THE MICHIGAN DAILY
t Leading Big Ten SPORTS BEAT
The Brothers Elliott
SOME 70,000 FANS and a regional television audience will have
their eyes trained on the Michigan Stadium this Saturday for the
long-awaited meeting of the brothers Elliott.
Ever since Pete signed as Illinois' head football coach last winter,
the ballyhoo machines have been working overtime to play up the first
meeting between he and his brother Bump, now in his second year as
Michigan's head coach.
And it must be admitted that in the case of the brothers Elliott,
the publicity men have had a lot to work with.
For one thing, this will be the first "brother act" in Big Ten
history, and only the second in football history. The first one took
place back in 1922 when Howard Jones' Iowa team won a 6-0 victory
over a Yale squad coached by his brother Tad.
In addition to its uniqueness, the game also has a traditional
aspect. For the brothers will meet in a Stadium where they both
attained glory as undergraduates.
Both came to Michigan in the mid-forties as a result of. the
World War II service training program. Pete came to Michigan in
1945 on a Navy training program and earned the first of his four
letters in football (freshmen were eligible then).
Meanwhile, Bump spent some time at Purdue under the Marine
program before being shipped to China. While at Purdue, he earned
one letter playing halfback.
Back in the States in 1946, Bump decided to join his brother
Pete at Michigan. Their first year together they both won letters,
starring occasionally for a Michigan team that posted a 6-2-1 record.
The two losses coming against Rose Bowl champion Illinois and the
fabled Army team that had Doc Blanchard and Glenn Davis in the
THE FOLLOWING YEAR the Wolverines and the Elliotts were un-
beatable. It was the year of Crisler's Magicians, the Michigan team
that won ten straight games, including a 49-0 victory over Southern
California in the Rose Bowl. Bump, in his last year of eligibility, was
picked on the Coaches All-American team as a halfback, and was
also named the Big Ten most valuable player.
The following year, Pete went out in a similar blaze of glory as
he quarterbacked the Wolverines to another unbeaten season and the
mythical national championship.
The Elliott's also starred off the gridiron. Bump won two letters
in baseball in addition to two in football. Pete won four each in
football, basketball and golf for a total of 12, more than any other
athlete in Wolverine history.
A third point that has drawin interest to the game is that both
men have risen to the top of their profession with amazing speed.
Pete at 34 and Bump at 35 have two of the top coaching plums in
Both began their c o a c h i n g
careers under another former Wol- (-
verine, Kip Taylor, and for two
years were members of the same
In 1951, Pete shifted to Okla-:
homa where he was an assistant to
one of college football's all-time
coaching greats, Bud Wilkinson.
He remained there for five years
before moving to Nebraska where
he took over the head coaching
. Pete coached at Nebraska for
one year before moving on to the
head coaching job at California..
His 1958 Golden Bear team won
the Pacific Coast Conference titlew
and a Rose Bowl bid. Last winter'
he returned to the Midwest where PETE ELLIOTT
he replaced the retiring Ray Eliot .! opposing coach
In the meantime, Bump had moved from Oregon State to Iowa
where he was an assistant to another of football's great. coaches,
Forest Evashevski. He remained there for five years before accepting
a job as backfield assistant to Michigan's Bennie Oosterbaan in 1957.
He held that post for two seasons before moving up to replace
Oosterbaan, who retired at the end of the 1958 season.
Thus, with all this material to work with the publicity drums
are booming and articles on the Brothers Elliott will be a must on
almost every sports spage in the country sometime this week.
The brothers, however, are trying to remain oblivious to all the
clamor as they both are very interested in winning a football game
BALLPLAYERS ON GRIDIRON-Bill Freehan (88) moves toward the tackle, while Dick Syring
(55) watches helplessly from behind against Michigan State. Both Wolverine lineman do doubles
duty in athletics for Michigan, on the football field and on the baseball diamond. Besides these,
two, seven other Wolverine gridders are members of other Michigan varsity teams.
By DAVE ANDREWS
When football season draws to
a close at Ohio State some two
and a half weeks from now, most
of the squad members will forget
about athletics, except for the in-
tramural variety, until next year.
