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The Thin Man
by Dave Good

Moore Swimming Swiftest Times of Career


Breaking the Silence
"I had to sit on a crack all during the game last week. I really
did," the girl was saying, and not smiling when she said it.
'What have they done with my $12? When are they going to build
the damned thing?" another was asking, again not smiling.
For more than five months, visions of new basketball arenas have
been dancing in the heads of everybody who shelled out $12 for an
athletic coupon last fall. But nobody has seemed to know the answers.
Even the people who are most intimately concerned with the new
arena ask you the question almost as soon as you ask them. "I haven't
been able to find out a thing," they admit. "Have you?"
Now, two-thirds through the basketball season, answers are
starting to materialize out of the mist: There is obviously no hope
of having the arena ready for next season, but it looks like a defi-
nite possibility for 1965-66, the senior year of Michigan's present
sophomore crop.
Two hints that something good might be in the making have
come during successive weeks. Last Saturday, after Michigan's bas-
ketball team had won its 15th game in 16 starts, someone asked Wilbur
K. Pierpont, Vice-President for Business and Finance, when the new
arena was to be built. "Sooner than you think," he replied.
A week before last Friday, after a 4%-hour meeting of the Board
in Control of Intercollegiate Athletics, Athletic Director H. O. (Fritz)
Crisler revealed that the Board's Committee on Plant Expansion,
chaired by Dean Stephen H. Spurr of the School of Natural Resources
would deliver a progress report within a month.
In his office last week, Crisler explained that his Board had for-
warded some recommendations to the University's Board of Regents
but added, "We're not at liberty to disclose what they are."
Answer in the Wind? . .
The implication from both sources seems to be that the next
meeting of the Regents this month might bring the news: Will they
float a bond issue for the arena or won't they?
Whatever comes from the meeting it will have been an interim
of nearly nine months since a preliminary report was adopted unani-
mously by the Athletic Board last May. The report outlined a program
for long-range plant expansion to be carried out over the next 10
years and recommended "an immediate start be made to construct" a
basketball arena and facilities for men's and women's intramural
"It is estimated that an arena seating upward of 12,000 around
a basketball floor could be constructed for approximately three million
dollars," the report stated. "It is anticipated that planning will be
initiated immediately with the hope that financing and other arrange-
ments can be completed so that the arena can be available for the
1964-65 basketball season."
Well, then, where are the plans and why the delay? Spurr
explained that the nine-month period of dead silence has been
due simply to red tape in getting together with the Regents.
Crisler pointed out that financial problems have played their
part. The athletic department has had to meet continuing ex-
penses, and so the $180,000 or so which the student athletic cou-
pons brought in has NOT - repeat, NOT - been earmarked spe-
cifically for plant expansion. "There has been a misconception
about that," Crisler added.
Another point he raised was that despite the urgent tone of the
Plant Expansion Committee's report, he never really expected that the
athletic department could get a start this year on construction of the
arena-again, because of finances.
"The Board is still very, very vitally concerned with the develop-
ment of our plant," he emphasized. "The need, of course, is still here,
but there is still that matter of financing. I hope we can get construc-
tion underway in the not-too-distant future, and I think there's a
reasonable expectancy that we could have it the year after next.
But of course this is a very 'iffy' matter."
Whether or not the Regents and the athletic department can get
together on a concrete plan this year, you have to ask yourself why
the move has taken this long in coming. The nine-month lag since the
May report is at least understandable, if not exemplary. But there is
good reason why Michigan has had to be satisfied with a structure
that has been outmoded for nearly 20 years.
Not Even Close...
Built in 1923, Yost Field House was the first sports building of
its kind in the country, and for years it was the best of its kind any-
where. But since Illinois opened its sparkling Assembly Hall last year,
Michigan has ranked as an undisputed last in the Big Ten. It was at
least close before this.
The Plant Expansion Committee report called the Field House
"among the poorest of any major'{-
university, being lacking in gener-
al attractiveness, facilities, and
capacity (8,000)." Compared to
what newspapermen and magazine
writers around the country this
year have been calling it, this is
pretty mild commentary.
Two weeks ago, the Field House
drew mention in a national sports
magazine. In glowing terms, this
is how it was described: "The Wol-
verines still play in comical old
Yost Field-House, where they used
to have to shoot the pigeons out

of the rafters before a game and
where you can sit in any one of
4,000 of the 8,000 seats and not
see a thing."
Another choice description came
from a Chicago daily last month:
"An antiquated slum echoing with
the footsteps of history." it labeled

Captain Jeff Moore is swimming
faster now than at any time in his
competitive career and it's a good
thing since he'll need his best per-
formance this Saturday against
Michigan State.
Moore just broke the two-min-
ute mark in the 200-yard butter-
fly for the first time in his life
in an exhibition race after last
Saturday's victory over Princeton.
He expects Spartan sophomore
Terry Hagan to be down around
the two-minute level when they
meet in the Matt Mann Pool Sat-
In the past two seasons Moore
was the No. 1 butterflyer on the
Wolverine squad and didn't reach
his peak until the Big Ten and
NCAA championships. But this
season, with five weeks to g~o be-

fore the Big Ten Meet, Moore
turned in the best time of his
So Fast, So Early
The explanation for why Moore
was going so fast so early in the
season was given by Coach Gus
Stager. "We've needed him to ,be
in top shape early this season,"
Stager commented. "There has
been pressure on him to get his
time down early."
Stager revealed that Moore had
worked out once or twice in the
evenings last week before the
Princeton meet. These night ex-
ercises combined with regular af-
ternoon workouts and several
morning practice sessions help
f o r m a formidible practice
Moore agreed that, "I've gotten
in shape faster this season. I'm
in better shape now than I've ever
been. We worked hard in Florida


