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[T WAS 4:30 P.M. in the Yost Field
House when Charley led the gang
into an outer office for the meeting.
There was the usual horseplay as they
filed through the doors behind their
coach, for meetings are commonplace
and this team is straining at the leash
as the Conference meet approaches.
Behind them on the track they left
KenDoherty and his freshmen, Ken
snapping his watch, yelling "track"
to keep the stray runners out of the
way, giving orders in his usual con-
cise manner.
One-half hour later the team
returned, Charley trailing in-
stead of leading this time. They
were studies in emotion. Some
held their heads down in utter
dejection, others frowned, a few
stared blankly trying to compre-
hend what had happened. They
stood around in small circles out-
side of the locker-room door,
talking in undertones, scratching
their heads, whispering angrily,
then smiling.
Soon the gang began to file its way
over toward Ken. Capt. Bill Watson
was first, and as he talked quietly to
the new coach you could sense what
he said. All I caught was "I'm be-
hind you, Ken."
The others followed. "Con-
gratulations, Ken," "Good luck,
Ken," "Swell, Ken," they whis-
pered. Others just shook his hand
and continued their aimless walk.
All were visibly shaken-the an-
nouncement by Charley in the meet-
ing had been a bombshell-and all
were anxious to get home and think
about it. On the eve of a Conference
meet this squad had received a tre-
mendous emotional blow.
Will it spur them on to even great-
er heights in Chicago? Will they
tighten up and lose their effective-
ness? That is something that will
have to wait until tomorrow night.
'HISREPORTER should be writ-
ing a eulogy of Charley Hoyt, the
quiet, astute, worshipped leader of
Michigan's track fortunes for nine
years. But that job I delegate to
others more capable. To me, Char-
ley Hoyt was merely the leading
coach, a gentleman who combined
all of the attributes of the rest of the
staff and lacked their shortcomings.
As a sophomore, he taught me one
bright afternoon never to interview
a coach until you knew what you
were talking about. After that, I
almost disliked him-a dislike which
grew to admiration, respect, and
finally to genuine affection.
But this piece should be written by
those who knew Charley Hoyt best,
the men who worked under him. Here
are their views as they left the lock-
er room.
for Charley in a way. There is no
doubt in my mind that he deserves a
break like this. I'll never stop be-
ing grateful to him nor happy to
have had an opportunity to work
under him. Ken will be a fine coach.
He is a real technician and under-
stands all the angles. His experience
as a decathlon man will stand him
in good stead."
ELMER GEDEON: "Charley has
been as much of Michigan to me as
any coach. But this job means so
much that I can't blame him for
taking it. I am glad that Ken was
selected to coach the team. He was
the logical choice."
STAN KELLEY: "I view your pass-

ing with the deepest regret. You
have taught me more than how to
run-you've taught me courage, clean
living, and the value of the respect
of others. Your advice in my troubled
times has always been that of a
father. From your fondest trackman
and friend, I wish you all the suc-
cess and happiness in your work at
ly took the wind out of our sails, but
we realize it was a wonderful chance
for Charley. We have the utmost
confidence in Ken's ability to coach
us to further Conference titles."
ROSS FAULKNER: "For four years
you wonder why you are out for track.
You say competitive spirit and try to
give a logical answer, but it never
works. Suddenly when your coach
quits you realize just why you've
been out. It's your loyalty to him
and your desire to work for him. Yet,
right now, I can't help but feel happy
for Charley."
igan lost Charley Hoyt it not only
lost a track coach of unequalled abil-
ity but it lost a man that was a friend,
and a real one, to every athlete. I am
happy with him that his new position
is such a fine one."
DOUG HAYES: "Michigan will
sorely miss the passing of Charley
Hoyt from its coaching scene. These
years working under him have con-
vinced me that he is a fine influence
on everyone that has the privilege to
work with him. The loss is real to
those of us who have worked under
him. but a fine onnortumity that is