But nine members of this year's
varsity team will simply switch
uniforms. Five of them, ends
Scott Maentz and ,Bob Brown,
halfbacks Bennie McRae and Den-
ny Fitzgerald, and tackle Guy
Curtis, will make the change im-
mediately. Maentz and Brown
will join Dave Strack's cagers,
while McRae joins Don Canham's,
track team and Fitzgerald and
Curtis begin preparation for the
defense of their Big Ten wrestling
The other four, ends John Hal-
stead and Bill Freehan, halfback
Ed Hood, and guard Dick Syring,
will have to wait until the spring
before donning their baseball uni-
.Maentz and Brown both figure
prominently in Strack's plans as
with the Wolverines admittedly
short of 'Big' men, they are being
counted on to bolster Michigan's
front line. Maentz was a starter
last year during the early part
of the season, but was lost to
the team because of academic
reasons for the major part of the
Big Ten season.
Brown came on fast during the
year, and by season's end he had
worked himself into a starting
While football is Fitzgerald's
first love, and has been since he
was a youngster, the stubby ex-
Marine does well on the mats also.
Last year he was unbeaten at 167
pounds in dual meet competition
and led the Wolverines to a Big
Ten championship. He's this year's
McRae, who's biggest asset on
the gridiron is his speed, keeps in
trim throughout the winter and
spring by running the hurdles.
While he was troubled by back
and leg injuries last spring, .he
did manage to capture the 70-yd.
low hurdles title indoors.
Curtis, who was overshadowed
last winter by the fact that the
191 pound weight division wasn't
counted in the team totals, also
won in that division. This year it
When spring finally r o1ls
around, it's possible that four po-
sitions on Don Lund's baseball
team will be manned by football
players. Syring, the captain, will
be behind the plate, Halstead,'who
missed last season due to scho-
lastic trouble, probably will play
in right field, Hood will take over
his familiar spot in center, and
sophomore Bill Freehan will be
given a crack at first base.
All four should wield "big
sticks" in the Wolverine attack.
Hood and Syring hit better than
.300 for the better part of last
season, while Halstead two years
ago led the Conference in batting
most of the season. Freehan has.
the reputation of being the best
hitter to come to Michigan in a
At any rate, without these nine
men, more than one Michigan
team "would be hurt'ln."
S * * *
Michigan's football team ran
through a cold biting wind yester-
day polishing offensively against
Illinois defenses in preparation
for Saturday's encounter against
the suddenly potent Illini.
Following the practice Coach
Bump Elliott said, "That we
won't use anything that they
haven't already seen." He also
said that inspite of the two re-
cent losses'to Minnesota and Wis-
consin the team's moral, "is good."
When questioned as to the ru-
mors of a lineup shakeup, Elliott
stated, "that we haven't planned
anything definite, but we would
like to use some of the younger
ballplayers who haven't had too
much chance to .play, 'a little.
Physically the Wolverines are
in good shape as the only player
sporting more than the usual
bumps and bruises, is junior full-
back Bill Tunniclift.
The Hawkeyes of Iowa face the Minnesota Gophers this weekend
in what is one of the biggest games of the year for both teams. Both
teams are undefeated in Conference play as well as having a clean
slate overall. Iowa 'is ranked first in the nation and Minnesota second
in one poll and third in another. It should be quite a game!
Decide who you think will win this battle of college football
giants. Also pick the winners of the other 19 games on this week's
list, including the score of the Michigan game, and send your entry
to Grid Picks, The Michigan Daily, 420 Maynard St., Ann Arbor, or
return it by hand to The Daily.
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Friday midnight to be eligible. The person who picks the most winners
will win two free tickets to the Michigan Theater, now showing "Song
\ Here are this week's Grid Picks:
Illinois at MICHIGAN (score)
Iowa at Minnesota
Northwestern at Wisconsin
Michigan State at Purdue
Indiana at Ohio State
Colorado at Missouri
Nebraska at Kansas
Syracuse vs Army
Navy at Duke
Harvard at Princeton
Rice at Arkansas
Texas at Baylor
North Carolina at Clemson
Georgia at Florida
Oklahoma at Iowa State
Washington at Southern Cal
Tennessee at Georgia Tech
Pittsburgh at Notre Dame
N. Carolina St. at Wake Forest
Oregon St. at Washington St.
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