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by Mike Block
No Game Yesterday
Compared to the assassination of the President of the United
States, the decision pertaining to the continuance or cancellation of
a football game is most insignificant. But the sequence of events
surrounding the status of the Michigan-Ohio State game here in
Ann Arbor and the Michigan State-Illinois game in East Lansing,
both of which were scheduled for yesterday afternoon, serves to
illustrate how close the athletic departments of major academic
institutions can come to reaching an unfortunate decision of a major
In spite of the earlier "definite" announcement issued jointly
by these four schools, those games were not played yesterday. The
reasons for this change are still hazy at this time, but it appears
that in their decision to go ahead with the games, the athletic
departments had gone over the heads of their superiors within
the universities. This decision was official at the time The Daily
went to press Friday night, but yesterday morning it was reversed.
It seems that originally Presidents Harlan Hatcher of Michigan
and John Hannah of Michigan State endorsed the athletic depart-
ments' decision to hold the games. But yesterday it turned out that
the Michigan Board of Regents had not been consulted on the matter,
and that it considered the playing of the Michigan game in bad taste
and called it off. Presumably similar occurrences took place at the
three other schools.
Romney's Plea .. .
Actually, all of this would have been avoided if the schools in-
volved had complied with Michigan Gov. George Romney, who im-
mediately after the assassination urged that the MSU game (and
consequently Michigan's also) not be played. But despite this plea,
and the fact that many other games around the country were quickly
cancelled or postponed, the two games were not called off.
Elsewhere in the Big Ten, the Minnesota-Wisconsin and In-
diana-Purdue games were called off right after the tragedy oc-
curred. Just as quickly, the Iowa-Notre Dame game was declared
to be played as scheduled, but was cancelled yesterday morning.
The MSU and Wisconsin games have been tentatively resched-
uled for Thanksgiving Day, while it looks like the game here will
be played next Saturday.
In order to reschedule the games, it would be necessary to waive
the Big Ten rule which states that no football game can be played
after the Saturday before the last Thursday-in November, i.e., yes-
terday. However, this should not prove to be a real hindrance in an
unprecedented situation such as this, especially as concerns the
MSU-Illinois battle, which was to decide the conference championship
and its representative in the Rose Bowl.
Correct Decision . .
The final decision not to stage the Michigan game or any other
should be applauded. On the day after this death in everyone'sf
family, it is inconceivable to me that one could even think about1
playing.football, financial commitments and "What President Ken- I
nedy would have wanted" notwithstanding. As a tribute to the mem-I
ory of the most important man in the United States, human decencyt
requires that all forms of entertainment be suspended for at leastr
a short period following his death.
Look at it another way: If you had gone to a football game yes-
terday, would you have cheered or felt like cheering? Or if you
were a football player, could you have given 100 per cent ofL
yourself toward winning the game? I don't think so. Instead, theL
game would have been a spiritless, apathetic affair.a
All in all, the decision to hold the game despite the tragedy was g
an unwise one, but fortunately the opposite viewpoint prevailed. '
Possibly it did not occur to the athletic departments concerned that
the reaction to the President's death would be so great; in any case, s
I'm sure that they made their move in all good conscience and wereu
not guided by financial considerations alone.
Nevertheless, I can only express some grim sort of relief thatp
there was no game yesterday. w



'M' Faces OSU Saturday


(Continued from Page 1)
Hatcher of Michigan and Novice
G. Fawcett of Ohio State pulled
an abrupt switch from the original
procedure announced Friday night.
At 9:30 a.m. yesterday the Uni-
versity announced that "in solemn,
recognition of the great national
tragedy today's game between the
University of Michigan and Ohio
State University will not be play-
This came in direct contradic-
tion to Friday night's directive
which verified that the game
would be on as scheduled.
The announcement from the
athletic department at that time
read :
"After careful deliberation and
conference with our sister insti-
tutions, Michigan State, Ohio
State and Illinois, we have decided
to proceed with our respective
football games Saturday.
"We feel that it is in the best
national interest and tradition to
carry on, feeling that in so doing
we are carrying out the wishes of
our late President, whose deep in-
terest and concern for the physi-
cal training and welfare of our
youth is so widely known. These:
games will be played both at East
Lansing and Ann Arbor with ap-
propriate halftime ceremonies
paying tribute to the memory of!
President Kennedy."
The confusion that resulted
from the policy change spread
all over lower Michigan. Both De-

troit dailies yesterday morning
joined The Daily in announcing
Friday night's decision, which was
reversed by the time they reached
most readers.
Ohio State fans who had called
long-distance Friday night to
check on the game were turned
back yesterday morning when they
learned of the switch. Ohio State
bandsmen and players all had to
leave Ann Arbor yesterday after--
noon without getting to perform.
In rescheduling the game, Cris-
ler and Larkin virtually ignored a
Big Ten ruling about the length
of the season, as did the admine- }
istrators inf all other Big Ten post-
ponements. :{
The rule stipulates expressly
that the season must end on the
Saturday before the last Thursday
of November, which was yesterday.
Crisler said Friday he antici-
pated no difficulties in getting the
Big Ten to approve the games re-IH. 0. (FRITZ) CRISLER
scheduled. .. . sets game date
Reset for Thursday


