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ATHLETIC DIRECTOR H. O. (FRITZ) CRISLER
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by Dave Good
H. O. (Fritz) Crisler and Marcus Plant, meeting with other Big
Ten adiinistrators in Chicago this week, find themselves in a
position like that of the Dutch boy who tried to plug up the hole
in the dyke until it got too big for him to handle by himself.
They're trying to get the conference to give final approval to
an across-the-board cut in financial aid to athletes.
It's refreshing, in these times when indictments of college ath-
letics are rife, to encounter old-fashioned idealists, like Crisler and
Plant, who have something more constructive to do than waggle
an admonishing finger at the situation.
For 22 years, since before the basketball fixes of the early '50s
and back in the days when they played college sports for fun
instead of profit, Crisler has been exercising his influence as Michi-
gan's athletic director to keep the professional influence out of the
college arena. For nearly a third of these 22 years, he has had
Plant as Michigan's faculty representative to the Big Ten and as
an ally in his philosophy about college athletics.
Together, as Michigan's voting representatives in the Big Ten
business meetings, the two have been trying to push across con-
servative legislation for conference dealings.
Sometimes, they have succeeded;
in getting the other Big Ten }
schools to accept the Michigan W
ideal of collegiate athletics; other
times, contrary to the gripings of
those who would have you believe
that Michigan "runs" the Big Ten,
they have failed.
As the latest project on their t r. ,
check list against- "overemphasis"
of college sports, Michigan's two
faculty men-Crisler in physical
education and Plant in law-will
be backing a move to reduce each
school's quota of athletic scholar-
Several years ago, administra-
tors cut the number from 100 to
80. Now the idea is to cut it once
more to 70, excluding hockey,
soccer, lacrosse and crew, and to P
place a further limit on football PROF. MARCUS PLANT
(maximum of 30) and basketball (five).
The proposed cut was approved tentatively in a special Oct. 1
meeting of the conference planners and awaits only final passage
sometime between today and Saturday.
Both Crisler and Plant, as well as Big Ten Commissioner Bill
Reed, have predicted that the plan will pass as is, with the possible
footnote that the limit on basketball tenders might be raised to
seven. What makes the proposal likely to pass is not, as Crisler puts
it, "a situation that doesn't correspond to my general philosophy,"
but instead a skyrocketing of costs underlying the athletic programs
in schools around the country.
It's gotten so expensive to recruit blue chip high school athletes
that Big Ten administrators are only too glad to make a cutback
that they think will save money without hurting their recruiting.
The way Plant looks at it, he's just as glad that his peers around
the conference are as pragmatic as they are.
"I really don't care why they vote the way they do, just as long
as they vote the way I think the vote should be cast," he says with
Even if the Big Ten passes the tender cut, however, Crisler and
Plant still will have more work to do before they're satisfied.
They still don't like the way the Big Ten handles its program
of financial aid to athletes. As it stands, any high school athlete
can receive a tender to a Big Ten school if tests show he has an
even chance of making a "C-minus" (1.7 grade point) average in
college. Crisler and Plant (and some 85 per cent of Michigan's other
faculty members) think the requirement for the rest of the Big
Ten should be raised to an even 2.0, as it is at Michigan now; they
also want to reinstate the "need factor," which the Big Ten dropped
in 1960-the same time it inaugurated the "predictable grade-point"
Actually, even this upgrading of standards would represent some-
thing of a compromise for Crisler, who admits readily that he is an
A former chairman and now an honorary lifetime member of
the Football Rules Committee, Crisler sums up his philosophy this
By LLOYD GRAFF
Jump down, spin around, take a
little jump shot, jump down, spin
around, dunk it through the rim.
This is the new theme song of
college athletics taking over from
well-worn Mr. Touchdown, as bas-
ketball struts into the limelight.
The George Ireland quintet from
Loyola of Chicago is currently
holding number one billing in the
national polls, but before the sea-
son is over several other teams
may have occupied this niche.
The Loyola team is defending
NCAA champion having beaten a
favored Cincinnati crew with a
spectacular comeback in the melo-
dramatic championship game.. But
fame is a fleeting thing and so is
eligibility. All-American Jerry
Harkness, has graduated, but the
rest of the starters remain.
