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October 30, 1959 - Image 6

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by Jim Benagh, Sports Editor

McRae Injures Finger


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What Price Glory?
GAIN THE WEAK AXE of the National Collegiate Athletic Asso-
ciation has fallen on some of its victory-building members.
And again the action will mean nothing other than a couple of
weeks disgrace or maybe a year's probation from a post-season Bowl
game for the .guilty parties-which included Wyoming, Mississippi,
Arizona State (Tempe) and Montana State this week.
It has become apparent over the years that the NCAA needs a
get-tough policy with its members that will make the guilty parties
think twice before doing anything wrong,
This is evident by the number of repeaters on the NCAA's proba-
tion list. This year, Arizona State and Montana State earned their
second listings of violations in six years. The Arizonians were given a
two-year probation and made ineligible for one year of NCAA events
back in 1953. But it was worthwhile: the athletes involved gave the
virtually-unknown'school a football record that enabled it to earn a
"12th best i the nation" ranking from press service ratings.
The folks at Tempe had a lean season last year and began to
recruit again. But they were caught for "violations in recruiting and
financial aid" to 10 boys. Thus, they must pay a one-year probation.
BUT PROBATIONS and weak penalties are soon forgotten. If it
works the same way as it has in the past, Arizona State will have
a good team and lots of nation-wide publicity in two or three years
on these violations .. . and the disappointments of the violations will
be drowned out by those victory cheers.
It's happened that way before. For instance, look at the high-
lights of the NCAA's "penalty" list in the last six years:
1953-Michigan State-Reprimanded and placed on proba-
tion for a period to coincide with probation imposed by the Big
Ten. With that famous "slush fund," the Spartans built up a foot-
ball reputation that has been paying off ever since.
1954-pniversity of Miami-Placed on probation for one
year and ruled ineligible for all NCAA and allied events during
1954-55. Yet, the Hurricanes strengthened their football for tunes
and still are one of the most attractive schools for prep stars who
are out shopping for a school.
1955-Cincinnati and Oklahoma-Placed on probation. Yet,
the former becomes one of the great basketball powers in the
country and the latter remains one of the country's truly great
football powers.
1956-Texas A&M, Auburn, Florida, UCLA, Washington,
California, Southern Cal and Ohio State-All receive probations
for football violations. But look at the football. ratings in the
nation since then. Freshmen who were recruited illegally then
are now juniors and seniors-and have boosted at least three of
those teams (Southern Cal, Washington and Auburn) into the
nation's top 20 this year and put two others (Ohio State. and
California) in the Rose Bowl since they were caught.
1957-Indiana-Coach Phil Dickens was suspended from Big
Ten competition for illegal recruiting . . . then came back the,
following year with those illegal athletes and gave the Hoosiers
their first good seson in over a decade. Some prominent polls
even called him the "Coach of the Year" in the Big Ten last
Nowncomes Mississippi, who meets Louisiana State tomorrow night
in a game that could mean the mythical national football champion-
ship ... and Wyoming, which came out of nowhere to be a Bowl
contender in the last two seasons, They are the caliber of teams that
produce what America designates "All American boys" and coaches
who "mold men."
But this is just case history, you say, and what can we do about it?
There are two things that are immediately needed. They are:
1) A system of penalties that will be costly financially.
2) More investigation by highly-qualified investigators.
The reasons for point one are obvious . . . and they work. In the
early fifties, Kentucky's scandal-ripped basketball team was sus-
pended from playing NCAA teams for a whole ,year. It hurt the Wild-
cats both in pride and finances. And although they are one of the
country's most aggressive basketball recruiters, they haven't been on
NCAA probation or suspension since.
THE SAME COULD BE DONE for top-ranked football teams such
as Auburn and Southern Cal. When you start depriving violators of
football receipts, they certainly will begin to clean house. It's a lot
tougher than taking these school's reputations away for a couple of
In'point two, it must be suggested that for every violator, about
10 guilty parties get away. It takes an outsider to catch the guilty in
this collegiate cops-and-robbers game. No one likes to "squeal" on
others-mainly because almost everyone is guilty.
For example, this writer has three signed cases on file that could
start an investigation on three of the Big Ten's 1959 prominent foot-
ball teams for recruiting high school athletes illegally. Yet none of
those teams has been o'n probation in the past few years. And these
cases aren't even half as bad as many Michigan athletes will tell you
(off the cuff) about some of the offers made to them illegally from
the South and Big Eight.
Since 1952, almost 40 schools have received NCAA "penalties"
and another dozen have been censured and reprimanded. Most of
these teams continue to dominate the American collegiate athletic
scene. Doesn't this show that it's time to get tough?

