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the kitchen cynic

The Rightists Take Over
This column is the first in a series which attempts to define and con-
sider some key issues and problems in intercollegiate athletics today.
Most everything in the world, say the social scientists, operates
on a continuum. Thus,it seems only logical to begin a discussion of
the problems, features, and structural aspects of intercollegiate
athletics by discussing such a continuum.
The continuum which is most generally relevant to college sports
is, I believe, the line which connects amateur and professional. At
one end is the time honored, idealized motto: "its not who wins, but
how you play that counts," at the other end is the "win at all costs"
model which seems to be becoming increasingly favored as the con-
temporary viewpoint. The extreme example of one end is high school
sports, once the standard bearer of non-professional "do-goodism,"
and at the other end is professional athletics, where it is simply
worth more money to win, very literally "win at all costs."
It doesn't take a sociologist either, to point out that the
t trend in .our society today seems to be from left to right, in terms
of college sports. Take a look at Michigan. Forty years ago
there was no such thing as an athletic scholarship, there was no
recruitment of high school athletes, there were no special bene-
fits for athletes, the athletic department employed only 4-6 men,
and there was no admission charge for collegiate events. In fact,
as recently as eight years ago, Michigan students did not have to
pay a single cent even to watch the football team.
Take a look at today. Michigan's athletic department gives
away $500,000 annually in athletic scholarships. There are 35 to 40
full time athletic department employes. Michigan coaches spend up
to 50 per cent of their salaried time tracing and chasing high school
athletes. Students now pay $14 to watch six football games and up
to $21 more for sports like basketball and hockey. Athletes receive
discounts at local restaurants and clothing stores. They also receive
free tutoring and their academic load is controlled and minimized
by coaches to what might be considered an unreasonable extent.
(It was the job of a former Wolverine football coach to "counsel"
incoming freshmen, regarding their course assignments. One fresh-
man football player told me that two years ago he had been far
more interested in a lit school program, but that this coach told
him that if he came here he would have to enroll in (physical) ed
But before you go jumping up and down in uncontrollable
rage at the above "revelations," let's take time to get a per-
spective of the whole situation. Michigan, in fact, lies somewhere
in the middle of the continuum as a whole. There are things
going on in Tuscaloosa, East Lansing, Carbondale, and even
Ypsilanti, that make Michigan's program look retarded.
At Alabama, athletes live in a multi-million dollar dormitory,
drive expensive cars, get extra years of eligibility almost at will, and
may go four years without opening a book. True, this conception of
athletics has achieved almost mythological status in the NBC era,
but it is nonetheless a legend based on fact.
There is also a left hand extreme on the continuum. The Ivy
League plus certain notable independents like the University of
Chicago are in this class. The Ivy League maintains the same
academic standards for athletes and students, gives no athletic
scholarships and provides athletes with no extra financial or spiritual
benefits whatsoever. It cannot be denied that the purpose of such
programs is to win, but the "at all costs," philosophy has been
eliminated, or toned down greatly.
The example of Chicago is especially interesting and use-
ful because it is one of only two or three in the whole 2,000 in
which the flowing from left to right has been halted, and then
reversed. Robert M. Hutchins, President of the University in the
thirties, decided that he did not like the influence that the
Stagg field exploits were having on the academic reputation of
the school. In 1939, he abolished varsity football and shortly
thereafter Chicago also withdrew from the Big Ten, which
Hutchins felt was becoming oriented to an unpleasant extent
toward the "win at all costs" line.
The result of this drastic "evolutionary reversal" is also interest-
ing. The athletic program at Chicago today remains totally in the
amateur tradition that Hutchins had pointed toward. Yet the per-
centage of undergraduates directly- participating in the intercol-.
legiate sports program is more than twice as high as at any Big Ten
institution. And the program produces winning teams in sports such
as track, swimming, and basketball with remarkable consistency.
I don't mean to imply that Chicago is to be patted on the
back for this achievement. One school's program is not "better"
than another's because it is more amateur. It all depends on
the philosophy which an individual school chooses or is forced
to choose.
* Duke is to the right of Princeton but to left of Michigan. Cin-
cinnati is to the right of Michigan but to the left of Alabama, and
Michigan State is to the right of Cincinnati. Minnesota seems right
in the middle, comparable to Michigan while Northwestern is quite
clearly to the left of any other Big Ten institution. Thus we see
that even in the same intercollegiate conference there are very great
differences in degree of sports professionalization. But even con-
ferences as a whole seem to undergo a gradual evolution from left
to right.
why is a school "professional" or "amateur" in its orienta-
tion? What are some of the pressures, and beliefs, which cause
a school to be the way it is and do they come from the inside or
outside? The next installment will examine these questions.