Vic Rouse and Les Hunter, two
of the most rugged 6'6" rebound-
ers in the nation, are tigers around
the basket. Ron Miller, 6'2", has
moved from guard to forward
showing himself to be an outstand-
ing shooter. Johnny Egan, a pep-
pery guard, leads the team in its
run and shoot offense and aggres-
sive man to man defense.
Coach Ireland, no man for croc-
odile tears, has commented sev-
eral times that he thinks his team
is "better than last year" because
there is plenty of depth. Last year
the team had one reserve who
could keep up with the regulars,
Chuck Wood. Now he has four or
five solid replacements.
Ed Jucker's Cincinnati team
would seem to rate second place
if the pre-seasoneprognosticators
are correct. The Bearcats have lost
their leadership with the gradua-
tion of guards Tony Yates and
Tom Thacker, but the raw talent
remains. Ron Bonham, 6'5" for-
ward, is as fine a shooteras there
is in the nation. He has a dev-
astating long jumper and has
learned how to play defense and
rebound under Jucker.
Racks Up Points
At the other forward spot is
George Wilson, 6'8" senior, who
undoubtedly is one of the better
rebounders in the college ranks.
He is not a great outside shooter,
but he racks up his points under
the basket. Bonham and Wilson
might be called the basketball
counterparts of Mr. Outside and
Another challenger for the top
slot is Wichita. They will fight it
out with Cincinnati in the Mis-
souri Valley Conference, probably
the best college basketball league
Dave Stallworth is the big indi-
vidual star for the Shockers. The
67"" forward has the muscle and
the eye of a true All-American.
Nate Bowman, a 6'10" behemoth
at center, takes some of the pres-
sure off Stallworth. An indication
of just how good Wichita really is
will come when they play Ohio
State in ten days in Columbus
where the Buckeyes have a 49
game winning streak.
The aspiring power of°the East
seems to be NYU with marvelous
Barry Kramer. Kramer, a 6'4" for-
ward, is a complete basketball
player, not unlike Art Heyman of
Duke, last year's top college star.
Kramer may not score as many
points as last year because he
will have strong support.
Harold (Happy) Hairston plays
the other forward, as long as he is
eligible. Hairston is an excellent
shooter (23.3 point average last
year) with perhaps a slight ten-
dency to shoot too much. Ray Ben-
nett, 6'8", will play the pivot, a boy
that NYU Coach Lou Rossini is
very high on. Michigan plays NYU
in the first round of the Los An-
A Bill Buntin versus Bennett
battle and a Cazzie Russell against
Barry Kramer duel could show
what both teams are really made
Most observers see Duke as an-
other contender for national prom-
inence. Heyman is gone but Jeff
Mullins is back along with two
other starters. Mullins is a 6'4"
forward with strength, speed, and
a beautiful touch. He hit 54.9 per
cent of his shots last year. Jay
Buckley, a 6'10" center, is a rough
board man, and Buzzy Harrison is
a spunky guard. Michigan plays
Duke December 21, the day that
Arizona State is mentioned as
one of the top dribble and shoot
outfits in the country. Joe
well, a massive 6'8' cente
Art Becker, 6'5" forward,a
stars of the team. The Sun
have a beefed up schedule
will give a valid indication
how good a team they are.
Notre Dame is destined
strong this season with
Sahm, a 6'10" center, and
Sheffield leading the way
Irish are always hard to b
home but this season they1
tough away from home too
was some question about th
bility of several of its p
but early boxscores indicai
Cald- the marginal students survived
r, and exams.
are the Some potential darkhorses in-
-Devils lude our own Michigan team,
which Ohio State, San Francisco and
of just Davidson.
Davidson has four returning
to be starters including All-American
Walt candidate Fred Hetzel who led the
Larry Southern Conference in scoring
y. The last season. Davidson also has one
beat at of the best sophomores in the
will be country in Dick Snyder, who might
. There even battle Hetzel for scoring hon-
e eligi- ors. Look for this team to sneak
players, into the ratings and then wriggle
te that its way near the top.
Quits Under Pressure
ATHENS, Ga. (R) - Football
Coach Johnny Griffith resigned
yesterday after compiling a 10-
16-4 record during Georgia's three'
most turbulent years, and Auburn
freshman coach Vince Dooley was
named to succeed him.
Dooley's four-year contract was
approved unanimously by the Ath-
letic Board. He has been freshman
coach at Auburn for three years
and was a top backfield performer
for the Auburn Tigers.