Hoyt Accepts Yale Post; Big Ten Meets Start

Ken Doherty
To Take Over
Coaching Job

Sophomore Stylist

Track Team
Seeks Its Sixth
Straight Win

Wisconsin Offers Chief Threat
To Defending Michigan Titlists

(Editor's Note: This is the second of
two articles surveying the chief threats

Assistant Coach
Position Held
For Nine-Year

Will Fill
By Hoyt

(Continued from Page 1)

and 1929 and a member of the 1928
Olympic team.
Contacted last night Doherty stat-
"I received word of Charley's trans-
fer to Yale and of my own appoint-
ment with definitely mixed emotions.
Needless to say, I am extremely happy
at the fine opportunity which the
Board In Control of Physical Educa-
tion has given me.
"Charley Hoyt has been a great
teacher and a fine friend to me and
to the college men who have worked
under him. We shall all miss his
guidance and his encouraging words.
However, Yale presents a definitely
upward step for Charley, and we are
happy for him.
Doherty's Policy
"As for the future, Charley's record
of championships won is not likely
to ever be equalled by any coach. I
shall be quite satisfied if I can only
continue the splendid team spirit and
high morale that he has stressed
so much through the years and for
which he is admired by all who have
been associated with him."
The published statement of Mr.
Herbert O. Crisler, assistant athletic
director, in the absence of Mr. Yost,
"There is no finer coach of track
in the country. Everyone-faculty,
coaches, students, and alumni-all1
regret that Charlie is leaving Michi-
gan and our best wishes accompany1
him to New Haven. And, in the suc-
cessio of Ken Doherty to his post,1
all of us are happy in the knowledge
that, knowing Ken as we do, Michi-
gan's future track coach will prove
a most able and conscientious teach-
er, leader and-coach."
Aigler's Statement7
Prof. Ralph W. Aigler, chairman of
the Board In Control of Physical Edu
cation, stated:
"Both as a member of the Board
and as a personal matter, I regret
more than I can say the departure of
Mr. Hoyt. He will take with him to
New Haven the best wishes of a
multitude of Michigan friends and
admirers. It is our misfortune that
his future plans made it useless for
him to consider any efforts to make
his position here even more attractive
than it has been."
Fisher Cuts Squad
As Team Rapidly
Nears Full Strength
Baseball Coach Ray Fisher brought
out his paring knife yesterday and
whittled his squad down to a workable
size. The roster now numbers 23 men
exclusive of pitchers.
"I'd keep more of them if I had
the time to work with them," said
Fisher, "but due to our limited bat-
ting facilities I'll have to devote more
time to the potential first stringers."
Those eliminated may report for
the squad again after spring vaca-
tion, if they so desire, according to
The team won't be at full strength
until Monday, when cagers Danny
Smick, Charley Pink, and Mike Sofi-
ak will report along with track star
Elmer Gedeon, The basketball play-
ers who have already reported for
batting drills are Fred Trosko, Leo
Beebe, Bill Cartmill, Milo Sukup, and
George Ruehle. Pitchers Russ Dob-
son and J'oe Glasser have likewise
worked out this week, and are rapidly
rounding into shape.
Rogell, Walker Absent
LAKELAND, Fla., March 9.-(P)-
Except for Shortstop Billy Rogell and
outfielder Fred (Dixie) Walker, both
of whom were expected momentarily,
the 1939 squad of the Detroit Tigers
was complete at the training camp
here today.
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Bill Beebe, sophomore star, will
swim for the Wolverines in both
the 50-yard free-style and the 150-
yard backstroke events, in the Big
Ten meet being held at Lafayette,
Ind., today and tomorrow.
In the first-place Independent bas-
ketball playoffs, the Senators did not
have much trouble beating the strong
.Phys Eds 32-22. Vincent Verwys
paced the winners with nine points,
while Chandler tallied a similar
amount for the losers. The Badgers
nosed out the Eskymos in a real thrill-
er 22-21, but the game has been
The Wolverines beat the Mud
Hens 18-13 in their second-place
playoff game. The game was a
two-man affair, with Nordstrom
accounting for 16 of his team's 18
points, and Walt Flores garner-
ing 10 of the losers' 13.
Phi Delta Theta eked out a 15-14
win over Phi Gamma Delta in the
first-place playoffs of the B division
of the Greek letter league-
The date for the All-Campus
wrestling meet has been set for Mon-
day, March 13. The time will be 7:30
and the place the Yost Field House.
There will be matches in all the
regular college weight divisions.

