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Michigan Coach Considers
Swimming Break with AAU
ByDV D"There are a lot of good guys

Newcomb Ends Satisfying Year

If they can do it quietly and
without mud-slinging, the nation's
college swimming coaches may
join in the federation movement
to wrest absolute control away
from the AAU this summer.
Michigan swimming coach Gus
Stager, who predicted last Decem-
ber that the break might take
three years, now thinks that it
could come much sooner.
It all depends on how the track,
basketball and gymnastics people
fare in the next. few months.
Set in July
Michigan track coach - Don
Canham says that the rebels join-
ing the U.S. Track and Field Fed-
eration are meeting in Kansas
City this week "to finalize every-
thing," pending only the July 5
approval meeting of the high
It is here that Stager feels the
swimming coaches might fall in
behind the backers of the track
federation, although he empha-
sizes that the AAU has not drawn
the same heated fire from the
swimmers as it has from the

on the AAU," explains Stager. "We
don't want to make them have to
choose which way they're going to
go. We don't have any big beef
with them. In fact, we want to
keep a lot of them with us. But as
it is now we don't have a thing
to say about how things are run."
Not Complete Break
Stager was quick to point out
that the swimming coaches have
no intention of excluding the par-
ent organization from the new
body. They just want to make the
power more equitable.
"And we should have a better
organization than they will in
track if we wait," commented Sta-
ger. "We can profit from their
"We've met several times, but
we haven't really been doing too
much. If everything goes right
with the track federation, we
might fall in line behind them if
we can do it without stirring up

a ruckus.
"But I'm not saying it'll be1
summer," he added.


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(EDITOR'S NOTE: Election to the
captaincy of a Michigan athletic
team is an honor few can ever re-
ceive. To the qualities of leader-
ship, sportsmanship, athletic abil-
ity and intangibles that make a
Michigan captain what he is, the
Michigan Daily pays tribute. This is
the ninth of a series.)
Michigan golf captain Bill New-
comb had one of the most satisfy-
ing experiences of his golfing ca-
reer last weekend at Chamuaign.
It was not the satisfaction a
M' Finishes
Numiber One
In Big Ten
Michigan turned in the best all-
round athletic performance in Big
Ten competition during the 1961-
62 year, gaining a clear edge by
winning four championships.
By adding the team records in
all 13 sports in which champion-
ships are decided - awarding ten
points for a first, nine for a sec-
ond, and so on - Michigan walked
away on top with 92 points. Its
neighbor' to the north, Michigan
State, kept the wins in the Michi-
gan 'family', by matching the
Wolverines with 92.
Don't Mean Same
One might be inclined to say
that 92 and 92 mean the same, but
they don't.
Although both teams in one
sense 'tied', in another, and more
accurate sense, they didn't. The
more accurate way of comparing
performance might be called the
"quality point system." In the
quality point system, a perform-
ance average is gained by dividing
the number of sports in which a
team participated into the total
number of points accumulated.
Averages of 8.36,
Top team performances in only
11 sports gave Michigan its 92
points. Its quality point average
then, would be 8.36. The Wolver-
ines did not compete in fencing
and had only individuals compet-
ing in cross country. MSU on the
other hand, made its 92 points in
the full 13 sports of the conference
for a quality point average of 7.07.
Michigan's wins came in gym-
nastics, hockey, outdoor track and
tennis. Backing up the firsts were
four seconds.

golfer gets when he plays four
solid rounds, because Newcomb
didn't have four solid rounds. It
wasn't the satisfaction that a golf-
er gets when his team takes the
conference championship because
Michigan didn't take the title.
It was something more than
this. It was the satisfaction one
gets when a team with virtually
nothing going for it, does some-
thing that it wasn't supposed to
do. It's sometimes called an up-
set, a moral victory, but for New-
comb it was more than that.
Hard To Describe
"When I became captain last
year all of a sudden golf meant
more to me than ever before,"
said Newcomb. "It's hard to de-
scribe it but you have a different
attitude about the sport.
"Before when I played for Mich-
igan, I went out and played and
tried to score the best I could, but
I wasn't really playing for the
team," continued the Wolverine
captain, "I was playing more as an
individual because golf basically
is an individual sport.
"As captain I felt I had a re-
sponsibility to the team and I'd
try to help some of the other
boys," he went on, "and it's really
hard to describe the feeling you
get when a team that you always
knew had the potential, finally
does what you always knew it
Obvious Attitude
Newcomb's attitude at Cham-
paign was obvious. On the first
day of the meet when he wasn't
playing his usual game, when an-
other golfer would want to give up
the game, Newcomb would come
in after nine or 18 holes with one
question after he putted out. "How
are the other fellows doing?"
The second day of the meet was
a better one for Newcomb. He
scored a 77-72. When he finished
the meet and turned in his card,
he said to Coach Bert Katzen-
meyer, "I hope this can help us a
little bit."
* *
Newcomb came back to Michi-
gan at the beginning of the year
fresh from a summer of good golf.
He won his first major tourna-
ment, the Indiana Open, and he
had visions of a Big Ten Cham-

