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THE MICHIGAN DAINY

'en Rejects Round-Robin Clause

AT EAST LANSING:
Leps, McRae Anchor 'M' Chance

in our minds is what we think is
best for athletics in the Big Ten,"
Reed explained.
The NCAA meetings next week
will formalize track and gymnast-
ics federations in opposition to the
AAU's control of amateur athlet-
ics. A basketball federation has al-
ready been established but with no
official charter and constitution.
Although the, track federation
has tentatively scheduled a sum-
mer meet in conflict with the
AAU championships, the NCAA
federations have invited the AAU
groups to join them but the AAU
has thus far refused.
Suspend Rule
The Big Ten also voted to sus-

pend until Sept. 1, 1962, its reg-
ulation prohibiting home visita-
tions by coaches to prospective
athletes.
"This was done because of the
need to explain to parents our
new financial aid program," Reed
said. Directors will consider a re-
port on the effects of this sus-
pension in September and may
extend it if no "untoward inci-
dents" occur, he explained.
The new regulations require a
1.7 grade point predictability on
the basis of national tests and
high school standing for freshmen
participation and a progressively
higher standard for higher classes.

(EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the
second of two articles analyzing
Michigan's chances in the Big Ten
track championships which begin
today at East Lansing. Today's ar-
ticle deals with the performers from
Michigan.)
By GEORgE WANSTALL
Combining team power in the
middle distance runs, the pole
vault and the hurdles with super-
for team depth, the Wolverines
will try to retain their Big Ten
Indoor Track championship for
the sixth time in the last eight
years.
Featured performers for Mich-
igan are Ergas Leps and Bennie
McRae, double winners and con-
tributors of 20 of, the 69 points
Michigan collected last season.

Leps who will run the mile and
the 880-yd run has met no real
competition since he has run here'
in the Big Ten. Featuring a last
place spot until the stretch, Leps
has the steam in the last 220-yds
to reach the tape first.
McRae, who captured honors
from Minnesota's highly touted
Dave Odegard in last year's meet,'
will meet perhaps even stiffer
competition this season from
MSU's Herman Johnson and Wis-
consin's Larry Howard. Both
Johnson and Howard have beaten
McRae this season.
Tremendous Power
Rod Denhart, Steve Overton and
George Wade provide the Wolver-
ines with tremendous power in the

pole vault to augment the points
which McRae and Leps will pick
up. Denhart has leaped over 14'0"
twice-14'4" in the Purdue meet
two weeks ago and 14'2%/ry" against
Wisconsin. Overton also pumped
14' himself, while in Wade's efforts
last week, he hit 14' only to have
his pole strike the bar. There ire
only three other vaulters in the
conference whose leaps have sur-
passed 13'10".
Other events where the Wolver-
ines stand to pick up some points
are the broad jump, the high
jump, the 1,000-yd run, and pos-
sibly the 600-yd run.
Bested the Field
Dave Raimey, whose leap of
24'5/" bested the field in Madison
last weekend will pit his talent
against several good Jumpers, but
unless his leap last week was a
freak, he can be counted on for
points.
Steve Williams and Al Ammer-
man carry Michigan's hopes in
the high jump. Ammerman has
consistantly jumped around 6'2"
or better, while Williams has done
6'4".
Returning to the track, Charlie
Aquino will try to match his rec-

COACH'S GREATEST MOMENTS:
Championships: A Stager Tradition

(EDITOR'S NOTE: When Gus
Stager succeeded Matt Mann as
swimming coach for Michigan in
1954, it had only been four years {
since he finished out his competitive
career as a distance freestyler for
the Wolverines. In the interlude
stager had coached Dearborn Ford-
son High School to three state Class
A championships in four years.
Since then, in his seven-yearyten-
ure as head coach at Michigan, 4he
38-year-old'Stager has led his teams
to four NCAA and three Big Ten
titles.uOne of the youngest men ever
to be named an Olympic coach,
Stager saw his U.S. swimmers domi-
nate their events in the 1960 Rome
Games.)
By GUS STAGER
As Told to Dave Good
Most of the winning I've done
as a coach has all been blended
in with other things, so I really
can't say one thing has been more
important than any other.
You have to remember that
everything has its own importance
and its own relation to other
things. I don't remember very
many things, and as I said, they
all seem to blend in, but here
goes.
The second year I was coaching
at Fordson we won the state
class A high school championship.
We were a darkhorse. We had a
good team but we had been beaten
in the regular season and were
rated about third or fourth.
Nobody had really been consid-
ering us for the title, but all of
a sudden the team developed into
a state, champion. So there was
a tremendous thrill there because,
after all, it was only my second
year.
Lots of Good Ones
Some of my best swimmers there
were Kenny Guest, Bill Black, Jim
Krothers and Jim Kwasney. They
all won their events, I remember,
but there were a lot of others
that were good too.