The Wolverines lost their grid-
iron war with undefeated Indiana
Saturday on a last quarter touch-
down drive by the Hoosiers. They
lost their war, true enough, but
quarterback Denny Brown won
his fight to become a starter.
Not only did Brown win a start-
ing job, but he also broke a couple
of records to boot. His total of 61
plays broke Minnesota halfback
Paul Giel's Big Ten record for

most plays in a single game, 53.
The little guy from Lincoln
Park smashed All-American quar-
terback Bob Griese's single game
total offense record of 317 yards
which he set last year against
Illinois. Brown scampered for 127
yards and passed for 211 more
for a total of 338.
Brown's coach, offensive back-
field coach Hank Fonde, explain-
ed his record-breaking perform-
ance this way, "The key to Den-
ny's great success was the sur-



prise factor. They weren't ready
for the type of football he likes
to play."
Unlike v e t e r a n quarterback
senior Dick Vidmer who started
the first four games of the sea-
son, Brown likes to run with the
ball. "Denny has entirely differ-
ent skills from 'Vid,'" says Fonde.
"Dick is a pass first, run second
quarterback while Denny will run
the ball immediately if he sees a
To take advantage of Brown's



Pro Standings


Eastern Conference
Capitol Division
W L T Pct.




Dallas 5 1 0 .833 127 11
Philadelphia 3 3 0 .500 154 14
Washington, 2 2 2 .500 54 14
New Orleans 0 6 0 .000 74 16
Century Division
St. Louis 4 2 0 .667 184 1
Cleveland 4 2 0 .667 135 8
New York 3 3 0 .500 170 18
Pittsburgh 1 5 0 .167 34 14
Wesern Conference
Central Division
W L T Pet. Ptsj O
Green Bay 4 1 1 .800 135s7
Detroit 2 3 I .400 120 11
Chicago 2 4 0 ,333 57 10
Minnesota 2 4 0 .333 57 1G
Coastal Division
Baltimore 4 0 2 1.000 175 9
San Francisco 5 1 0 .833 154 13
Los Angeles 3 1 2 .750 177 1
Atlanta 0 5 1 .000 68 iE
Sunday's Results
Detroit 24, Atlanta 3
Baltimore 20, Minnesota 20, tie
Cleveland 24, Chicago 0
Dallas 24, Pittsburgh 21
Green Bay 48, New York 21
San Francisco 27, New Orleans 13
St. Louis 48, Philadelphia 14
Washington 28, Los Angeles 28, tie


The Daily Sport staff has always been one to initiate changes, and
they've done it again. In case you're totally mystified by the three
dots following Michigan and Indiana, it's not really a diabolical
scheme to prevent last week's winner, Mark Crocker of Markley, from
winning again. No it's just a style change to give everyone a place to
write in the score that could decide who gets the free pizzas an'*
theatre tickets.

running skills, the Wolverine
coaching staff put great emphasis
on two key plays in their pre-
game offensive arsenal.
The first was the quarterback
roll-out option pass. When the
Hoosier defenders stayed back to
guard Wolverine receivers, Brown
popped through the available
holes. When they came up to stop
the run, he snapped off 10 and
15 yard passes to end Jim Ber-
line (seven catches) and halfback
John Gabler (10 receptions).
The second key offensive play
geared to Brown was the delayed
quarterback sneak. The Wolver-
ine offensive coaching staff sus-
pected that the Indiana defense
would be keying on halfback Ron
Johnson after his 274-yard per-
formance in the Navy game, so
they decided to run a play using
Johnson as a decoy.
On the hike, Brown took one
step backward and faked the
same pitchout 'to Johnson that
went for two TD jaunts against
Navy. "After the two linebackers
were impressed out of the hole by
the fake, Brown stepped right
back into it for good yardage,"
Fonde said.
Brown was not the only reserve
to win a starting spot in the
heartbreaking Indiana g a m e;
sophomore halfback John Gabler
could find solace in his 10 recep-
tions for 101 yards. "John has
had leg problems since the begin-


1. MICHIGAN ... at Minnesota 12.
... (score) 12.
2. Northwestern at Wisconsin 13.
3. Illinois at Ohio State 14.
4. Purdue at Iowa 15.
5. MSU at Notre Dame 16.
6. Indiana at Arizona 17.
7. Alabama at Clemson 18.
8. Stanford at Army 19.
9. Baylor at Texas A&M 20.
10. Washington at California

Oklahoma St. at Colorado
Houston at Mississippi
LSU at Tennessee
Oklahoma at Missouri
Nebraska at TCU
Oregon at Southern Cal.
Vanderbilt at Florida
Duke at North Carolina St.
Penn St. at Syracuse
Augsburg at Gustavus

-Daily-Robert Sheffield
DENNIS BROWN, MICHIGAN'S scampering quarterback, is
grabbed by the jugular vein by Jerry Grecco (60) of Indiana
during Saturday's game. Fortunately for the Wolverines, Brown
has long since unleashed a pass. Halfback John Gabler (18) is
also shown doing his part by carrying out a fake which has the
Hoosier's Nate Cunningham (22 in white) fooled.
ning of the season and he's just Brown has sewn up the quarter-
gotten back in shape," says Fonde. backing duties, Fonde replied,
"He's a very determined runner "Nothing's ever sewn up on this
when he's got the ball in his team, but he's got the job until
hands." somebody takes it away from
When asked if this means him."