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Halt Sports
Activity in

By The Associated Press
Sports activity throughout the
distraught nation was at a virtual
standstill yesterday as the sad-
dened citizens, still in a state of
shock, mourned the death of
President Kennedy.
Nearly all of yesterday's college
football games, the entire Sunday
American Football League sched-
ule, the weekend American Soccer
League games, National Basket-
ball games, thoroughbred and har-
ness racing, golf, baseball, track
m~eets and other sports were either
postponed or canceled altogether.
Some Play
Only the National Football
League, the National Hockey'
League, several NBA teams, about
a dozen college football teams and
one major race track decided to
go through with weekend sports
as scheduled.
All scheduled televised weekend
ports were canceled by the net-
All Big Ten, Big Six and Ivy
League football games were post-
poned or cancelled. Also put off!
was the Notre Dame-Iowa game.
The National Collegiate Ath-
etic Association left it to the col-
eges involved to do as they saw
lt. Only the Southeastern Con-
ference offered. a complete sched-
ale. Most other schools canceled
r postponed their games.
Among the major games post-i
oned were Rice at Texas Chris-
ian, Penn State at Pitt, North!
.arolina at Duke, Air Force at
Colorado, Washington State at
Washington, California at Stan-
ord, UCL Aat Southern Califor-
aia, Missouri at Kansas, Kansas
tate at Oklahoma State, Oregon
tate at Oregon, Clemson at South
Carolina and Iowa State at Drake.

thousands of would-be spectators
poured into town here yesterday
morning Michigan StatehUniver-
sity officials postponed the MSU-
Illinois Big Ten championship
football game to Thanksgiving
The announcement came a
mere 2172 hours before gametime
and revised an early Friday deci-
sion that the game would go on.
The first statement that the title
Wains Orange:
Bowl Trip
By The Associated Press
Although most football stadiums
were quiet yesterday, one of the
few games played decided an
Orange Bowl berth.
Tenth-ranked Nebraska won the
spot and its first Big Eight Con-
ference championship in 23 years1
by trimming sixth-ranked Okla-1
homa 29-20 yesterday. The Corn-
huskers ended the season with a1
9-1 record, blemished only by a
loss to the Air Force.t
Tennessee's strong running at-
tack set up all three touchdown
passes in providing the margin fort
a 19-0 victory over Kentucky in
a Southeastern Conference game
yesterday. The Volunteers domi-
nated the entire game, notgivingt
the Wildcats a chance to even gett
an attack started.t
Louisiana State 20, Tulane 0
Auburn 21, Florida State 15
Utah 25, Utah State 23
Tennessee 19, Kentucky 0
Arkansas 27, Texas Tech 20
Nebraska 29, Oklahoma 20
Brigham Young 24, Colorado State 20
Vanderbilt 31, Geo. Washington 0
Washington & Lee 27, Davidson 14

battle would be played was the re-
sult of a four-way conference be-
tween officials of MSU, Illinois,
Ohio State, and Michigan follow-
ing the death of President John
Kennedythat afternoon.
Clarence (Biggie) Munn, Spar-
tan athletic director, commented
that "I personally feel sorry for
the many, many fans who made
long trips to East Lansing for the
game, but with the development
of the various situations, nothing
else could be done." When Michi-
gan State President John A. Han-
nah made the announcement that
the game had been postponed he
made no further comment as to
the circumstances that led to the
sudden reversal.
Play Thursday
The game originally scheduled
for today was switched to 1:30
p.m. Thursday at Spartan Sta-
dium. Winner in the final game
for both teams will determine the
1963 conference champ and prob-
able Big Ten representative torthe
Rose Bowl on New Year's Day. A
tie will give Michigan State the
MSU Coach Duffy Daugherty
scheduled an afternoon practice
yesterday, remarking "There was
a certain feeling of frustration on
the squad and naturally this post-
ponement takes the edge off a
peak to which both teams have
been building. We'll have to start
all over again the next few days
to rebuild that edge."
Proper Thing
"I think almost everybody on
the squad felt the postponement
was the right thing to do," added
Illinois mentor Pete Elliott. "These
boys all understood it and felt
that in the face of this terrible,
unbelievable thing that football at
the moment had no proper place
in the national condition."

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By The Associated Press
The status of the Nov. 30 Army-
Navy football game remained in
doubt yesterday, awaiting a final
decision from Washington by the
Defense Department and the
Army and Navy following the as-
sassination of President Kennedy.
"It is a matter of coordination
between ,the institutions and the
Army, Navy and Defense Depart-
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