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September 20, 1958 - Image 8

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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

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Sports Department Enters Busy Season

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By TOM WITECKI
While Coach Bennie Oosterbaan
and Co. are feverishly preparing
for the coming Big Ten football
season on the turf of Ferry Field,
another team, this one made up of
administrators and office workers
is also making ready for autumn's
annual gift to the Michigan sport
scene.
This team is housed in the
beautiful, modern Athletic Admin-
istration Building located at ,the
corner of State and Hoover. It is
from here that the huge Michigan
athletic plant is governed.
Fall Activity
Busy all year around supervising
the Michigan athletic scene, resi-
dents of this building reach a peak
of activity each fall as the football
season draws near.
Perhaps the biggest job being
done here at this time of the year
is the selling of up to 101,000
tickets for each of Michigan's six
home games. In charge of this
particular activity is iDon Weir,
Michigan's ticket manager.
Year Around Job
His job of ticket selling, while
now reaching its peak, began last
spring when letters were sent out
to all of Michigan's season ticket
holders giving them an opportunity
to retain their seating positions for
the coming season.
Alumni and alumni organiza-
tions are also contacted in the
spring for information as to how
many tickets they want.
However, despite all this advance,
work things always seem to get
hectic as the football season ap-,
proaches. This is especially when,
games are sellouts./AtIthe last
minute everyone wants to see the
big game and the ticket office is
flooded with all kinds of impossible
requests.
' No Sellouts
This year, with both the Michi-,
gan State and Ohio State games
(sellouts when played in the
Michigan Stadium) being playedJ
on the opposition's gridirons, sell-c
out hopes seem dim.
However, Navy and Iowa ticket
sales are rising rapidly and ift
Dosterbaan and Co. can get off to
an impressive start there is 'ai
possibility that either of the gamest
could be a sellout. :
Even without sellouts the ticket
wirndows at the corner of State
and Hoover are busy handling re-I
quests from students, faculty,1
alumni and the general public. A
problem develops as everyone1
seems to want seats between the
goal lines. This is virtually im-
possible because of the fact thati
:nly about 30,000 of the stadium's

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101,001 seats are located between
the goal lines.
Student Tickets
About a half-block away in Yost
Fieldhouse another part of the
ticket distribution is under way.
Here approximately 21,000 students
annually trade their athletic cou-
pon for a seat in the stadium.
Once the football season starts
ticket manager Wier assumes an-
other important responsibility, the
organizing of the Michigan Sta-
dium staff. Hiring of gatemen and
ticket takers, arranging for boy
scout ushers and an adequate
police force are some of the duties
which keep him on the run.
Other Duties
. There is also a first aid station
at the stadium which treats about
20 persons a game. Heart attacks
happen quite often at football
games (two people died at games
last year). Thus, ambulances are
kept on duty at the stadium.
A third duty of Wier's is to make
arrangements for the football
team when it goes on the road.
This includes transportation, liv-
ing quarters, food and etc. He
must keep track of all the team's
expenses and also the expenses of
the coaches who travel to' scout
Michigan's future opponents.
Publicity Man
Another man whose duties) in-
crease as the pigskin season nears
is Michigan's Sports Publicity
Director, Les Etter. From Etter's
office in the Athletic Administra-
tion Building pour out press re-
leases on Michigan athletics for
national distribution. To men con-
nected with college sports his
weekly releases printed in blue ink
on yellow paper are a familiar
sight.
When the home grid schedule
begins Etter oversees the beautiful,'
new Michigan Stadium pressbox
which is one of the most modern
and largest press boxes in thel
country.
Press Duties
The pressbox fills up rapidly for9
big games, thus Etter's job of allo-
cating space for reporters, radio
and television broadcasters, and
cameramen becomes a mammoth
one.
Also located in the Atlhletic Ad-
ministration Building are the1
offices of Athletic Director H. 0.
"Fritz" Crisler, who is the top man
on the Michigan sport scene. 1
Now in his 21st year at Michi-
gan, Crisler has been Athletic1
Director since 1941, when he suc-1
ceeded Fielding H. Yost. From this
position he has directed the mas-
ter building program that hass
given Michigan one of the finestt
athletic plants in existence any-'
where.

HEAD MAN-Athletic Director H. O. "Fritz" Crisler, one of the most respected men in the collegiate
sports world, finds fall his busiest season as the football games keep his staff hopping. Ticket sales
and athletic publicity, under the direction of Don Wier and Les Etter are the biggest autumn jobs.
As head football coach at Michi-
gan, Crisler drilled teams that

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never lost more than three games
in any of of 'his ten seasons. Twice
his teams copped conference
championships.
The highlight of his coaching
career was in his last season when
his "Mad Magicians" rolled to 10
straight victories, including a 49-0
whitewash of Southern California
in the Rese Bowl.
NCAA Committee
In 'addition to planning and
directing this program, Crisler has
played a vital role in the conduct
of college football as chairman of
the NCAA football rules commit-
tee.
It was Crisler, called by many
the most powerful man in college
athletics today, who strongly sup-
ported the new two-points-after-
touchdown rule which will be used
for the first time this fall.
Observing the new rule inaction
and watching the public reaction
to it will be one more duty for
Crisler as .he enters the busy fall
season.

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