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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

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At the 19th Hole
with Fred Steinhardt

Michigan

State

Tankers

Invade

Varsity

Poo

The Weak Link: Part Two.
(This is the second of a two-part series dealing with the
sorry state of Michigan basketball. Yesterday, the field house and
recruiting situations were discussed.)
Writing this column is a very ticklish proposition. It is not at
all intended to be a criticism of Dave Strack but of the type of think-
ing he has to put up with in dealing with the administration. In fact,
at this stage of the game. I am not unimpressed by Strack's improve-
ments so far in the program. However, to be honest, if the adminis-
tration had handled the coaching situation the way I would have two
ysars ago, Dave Strack would not be around to deal with the admin-
istration in any circumstance.
Frank McGuire would.
McGuire is the biggest among a hatful of big name coaches who
either applied and were turned away or were told not to even bother
applying. Some of the others are still at the same schools they were
in 1960 today, so it would be best not to publicize the fact that they
were interested in another job. McGuire was coach at North Carolina
and Is currently coaching the Philadelphia Warriors of 'the NBA.
This information comes from several very influential members
of. the Detroit chapter of the Michigan Alumni Association, in-
Cluding two former University athletes and another member who
was very close to the Board of Controls at the time of the selec-
tion.
If this were 1960, I would campaign for Frank McGuire. But
that Is water under the bridge. Strack has certainly accomplished
more than could have been expected in the short time he has had the
job. The adjective "improving" has been sorely overused in past years
to describe Michigan's cage teams, but it does apply to this one.
Victories over highly regarded Iowa and Wisconsin are proof that
the team would have a respectable record if it could shoot the ball.
The team rebounds well (outrebounded Ohio State), defends very
well, and does not throw the ball away that often. (The last a notice-
able improvement over past teams.) And you can't ask Strack to get
out there and put the ball in the basket himself.
Even more encouraging is the progress made in recruiting under
Strack. Michigan's first two Class A All-Staters since George Lee and
M. C. Burton'were both recruited by Strack (Doug Herner and fresh-
maniarry Tregonning). George Pomey and 6'7", 230-lb. Bill Buntin
are two more out of a good freshman squad who should greatly
strengthen next year's team. Strack is busily contacting and making
inroads into areas which never considered Michigan basketball before.
Would You Hire this Man?...
But off their respective records in 1960, McGuire was the man.
It is-not only the outright refusal to hire him or a coach of his stat-
ure, but also the reasons for doing so, which graphically illustrate
the gross inconsistencies in the long standing policies of the admin-
istration. Let us review McGuire's qualifications as a prospective coach
just as a Board of Controls might:
CHARACTER-Wilt Chamberlain, generally considered the tall-
est and most talented coaches' nightmare ever, says, "You have to
respect this man. He has integrity. You know he is going to stick by
his ethics win or lose."
"Never has the NBA gotten a coach who was as famous, esteemed,
and skilled at handling athletes as Frank McGuire." Sports Illustrated,
October 30, 1961.
"McGuire bounced two players off his North Carolina squad for
drinking a beer." SI.
"I've always encouraged my players to go to church." McGuire.
"My players always looked their best. They knew they'd catch
hell if they didn't." McGuire.
COACHING ABILITY-McGuire, developed five All-America
players 'at North Carolina. He won two conference titles and
knocked off Wilt Chamberlain and Kansas for an NCAA title.
RECRUITING-"In his nine years at North Carolina he consist-
ently produced a national basketball power. He did it with players he
brought south from the streets of New York, andthat he could do this
despite the intense competition for metropolitan area boys is indica-
tive of the personality of the man. As. a native of Greenwich Village,
a ,dockworker, player, and St. Johns coach, he made hundreds of last-
ing loyal friends who' aided him in recruiting New York's best basket
ball players for a school 400 miles away." SI.
As an afterthought, New York Is AT LEAST the equivalent of
Indiana for quality of high school basketball. New York products are
spread all over the country. Michigan does not hesitate to import
football players from Pennsylvania or hockey players from Saskatche-
wan. There are 1,309 students on campus from New York State. How
many of them play basketball?
The rationale for not hiring a McGuire went something like
this: Since Michigan has never been a basketball power, it would be
out of proportion to spend the extra money to first recruit and then
hire him. So, enter Dave Strack and the administration can't lose. If
the team continues to lose, then everything is status quo ante. If the
team wins, it can only be through the omniscience of our administra-
tion in 'selecting "the coach" to do the job. The administration wins
heads or tails.
In Summary...
There is no excuse for a complacent approach to any problem on
general principles. This is particularly puzzling at Michigan where the
administration seems to take pride in maintaining high standards in

