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Returns To The Mat


Eight Football Players To Join
Keens Varsity Wrestling Squad

Thanksgiving Grid iron Battles


411 That Glitters . . odds, and quite probably the eventual
runout. Was Barnum right?
HUNDIIREDS of Michigan students Is -- - nteevl
and townspeope have been ERE IS ONE ANGLE on the evils
filched out of some $5,000 by foot- of the racket. Gordon Cobble-
ball gambling syndicates which failed dick, columnist of the Cleveland Plain'
to pay off.
to pa off.Dealer, penned the piece about a'
This in itself should cause no wide- month ago. Maurice J. Meyer, an
spread surprise, for the entire ticket official in college football for 20 years,
racket was run by a bunch of cheap gave the writer the following quotes:
crooks who did what might be ex-
pected when the i law of averages "There is enough commer-
turned against them. They skipped, cialized gambling in connection
leaving behind them scores of spec- with college football to wreck
ulators clutching the green and yel- the game within five years.
low slips that had become slightly
less valuable than Confederate mon- ,Some day, somewhere, in some big
e b schoolpreparing for an important
y n.... . r mwn "l lnx n n h l

The pool fold up was not local-
Ized in Ann Arbor. Detroit, Chi-
cago and other towns felt the
sting as the syndicates collapsed.
After a season of good "takes"
the combination of a financially
disastrous Saturday %nd the vir-
tual close of the season motivat-
ed the runout.

John R. Pieters, '22, was arrested
and arraigned as the operator of
these pools. He was released on $500
bail, and his examination was set for
Dec. 1. A bear story by Edward F.
Conlin, Pieters' attorney, that stu-
dents who testify will be liable for
prosecution was immediately termed
fallacious by Prosecutor Albert J.
Rapp and several faculty members
of the law school. Mr. Pieters is,
charged with the operation of a foot-
ball pool based on chance. Students
testifying will not be in any way
liable under this statute.
The students are not the only ones
who have been left holding the bag.
So has defendant Pieters. Obviously
a front for the larger gambling syn-
dicate, Pieters' backers welched on
him, leaving him no alternative but
to skip. The conviction of Pieters,
should he be found guilty, will mere-
ly remove one of the many smaller
fries in the immense racket. At the
top are the big shots, whose identity
Pieters either does not know or will
not reveal. They will have new
stooges here next year, lining up their
student representatives, and distrib-
uting their bookie slips with the im-
possible games, the almost foolproof,

game, a gambler will snow a lootoall
player more money than the boy ever
knew existed and tell him it's his if
he will perform a certain service.
"The boy, who has known pov-
erty and is struggling to get
through 'school, will comply.
Someone will find out about it.
And football will spend the next
50 years trying to recover from
the blow."
And Cobbledick adds his own bit:
"The growth of football bet-
ting has reached a point where,
for about 10 weeks each fall, the
college game rivals the races in
its appeal to the sporting instinct.
"The Black Sox episode of 1919
proved that gamblers could reach
professional athletes, who are, gen-
erally, well paid. To deny the pos-
sibility that they could as easily reach
amateur athletes who, in theory, are
not paid at all, is to shut one's eyes
to certain plain facts.I
"If football in the bigger colleges
were a game played by students for
the fun of the thing and the glory
of alma mater and patronized only
by students and alumni there would
be no gambling evil. But big time
football is a pretty highly-commer-
cialized enterprise itself, and com-
mercialized gambling inevitably fol-
lowed the growth of its popularity.
"Not all college football play-
ers are high-minded young men.
There are rats and muckers
among them. There are dis-
gruntled individuals who believe
they have been badly treated by

Forrest 'Butch' Jordan, a senior
from Clare and a reserve guard and
tackle on Coach Fritz Crisler's
football squad, reported yesterday
to Cliff Keen, Varsity wrestling
coach. 'Butch,' who did not attend
school last year, was a heavy-
weight mainstay on the squad two
seasons ago.
Anderson.May Be
Iowa's New Coaeh
IOWA CITY, Ia., Nov. 23.-(AP)--
The opinion was general on the
University of Iowa campus tonight
that Dr. Eddie Anderson, Holy Cross
coach, would replace Irl Tubbs as
head football coach at the Hawkeye
Although University officials would
neither affirm nor deny the reports,
the Iowa City Press-Citizen said to-
day that Anderson "will be the r ew
football coach at the University of
Iowa barring unforeseen develop-
The University athletic board was
expected to announce Anderson's ap-
pointment Friday, exactly on the
deadline set after its -last meeting
when board representatives said an
"important announcement will be
made within 10 days."
their colleges. And there are boys
reared in poverty with needy
families looking to them for help,
to whom $1,000 would seem a
fabulous sum.
"There has never yet been a pub-
lic scandal in connection with a foot-