Michigan finished up its heavy
work for Wisconsin yesterday with
a routine practice as the Wolver-
ines concentrated on many facets
of football in preparation for to-
morrow's Homecoming encounter
with the ninth-ranked Badgers.
Coach Bump Elliott's c r e w
worked hard on their drills, how-
ever, and the high spirit which
has been in evidence all year was
apparent, especially when the
players had a signal drill in which
loud war cries were constantly
Elliott hoped that the campus
Homecoming spirit would help to
raise the morale of his squad even
higher for the tilt with the ex-
perienced Badgers.
Experienced Lineup
Wisconsin has an all-lettermen
starting lineup led by All-America
candidate Dale Hackbart whom
Michigan has heard plenty about.
"We know he's a real fine foot-
ball player," Elliott said, "and
we're not planning any special
tricks for him. Even if we were,
we wouldn't be talking about it."

Michigan can't counter with any
individual stars like Hackbart, but
does boast of strength in num-
bers. Elliott said that the Wolver-
ines plan to continue using the
three platoons which have proven
so successful in accounting for
both victories sandwiched around
the heartbreaking loss to North-
western, second-ranked team in
the nation.
Squads Ready Physically
Both squads appear to be in top
physical shape although on the
Michigan side of the ledger. soph-
omore speedster Bennie McRae
has another minor ailment which
might hamper his ball-handling
ability. He jammed a finger in
practice, but Elliott said he should
be okay by game-time.
Another speedy sophomore Is
still having back trouble and thus
John Haley will sit out another
contest, whereas Wilbert Frank-
lin, yet another fast back, has
sufficiently recovered fronmta leg
injury to. get the, "might play"
word from Elliott.
Punting Duel
An added feature to yesterday's
practice was the impromptu punt-
ing duel at the conclusion, when
Darrell Harper, already proven as
one of the, best in the -nation, and
Reid Bushong, were booming punt
after punt far down field. Bush-
ong's kicks prompted one of the
assistant coaches to comment on
the fact that he had never seen
him punt so well.
Les Etter, publicity director, said
that Wisconsin will arrive this
morning at 11:30 and work out at
2:30 in the Stadium. The Badgers
will stay at the Huron Hotel.


... matches Harper

Dodgers Rehire Alston;
Cubs Give Banks Raise



By The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES-Manager Wal-
ter Alston has signed a new one-
year contract to pilot the World
Champion Los Angeles Dodgers
and he gets a raise in pay.
Vice-President-General Manager
E. J. (Buzzie) Bavasi announced
the signing yesterday after a talk
with Alston at his home in Darr-
town, Ohio.
"Alston has accepted terms for
a one-year contract-and he was
awarded a nice =raise," Bavasi said.
"Wa usually wait until the major
league meetings (December) to
sign our managers but we have a'
coaching situation this year and,
of course, would want Alston to sit
in on the selection of a man to
replace Chuck Dressen."
Dressen- has signed to manage
the Milwaukee Braves next year.
CHICAGO-The Chicago Cubs
yesterday signed their star short-
stop, Ernie Banks, for 1960.
It was guessed his salary was
upped $10,000 to a near club rec-
ord $60,600.
Banks reportedly received a $45,-
000 base salary with a $5,000 bonus
this year when he hit 45 home
runs, drove across 143 runs and set
two major league fielding records.
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