"It's a different feeling in the
summer time when you go to bed
and think about how you played
golf, instead of worrying about
that drawing that's due next Sat-
urday so you can play in the next

he said.
The season is over now, but
Newcomb has hopes for the imme-
diate future. "I'm really hoping
that the Board in Control of In-
tercollegiate Athletics lets us go
to the NCAA's," said Newcomb. "I

Didn't Help
"Certainly the pressures
school didn't help my game

any "

really think the team deserves to
go, and I'd really be disappointed
if we don't."
For the coming summer New-
comb will be found on the links.
"I plan to enter various tourna-
ments like the Western Open and
the Western Amateur and maybe
qualify for the National Amateur."
Newcomb doesn't graduate in
June because Architecture is a
five-year course. You might find
him at the University course next
spring on some Saturdays around
the scoreboard. It takes a while
for a person who has the attitude
of Newcomb to forget.


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Went to Florida
He played often in the fall, and
during the semester break he went
to Florida and played two more
weeks of golf. "I played pretty
well down there and I was look-
ing forward to a real good spring,"'
he said.
Newcomb never found that good
spring. "I guess I'm not a good
spring golfer," he said. "I don't1
really hit my stride until the sum-
There is a better reason why
Newcomb isn't a good spring golf-
er, but he doesn't like to talk about
it. He is in his fourth year ini
Architecture School. He has five
classes a week from 1-5 In the;
During the spring Newcomb
didn't make many of these classes.j

LINKSTER CAPTAIN-Michigan golf captain Bill Newcomb has
played varsity golf for the past three years for the Wolverines.
This year the Wolverines finished third in the Conference, the
highest in Newcomb's career.
Illinois' FletcherSets
Big Ten ERA Record

CHICAGO (A) - The finest
team pitching performance in
years, the best fielding in the
league and hitting earned Illinois
th1e Big Ten baseball champion-
ship this year.
With the season's campaign
completed for all but two second
division teams, statistics released
yesterday showed that the Illini
pitching staff - Tom Fletcher,
Doug Mills, Ron Johnson and Jer-
ry Rozmus - compiled a 1.188


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earned run average in 1362 in-
nings of work.
They allowed 18 earned runs,
80 hits, while walking 64, struck
out 88 and turned in 13 complete
games in the 15-game schedule.
Smashes Record
Fletcher, 19-year-old sophomore
from Oakwood, Ill., broke Paul
Giel's 10-year era mark with a
record of 0.396. Giel had a 0.42
mark. The southpaw won five
games, going the route five times,
and was touched for an earned run
twice - one each by Wisconsin
and Iowa.
Mills posted a 1.60 ERA, John-
son 1.78 and Rozmus 3.00.
Eighth-place Iowa completes the
season's schedule with a three-
game series with last-place Min-
nesota in Minneapolis this week-
Indiana second baseman Eddie
LaDuke has virtually clinched the
batting crown with a .431 average.
Minnesota catcher Steve Wally,
with a .371 average, is the only
man who could catch him.
Top Men
Other departmental leaders in-
Runs scored-Joe Jones, Michi-
gan, 18; Hits-Bob Klein, Ohio
State, 26; Total bases-Pat Rich-
ter, Wisconsin, 39; doubles-Rich-
ter and John Machado, Ohio State,
6; triples-Dick Honig, Michigan,
3; home runs-Joe Porrevecchio,
Michigan State, 5; sacrifices -
Dave Mason, Ohio State, 5; sto-
len bases-Tony Eichelberger, Il-
linois, 8, and RBIs-Porrevecchio,
Fight Liston
In Chicago
Heavyweight Champion Floyd
Patterson said today his title fight
against Sonny Liston will be held
in Chicago in mid-September "un-
less something comes up."
He said he was confident that
all arrangements would be made
without a hitch, to put the fight in
Chicago. Then, Patterson added
with a smile on his face:
"If it falls through I'll go to Lis-
ton's camp or he'll come to mine
and we'll fight it out.",
Patterson said that up until last
night the fight seemed set for De-

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