Dooley became the second mem-'
ber of the Auburn staff to switch
to Georgia in recent days. Joel:
Eaves, Auburn basketball coach
became Georgia athletic director
The school president, Dr. O. C.
Aderhold, said Griffith was offer-
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. OP) -
Wake Forest announced yesterdayr
that Athletic Director Bill Gibson
and football coach Billy Hilder-
brand were being relieved of theirt
duties in a shakeup of the col-
lege's athletic department.1
Dr. Harold Tribble, president of
Wake Forest, said in a statement-
that Gibson and Hildebrand would
be offered positions in the col-
lege's development office.
Hildebrand served four years
as head football coach at Wake
Forest. His teams won only seven
games and lost 33. In 1962, Wake
Forest lost 10 straight games and
this past season the Deacons won
only once in 10 starts-beating
South Carolina 20-19 on Nov. 16 to
snap an 18-game losing streak.
ed a position in the physical edu-
cation department, but Griffith
said: "I just don't know what I'll
do. I have only had a few hours
to think it over."
He added: "I have done the best,
I could, and I and my staff will
walk out with our heads held
Only Tuesday night, about 200
Student and faculty tickets
can be obtained at the athletic
ticket office for coupons today
from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for to-
morrow night's game.
students hanged and burned effi-
gies of both Aderhold and Griffith,
with crudely lettered signs read-
ing "Coach Griffith" and "Do-
At a special meeting of the
Athletic Board yesterday, Griffith
handed his resignation to Geor-
gia's new athletic director, Joel
Eaves. He thus became the sec-'
ond Southeastern C on fe re n c e
coach to resign this week. Jim Mc-
Donald was replaced by Doug
Dickey as Tennessee coach Mon-
Griffith succeeded Georgia's
longtime coach, Wallace Butts,
three years ago and later testi-
fied for the Saturday Evening
Post during the trial of Butts' libel
suit against the publication.
(Box office opens Monday)
AUBURN'S DOOLEY HIRED:
Georgia Football Coach
AMERICAN LEAGUE EXCHANGE:
Indians Trade Kirkland
To Orioles for Smith
" NEWMAN CENTER
TONIGHT at 7:00
SOPHOMORE COFFEE HOUR
SAN DIEGO (MP)-The Cleve-v
land Indians, up to their eyeballs
in left-handed hitting outfielders,
and the Baltimore Orioles, look-
ing for power pulled a trade yes-
The Indians gave up outfielder
Willie Kirkland and got outfielder
Al Smith and about $25,000.
It was the third trade of the
winter baseball meetings. The In-
dians earlier acquired outfielder
Leon Wagner from the Los An-
geles Angels for pitcher Barry Lat-
man and a major league player to
be named later.
The Milwaukee Braves traded
catcher Del Crandall and pitchers
Bob Hendley and Bob Shaw to the
San Francisco Giants for outfield-
er Felipe Alou, catcher Ed Bailey,
pitcher Billy Hoeft and a minor
league player to be named later.
Said Cleveland Manager Birdie
"Smith gives us some right-
handed power, which we badly
needed. He's a versatile man and
could also play third base in an
Said Baltimore Manager Hank
"Kirkland is a good outfielder
-and he's got power."
After their first trade here, the
Indians had a half-dozen left-
handed hitting outfielders-Wag-
ner, Kirkland, Vic Davalillo, Tito
Francona, Al Luplow and rookie
BIG BILL BUNTIN-Michigan's 6'7" junior center shows his
rebounding form here in the varsity-freshman contest that en-
abled him to become the leading rebounder in the Big Ten and
eleventh in the nation last season. He was also 24th among the
nation's scorers. His presence on the Wolverine team makes
Michigan a darkhorse for national honors as the 1963-64 basket-
ball season rolls into full swing.
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this, but I'd just as soonsee col-
lege athletics conducted on the
proposition that competitors be
eligible only for general aid given
to other students-on the basis of
scholarship and need," he says.
"My idea is to have prospective
athletes-without recruiting pres-
sure-choose the school where
they would like- to get a degree,
and then have these people play
each other. But this idea is out-
moded today and doesn't have a
chance of acceptance. We live in
a competitive world. Recruiting
has become part of our way of life.
It's become consistent with our
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