Wednesday, October 27, 1971
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
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that Yost built
T HOSE WHO HOLD myths dear should avoid a new book
about Michigan athletics, Fielding Yost's Legacy. They will
only be disappointed.
However, those who would really like to know how all
those buildings on Ferry Field got there and how the Wol-
verines became the "Champions of the West" will enjoy John
Behee's work. For despite the implications of the title Behee's
book deals objectively with Yost as a pioneer in intercollegiate
athletics. Though it is obvious that the author admires Yost,
he finds it impossible to hide all of the man's shortcomings
and failures. Like all successful men Yost had many faults and
although the account of his legacy tries to gloss them over,
they are reported.
By reading the book one finds out that Yost did not
have the great creative genius he is remembered for. Most
of the ideas he implemented in the Michigan athletic de-
partment were stolen. Many of the practices he instituted
were already common practice at other universities. For in-
stance, Michigan Stadium was not built because Yost could
forsee the large growth of the university. It was built be-
cause Ohio State and Illinois constructed new stadia and
Yost didn't want to be outdone.
The one true chance Yost had to make a genuine contri-
bution was ignored. Yost was a West Virginian and was never
able to overcome his racial prejudices. He discouraged blacks
from participating in Michigan athletics, saying that Michi-
gan has won without blacks and did not need to use them.
Harry Kipke, who coached the Michigan football team in the
early thirties, finally insisted that blacks be allowed to play
and one, Willis Ward, made the team. But when Georgia Tech
turned up on the Wolverine schedule in 1934 Yost refused to let
Ward play in the game because he didn't want to offend his
Yost could have made significant progress in the field
of human relations by protecting Ward's rights, but he
chose to align himself with the regressive elements instead.
It was not until Yost had retired as athletic director that
blacks were encouraged to participate in Michigan athletics.
Evidently Yost was one of those men who was always
right, at least as far as he was concerned. Behee quotes endless
letters in which Yost protests that he was unjustly criticized. He
had many influential supporters who believed he could do no
w wrong and he often called on them to write letters to the re-
gents and the president of the University to tell them what a
great man Fielding Yost was. When the construction of the
building that bears his name was completed the overwhelming
sentiment on campus was that it was improper to name the
building after a living man. But Yost wanted to gym to bear
his name and organized an alumni letter campaign to intimidate
the athletic board into calling it Yost Field House.
Yost was also the type to make sure that others were
blamed for his mistakes. Tad Wieman coached the Wol-
verines to a 6-2 record in 1927. In 1928 Yost decided to take
full control of the team back before the season started. But
prior to the first game he realized that the team would not
be very good so he rehired Wieman. However he didn't do
it until the day before the opener. Then when the team did
poorly he could blame it on Wieman instead of shouldering
the responsibility himself, which is exactly what he did.
While the book gives other examples of Yost's flaws, it
wasn't written to totally destroy the myth and most of the
space is given to Yost's successful exploits on the gridiron and
in the conference room. The first part of the book deals with
Yost's years as a football coach and is the most reassuring. No
one can deny that he was a successful coach. It is kind of fun
to read about the point-a-minute teams even though those days
will probably never return. Of course some of those victories
came over teams like the Detroit YMCA, but still it must have
been entertaining to see all those touchdowns.
Later sections of the book deal with Yost's years as ath-
letic director and his struggle to construct the Michigan
athletic plant. The story of how Yost pushed through ap-
proval for the stadium by declaring that the university
belonged to'the people is amusing but the account of how
he tried to increase student's physical education require-
ments is not. Supposedly Yost operated under the goal of
"athletics for all", but all actually meant all varsity ath-
letes. He did, however, greatly increase the number of in-
* tercollege sports.
The Legacy of Fielding Yost is not the most fascinating
book ever written. It contains a great deal of information
and many interesting stories, but it is definitely not a thriller.
It was compiled from Yost personal papers and it tends to
wander as Yost's thoughts did. However football fans will en-
joy learning how Michigan was built into a gridiron power and
those who think college athletics are out of hand will thrill
to learn that nothing has changed, it was just as bad in Yost's
By The Associated Press
DETROIT-A basket on a goal-
tending call in the last four sec-
onds gave Houston a 104-103 vic-
tory over Detroit for the Rockets'!
first National Basketball Associa-
tion triumps of the season lastt
Mike Newlin was credited with'
the winning basket after the call
against Bob Lanier of the Pistons.
