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Wednesday, October 16, 1968


Page Seven

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win streak

L....... by Andy Barbas J1
s State the Savior
or WlldBme Bumnp(e )?~
"28-14, thank God" is the feeling permeating the athletic build-
ing this week. The reason for this relief is employment, Head Coach
Bump Elliott's in particular, and the remainder of the foolball
coaches' by connotation.
The uneasiness has stemmed from a strong movement this
year on campus and among alumni to "Bump Bump."
Historically, Michigan is known as ia football powerhouse. This
reputation is demonstrated by the number of teams which call the
Wolverine contest their "big game" of the season. Michigan State
and Michigan give equal importance to their annual clash.Minnesota
considers its year a success if it's able to win the Little Brown Jug,
atrophy given to the winner of the M' versus "M' battle. Ohio State
inarr n-sabout two things every year, winning the Big Ten Champion-
ship and beating the Maize and Blue. Finally, Illinois, even without
the clash between the Elliott brothers, points to the Wolverines as
their "must" game.
Under Fielding Yost, who coached from 1901 to 1926, most of
Michigan's rivalries were attempts at futility for the opposition. Yost
was noted forthis point-a-minute teams which held opponents to a
point-an-hour. His era as coach resulted in a 165-29-11 record. A
quicky two-year term by E.'E. Wieman resulted in a 9-6-1 total. Harry
Kipke grabbed the reins and guided the Wolverines to a .639 victory
spree in his nine years as coach, and Michigan won the conference
championship four of those tames.
The next decade was governed by Hy.. (Fritz) Crisler who
finished with a 71-16-3 tally, over-an 80 per cent ,sucess rate.
Benny Oosterbaan was the last coach before Elliott and his 11
years netted him 'a 65-33-4 rec-
ord. Only Elliott has won less
than 60 per cent of his coaching
attempts. His 46-41-2 record is
the lowest of any Michigan
coach. This has tended to alien-
ate many alumni.
Bump's supporters point to the
large number of recent Michigan
graduates whon have succeeded in
professional football. The students
and the alumni, however, are not
Interested n d hat happens tosag st r
Michigan graduates but are cons triump.. .
cerned with what happens to '
Michigan. And Elliott's record has4sas fe t f¢ X'frTh
not been entirely satisfactory. *.. :A;.:.: $ +.:...t
The movement to replace Elliottered B s ch ....
gained its initial momentum last 'ys
year when a successor for Athletic
Director Fritz Crisler was being th"ng hi cAna E t
M sought. The feeling then was to
kick Elliott upstairs. A number of other factos however, combined
to give track coach Don Canham thehposition and Elliott remained
football coach.
The topic simmered over the summer, and by the time fall rolled
around, the movement was pushing ahead fullsteam Proponents of
the movement were bold enough to declare that Elliott's days were
definitely numbered.
The opening contest with California nearly spelled Bump's doom.
Michigan had not lost an opening football game in years. After the
loss, even those rooting for Elliott had doubts about his future. The
following. two victories for the Wolverines,as impressive as they were,
were dismissed as being pushovers anyway. The stage was set for the
The victory over Michigan State was a solid triumph. Mich-
0 igan's fourth quarter comeback was also felt to be Elliott's fourth
quarter comeback. Canham noted after the game, "We needed
that one." The victory very definitely bettered Bump's chances of
remaining as coach, but whether it actually saved his job is still
up for debate.
Many critics have said that the only thing that can save Elliott
is ;a Rose Bowl. They add that there is more than 'Michigan State
In the way of a trip to Pasadena.
Another consideration, though, is whether Elliott really does want
the job next year. There is presently an opening in the athletic de-
partment for the 'assistant director for intercollegiate athletics, a
position created last year when the department was reorganized.
The probability of Elliott dropping the coaching reins for this posi-
tion is very good. It would satisfy his detractors in that they would
feel he had been "kicked upstairs," and it would relieve Bump of the
pressures he's under presently.
If Elliott does 'not accept, the position net year, it ' will
probably be filled by 'someone else. If this occurs, and Bump is
later dropped as head coach, there 'would be no place for him in
the athletic department.
In the final analysis, it is probable that no matter what happens
this year, Bump Elliott. will not be head coach next year. If the the
Steam is not successful this year, he will forced out; if he is successful,
*ell, everyone does like to end on a happy note.;

