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Seventy-Three Years of Editorial Freedom

LXXIV, No. 1



Ile Thin ian
by Dave Good
The Laugh's on Us
Laughter is the best medicine when things happen to make Mich-
igan football what it was last year. The backfield was slow, the line
thin and the schedule traditional, and the result was a 1-6 conference
record, the worst since 1936 when the Wolverines went winless in the
S ig Ten.
Head Coach Bump Elliott wasn't laughing about it, really, but he
did manage to smile right until the bitter end. He watched his team
finish last and never complained that he deserved a better fate, which
he did. In Elliott's first three years here, he had improved his season
record ,a notch at a time, finishing at 4-5, 5-4 and 6-3. But last year
a combination of bad luck and Michigan's scholastic standards caught
up with him, costing the services of half a dozen players and con-
tributing toward a letdown which saw the team collapse to an over-
all record of 2-7.
"I honestly feel we had recruited enough players to have insured
a successful season this year," Elliott said last fall. "We just aren't
a strong team physically and we haven't much depth.
The story of what happened to Elliott's plans began two sum-
mers ago when the Detroit Tigers lured big Bill Freehan off the
Michigan campus with a bonus offer of $100,000, the highest in the
club's history. Not only did baseball Coach Don Lund lose a catcher
;who had led Big Ten hitters with a .585 batting average as a sopho-
more; Elliott lost a 6'3", 210-pound end who would have started for
him in 1961 and 1962.
Following Freehan's departure were two freak summertime
accidents which took the lives of two promising sophomores-to-
be, Phil Garrison and Joe Sligay. Garrison, a 230-pound tackle
from Wyandotte, caused more excitement in freshman drills than
any other interior lineman in years, drawing a reputation as one
of the fastest, most agile big men among the conference's fresh-
man prospects. He died in an auto accident, however, before play-
ing a minute of varsity ball. Sligay never got to play either. A
small but aggressive center from Dearborn, he was electrocuted
when struck by lightning at Camp Dearborn.
The 1961 version of Elliott's team had enough depth to play over
these losses and earn for one brief week the number-two ranking in
the UPI's national poll, but last year's squad had a few other prob-
lems, besides. To begin with, the team suffered heavy graduation
oses, including Bennie McRae, Bill Tunnicliff, Jon Schopf, Lee Hall,
Gorge Mans, Scott Maentz and Todd Grant.
l Then, between the closing of spring drills and the beginning of
fall practice, Elliott lost three more men, just as he had the summer
before. This time, however, all three were ends and all three were
victims of scholastic ineligibility. Two of them, Doug Bickle and Bruce
McLenna, dropped entirely out of school after finishing promising
seasons as sophomores.
One of the best placekickers in the Big Ten, Bickle was almost a
sure bet for a starting spot last fall. McLenna had just been converted
to end after spending a season as the talest (6'3") halfback in the
conference, where he 'had shown good ability in spite of what a na-
tional television audience may have thought after watching him fall on
~ 1his posterior while trying to head off Ohio State's Paul Warfield on a
touchdown run.'
The other casualty was John Henderson, who as a freshman was
Impressive enough to be called by some observers the best Michigan
offensive end prospect since Ron Kramer. Henderson, a 8'3" Dayton,
Ohio, product, was still awaiting word on his status as a junior this
season as final exams ended in June.
'A ig, Dif ference ..
"I honestly think these six boys would have added up to greater
strength for our team, although it's just conjecture as to how much
greater," Elliott pointed out. "We'd have had more depth, especially at
end, and we wouldn't have had to switch so many men around and
weaken ourselves at other positions. When you lose boys like Free-
han and Bickle, for instance, you just know that's going to make a big
It was no use wishing for what wasn't available, though, so El-
liott and his staff forced themselves to put on their toothiest grins
and go to work, trying to salvage some kind of respectability out of a
team that most everybody guessed would be too small and too green
to be respectable.
Here, then, is a resume of how Elliott and his Merry Men pro-
ceeded through nine games, seven of them so gruesome that onei is
left to wonder how they managed to win the other two.
NEBRASKA 25, MICHIGAN 13. This game provided a gentle
awakening to those who still thought the Champions of the West
couldn't be bad enough to lose to a non-conference opponent. Favored
by two touchdowns despite the fact that the Huskers had won their
first game, 53-0, the Wolverines stayed in the game until late in the
fourth quarter, when they were broken by the Man Who Wasn't
There-or wasn't supposed to be. Nebraska fullback Bill (Thunder)
Thornton played over a back injury to score one touchdown in the
second quarter and do an encore in the fourth.
The two Wolverines who most adamantly refused to smile
were fullback Mel Anthony, who lost his starting position to a
sprained ankle in practice the weekend before, and tackle John
J Houtman, who became the first knee-injury victim of the regular

