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THE MICHIGAN DIMLY

WEDNESDAY,

.. as MT CIIaaUa1 T ilaJIY WENESDA

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Byers To Rejoin
'M' Squad Soon'

TPORT-WHYS
The New Trend,

that if the rugged lineman keeps
responding to treatment at such a!
fast rate, he could be back in ac-
tion in "three or four weeks."y-
Dr. Albert Coxon, team physi-
cian, agreed that a month or less
is not impossible.
"Desire is 50 per cent of recov-
ery in this type of case, and Jim
certainly has it."
Byers earned an opening in the
starting lineup in the spring after1
making a successful transfer from
fullback.
He spent his summer months
perfecting snapbacks and offens-
ive techniques of the new position
and boosted his weight up to 200
pounds. '
"He had his techniques well in
shape and was in the starting line-
up for sure," said Blott, who
started his own career at Michi-
gan as a fullback, too, then shifted
positions and became an All-
America center.
Byers spent yesterday watching
practice for a couple minutes, then
pointed to the team:
"Not being out there kind of
makes you feel homesick. Guess I
better go in and start working with
the weights."
The Wolverines spent most of
their day practicing d e f e n s e
against Southern California plays.
Coach Bennie Oosterbaan contin-
ued to lighten the contact work
to avoid another injury in the re-
cent trend.
I-M Football
Begins Soon'
Next week will be the beginning
of the I-M touch football compe-
tition.
The I-M department needs of-
ficials for touch football games,
and requests that anyone inter-
ested contacts it .immediately.
There will be a meeting of pros-
pective officials tomorrow at 4
p.m. at the Sports Building.
The department is also trying to
start a faculty touch football
league. Any faculty members or
departments interested should con-
tact the I-M office, phone NOr-
mandy 3-4181, immediately.

DETERMINED TO RETURN-Jim Byers, who has been plagued
by injuries during his Michigan football career, asserted yester-
day that he will return to the squad soon, possibly within a month.
Byers, recovering from a severe knee injury, discarded his crutches
as he watched the team practice yesterday.
BIG TEN ROUNDUP:
Sophomores Move Up
To Starting Positions

By The Associated Press
EVANSTON, Ill. - Coach Ara
Parseghian said yesterday his,
starting Northwestern lineup
against Washington State Satur-
day will include four sophomores.
Slated to take the field at kick-
off time are quarterback Dick
Thornton, fullback Fred Hecker,
end Elbert Kimbrough and guard
Russ Asala. Asala replaces last
year's first-stringer, Pete Arena,
who is still nursing a leg injury.
* * *
CHAMPAIGN-Illinois' football
team may have two, or possibly
three sophomores, in the starting
lineup against UCGLA here Satur-
day..
Coach Ray Eliot yesterday pro-
moted two sophomores, fleet half-
back Marshal Starks and tackle
Joe Rutgens, to the first team.
They replaced Dejustice Coleman
and Carl Johnson, both lettermen.
* * *y
LAFAYETTE - Ron Maltony, a
sophomore prospect, was given his#
first chance at right guard for
Purdue yesterday and may draw
the starting assignment in the
home opener against Nebraska
Saturday.

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Picks contest of the new football season..
All you have to do to enter is clip out the following list of 20
major college games to be played this weekend, circle the teams you
think will win, and mail the list to Grid Picks, The Michigan Daily,
420 Maynard.
Mimeographed entry blanks are also on hand at The Daily if
you have dull scissors. In any event,.don't forget to predict the score
of the Michigan-USC contest, since this information will be used
to decide the contest winner in event of ties.
The person who is most skillful, or most fortunate, in picking
winning teams will receive two free tickets to the motion picture
"Damn Yankees," which opens at the Michigan Theater Saturday.
All entries must be postmarked before midnight Friday. No contest-
ant can send in more than one entry.
THIS WEEK'S GAMES

BLOOMINGTON-The Indiana
football squad spent yesterday's
practice session in reviewing plays
and sharpening its defense for
Saturday's opener at Notre Dame.
* * *
MINNEAPOLIS-Minnesota got
its first look yesterday at the
offensive patterns Washington is
expected to use in the Gopher
opener at Seattle next week.
* * *
MADISON, Wis. - Coach Milt
Bruhn of Wisconsin gave his first
two backfields a long pass defense
drill yesterday, pitting them
against freshmen using a variety
of Miami plays.
* * *
IOWA CITY-Iowa's Hawkeyes
cintinued no-contact passing and,
running plays yesterday against
expected Texas Christian offense
and defense patterns. A light rain
cut the drills short.
Rumor Hemus
As Card Pilot
CINCINNATI gP)--The Cincin-
I nati"Enquirer said last night Solly
Hemus is apparently in as St.
Louis Cardinal manager next sea-i
son - since the Cards have ord-
ered him a uniform.
The Enquirer said a Cincinnati
firm which makes major league
uniforms has received an order
for next year's Redbird outfits,
including a uniform specifically
designed for Hemus.
Track Meeting '
All varsity trackmen and per-
sons interested in trying out for
the team are invited by track
coach Don Canham to a meet-
ing tonight at 7:30 in the Ath-
letic Administration building.
U.S. SENATOR JACOB
JAVITS
speaks
THURSDAY NIGHT
8:30
at RACKHAM AUD.

