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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8, 1967

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

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By JOEL BLOCK
Special To The Daily
CHICAGO-Marcus Plant stared
down at the white mimeographed
piece of paper before him with
beads of sweat popping up on his
forehead. The perspiration was
due to a combination of the in-
tense arc lamps above him and
the tinge of nervousness he felt
within.
A battery of seven movie
cameras whirred as the Michigan
law professor, acting in his ca-
pacity as secretary of the Big Ten
faculty representatives, handed
down the long-awaited edicts on
the Illinois slush-fund scandal.
The faculty representatives said
"yes" to the athletic directors' de-
cision of Feb. 22 and "no" to the
three-sided appeal of Illinois-.
Now there was no doubt about
the intention of the rest of the
Big Ten-what Illinois had done
was "serious, very serious."
Hot Potato
The Big Ten athletic directors
hurled the Illinois problem into
the laps of the faculty representa-
tives when they told Illinois to fire

Stage

Dramatic

But

Futile

Appeal

coaches Harry Combes, Pete El-
liott, and Howie Braun or else
show just c a u s e why they
shouldn't be expelled from the
league. Under Big Ten rules, such
a decision may be appealed with-
in five days of its enactment. Illi-
nois President pavid Henry step-
ped right into the driver's seat of
the Illini appeal wagon the next'
days with his "too harsh" state-
ment on the directors' action.
In the intervening week before
the regularly .scheduled Big Ten
meetings of March 2-4, the whole
state of Illinois rallied around the
bespectacled educator's plea for
mercy. The Illinois high school
association, the' football team,
m a n y Champaign businessmen
and even Gov. Otto Kerner added
furor and fuel to the Fighting
Illini cause.
Clear the Stage.
On Wednesday night, March 1,
the conference athletic directors
held a brief meeting to clear the
agenda of some relatively trivial
matters before them--a proposed
Big Ten Christmas hockey tour-
nament at Minnesota and a for-

eign exchange program in basket-
ball.
Thursday, Illinois put on their
appeal show, a three-act produc-
tion with a cast of Henry, Leslie
Bryan, and James Costello. Con-
trary to earlier press reports, bas-
ketball player Steve Kuberski's
parents never actually appeared
before the faculty group.
Act I of the Illini dramatic
presentation was performed by

President Henry. He told of his on defending the 14 athletes in-
philosophy on the relationship be- volved in the scandal. Secretary
tween the institution and the con- Plant termed Bryan's performance
ference. Henry said afterwards "instructive" but added later that
that he pleaded for severe sanc- no new facts were presented in
tions upon the institution, short of the lengthy discourse.
permanent expulsion, instead of The last act was a repeat per-
individual penalties. formance by University attorney
Act II Stars Bryan James Costello of his unsuccessful

come before us again and show position when he meets Commis-
cause why they should not be sioner Reed sometime before
evicted from the Big Ten," Plant March 17 to give Illinois' answer
explained. to the faculty representatives'

Illinois Faculty Representative
and acting Athletic Director Leslie,
Bryan performed Act II, centering

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least chose to ignore the scary possibilities. The Illinois scandal was
treated as an isolated tumor which had to be removed.
If other violations were going on, it was hoped that a severe
punishment would scare sinners into retribution.
The Big Ten was not willing to eliminate the cause of
scandals. It was not even willing to examine the cause. Instead
it can only merrily go along throwing the book at offenders.
Elliott, Braun, and Combes were not novel Big Ten types who
wanted to win at any cost. And neither were Brewer and Mills.
Ditto for the alumni who kicked in capital to make the slush such
a whopping success.
They were all caught in the Big Ten web of hypocrisy. Piously
the conference claims to be a Super Ivy League, blending high
academic standards with equally high athletic levels.
The Illinois case is only one example that it doesn't work. Stub-
bornly, the ,conference refuses to recognize that some changes are
needed, other than asking for the elimination of three coaches.
Perhaps Iowa Athletic Director Forest Evashevski best illustrates
the Big Ten's ludicrous attitude. EVashevsii was one of the men
who voted in favor of the firing. Yet only a few months before, a
lousy Hawkeye football team and plummeting Big 'Ten prestige press-
ured him 'to support rule revisions whichwould have given schools a
better opportunity to "produce high power athletic 'machines.
The rules Evashevski disliked were the ones 'the Big Ten were
most proud of. Just like the violations on'expense ioney for athletes,
they were Conference Blue Plate Specials-rules over and beyond
what the NCAA deminds which'showed how) stern and demanding