season and had to call it quits.
See THE THIN MAN, Page 9

Gridders Aim

To Rise from Basement
Elliott Encouraged with Sophomore Squad
. But Points Out Lack of Breakaway Back
. a

VIEW FROM THE .GOAL POST-Bob Timberlake splits the uprights in a "blue" (first string)-
"white" spring football scrimmage last May at Michigan Stadium. Holding the line for the "blues"
are this year's captain-elect Joe O'Donnell (69), Dick Shupe (83), Ben Farabee (80) and company;
while leading the charge for the "white" eleven are Don Baty (70), Dave Butler (62), Brian Patchen
(51) and Wayne Sparkman (33).

Students Pay x$12
For Football Pass


The day is past when one of
the chief advantages of going to
Michigan was the free football
Starting this season the Board
in Control of Intercollegiate Ath-
letics will be selling season re-
served seat tickets at $12 a head
to Michigan students interested in
watching football in person.
Grid Tablods
The Michigan Daily sports staff
will again this year put together a
football tabloid before all home
Last year was the initial trial
for this unique idea in college
sports writing. The tabloid stress-
es background and lineup for that
week's game but it will also in-
clude information about football
on the Big Ten and throughout the
country in general as well as stor-
ies on other Michigan varsity and
club sports.
The tabloid is included at no ex-
tra cost in the regular Daily sub-
scription but will also be available,
to those unfortunates who don't
subscribe to The Daily, for a dime
at the Stadium.
While losing money last year on
the tabloid The Daily decided to
continue this service to the Wol-
verine football fan in the belief
that the tabloid fills a real need at
the Stadium for a cheap-in-price
but rich-in-information source.
This year The Daily's contribut-
ing editor, Bob Zwinck, will devote
his full time and energies to see-
ing that The Daily's football tab-
loid contains the best football in-
formation available in Ann Arbor.
"We're putting out a tabloid for
the person who wants his Michi-
gan football news up-to-date, fac-
tual and interesting. The tabloid
will not be a lasting souvenir of
the game but it will contain the
best and most for those who want
to know about today's game to-
day," promised Zwinck.

Besides reserving one of the
101,101 seats in Michigan Stadium
for the purchaser,. the $12, which
will take the material form of a
student athletic card, will give the
holder priority at student section
seats in 9000 seat Yost Field House
for basketball games.
Buys New Athletic Plant
The $12 fees will be used by the
Board to finance new physical
education facilities with a 12,000-
15,000 seat basketball arena hav-
ing a first crack at the money.
Other projects listed by the Board
for futureaction arenewrintra-
mural facilities, a hockey rink to
replace the present Coliseum, and
physical education facilities for
North Campus.
Funds for this new building
wave will not come from student
subscription only. The Board is
planning to tap other sources. The
Board has set no date for starting
construction, although the pro-
posed arena is well through the
planning stage. Actual building
will start as soon as the Board has
amassed enough of a bankroll to
satisfy the financing of the con-
The reason given by Athletic
Director H. O. 'Fritz) Crisler for
charging students for admission
to football games is the skyrocket-
ing cost of maintaining the pres-
ent 'level of athletic activity at
Michigan which do not allow for
any building.
Must Keep Pace
"Michigan has long prided itself
in providing fine physical facilities
for all types of athletic endeavors.
In order to maintain this position
of eminence, we must constantly
improve and expand these facili-
ties. Our present plant has been
developed through the years from
athletic department revenues at
no cost to the taxpayers of the
state," Crisler said.
"In a very recent survey of 18
educational institutions, 11 of the
18 required student purchase of
coupon books for admission priv-
ileges," he added.