A NEW TREND seems to be appearing in the Big Ten athletic setup,
and on the Michigan scene it has raised quite a storm. The trend:
full time recruiters. The storm that follows is, of course, a debate about
the value, the need and the subsequent rightness of having such a
position.
It all began a few weeks ago at Indiana, when the Hoosiers ap-
pointed a full-time recruiter to circulate among the nation's high
schools and pass out Indiana scholarships to prospective gridders. The
first followup was on the part of Michigan, as Wally Weber was given
a new position-one that consists primarily of passing out the 25 ath-
letic aid offers allotted yearly to the football team.
At present no other Big Ten schools have followed the Hoosiers and
Wolverines. One reasonl may be that a majority of the others have
been doing quite well without appointing a recruiter. However, one can
be sure that as the need arises other full-time recruiters will appear
throughout the Conference.
Before questioning the trend, I think that it is important to point
out that Weber's new job is necessary to the Michigan athletic setup-
if that setup is to remain in its present position. As long as Michigan
is going-to have intercollegiate athletics on as large a scale as Big Ten
competition involves, recruiting is necessary. To do recruiting well, it
must be someone's full-time job.
A Growing Need.. .
IN THE PAST I have heard many rumors-some of them supported
with facts that can't be questioned-about prospective athletes who
have visited Michigan and not been given the warm welcome that
they received at other schools. As a result they didn't attend Michigan,
and they are encountered with alarming regularity on opponents'
squads, usually in starring roles. The reasons for the unimpressive
welcome at Michigan is that 'M' coaches are busy men. They don't
hae time to show high school athletes around, and talking business
to them. Too often a good prospect is. lost in a few minutes of time not
talking to him.
Of course, this goes for all sports-not just football. And this Is
where I think Michigan has missed the boat. Weber's recruiting duties
apply to only the grid team. If he were to be used to greatest advan-
tage he would be working for all the teams. Naturally, football is the
biggest recruiting job, but many other sports could also use a +boost.
Weber's same enthusiasm that makes him very suitable for his nlew
job would help out all Michigan athletics is focused properly.
Although .he may not be as familiar with the other sports, he
could still serve as emissary for all the coaches. When a prospect is
found-and most of the coaches do a good job of finding-then it
would be Weber's job to do the talking and to get the boy to come to
Michigan. He would provide the all-important missing link that results
from coaches being busy, and prospects wouldn't be lost through ne-
glect.
. .. Results in Specialization
NVOW, BACK TO the question whether the trend is a good one or
not. The principle argument against it is that one man-a full-time
recruiter-is used to pass out a mere 25 scholarships. Let's revise it,
since I' am suggesting that he work for all the teams, he would be pass-
ing out 100 scholarships. Even so, many will claim that this is a waste,
of manpower.
Actually, this is not as unubalanced as appears. There are. many
counsellors and professors at Michigan, and many more staff mem-
bers, who function partly to pass out scholarships and grants. If these
functions were to be centralized-which is all that the athletic de-
partment has done-there would be many full-time people handling
scholarships. One must remember that the athletic department is
forced to be very selective, since they are after more specific talents.
This means that the ratio must be slightly lower than in general aca-
demics.
Good or not, the trend exists. It will continue to exist, as a part
of the greater intercollegiate.athletic machine that is rooted in the Big
Ten. No one part of it will ever be thrown out.

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So. Calif. at MICH. (score)
U.C.L.A. at Illinois
Texas Christian at Iowa
So. Methodist at Ohio State
Wash. State at Northwestern
Minnesota at Washington
Nebraska at Purdue
West Virginia at Oklahoma
Kansas State at Colorado
California at Michigan State

South Carolina at Army
Colgate at Cornell
Wm. andMary at Navy
Penn State at Penn
Holy Cross at Pittsburgh
Tennessee at Auburn
Miss. State at Florida
Clemson at North Carolina
Duke at Virginia
Rice at Stanford

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