just about every other sport. It is this inconsistency which I cannot
understand. It almost appears as if there is a deliberate policy to keep
basketball down and out, although this can't possibly be so.
Energetic Dave Strack, who probably would not have been
hired over Frank McGuire at any other major college, is up
against the same inertia and tradition of mediocrity. It would be
ironic indeed if he were the one for the job. If effort is any cri-
terion for success he certainly is working hard enough right now.
I hope lie succeeds.
I would again like to emphasize that I do not intend to discredit
Strack but rather to give Michigan fans and alumni some facts
which they have a right to know. I hope that Dave Strack appreciates
my intentions. Even if he doesn't, it is still about time that he and
Michigan basketball received some long-overdue support from the
administration, both moral and financial.
The members of the administration will probably not lose any
sleep over these two columns, but then, that is what I am criticizing.
WAHIR'S UNIVERSITY BOOKSTORE
has received a limited number of copies of
FRiES: FOUNDATIONS
for ENGLISH TEACH ING
(Tokyo: Kenkyusha Ltd. 1961,xii-382)
A discussion of principles for the selection of

By BILL BULLARD
Only in the Big Ten could Michigan State's swimming team
have a 3-3 record going intp its meet with Michigan tonight at
the Varsity Pool.
Although the Spartans have one of the top teams in the
country, their Big Ten opponents are often nationally ranked also.
The first MSU loss this season was to Indiana, a team that has been
called the greatest in the history of collegiate swimming.
Ohio State, third place squad in the 1960 NCAA championships,j
defeated MSU 59-46 last Saturday. The Buckeyes have practically
the same personnel as last season which makes them more powerful
than ever. In between these losses, Minnesota, led by NCAA 100-yd.
freestyle champion Steve Jackman, upset the Spartans 55-50.
Michigan State has won conference dual meets with Purdue,

Illinois and Iowa. Five Spartans-Carl Sharr, Bill Wood, Mike Wood,
Doug Rowe and Jeff Mattson--were All-Americans last season.
Despite losing to three national swimming powers, the Spartans are
no less of a national swimming power themselves.
The surest thing about tonight's clash is that Michigan State's
freestyle relay foursome will win that race. "We have a chance to
beat them in the medley relay but not in the freestyle relay," said
Coach Gus Stager. Against Indiana the team of Jeff Mattson, Doug
Rowe, Bill Wood and Mike Wood was timed at 3:15.8, .3 of a second
under the NCAA record, for the 400-yd. event.
Spartan sprinters should give their team' an edge in the 50- and
100-yd. freestyle races. Mike Wood and Jeff Mattson have turned in
times of 48.8 and 49.3 seconds respectively in the 100.
In the 50-yard freestyle, the Wolverines' chances are better but
very uncertain. "Unless you have a man like Jackman, you can't

predict the winner of the 50," said Coach Stager. He emphasized 1
statement by pointing out that even Jackman can be beaten in th
short race as demonstrated by Wolverine Jim Kerr on February
at Minneapolis.
Kerr's winning time was 21.9 in this race and probably wou
be good enough to take a first place if he could repeat it tonigh
Jeff Mattson will provide tough competition as evidenced by I
time of 22.2 against Ohio State. Michigan can also count on Denr
Floden whose times are roughly comparable to Mattson's.
"We've got two good men in that event," said Coach Stage
"The opposite situation is true in the 220-yd. freestyle. State's g
two good men to put against Bill Darnton." Captain Darnton swa
a 2:01.9 against Minnesota which is the best time in the Big Te
this season. But he will be seriously challenged by Mike Wood, wh
was clocked at 2:03.0 against Ohio State.