'M ' Takl es
Ti tle .Again
Despite the fact that it won no
spring sports titles this year,
Michigan. repeated as the unoffi-
cial all-sports champion of the
Big Ten with Wisconsin second
and Minnesota third.
Iowa was fourth and Michigan
State fifth, rounding out the first
The Wolverines totaled 83 points
in 11 varsity sports to edge the
Badgers, who scored 82/2 in 12
sports, and the Gophers, who fin-
ished with 81 in 12 sports
The basis is a 10-9-8-etc. scor-
ing system from first place n
down in the 13 varsity sports, al-
though Michigan State is the only
Big Ten school which competes in
all 13.
According to the "quality point
system," which takes into account
the number of sports participated
in, Michigan had a wider edge,
.754 to .688, over Wisconsin.
The Wolverines, who did not
officially enter fencing or cross
country competition, won outright
championships in. wrestling and
gymnastics and tied Iowa for the
indoor track title. The only sports
in which Michigan finished out
of the first division were football
and baseball.

Bump Elliott promises nothing
more for this fall's football team
than that there will be one.
After witnessing last year's ef-
forts at Michigan Stadium when
the once all-conquering Wolver-
ines fell to a 1-6 Big Ten record
and a 2-7 over-all mark and 10th
place in the Big Ten, followers of
Michigan football should not ex-
pect much more.
'All that is to be hoped is that.
the bottom has been reached and
that this year's team will be the
start of an upswing in Wolverine
gridiron history.
Gone from this year's eleven
are such well known names as.
Dave Raimey at right half, Dave
Glinka at quarterback, John
Minko at guard and last year's'
captain, Bob Brown at end.
Raimey will leave the hardest hole
to fill, that of a breakaway threat.
The returning halfbacks, with
the exception of Dennis Jones,
are short of speed. They include
Harvey Chapman, Bill Dodd and
Dick Rindfuss.
But Elliott._ is -getting in return
a sophomore crop which, although
it does not at the moment seem
to possess a player of Raimey's
caliber, at least seems able to fill
up last year's shallow bench.
"We still lack a breakaway run-
ner," admits Elliott, "although we.
do have some young backs with
promise" The .most outstanding
of these young backs, are John
Rowser and Rick Sygar. Both. men'
finished up last spring's football
drills on the first team.
Rowser stands 6' and weighs
in at 175 pounds while Sygar is
an almost identical 5'l", 176
pounds. Both men possess good
speed and an ability to move the
ball when an opportunity is pre-
sented. Rowser also has a good
shot at a guard position on Dave
Strack's basketball team this
Done Reid of Ferndale is prob-
ably the fastest of the incoming
sophomore halfbacks (:09.8 in the
100) but has yet to prove that
he can stand up under the pum-
meling of Big Ten football. Other
new halfbacks who displayed var-
ious degrees of ability last spring
are Jim Scharl, Dick Wells and
Tom Brigstock.
Strong Point
Fullback, which used to be a
problem for Elliott; has turned
into one of the more promising.
positions. In fact the breakaway
threat, which Elliott so longingly
yearns for, may come from her

by 'MikĀ£

B ltock

in the person of Mel Anthony
rather than from either of the.
halfbacks. Anthony, a 200 pound
junior from Cincinnati, consistent-
ly made good gains on the much
used counter-play in the spring-
something which was lacking in
the fall when Anthony was slowed
by an ankle injury.
Besides Anthony, sophomores
Charles Dehlin and Bob Quist add
plenty of power to the -fullback
position. Returning are veterans
Wayne Sparkman and Roger
A Rose Is ...
At the start of last fall a stand-
ard comment about: the team was,
"Elliott has five quarterbacks
capable of starting anywhere in
the Big Ten." But things did not
prove quite this rosy. None of the
five quarterbacks, although they
all gave capable performances, was
ever able to move the team con-
sistently well.
This year Bob Timberlake seems
fairly well set at the starting posi-
tion. Timberlake who was shifted-
between" half and quarter all sea-