to Michigan supremacy for each team
Swimmers Are Favored in the Big Ten Indoor Track Meet this
weekend at Chicago. Today-the Big
To Dethrone Ohio State; Three.)
Wrestlers Fear Indiana By DICK SIERK
As was the case last year Wisconsin
(Continued from Page 1) will be the chief threat to Michigan's
mers will try to bring Matt Mann quest for its sixth straight Confer-
his tenth Big Ten title since 1925. ence Indoor title. As chronicled in
When they enter Purdue's new pool, PRESS PASSES on these pages earlier
Michigan will be slight favorites to this week Coach Charlie Hoyt fore-
reascend the throne they relinquished sees a possible Wisconsin-Michigan
last year to Ohio State. tie. Some see a close Michigan win
The two schools will dominate the while others can see none but Michi-
meet even more than they did last gan. Indiana and Ohio State appear
to be next in line.
year when the pair scored 116 out WISCONSIN-The Badgers' power
of a possible 172 points. was given a good going over in PRESS
Must Qualify At Least Three PASSES but here's a brief recapitu-
If Michigan is to win the meet, lation of the set-up- Milt Padway and
they must qualify three or possibly Bob Gardner in the pole vault are
four men in the. 50-yard free style. almost sure bets for one-two; Walter
Mann will probably enter Walt Tom- Mehl, expected to be entered in both
ski, Charley Barker, Bill Holmes and the mile and two-mile, will bring
Bill Beebe in the preliminaries this the Badgers eight or nine more points;
afternoon. Only six survivors can Ed Smith, second behind Gedeon last
enter the finals tomorrow night, and year, might be good. For first; Frank
it will probably be Jack O'Mahoney Kaufman, runner-up in the 60- in
of Iowa, and Johnny Hartline of, 1938, may well dethrone Chicago's
Ohio who will offer what competi- Davenport.
tion there is- Others figured for points but not
In the diving, defending champion good enough for firsts are Ed Bux-
Al Patnik of Ohio paces the field ton, half-miler; Riley Best, high-
closely followed by team mate Earl jumpers; Bill Malisch, shot-putter;
Clark, with the rest of the Confer-
ence far in their wake.
The 100-yard free style mark may
fall tonight with either Billy Quayle
of Ohio or Michigan's Tomski able
to break Kirar's year-old mark of OLY
52.8. In the free style distances, Michi-
gan has Capt. Tom Haynie, Jim
Welsh, and Ed Hutchens for the 220.
Hutchens will be replaced in the 440
by Blake Thaxter. Ohio has Johnson,
second last year, and George Lowe,
third last year will represent Illinois.
Ohio's oJhnny Higgins and Alex
McKee lead the breast stroke parade
with oJhnny Haigh of Michigan,
Poulos of Iowa and Sahlman of 3 9 (
Minnesota in the race.
Is Jordan Recovered?
Michigan's chances for victory may
well hinge on the physical condition
of Forrest "Butch" Jordan, star
heavyweight. Jordan sprained a side
muscle while wrestling in the Ohio
State meet here, and although he
claims to have completely recovered,
he may show the effects of his injury
before the tournament is over. If his
side does not bother him, Jordan
stands a fine chance of vanquishing
the top-notch field he must face in
the next two days.
Illinois, third last year with 19
points looks for a winner at 136
pounds in Deutschmann, and in the
heavyweight class in Joe tiikich. Illini
coach, Hek Kenney, says his boys
are good for the third spot again.

and Bill Farin, backing up Mehl in
the distance runs.
INDIANA-The Hoosiers haven't
the power they had when Lash,
Deckard, and Smith made them
threats, but they have come up with
some sophomores to back up Mel
Trutt. Fourth in the mile and half-
mile in last year's meet Trutt is fav-
ored in the half and is also a strong
contender for the mile crown. Fred
Elliott in the quarter, and Jim Allen,
senior hurdler, are the only other
veterans figured to have a chance
of placing.
The Hoosiers have a likely looking
sophomore quarter-miler in Roy
Cochran, who is also a hurdler
OHIO STATE-The Bucks are not
as strong as last year when they land-
ed fourth place with 19 points. They
figure to retain their mile relay title
and Harley Howells is No. 1 quarter-
miler in the Conference. Bob Lewis,
if he has recovered from his recent
illness, is a good dashman, and might
pull out a first place.

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