THE 11IGA AILY FRIDAY,APRIL 2, l0f
WOLAMOT SOCETY Benedict Hopes for Better Start in Opener
losing a closing-day doubleheader
to Wisconsin at Madison.
Bounced from Lead
This double loss dropped Michi-
gan from first place to second be-
hind Illinois, which finished its.
schedule with two losses. Thus if
Michigan had managed to push
over two runs in that opening
game with Illinois, the Wolverines
would have won the Big Ten title.
But Benedict has an advantage
in this game that former Coach
Don Lund didn't have last season.
Benedict still has Fritz Fisher and
Illinois Coach Lee Eilbracht has
lost Tom Fletcher.
These two pitchers engaged in
the 1-0 duel last year. Illinois
scored an unearned run in the
first inning to win the game.
Fisher gave up four hits and
Fletcher allowed six in the tight
Fisher Holds Out
After the season ended, Fisher
signed a professional contract with
the Detroit Tigers. Fisher rejected
offers from about a dozen major
Fast Ball League
league teams to pitch for Michigan
in his senior year.
Besides Fletcher, Illinois lost its
next three top pitchers. So this
afternoon Pat Holland, who pitch-
ed only seven innings all last sea-
son, will be on the mound for the
Holland has only an 0-1 record
and his earned run average is
3.78. Illinois has had at least fair
pitching thus fare-in the season but
the team batting average is only
The Illini won two games last
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Saturday from St. Louis to up
their season record to 5-7. Mich-
igan now has a 6-4 record before
entering Big Ten play.
"Illinois isn't quite as good as it
was last season," said Benedict.
"But they can come up with the
good game and beat you on any
Purdue also poses a threat to
the Wolverines' title hopes. Bene-
dict said that the Boilermakers
have improved from last season
when they posted a 14-14-1 sea-
son mark. "They're riding high
and ready to take a nip at us,"
Two Veterans Back
The best two returning Boiler-
makers are outfielder Dave Mc-
Kenzie and infielder Mel Garland;
the all - conference basketball
guard. Both McKenzie and Gar-
land hit over .260 last season.
The nucleus of a pitching staff
returns with Larry Vanderwielen,
Joe Caggiano, Allan Rezabeck and
Creighton Burns. Caggiano had
the best record of the four, a 3-1
mark, last season.
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By PERRY HOOD
It was generally conceded last
fall that Bump Elliott was going
to have a gap to fill after the
graduation of senior halfback Dave
In fact, pessimism for the back-
field's hopes seemed to be the
word for the day, until spring
practice that is. But then Elliott
moved Bob Timberlake to quarter-
back, and there was even a bigger
So it became apparent that the
freshmen might have a chance to
show their form, which turned out
to be true. Although they may not
be starters, John Rowser, Dorie
Reid, and Rick Sygar have come
into the coach's eye.
Rowser Too Light
Rowser is a 6', 173-lb. speedy
left halfback from Eastern High
in Detroit. He is already known'
here for his excellent guard play
on the freshman basketball team.
Rowser stayed in shape through-
out the basketball Beason but still
emphasizes the problem which he
faces now. He. wished to gain
weight but sweated it off as fast
as he gained.,
Big Ten ball is much different
On Grid '.Fix'
MIAMI, Fla. (P)-The NCAA's
18-man policy-directing , cduncil
began a three-day spring meeting
yesterday but carefully avoided
any comment on the %eorgia-Ala-
bama football situatioh.
The NCAA's committee on in-
fractions has been asked to report.
on the alleged telephone conver-
sation between former athletic di-,
rector Wallace Butts of Georgia.
and head football coach Paul
(Bear) Bryant of Alabama.
Both have filed multi-million
dollar libel suits following publi-
cation of stories about the alleged
Walter Byers, executive direc-
tor of the. NCAA, declined com-
ment except to point out that the
ethics committee can investigate
actions of individuals and institu-
tions and penalties are provided
in NCAA bylaws.
The NCAA said earlier that it
was receiving reports on the
Butts-Bryant matter but a spokes-
man said it is too early for any
action to be taken. - A press con-
ference is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.
The council also will hear re-
ports of srecial committees on ac-
celerated a c a d e m i c programs,
long-range planning and profes-
sional baseball, and will review
interpretation of NCAA legisla-
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than high school, and the differ-
ence is felt especially by the slim
"The plays are somewhat differ-
ent than what we had in high
school. The guys are tops, and hit
hard. The practices are longer.
Dames To Duff
The annual all-campus wom-
en's golf tournament will be
held' Sunday at the University
golf course. Starting times for
the nine-hole outing are from
2:36 p.m. to 3:08 p.m. There is
no charge and women can sign
up any time. The five highest
scorers win the right to play at
the University course all spring
free of charge.
The coaches' are really nice,
though. I just want to get my
weight up to about 185, and pick
up a little more power."
Sygar comes from Niles, Ohio,
a school which has turned out
four Michigan football players in.
the last three years. He's presently
playing with the principally first-
string Blue team, although of lim-
ited experience and light weight
(180 lbs.). Sygar is basically in-
terested in developing "more fi-
nesse" in his play.
Dick Rindfuss, also from Niles,
is' playing in the opposite half-
back slot. Sygar says, "I don't
worry about my weight or height."
When asked how great the com-
petition fOr positions was, he just
laughed and said "very great."
Reid has been nursing a leg in-
jury lately and hasn't played up
to his capacity, but there is much
hope for his recovery and improve-
Apparently the optimism around
the edges isn't exactly the word
from the heart of the matter-El-
liott. His general opinion is that
"they're good backs, but they've
got a lot to learn. They're hitting
more. With time they'll improve.
They have good speed, but we
It's hard enough to press a
coach this early, but he did man-
age to say, "I am pleased with
their work. They'll get better."
So the jside-line quarterbacks
will just have to watch and wait.
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