Wolverines Nearly Shut Out
In NCAA Spring Tourneys

son last fall seems finally set at
the place where so many predicted
stardom for him.
Still There
Timberlake cannot rest easy,
however, as again Elliott has a
large crop of capable signal callers.
Bob Chandler, Tom Prichard, Jack
Clancy and Frosty Evashevski will
probably all see action next fall.
In the line is where the greater
depth of this year's team over last
shows up. "We just weren't phy-
sically strong last year," says line
coach Bob HIollway in explaining
the poor showing of his charges.
This year with the addition of a
few sophomores the beefing up
of some of the veterans and some
changes in positioning Hollway
hopes that his boys will be the
shovers instead of the shoved.
The incoming sophomore line-
men who are expected to start are
Tom Cecchini at center and Bill
Yearby at tackle.
Captain Joe O)'Donnell ha~s been
switched from the.tackle spot he
See ENDS, Page 4

New Sophomores Boost Cage Hopes

Michigan went exactly nowherev
in the spring NCAA competition
this month.
Besides being eliminated in the
District IV baseball regionals to
lose all chance of defending their
NCAA and World titles, the Wol-
verines failed to distinguish them-
selves in the other three sports.
Michigan sent no one to com-
pete in the golf or track compe-
tition, and Coach Bill Murphy's
tennis team could send only one
man - senior Ray Senkowski -
as far as the fourth round.
Senkowski, who prepped under
the famed Hoxies of Hamtramck,
was a runner-up in the NCAA
singles tourney as a sophomore.
This time he advanced to the
"round of 16" before being elimin-
ated by Butch Newman of Trinity
(Texas) College.
This was the main impetus to-
ward earning Michigan six points,
which did place the team in a tie
for seventh nationally.
Murphy's other entrants didn't
do so well, however, in the Prince-
ton, N. J., tournament. Junior cap-
tain Harry Fauquier was ousted
in the first round by Dennis Ral-
ston, who led Southern California
to its second straight team cham-
Then Hal Lowe went in the first
round and Brian Flood in the sec-
ond. The doubles team of Fau-
quier-Senkowski bowed out in the
After taking the measure of
Reissen, 9-7, 2-6, 6-2, 6-1, Ralston
joined the United States' Wimble-
i Y 'a - f r m- - l.i -i .i Tr ..

nament held in Wichita, beating
Jack Lotz of San Jose State.
Arizona outlasted Missouri for
the NCAA baseball eliminations
and walked off with the team ti-
tle to succeed Michigan in that de-
Sports Staff
Wants You
"The Daily sports staff needs
new blood," Dave (The Bat) Good,
sportseditor for the year, an-
nounced gravely.
"The white blood cell count of
the group we gotr last fall has
jumped way up," he lisped through
his three-inch canine teeth. "The
way I work them over they just
don't seem to last.
"I guess it's time to put out the
usual line about how anyone in-
terested in getting on the inside
of Michigan sports, taking exciting
trips to far off Big Ten campuses,
looking for a good excuse to get
away from his roommate or after
a chance to work on one of the
top college newspapers in the
country should volunteer his ser-
vices at the Student Publications
Lightly leaping away from a
probing ray of.the Sun, Good con-
tinued by saying, "You might even
add that any poor souls lost in the
c- of fa.ti- f.r.PC wilm iin e a

