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October 29, 1921 - Image 6

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THE MICHIGAN DAILY SATURtD)

DETROIT RUMNI EXPESS
U. OF 11. CLUB UNANIMOUSLY
ENDORSES COACH .AND TEAM
IN FACE OF CRITICISM

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Editor, The Michigan Daily:
The Varsity football team and CoachI
Yost received an enthusiastic and
unanimous endorsement from a large,
number of Detroit alumni of the Uni-
versity of Michigan at a luncheon in
the Hotel Cadillac Thursday noon.
Coach Yost, who was present as the
guest of honor, was greeted by rous-
ing cheers and words of encourage-
ment, and there was absolutely no
doubt that the crowd sympathized with
the team and the coach over the loss
of the Ohio State game.
Prominent and representative alum-
ni who have closely followed the for-
tunes of the team and the coach for
twenty years declared that Michigan's
defeat last Saturday mhay be satis-
factorily explained by the unusual and
calamitous string of injuries which
have beset a number of star players
of the team since the opening of-the
season and by one or two unusual
breaks of luck in the game itself.
Ohio State Deserves Credit
The Detroit alumni have no dis-
position to underrate the splendid
showing of the Ohio State team and of
the marvelous spirit displayed by the
student body and alumni of State.
State won and let all possible credit
go to them.
But it does seem very much out of
place, very unjust and unfair, to con-
demn individual members of the Michi-
gan team or of the coaching staff.
Princeton has undoubtedly the best
trainer in the country in Keene Fitz-
natrick, Michigan's former trainer, and
has one of the greatest coaching staffs
to handle some of the fitest football
material playing at any college this
fall. Yet Princeton has lost two big
games already, undoubtedly due large-
ly to injuries to Lourie, ranked as the
finest back in the east this fall, and
to Garrity, also a top-notcher, and to
other players.
Are Princeton fans raging at their
trainer and coach and their team? Tf
so, they merit their disasters. The
same might be said of Harvard or l-
linois or Minnesota fans who knock
because their team has suffered dis-
astrous injuries.
No Time to Knock
Detroit alumni believe this is no
time to "knock" or criticize. There
are still three big games to play and
the championship of the conference is
still at stake. They do not believe
the morale and spirit o-their splendid
team and coaching staff should be
destroyed by students and alumni who
"fly off the trigger" and do not fully
consider the facts of the situation.
Steps were taken at a meeting last
Sunday after the game to have com-
mittees appointed to investigate con-
ditions surrounding the team and try
to ascertain if there is really anything
wrong and which may be corrected.
The student body, alumni and the
Varsity "M" club will be represent&
on these committees. Such commit-
tees have already corrected during
the past two years some defects and
omissions in the athletic system and
they have been responsible for many
improvements.
But these committees should report
after the Minnesota game. Nothing
can be done now but support the

ONFIBENCE IN COACH
them all the assistance in the power
of the student body and alumni.
Steketee Had Off Day
We have heard expressions of sym-
pathy on every hand for Michigan's
great fullback, Frank Steketee. There
never lived a marvelous athlete in any
branch of> sport who did not have an
"off-day." We know he was laboring
under the handicap of injuries in the
Ohio State game. Michigan owes him
a huge debt of gratitude for striking
victories he has won in the past. His
critics have never done for Michigan
one-tenth of what he has contributed
and what we have faith he will con-
tinue to contribute.
We have spent two years with "Stek"
and we know his love for Michigan and
his ddent desire to do his part. He
has placed every Michigan man under
obligation. What is true of him is
largely true of every member of this
year's team-boys of wonderful spirit
and loyalty. Stand by them. Boost,
and if you can't boost, remain silent
at this time.
We respectfully offer thes sugges-
tions and hope they will be taken in
the spirit offered. We feel that we
express. the sentiments of every Michi-
gan man at the meeting today, and this
meeting was thoroughly representa-
tive of the whole body of Detroit
alumni, the largest and probably the
most interested body of Michigan alum-
nt in the country.
(Signed) MASON P. RUMNEY,
President U. of M. Club of Detroit.
ROBERT H. CLANCY,
Chairman Athletic Committee, U. of
M. Club of Detroit.
S. P. E. E. MEMBERS MEET FOR
DISCUSSION AT THE UNION
Members of the faculty of the en-
gineering college, including the local
membership of the society for the pro-
motion of engineering education, met
for an informal dinner at 6:30 o'clock
Thursday in tihe Union. Prof. J. R.
Nelson of the English department, in-
stitutional delegate from Michigan and
chairman of the English committee of
the national society, acted as toast-
master.
"How can our engineering teaching
be made more humanistic in its ef-
fect?" and related questions were ful-
ly discussed by Prof. W. C. Hoad, Prof.
W. H. Butts, Prof. E. M. Bragg, and
Prof. L. A. Hopkins, of the engineer-
ing faculty.
Dean M. E. Cooley of the engineer-
ing college was unable to attend the
meeting.

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