gTen's Edict o Iliois
Dr. David D. Henry
President
University of Illinois
Urbana, Illinois
Dear Dr. Henry:
The Faculty Representatives of the Intercollegiate Conference,
after full consideration of the University of Illinois' appeal from deci-
sions recorded by the Directors of Athletics of the Conference on
February 22; have voted to concur in those decisions as follows:
1. That Coaches Elliott, Combes and Braun have been in viola-
tion of certain of the Conference Rules and Regulations;
2. That in consequence there be invoked the penalties stated in1
Rule 7, Section 12(a) and Regulation VIII Section 11a of the Con-'
ference Handbook, to wit: "Any member University which employs or
retains on its athletic staff anyone who has violated or who has been
a party to a violation of the provisions of this rule (regulation), or
who encourages others to violate this rule (regulation), or who upon
inquiry by the Commissioner withholds knowledge of the violation
of this rule (regulation) by others, shall be required to show cause
why its membership in the Conference should not be suspended or
terminated."
In accordance with the latter action, the University of Illinois is
invited to respond to the Commissioner on or before March 17, 1967,
concerning the following:
a. Will the University retain on its athletic staff Coaches Elliott,
Combes and Braun? If the answer is "no" the case is closed.
b. If the answer to the above question is "yes" as to any of these
coaches, will you discuss with the Commissioner dates convenient for
a hearing at which the University is invited to show cause why its
membership in the Conference should not be suspended or terminated?
We are grateful for your cooperation.
Sincerely yours,
Verne C. Freeman, Chairman
of Big Ten Faculty Representatives
Hawaii Courts NFL
HONOLULU M)-Honolulu made
a pitch for a National Football
League franchise Thursday and
asked for the 1972 Super Bowl.
Robert Ellis, acting major of
Honolulu, told his owners that the
city planned a 36,000-seat stadium
to cost $21.7 milllion.{

defense of the accused coaches
which he presented the week be-
fore to the athletic directors. Cos-
tello came out of the meeting
room with an unexpected smile on
his face and the statement, "Well,
I hope I did a better job than I
did last week."
On With the Show
The Chicago sportswriters, tip-
ped off by Big Ten press director
Kay Schultz that no ruling was to
be made in the Thursday meeting,
paid little attention to Commis-
sioner Bill Reed and Plant as they P
left the meeting room. While PROF MARCUS PLANT
waiting impatiently for the re- sentatives on Mar ch 2
porters to follow him to the press It was the faculty group's un-
conference, Reed let out the crack, derstanding, as stated by Plant
"All those guys do at a press con- that "the proceeding of yesterday
ference is interview themselves." and today (March 2 and 3) were'
Reed's comment proved to be in- in the nature of ar appeal to us
correct the next day when a flock concerning the athletic directors'
of sportswriters and TV newsmen decision to impose the "just cause"
crowded around Plant for his clause on Illinois.
statement on the faculty group's Thumbs Down
conclusion.
In the dealings between Illinois "We have now turned down their
and the conference, a misunder- appeal and the "just cause" rul-
standing has arisen concerning ing now goes into effect-that is, if
the nature of the Illini presenta- Illinois continues to retain the
tions before the athletic directors three coaches in question'on their
on Feb. 22 and the faculty repre- athletic staff, then they must
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In Illinois' eyes, the initial pre-
sentation by legal consul Costello
before the athletic directors on
February 22 constituted their ap-
peal against any type of "just
cause" ultimatum by the confer-
ence officials. The Illinois leaders
considered the resulting decision
by the athletic" directors as a de-
nial of their appeal and went into
the March 2 meeting of the fac-
ulty representives with the ideas
that it was their last chance to
give reasons why they should not
be thrown out of the conference.
President Henry welcomes the
"second chance" which the fac-
ulty representatives are now of-
fering him and the University. But
it is clear what course he's going
to take in the coming week.
Encore
On March 2 ,Henry thought Il-
linois was on the block and he
chose to show just cause why Il-
linois should not be kicked out of
the Big Ten, instead of his other
alternative - firing the coaches.
He may very well take this same

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teleg'ram,
The Illinois athletes received
their sentences Saturday morn-
ing. The verdict: seven guilty,
seven acquitted. For basketball
players Rich Jones and Ron Dun-
lap. football player Cyril Pinder,
and freshmen Derek Faison and
Robert Stephens, college life at
Illinois wil not yield fond memo.
ries of hardcourt or gridiron he-
roics.
It will yield the nightmare of
conference inelgibility.
Sophomore basketball hopeful
Steve Kuberski and freshman Os-
cvar Polite received lighter, one-
year suspensions but the stain will
be upon them nevertheless.
As of yet, Commissioner Reed
has heard nothing from Dr. Hen-
ry, while dismal air hangs over
future action. Illinois contem-
plates their dilemma and a cloudy
future. Seven penalized athletes
ponder the prospects of transfer-
ing to another school. And a wor-
ried Big Ten wonders where the
housecleaning will stop.

Colloquium for Dept. of Sociology
PHILIP E. SLATER
Dept. of Sociology, Brandeis, Univ.
speakig on "Social Change and
i Human Interchangeability in
American Society"
Thurs., March 9th 4 P.M. 25 Angell Hall
This talk is part of a series on
"The Uses of History and Sociology"

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the Big Ten was.
Now the conference is calling for
the dismissal of the coaches for1
the same reason. It is highly un-
likely whether any other confer-
ence. would be so strict.
The Big Ten wants everyone to
pat it on the back and say, "What
a fine conference you are! You
sure do have high standards. And
you don't stand for any shenan-
agins do you?"
Nope, they sure don't. Too bad
they don't try to prevent the
shenanagins in the first place.

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