To Judge a Gymast
It has been argued, and with some merit, that the sport of gym-
nastics" suffers because of its scoring 'system. In most other sports
scoring occurs when some clearly defined action has taken place-
when a man steps on home plate in baseball or crosses the goal line
in football, for example. But in gymnastics, the scoring of points de-
pends solely upon the arbitration of four judges, whose opinions of
excellence are all too often widely divergent.
The reason for the lack of a more reliable system for scoring
gymnastics events lies in the very nature of the sport itself. Unlike the
majority of athletic contests, the opponents in a gym meet don't
compete with each other directly in face-to-face combat, but take turns
in displaying their "abilities. If gymnastics is compared with the so-
called "team" sports like baseball, football, basketball, and hockey,
where the entire squad must work together to defeat the combined
,0'forts of the opposing players, the difference is obvious. But gym
is also quite a bit different from other "individual" sports, such as
tennis, swimming, wrestling, and many track and field events-here,
although the whole team isn't cooperating as a unit, an individual
from each team is put into direct conflict with one of his opponents.
When one man aces a serve, scores a pin, or wins a race, the other
must necessarily suffer.
Thirdly, in a sport like golf or a track event like the shot put
or pole vault, two individuals aren't directly confronting one an-
other, so that one man's good isn't automatically another's harm.
If one golfer breaks par by three it is still humanly possible for the
other to break it by four; or if one pole vaulter Jumps 17', this
doesn't exclude the next from making it 17'i4". $ut even without
this direct confrontation, these sports still have the advantage that
their scoring is done in prescribed units, e.g., the stroke or the
quarter inch.
No such advantage exists in a final class of sports which includes
diving, figure skating, and the dog show, as well as gymnastics. In
these, to quote an old proverb, the decision of the judges is final, and
the grounds on which the decision is based are often somewhat hazy.
The spectator can't just look at the teams' performances and deter-
mine who the winner is as he can when a goal is scored or a race won.
Instead, he must wait for the judges' verdict, of which he may heart-
ily disapprove in some cases.
Loose outline ...
Now in gymnastics in particular, the scoring really isn't that arbi-
trary.-For each event, there is generally a prescribed number of
points to be deducted for a major "break," or fault in a routine, or to
be accredited for a particularly difficult feat. So, for instance, if a
man hits his leg on the sidehorse in the middle of his routine, he may
automatically lose five points (out of a perfect 100), but if another
includes a perfectly executed double backflip in his tumbling routine,
he will easily outscore an opponent without the double, no matter how
well the latter executes his performance.
But even with a general outline of this kind to guide the
judge, gymnastics scoring is often quite erratic. Even at the
NCAA Championships at Pittsburgh last March, where supposedly
the best Judges in the country were presiding, four of them render-
ed a 48, 54, 60, and 78, respectively, for the same performance, and
it was not at all uncommon for the scores on a routine to lie in a
range as wide as ten points. Gymnastics. scoring rules provide for
this kind of divergence by discarding the outer two evaluations and
averaging the middle two; this method at least prevents an ex-
treme score from counting for or against the gymnast.
While this procedure is better than taking the average of all
four of the judges' estimations, it is by no. means a very good one. If
a man's scores are 70, 71, 79, and 80, his final tally is 75, which is the
average of all his scores as well as of the middle two. But 75 is not a
good statistical representation of his raw scores-it seems thaf two
of the judges considered his performance to be in the 70 area, while
the other two placed it around 80, and one or the other of these two
extremes ought to be decided on. It could very well have been that the
"70" judges saw a fault that their two colleagues didn't.
The system is also unjust in that a gymnast with scores of 72, 73,
75, and 81 gets the same overall mark as his opponent who racks up
a 65, 73, 75, and 76. By a casual glance of the scoring, and most
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Michigan basketball fans are
hoping that last year's shower of
success will turn into a torrent
of victories this season..
Optimism pervades the campus
concerning the Wolverine cagers
after last season's surprising show-
in;; and the potential talent this
i year's sophomores have shown.
The confidence is contagious.
LEven cautious Coach Dave track
expresses it: "With seven letter-
men returning including Bill Bun-
tin, who was all-conference as a
sophomore, we feel we have a

pointing toward an even more
outstanding performance '.his year
with Buntin having a year of var-
sity experience.
Buntin won't have to go it alone
on the court. He has a supporting
cast which could really make it
Three little guards, Captain Bob
Cantrell, Doug Eerner and Tom
Ludwig return. Cantrell, a fiery
team leader, showed himself to be
a standout defensive player last
year, holding Jimmy Rayl of In-
diana and Bill Small of Illinois

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