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By HUD ENGLEHART
The Big Ten basketball season
gets under way this weekend as
all conference teams begin their
respective pre-conference sched-
Although the Big Ten has been
rated as only the number two con-
ference overall in the country (thej
Pacific Eight led by UCLA is
ranked number one), the coaches
feel it will be a much stronger
tihe kldeheia cynic-
Leading the sophomore parade
is Purdue's Rick Mount. The 6-41
whiz kid is slated by many analystst
to become one of the all time
greats of basketball. Mount aver-
aged 35 points a game during his
freshman year as a Boilermaker.
Purdue will not be wasting any
time initiating their star, as the
Boilermakers will face everybody's
choice for top national ranking
UCLA, led by super junior Lew
For one thing King has a man
on his squad who can match Al-
cindor's height. Under his breath
King has been comparing Chuck
Bavis to "Leaping Lew." but
whether he is that good remains
to be seen.
Non-conference results will have
a great deal to say about the con-
ference race which begins in earn-
est in Janaury. However, Purdue,
Indiana, and Wisconsin already
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r one than the sports writers are Alcindor. are 'being rated as the teams to
Play-by-play with giving them credit for. Purdue coach George King isn't beat.
The thinking of the coaches is about to throw in the towel Pont, Lou, Pont
Jon Siskin and Ken Wilson supported by some outstanding though. At last week's Big Ten Indiana Head Coach Lou Wat-
sophomores, perhaps the best since Coaches meeting he revealed that son insists that "We're not strict-
the heyday of Cazzie Russell, and he has a few ideas about how he ly a football conference," and he
a-strong lineup of veterans. can work around Alcindor. intends to keep the Hoosiers on
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of the Big Ten's basketball title.
............... ..Most of the Hoosiers' personnel
S,.:;: which led Indiana to a first place
tie with Michigan State last year is
returning for action this season.
Wisconsin is out to prove some-
r;> :'<> ":~> >>thing, too. Badger Coach John
Erickson is determined to show
the country that the Big Ten is
the number one basketball con-
"We're better than they think,"
he says, and he means it. Led by
:7 Mark Gustavson and a flock of
veterans, the Badgers hope to en-
::..:$ :hance their fourth place finish
According to the preseason polls,
a Iowa, Northwestern, and Ohio
State are all capable of coming
through if the top teams falter.
"We'l go as far as Sammy Wil-
liams takes us," says Iowa Coach
Ralph Miller. "If Williams gets
hurt, we're in trouble."
Ohio State will have to rely
. ere s the answiier to alt your Christua ;heavily upon the services of sen-
ior Bl Hosket if they are to take.
" " the conference crown. Hosket will
gi problem s . . . get the p t tare ? be aided by the strong rebounding
that is so characteristic of Fred
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usic SHOPS Just Past AA Bank a chance to win the title.
Michigan State lost the heart
of their team when Matt Aitch
graduated. Aitch provided the
Spartans with the rebounding
power that is necessary to win in
the Big Ten.
Minnesota is the possessor of
last year's leading scorer in the
conference in Tom Kondla. The
Gophers had Kondla last year,
however, and they still finished
Michigan has nearly their en-
tire team returning with one im-
portant addition, sophomore Rudy
Tomjanovich. Most preseason
polls have the Wolverines finish-
ing ninth in the conference this
season. But the Wolverines do
have the potential talent for rais-
ing themselves out of the depths.
Illinois seems to be beyond hope.
The slush fund scandal of a year
ago has stripped them of nearly
all their strength.
Anything that the Big Ten
wants to prove to the Nation's
basketball experts will have to
be proved early. The ten teams
will begin taking their whacks at
the national standings this week-
Tonight will see California State
at Michigan State and California
Davis at Ohio State. Tomorrow
will find Northern Illinois at Indi-
ada, Bowling Green at Iowa,
Kentuck at Michigan, DePauw at
Wisconsin, UCLA at Purdue,
South Dakota at Minnesota, Illi-;
nois at Butler, and Northwestern
at Ohio University. As an experi-
ment three officials will be used
in both games tonight.