You have to win the second year
in a row too, you know, to prove
it wasn't a fluke the first time.
That's even more of a challenge.
So when we did win it, it thrilled
me in a different way..
Then when I got here at Michi-
gan, winning the first national
championship was fun, and there
was the same feeling with the
second and third ones too.
One of my biggest thrills hap-
pened after the Wardrops, Jack
and Bob, had been dismissed from
the team in 1956 for, shall we say,
incompatibility. The year before,
I coached Jack and he set a pair
of world records. So this year, we
went into Big Ten competition
without these two great stars.
Everybody Beat Us
And it was a ridiculously poor
season. It seemed like we lost all

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ets by two or three points. coaches, like Cliff Keen and Matt
nber we won one big and Mann, who helped to make Michi-
e, but Ohio State really gan the school it is.
3 us. They had a great Have To Like It
Michigan sort of grows on you.
prognosticators had gone There was a young man, the late
e list of comparative times Bruce Harlan, who was gung-ho
.he Big Ten meet, we would OSU, but after four years here
ated fifth or sixth. But as diving coach, he wouldn't see
re got there, our swimmers anything else but Michigan.
kan to swim. We've left out one complete
were tremendous, excel- thrill-the Olympics. When I was
perb. They actually swam nominated Olympic coach it was
ring races because they a tremendous thrill-I was such
led better than they ever a young punk to be chosen. But it
> to that point. So we was such a hard job and lasted
i second to Ohio State in such a long time that you can't
md year of coaching here. really call the whole thing a thrill.
it was a tremendous thrill, You only have a feeling of in-
even though we were sec- dividual achievement. I coached
year before too, it wasn't with a vehemence-a vengeance.
ay team-Matt Mann had There were a lot of little things,
for me. though. For Bill Mulliken to have
Tradition Counts achieved what he did-he upset
if you asked some of the everybody in the breaststroke-was
i the team why they'per- a great effort and a tremendous
so well, they couldn't an- thrill for both his coach at Miami
Why, coach," they'd say, and myself.
an is never worse than Win Without Winning
or third." In my career as a swimmer there
alk about tradition. were some Big Ten and National
maybe it means nothing, Collegiate meets that were big
e's a case where it really thrills. At one NCAA meet, in 1948,
a great believer in Michi- we didn't take a single first place.
here have been very few We won it on seconds, thirds and
n teams that don't per- fourths. So you can' see it's not
spectably-or even better the first that are important. It's
spectably-when the chips the contributions that each swim-
n. mer makes toward the team effort.
ims you can always count I realized a few days afterward
guys. If there's any kind that I was the guy who scored the
ice at all, Michigan will most points for our team in the
win. And I think it reflects meet by placing in the 220, 440
pole school, not just the and 1500. I don't evenremember
program. , where I placed-that's how im-
a time we young coaches portant it is. (He was third in all
ew up as undergrads at three races.)
n, like Bump Elliott and Winning isn't important. It's
will get the ability to re- the feeling of doing something to-
he spirit of the older gether with the rest of the team.
That's th thing that's most im.
portant to me-that each does
his own share and each does his
job in his own way.
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... sure winner

ord time of 2:11.9 in the 1,000
while Mac Hunter will carry Mich-
igan's hopes in the 600.
Actually the key to a possible
Michigan victory will ,lie in the
team's depth, as it did last year,
when 19 men gained places in
the 15 events.
Needs Help ,
Coach Don Canham needs help
from Roger Schmitt in the shot,
Doug Niles in the broad jump, and
Ammerman and Wade in the other
field events.
In the races, help will be sought
from men like Jay Sampson, Ted
Kelly and Dave Hayes in the
600 through the mile; John Davis
in the 440-yd dash; Dick Thelwell
and Cliff Nutall in the hurdles;
Len Johnson, Ken Burnley and
Carter Reese in the dashes and
Chris Murray and Jim Neahusan
in the longer distance runs.
The one mile relay team is not
definitely set yet, but Canham will
probably go with Davis, Burnley,
Bill Hornbeck and Len Johnson,
the team that ran in the Purdue
meet.

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