W L T Pct. Pts OP
New York 4 1 1 .800 172 107
Houston 3. 2 1 .600 105 94
Buffalo 2 4 0 .333 77 137
Boston 2 4 1 .333 151 178
Miami 1 5 0 .167 66 187
Western Division
San Diego 5 0 1 1.000 192 117
Oakland 5 1 0 .833 195 89
Kansas City 3 3 0 .500 161 112
Denver 0 5 1 .143 114 210
Sunday's Results
Houston 24, Kansas City 19
New York 33, Miami14
Oakland 48, Boston 14
San Diego 38, Denver 21
Why Do You
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(KLH continues

in its Survey of 'Subjective Value;"

what a thing means to someone who knows it well.)

Part Two:




... an hour after you buy, and
you're fed up again..

and will enjoy it long after it's been "olso-
leted" by electrics or portables or fancier
standards. Why? "It feels like a real type-
writer," or words to that effect.
People will talk that way about their old
Singer Sewing Machines, as well as Land
Rovers; the 1949 Lincoln Continental; Victo-
rian houses; and the 11th Edition of the
Encyclopedia Britannica.
Doubtless you know of others from your
own experience; old or recent things that
haven't left you feeling there must be some-
thing better, somewhere. If so, we hope you
will share that knowledge with us and others
out there who'd like to believe again. For our
part, we will gladly send you the results of
these questionnaires. Thank you.
Why are we starting with question 9? Because a few weeks
ago, we asked 1 through S. If you missed those and you'd like
to see them, check below. Likewise for a KLH catalog. One
more thing. In keeping with the Chinese motif, we have named
our answer sections, Column A and Column B. We've also
allowed room for you to add things we haven't listed but
which you have found exemplary, or the opposite. No sense
leaving out classic clunkers. We're sure everyone will begrate-
f ul to know about them, too.
9 Do you feel that any or all of these have performed for
you in just the way you'd hoped they would, i.e., in such
a way that you've not been vaguely disappointed in them?
If yes, check in Column A; if no, Column B. That's all
there is to it. Thank you again.





THE IMPORTANCE of the Style Change
has reached such a pitch in some fields, one
is encouraged to forget that while buying
things is all well ani good, having them for
awhile also has its kicks.
With some products we're no sooner home
with the "New, Improved" model than we
hear it's about to be "upgraded" again. Take
the typical reports of a few years ago:
Detrojt To MAl he Next Thir's Compac/s
1Longer, Wider, AMore voerfd" '
* 1)1TYP3 . T, M W H.-The tirivs Wih these new im-
(One can imagine the day when such
"improvements"will take place so rapidly that
products will not have to be built to work at
all, but merely to be sold, and then immedi-
ately traded in for the newer model, etc., etc.)
This is not to say there's no pleasure in buy-
ing something new. But by now, our innocence
is gone. The things we buy mostly turn out
"adequate": good enough so we don't dislike
them particularly. But then we don't like them
particularly either. We just get so we give up
thinking about them one way or the other.
It's like the greyhound who chased that

but whatever it's called, for you, it's back
around the track after the plastic rabbit.t
We should say at this point that KLH, the
sponsor of these thoughts, is neither a Dutch
airline nor a Top Twenty radio station but
makers of stereo equipment in Cambridge,
Mass., and we by no means wish to imply that
we see anything inherently wrong in style
changes or non-durability. (For example, we
would avoid any lady whose idea of well-
dressed was to wear Marie Antoinette gowns
when she went to the movies. Same for a Chi-
nese restaurant advertising its fare as just the
thing to give you that filled-up feeling.)
It depends what you're talking about. We
build our stereo sets so you can buy one this
year and not hate yourself next year because
you didn't wait. Superficial changes and per-
ishability wouldn't seem to have much to
commend them for audio equipment or cars or
electric razors.
A thing should satisfy you enough in the
first place so you stop running after every
rabbit that comes along. Still, how many are
there that do? It's anybody's guess, but it's
worth finding out. By name.
CIRCA 1925
We all know of some products which have
lived up to and exceeded expectations so well
they are thought of as "classics," and are used

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