Football invades the wrestling
ranks! That's the latest news from
the Field House balcony where Coach
Cliff Keen's Varsity grapplers are
hard at work preparing for the com-
ing campaign.
No less than eight members of
Fritz Crisler's gridiron crew will join
up with Keen's champion array with-
in the next week. Two of them are
veteran grapplers in the heavyweighti
class, while the rest are comparative
Savilla And Jordan
Joe Savilla, towering tackle who
was forced out of play early in the
season due to an ankle injury, and
Forrest 'Butch' Jordan, a capable
replacement at guard and tackle, are
the heavyweights and both have seen
Varsity wrestling service in the past.
Savilla, who took up wrestling only
last winter, quickly developed into a
finished grappler and proved a con-
sistent winner all last spring. Jordan,
who was not in school last year, was
a Keen mainstay two years ago and
will do plenty of damage to rival
heavyweights this year with his 200
pounds, already toughened by a hard
football season.
Kromer To Report
Paul Kromer, the other half of the
Touchdown Twins, will soon report
to Keen fit and ready to challenge
all members of the 155 pound class,
and the speed which carried him to
many a score on the gridiron should
also prove to be an invaluable aid to
him on the mat.
'The Jeep', Howard Mehaffey, is
another footballer who couldn't resist
the opportunity which wrestling of-
fers to throw the other fellow around
the ring and will also report this
week. 175 pounds will be his class,
although 'The Jeep' isn't at all partic-
ular about whom he wrestles, just as
long as there's another guy around.
Dave Strong, the diminutive half-
back and accurate passer, will now
try his hand at tossing rival wrest-
lers around in place of heaving the
pigskin. He's a 145 pounder: So is
ball game, but among themselves
with doors locked and blinds drawn,
coaches have been known to talk
soberly of certain suspicious instances
that have come to their attention.
They couldn't prove a thing, but they
have long been conscious of the dan-
ger. They have reason to be."

Capt. Harold Nichols, which should'
make things very interesting indeed.
Another Tackle
Bill Smith, 210 pound junior who
alternated at tackle this year with
Don Siegel, will be another addition
to the heavyweight ranks. The foot-
ball boys seem to have a monopoly
here with Jordan, Savilla and Smith
slated to fight it out for the right to
represent the Wolverines in their
first match.
Then there are two reserve guards
of Crisler's crew who have chosen
wrestling as the next sport on their
program. They are Art Paddy, a can-
didate at 155 pounds, and Art Ben-
nett, at 165 pounds. Both of them
have had previous wrestling experi-
ence and should prove valuable addi-
tions to the squad which already
numbers well over twenty.
Oosterbaan Cuts 11
From Cage Squad
The first cut of the basketball
squad was announced yesterday by
Coach Bennie Oosterbaan. Eleven
men were dropped from the team be-
cause of the limited space for prac-
tice and Oosterbaan indicated that
another cut would follow in the near
The cut left a total of 20 men on
the squad and that number will be
swelled when the candidates from
the football squad report within the
next few days.
Danny Smick, last year's second
string forward, incurred a leg injury
in the Ohio State football battle ard
is expected to be lost to the cage
squad for at least two weeks.
The team takes a holiday today
but will be back at hard drill tomor-
row. The opening game of the sea-,
son is scheduled for Dec. 10 with
Michigan State's strong Spartan five
furnishing the opposition. During
Christmas vacation, the squad will
make its annual eastern trip meet-,
ing Rochester, Syracuse and Cornelll
on Dec. 17, 19 and 22.
The Intramural Building is open
today from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m and
the pool from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Southern Cal. vs. U.C.L.A.
Alabama vs. Vanderbilt
Pennsylvania vs. Cornell
Tennessee vs. Kentucky
Brown vs. Columbia
Nebraska vs. Kansas State
Texas vs. Texas A.&M.
Missouri vs. Kansas
Western Reserve vs. Case
Virginia vs. North Carolina
Manhattan vs. Villanova

Tulsavs. Arkansas
Duquesne vs. Niagara
V.M.I. vs. V.P.I.
Arizona vs. Montana
Denver vs. Colorado
N. Carolina St. vs. The Citadel
Maryland vs. W.&L.
Detroit vs. Chicago Bears
Brooklyn vs. New York


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