The veils of secrecy have been removed and the campaign for
the Michigan athletic directorship is on in earnest. The position is
one of the most sought after in the nation, and the fight is expected
to be a bitter one.
Yesterday the Evashevski bloc threw itself into the running.
"We've entered 'Evy' in the New Hampshire primary," said a soused
but excited Bob (West) Eastfall, a formerMichigan All-American.
"We're going to scour this nation for all kinds of support. We'll get
tons of All-Americans. The top men in the field. Not only that but
we've already got a contingent of 230 former Michigan stadium
attendants who are going house to house in the upper peninsula
drummig up votes. Ann Arbor was named for its trees and we're
going to make a Forest out of our next director of athletics."
Not to be outdone, several other powerful groups have
thrown hats into the ring. The University's astronomy depart-
ment, led by the well-known shooting 'star' of Ann Arbor, Dr.
Hazel Lush, has com'e out in favor of J. Fred Lawton '11. "We
support Lawton for Athletic Director, coach, ticket manager,
student manager, and everything else," said the Doc.
Shortly after Lawton's name became public a third candidate
was thrust into the open. Looked upon as a reaction to the "Michigan
All-Americans for Evashevski" lobby, the "Michigan Scrubs for
Heffelfinger" contingent supports a little known third string end from
the 1967 football team. The scrubs claim to be receiving support from
hundreds of former gridiron fade-outs throughout the nation. "We've
got five hundred Michigan football players who played a combined
total of 9 minutes and 45 seconds in actual games," said Al Duty, a
spokesman for the group. "We practiced as hard as the All-Ameri-
cans and we want our side to be represented."
Still, most of the experts feel that the power and prestige
behind the Evashevski movement will be a tough force for the other
candidates to contend with. One reason is the superior organization
of their campaign. They have the mysterious but reknowned Angelo
Trojan in charge of the effort and Angelo is rumored not to be a
Said one Evashevski booster with a connotative wink:
"Angie has a way of getting people onto his side." Said another
"he's not a real former All-American. He's only 5'2". In fact you
might say we hired him. Still, a popularity contest is a popular-
Trojan is now touring the country in his 1936 LaSalle drumming
up support among prominent alums. He specializes in alums of foreign
Of course there is a good bit of anti-Evashevski sentiment in the
air also. Said Ohio alum Thomas Watt in the Daily yesterday "Ill
never recruit a boy for Forest Evashevski and neither will anyone
else in the state of Ohio."
The Reverend Clarence Jock of the First Presbyterian church of
Iowa City came, out with: an Edict in answer to Watt's indictment.
Said Jock "I dont' believe in mixing religion and politics. 'Evy's con-
fessed some mighty bad recruiting sins in the last ten years or so,
but I think we should all remember that what's done, is done. He
loves Michigan so much. And Iowa City is such a hole anyway. If you
were athletic director here, you'd cheat too.''
Another area of controversy centers around the alums' pro-
posal to make Evashevski football coach as well as Athletic
Director. Said a supporter of one Robert McNamara, a write-in
candidate for the post, "Evashevski wants to have his team and
eat it too."
The campaign was not without casualties either. A west coast
sportscaster, Tom Hormone, reportedly has suffered a nervousbreak-
down in his LA apartment. As he was carried off, Hormone said to
reporters, "I don't know what's going on but so many people have
told me that I'm secretly in favor of Evashevski, I don't really know
anymore. I've never heard' of anyone named Evashevski. I support
Paul Harvey for athletic director."
Ed Friutcake of Detroit and former teammate and ardent sup-
porter of Evashevski was contacted by the press yesterday. He was
asked if the Evashevski movement was designed to influence the
Hayes committee, allegedly responsible for recommending a successor
to Michigan athletic director Fritz Crisler. Said Friutcake, "We dont
want to dictate to the Hayes committee. We just want to tell them
what to do. Nor do we want to hurt Bump Elliott. But if we stab him
in the back, he'll never know the difference anyway."
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