con-
andresore, a lest emprarlytract yesterday for his 22nd sea-
and restored, at least temporarily, son with the DETROIT RED
the serenity of baseball's playerw, WINGS.
owner relationship.Ht
The feud ended Tuesday after Howe, who has set more rec-
20 hours of unprecedented meet- ords than any other player in the
ings with Commissioner William National Hockey League, increas-
D. Eckert when the Major League ed the longevity mark he already
Player's Association dropped its holds. No other player in league
unfair labor practices charges fil- history has played more than 20
ed against the controversial Fin- years.
ley. Described by rivals as the great-
In return, Finley, owner of the est hockey player of all time,
A's, agreed not to interfere with Howe reportedly agreed to a $100,-
the; right of his players to air 000, salary-and-bonus package
grievances in an orderly manner. over the next two years.

Yanks Take
-2-0 Cup Lead
NEWPORT, R.I. --The United
States' Intrepid dashed Australia's
hopes yesterday by walloping the
Dame Pattie for the second
straight time for a 2-0 lead in the
best-of-seven series between the
two 12-meter yachts for the Amer-
ica's Cup.
The white-hulled, 64-foot beau-
ty, skippered by Bus Mosbacher,
once again sailed off to an early
lead and was nii command all the
way over the six-leg, 24.3-mile
course on Rhode Island Sound.
Intrepid, which lost time to the
challenger on only one leg, fin-
ished with a victory margin of 3
minutes, 36 seconds. She crossed
the line at 4:04:21 followed by the
Dame Pattie at 4:07:5.
The third race will be held to-
day, starting at 12:10 p.m., EDT,
weather permitting. The skippers
had the privilege of asking for a
day off but neither requested one.
In the opening race Tuesday,
Intrepid trounced the blue-hull-
ed, 65-foots Dame Pattie, skippered
by Jock Sturrock, by 5 minutes,
58 seconds and one mile in dis-
tance in gusty wins of 18 to 22

The Graduate School, with the cooperation of the
Graduate Assembly, announces an open meeting
for undergraduate and graduate students interested
in graduate fellowships for 1968-69. Campus fac-
ulty representatives will describe the major fellow-
ship programs, including:
University of Michigan Fellowships
National Defense Education Act
Rhodes, Marshall
National Science Foundation
Woodrow Wilson, Fulbright-Hays
3:15 P.M.

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