The Rockets, who had lost their'
first six in Houston since trans-
ferring from San Diego in the
summer blew a 19-point lead and
then rallied from a three-point
deficit in the final minute to pull'
the game out.
It was Newlin again with a bomb
shot that had pulled the Rockets
to within a point of the Pistons'
after Detroit had gone ahead 103-
100 after trailing most of the way
in the game.
Detroit had fallen behind twice
by 19 points in the third period
with Elvin Hayes and Calvin Mur-
phy leading the early Houston up-
rising. Then Bob Lanier took over
for the Pistons and with a 19-point
third period reduced Detroit's def-
icit to 12 points going into the
Detroit kept pecking away and
finally with Lanier continuing to
lead the way went ahead 99-98 on
two freethrows by Willie Norwood.j
Jimmy Walker followed with an-
other basket for Detroit but then
Stew Lance of the Rockets and
Bill Hewitt of Detroit exchanged
baskets in a low-scoring finish be-
fore Newlin took over to win the
Lanier finished with 38 for De-
troit while Hayes had 30 for the
MILWAUKEE, Wis. - The Mil-
waukee Bucks, led byBob Dand-
ridge with 27 points and Kareem
Jabbar with 24, boosted their Na-
tional Basketball Association rec-
ord to 7-0 last night by defeating
the Baltimore Bullets 120-90.
Jabbar added 13 rebounds fort
the defending champion Bucks,:
who spotted the crippled Bullets
an 8-2 lead. But Milwaukee over-
came its own floor errors to out-
score Baltimore 22-7 for a 34-21
first quarter lead, with Dandridgea
netting eight points in that spurt.;
The Bucks rolled to a 64-45 half-
time spread, and widened it to
88-60 with less than two minutes
left in the third quarter. Reserve
Terry Driscoll sparked a Bullets'
surge which cut the gap to 89-72
with ten minutes to play. but a
basket by Lucius Allen and two
free throws by Jabbar got the
B~ucks roiling again.
BArchie Clark, whose suspension eight points in the last 3:25 of the
for jumping the team was lifted third period as the Knicks pulled
Monday, scored 18 points in his ahead at the close of the period
first game for Baltimore. How- 81-71 after holding a narrow two-
ever, the Bullets were without the point lead at halftime.
suspended Earl Monroe and Gus The Knicks built their advan-
Johnson, recovering from knee tage to 17 points, 95-78, midway
surgery. John Tresvant started for through the final period before
Johnson but was injured early in Boston battled back and closed the
the game. gap to 101-96 on a tap by Don
Nelson with two minutes remain-
ing. Frazier then hit two free
K ckNEW O KWthrows and a jumper, giving the
NEW YORK-Walt Frazier, re- Knicks a safe 105-96 lead.
turning to action after a two-game * -
absence, scored 22 points in help-
ing the New York Knicks to a Rockets roar
106-101 National Basketball As- DENVER-The Denver Rockets
sociation victory last night over broke open a tight game midway
the Boston Celtics. in the fourth period last night on
Frazier, who had been sidelined the shooting of Ralph Simpsonj
wxith a stomach virus, fired in and the rebounding of Julius Keye
to defeat the Memphis Pros 115-
100 in an American Basketball As-
Simpson led all scorers with 32
points. Keye had 10 of his 16 re-
bounds in the final period.
Byron Beck was tireless on de-
fense until he left the game with
an injury with 1:05 remaining and
the Rockets leading 109-96.
DETROIT - Bobby Hull scored
his fifth goal of the season last
night, starting the Chicago Black
Hawks to a 5-2 victory over the
Detroit Red Wings in a National
Hockey league game.
Hull skated around the Detroit
defense to score off Red Wing
goalie Joe Daley at 2:16 of the
Stan Mikita picked up a goal
and two assists for Chicago while
Doug Jarrett, Dennis Hulland
Jim Pappin also scored for Chi-
Mikita got his goal when he
stole the puck and skated in alone
on Daley in the second period. His
assists came on Chicago scores in
each of the first two periods.