Pro Standings


New York

W i
26 14
26 14
23 17
18 23
17 22
13 29

T Pts. GF GA
10 62 150 124
10 62 159 115
8 54 130 123
8 44 145 160
9 43 121 150
9 37 119 152

Chicago 4, Detroit 2
Montreal 2, Toronto 0
Boston 3, New York 2
Chicago at Detroit
New York at Boston
W L Pct. GB
San Francisco 32 23 .582 --
Los Angeles 31 25 .554 1Y
St. Louis 32 26 .551 1%2
Baltimore 23 32 .418 9
Detroit 14 37 .275 16
WV L Pct. GB
Boston 38 14 .731 -
Cincinnati 37 19 .661 3
Philadelphia 23 29 .442 15
New York 17 42 .228 24k
Baltimore 113, St. Louis 106
Detroit at Los Angeles (inc.)
Detroit vs. San Francisco at San Jose
New York at Philadelphia
Baltimore vs. Boston at College Park,
Czechoslovakia 7, United States 1
Canada 6, Finland 2
Sweden 12, Switzerland 0
Poland 7, Italy 0
Romania 5, Austria 2
Norway 6, Hungary 1
Russia 10, Germany 0
Syracuse 83, Niagara 81 (ovt)
DePaul 90, Notre Dame 75
Rhode Island 92, Boston U. 76
Villanova 57, St. Bonaventure 52
Memphis State 87, Creighton 86
Cornell 98, Colgate 92
Calvin 85, Adrian 70
Miami (Ohio) 78, W. Michigan 69
St. Joseph's 79, Georgetown 70
West Virginia 91, Maryland 67
Duke 66, N.C. State 48
Ohio Wesleyan 64, Denison 57
Ohio Northern 85, Olivet 54
Seton Hall 75, Long Island U. 66
Rutgers 68, Connecticut 67
Toledo 90, Bowling Green 71
Cincinnati 77, Dayton 63
Purdue 22, Notre Dame 5.

during vacation and we've con-
tinued working hard ever since."
Achieves One Goal
The Evanston, Ill., senior has
already achieved one of his goals:
breaking the two-minute barrier
which has only been done by less
than a dozen athletes in the his-
tory of swimming. But he'd like
to do this while taking a first
place in a regular dual meet rather
than swimming it in an exhibition
He'll get his chance Saturday
against Hagen and senior Chuck
Strong. In last season's meet,
Moore took a first against Strong
but only had to swim a 2:02.6 to
do it. Now with Hagen asdhis top
challenger he'll have to do con-
siderably better. But then Moore
has shown that he's capable of
doing better at this point in the
season than he was a year ago.
Another Big Goal
Moore's other big goal this sea-
son is qualifying for the NCAA
championships and then doing the
best he can there. His performance
of last season will be hard to beat.
After finishing fourth in the Big
Ten Meet, he came through with
a clutch third place in the NCAA
Meet as Michigan also finished
One reason why Moore did so
well in the NCAA Meet is that
Indiana's Fred Schmidt and Larry
Schulhof, who both placed ahead
of him in the Big Ten Meet, were
ineligible to compete in the na-
tionals. But now that Indiana is
ready to compete in the nationals
for the first- time in four years,
Schmidt and Schulhof will be
there. Both Hoosier stars defeated
Moore in the Michigan-Indiana
dual meet last month.
First, of course, comes the Big
Ten Championships and Moore
would like to take a third or bet-
ter. The general rule laid down by
the Board in Control of Intercol-
legiate Athletics is that an athlete
must finish in the top three places
at the conference meet in order
to be sent to the NCAA Meet.
This policy has not been fol-
lowed in all cases. If it had been,
Moore would not have had a
chance to place third in the na-
tionals last season.
Best 100 Time
Moore also swam his best 100-
yard butterfly time ever in a re-
lay last Saturday. His 53.7 time
was better than any clocking he
has had in either college or high
Don't Forget
That Haircut
6 Nickels Arcade

As a high school senior, Moore
won the Illinois 100-yard butter-
fly championship. Then he had to
concentrate on the 200-yard event
in college and his 100-yard times
were never as low.
"A butterflyer has to sacrifice
speed to concentrate on the 200-
yard event," Stager said. "Jeff has
never had a chance to get better
Relays Tonight!
The Daily apologizes to all of
you who went to dirty, decrepit
Yost Field House for the 880-
yard relays last night. They
will be held, for certain, to-
night at 7:30 p.m.
at 100 yards because he never
had a chance to swim it in com-
"Some swimmers are just never
destined to be champions. But
they consistently come through
with seconds, thirds and fourths
at the big meets. This may be
Jeff's case. No matter how tough
the going is or what place ne's
aiming for, I can always count on


... swimming captain
O'Donnell Inks
AFL Contract
Special To The Daily
GREEN BAY - Despite the loss
of Michigan captain Joe O'Donnell
and two other high draft choices
to rival American Football League
teams, the Green Bay Packers an-
nounced yesterday that they are
pleased with their draft results.
O'Donnell chose to sign with
the Buffalo Bills of the AFL in-
stead of the ,Packers. He is pres-
ently completing his final semes-
ters' work toward a degree in bi-
The Packers have signed 10 of
their 23 choices. Four of their
choices have signed with the AFL.
Three of the players drafted are
juniors and six are completing
competition in other college sports
before signing a professional con-

to give

-Daily-Dave Abineri
MOORE'S MARK-Captain Jeff Moore sets the best time of his
career in the 200-yard butterfly of just under two minutes last
Saturday after the Michigan-Princeton meet. He also set his all-
time best in the 100-yard event on his leg of the winning Wol-
verine medley relay.

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