CAPTAIN'S CORNER:
Hall Gives Best Effort Every Game,

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it is with religions; through the passing of
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Open discussion
at Friday evening fireside

(EDITOR'S NOTE: Election to the
captaincy of a Michigan athletic
team is an honor few ever receive.
To the qualities of leadership,
sportsmanship, athletic ability, and
Intangiblesathat make a Michigan
captain what he is, The Michigan
Daily pays tribute. This is the third
of a series.)
By TOM WEBBER
Not many captains ask their
coach to pull them out of a game
because they don't feel they are
doing a good job, and not many
captains have to stave off a chal-
lenge for their. starting jobs.
Jon Hall, captain of the basket-
ball team, did. But that was only
typical of his feeling about the
team and his own personal desire
to do as much as he can for the
team.
In Portland...
The incident happened against
Portland when the team was com-
peting in the Far West Classic.
"I just didn't feel that I belonged,"
Hall said. "I was down on myself,
so I talked to the coach and told
him to take me out."
At that time it appeared that
sophomore Doug Herner might
take over. the starting job over
the team captain. That was at that
time. Things are changed now.
Hall has started to do more driving
and is more than ever showing his
value to the team.
"He's been playing as well as
anyone on the team since the Big
Ten season started," praisesCoach
Dave Strack. "I didn't know if he
would hold his spot, but he fought
them off. He has been a pleasant
surprise to me with his consistent
play," Strack added.
Better in Big Ten
His season scoring average is
inly 8.2, but in the seven Big Ten
games Hall has averaged over
eleven a game.
-iall attributes his recent success
to increased confidence and his
decision to start driving more. "I
lke to pass. and cut, that's my
favorite type of playing."
"Jon is deceptively fast," Strack

said. "He has a long stride and
might be the fastest guy we have."
Besides often getting baskets
when driving in, Hall manages to
draw more than his share of foul
shots. Only Tom Cole on the team
has more. This, however, is a sore
point with Hall because his foul
shooting is not what he thinks it
should be. "I feel I can get fouled
by anyone, but I'm not sure I can
make the shots."
Four Fouls
Against Ohio State last Monday,
Mel Nowell picked up four fouls in
a relatively short period trying to
guard Hall.
Hall lists his two greatest thrills
as playing a good defensive game

and getting rebounds. "It's a big
thrill to get rebounds from those
big men," said the 6-foot Hall. He
recalls his two greatest games as
the. Michigan State game in his
sophomore year and the Wisconsin
game of this year. Those games
stick out in his memory because he
played a good defensive game in
both. "I scofed only two points in
the State game, but I held my man
scoreless," he added.
Being captain of a losing ball
club probably isn't the most pleas-
ant prospect, but like all captains
Hall is and was very optimistic. "I
predicted at the beginning of the
year that we would win 17 games,"
Hall said. "It seems like every

game we play I feel that we have
the better team."
Things once weren't this bad for
Hall. As a senior at Havana Com-
munity High School in Illinois, he
averaged 26.5 points a game in the
conference and received all-State
honorable mention. He received
offers from such'southern schools
as Duke, Wake Forest, Florida
State and Houston along with sev-
eral smaller colleges, but finally
decided on Michigan for a better
education.
Eyes Coaching Career
Married and the father of a baby
girl, Hall would like to go into
coaching and possibly into school
administration later on.
Strack, a former Michigan cage
captain himself, is very pleased
with his captain. "Jon has played
to the top of his ability, assumed
his responsibilities well, and has
done a good job as captain. He has
given the team the leadership it
needs."
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DRIVING AGAIN-Determination written on his face, captain
Jon Ball drives in for another lay-up, this time against Bowling
Green. Hall uses his deceptive speed and strength to often drive
through the key and either score a basket or draw a foul.

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