IT HAPPENS EVERY FALL
By JOE PHILLIPSI
"This was just like the game last;
year," grumbled a deja vu'ed Ara
Parseghian, "they jumped out to
a quick lead and forced us out
of our game plan."
The underdog Trojans of South-
ern California put Ara on another
trit last Saturday as the Irish-
jinx haunts Parseghian
record. He was haunted by theI
memory of last year when a medi-I
ocre, but inspired USC team rob-
bed Notre Dame of a perfect sea-
son with a stunning 38-28 victory
in the final game of the season.
Anxious Ara had good reason
killers of the West bounced Notre With 5:44 to play in the first
Dame 28-14 in a game marred by period Saturday, USC quarterback
a wild third period free-for-all. Jimmy Jones hit receiver Edsel
Only the Irish pride was injured Garrison with a 31-yard touch-
as. for the second straight year, down pass.
USC ruined the Irish bid for a Notre Dame came right back
perfect season. with its grinding ground game
All last week Ara kept sounding after Gary Diminick pranced for
off to his players and the press 66 yards with Southern Cal's kick-
about how dangerous the Trojans off. Andy Huff eventually bull-
were, despite their innocuous 2-4 dozed over from the one-yard line
ningham scored from ' there to
make it 21-7 and marked the firstI
TD allowed by Notre Dame on the
ground this year.
In compiling a 5-0 record, the'
Irish habitually put points on the
board by running and then run-
ning some more. But with a sopho-
more quarterback, Cliff Brown, at
the helm and forced to play catch-'
up football, the Irish were in
And when T r o j a n cornerback
Bruce Dyer picked off his second'
interception of the afternoon andj
streaked 53 yards to the end zone
in the closing minutes of the sec-
ond period, the Irish were pretty
The Irish came back from half-
time fighting mad. Or frustrated.
Because when Mike Rae fumbled
in the third period an incredible
fist fight broke out during the wild
scramble for the recovery.
The benches emptied and the
state police swarmed on the field
looking fashionably absurd, pull-
ing players apart. But some good
solid punches were t h r o w n by
players on both squads before or-
ider was restored.
deStrangely, no penalties were
called and Notre Dame quickly
scored as back John Cieszkowski
ran four yards over left tackle to
make the score 28-14. But the Irish
got no furthersatisfaction out ofI
the game, as neither team could
sustain a drive for the rest of the
afternoon. Brown completed only
12 of 35 passes, along with three
"Just say that when we needed
the big play, we didn't get it-and
when Southern Cal needed one
they did," mumbled Parseghian,
who was forced to watch drive
after drive break down because of
foolish penalties and passes that
bounced in and out of people's
The loss not only cost Notre
Dame a perfect s e a s o n,but
knocked them out of the top ten
in this week's wire service polls as
well. They were ranked eleventh by
United Press International and
only twelfth by the Associated
Press inhthe poll released Monday.
Now on display
I __ __ ___P_
LITTLE JOHN EGAN of the
Houston Rockets squeezes un-
der Detroit Piston center Bob
Lanier to grab the ball. Hous-
ton won last nights game 104-
103 when Lanier was called for
goaltending in the closing sec-
For the student body:
State Street at Liberty
to knot the score 7-7.
But with 42 seconds to play in
Professional League Standings the quarter, another Trojan cuar-
'_1terback, Mike Rae, found Garrison
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, 1 2
5 1 1
open again. Garrison snatched up
Rae's 24-yard strike, while Irish
GB defender Mike Crotty slumped by
the wayside. The Trojans led 14-7
% and by now the Irish had to be
1% shook up about their pass defense
2t Maybe too shook, because the
game quickly got out of hand. In
the second quarter, G a r r i s o n
1 picked up 42 yards on another pass
Chicago 8 2 0 16
Minnesota 5 1 1 11
Pittsburgh 5 2 1 11
Philadelphia 3 4 0 6
St. Louis 3 5 0 6
Los Angeles 2 6 1 5
California 1 5 2 4
Chicago 5, Detroit 2
Only game scheduled
Dallas 3 4
Denver 2 4
Memphis 2 5
Virginia 149, Pittsburgh 136
New York 128, Floridians 118, 2
Utah 131, Dallas 116
Denver 115, Memphis 100
Only games scheduled.
= from Jones before being bounced
q at the one-yard line. Sam Cun-
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