By BILL DINNER They lost to a rugged Kansas up 849 yards and should easily ter than 42 yards per kick which
Indiana has progressed a long team (ranked fourth in the AP surpass last season's mark in the places him well in the top ten
way in the last two years. It used polls) but bounced back to sweep six remaining games. nationally.
to get so bad down in Bloomington Illinois, 28-14, in their Big Ten Another Pont product and Michigan fans should recall
that a tourist couldn't be sure if opener, and squeezed by Iowa, in Gonzo's favorite target is Jade Isenbarger's and Gonso's destruc-
theii' football team really existed. the fourth quarter again. 38-34. Butcher. T h is sticky - fingered tive power when Indiana rallied
Indiana's high scores and almost flanker has hauled down 19 passes past the Wolverines last season in
During the fall term barely a as high totals by their opponents for almost 400 yards. Ann Arbor.
hush w'as heard from the football plainly depict their' strong and Butcher was second nationally With 4:37 left in the game the
squad. Most sports-minded fans weak spots. last year in TD receptions with Hoosiers took over on their 20.
praised their basketball team and So far this season the Hoosiers nine. He already has six TDs Eleven plays later Isenbarger took
waited patiently for winter and ! have rolled over and through their which places him high nationally. a handoff from Gonso and ram-
their perennial favorite. opponents for 2,022 yards, second An additional Pont prodigy and med his way in for the winning
Alas, time has moved forward, in the nation only to Houston. the mainstay of the Indiana back- touchdown from the one.
and with it came the Hoosiers. Leading the backfield pack is field, John Isenbarger, is off to Five of those 11 plays were op-
It was time for a change and quarterback Harry Gonso. As a another'great season. He leads the tion sweeps by Isenbarger, good
the administrators focused their sophomore he compiled 1,443 Hoosiers in rushing with 394 yards for 26 yards. Previously on a op-
eyes on John Pont, a product of yards, third all-time best at In- in 64 carries and a 6.2 average. tion play Isenbarger had passed
the Redskins in the early fifties. diana, and enough to earn him Besides his running and passing over the secondary for a 41 yard
He had been promoted to coach- All-Big Ten quarterbacl honors. chores, Isenbarger takes care of touchdown pass to Butcher. Con-
ing and had worked at Miami of This year he has already racked the punting. He is averaging bet-, sequently t h e secondary was
Ohio and Yale with a combined
record of 55-27.
F or the first two years coach
Pont's/teams, staffed by the pre-
vious coach, performed poorly.
Then, last year under Pont's
leadership, the Hoosiers finished
9-1 overall and 6-1 in the Big Ten!
good for a tie for first and their
first! trip to the Rose Bowl. Pl
Coach Pont's totals since the,
start of the '67 season-12 wins
against only two defeats-is more
victories than Indiana massed in'I
the previous five years.
This year the Hoosiers have
continued their patented "squeak-
er victories." The season began
with Terry Cozby hitting a field
goal with only 1:15 remaining to
nip Baylor 40-36. v.

forced to cover the pass letting games. A defense aside from its
him grind out valuable yards. obvious function of preventing
At that time coach Bump Elliott touchdowns should provide the of-
noted, "It's the toughest play to fense with things like decent field
defend against in football. And position.
when they do it as well as they do. Indiana defensive unit was bad-
it's double tough." ly wounded by graduation-three
Unfortunately for Michigan the linebackers and seven linemen
Gonso-Isenbarger duo have done leaving.
everything but deteriorate. Originally Coach Pont hoped to
The Hoosiers, however, are far fill the holes with at least com-
from a three-man offense. When plimentary replacements but so
Isenbarger is doubled teamed, a far the defense has been faltering.
promising sophomore Bob Pernell This season the team's offensive
has showed great results. yardage barely exceeds the de-
One of the smallest men on the fenses generosity.
squad at 5'11" and 170 pounds, One of the few bright spots on
Pernell has gained 367 yards with defense is linebacker Jim Sniade-
a 6.6 average. Called"the second cki. During the Illinois contest
fastest man of the team," by coach senior Sniadecki made nine solo
Pont, he has sprinted across the sno adec ade n o
goal line twice this year. tackles and three other assists.
When passing to Butcher be- In general the defense Is weak
comes a problem or just monot- with little over all depth. It is
onous senior Al Gage and junior penetrating equally well on the
Eric Stolberg have filled the gap, ground or in the. air. ,
Strolberg hauled down 11 passes If anything, the combination of
for nearly 200 yards while Gage a tremendous offense and poor
grabbed nine for just over 100. defense should make for a high
iAs good as the Indiana offense scoring exciting contest and a lot
iit needs a counterpart to win of work for the statisticians.



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