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don wirtehafter's
The Cage Problem.,..\
Dear Mr. Double:
What's the matter with the Michi-
gan basketball team? Why is it, sir,
that Michigan could beat Michigan
State 42-14 when playing a non-
league game, and then go out and
lose three big ones when the chips
were down?
We agree that State's players, all
of 'em, looked like they had been
picked up from a cemetery in far-
off Siberia and brought down for a
look at a "new game called basket-
ball" - but you've got to admit
that they received a good lesson in
their initiation.
Perhaps you can tell me some-
time how a good-looking winning
team like Michigant can, in two
weeks of holidays, transform into a
rakish and desultory lot while the
boys from the cow college go East
and flash the class which crumbled
the top quintets in the country?
It's all a mystery to me. I enjoy
basketball and so does my girl, but
we also live fairly consistent lives-
you know-with some facsimile of
adjustment to the forces which dis-
tract us. And if the Michigan basket-
ball team can't do'the same, we'll
watch the hockey team. They're sup-
posed to be that way. And if it's too
cold in the Coliseum for my girl,
then we'll watch the wrestling team.

High School






Sextet Leaves
For Two-Game



A 13-man Michigan hockey squad
will board the train at 5:22 p.m. to-I
day for Minneapolis where the lads
will tangle with Minnesota's once
mighty Gopher sextet on Thursday
and again on Saturday.
Coach Eddie Lowrey of the Wol-
verines intends to use his regular
defense set-up with Capt. Charley
Ross and Bert Stodden holding down
the back-line posts. Hank Loud will
be in the nets.
,Up front, Lowrey will start a for-
ward line composed of Max Bal*ydh,
Johnny Gillis and Bob Kemp. His sec-,

Athletic Board
Names Brown
To Grid Post
Fans Back New Mentor;
Tuss McLaughry Gets
Postion At Dartmouth
COLUMBUS, O., Jan. 14. -A)-
Paul Brown, who was too small to
play with Ohio State University's
freshman football team 13 years ago,
today became the biggest gridiron
figure on the Buckeye campus.
A "draft Brown" movement whichl
started after Francis Schmidt re-
signed the head coaching job Dec. 16I
swept the Massillon High School mir-
acle man into the vacant berth today
as the athletic board and universityr
,rustees stamped him with their offi-
cial okeh.
Never in the history of Buckeye
athletics has a man received the
statewide support of fans, alumni

Mermen Face
Pitt, N.Y.A.C.
This Weekend
The old tale of East vs. West will
be reenacted Thursday night when
Michigan's swimming team meets the
University of Pittsburgh in the Pitt
Athletic Association pool.
But this old tale will have a novel
background, for both teams are
champions of their respective aquatic
leagues, the Panthers holding the
Eastern Collegiate Association crown
while the Wolverines are king of
the Western Conference.
Pitt Coach Is Ex-Wolverine
Coached by Ben Grady, former
Michigan diver, Pitt set one new re-
cord and equaled another as it rode
over Franklin & Marshall for the Eas-
tern title last year. It was in the 300
yard medley relay that a new mark
of 3:05.4 was set.


At least, that
Yours for an
sive reply,
Dear Sam,

won't give us heart
early and comprehen-
Sophomore Sammy

Mandler And Brogan Praised
As Cagers Prep For Badgers

anc other coaches as UiUfBrOwn, In winning the same race at the'
whose Massillon High teams lost only Big Ten meet Matt Mann's team
eight games in his nine years of streaked in ahead of the field in
scholastic mentorship. They lost only 2:57.5-just short of the Conference
one in the last 60 contests, record held by Ohio State.
Brown, informed of his appoint- The Wolverines got a chance to
ment while addressing a joint meet- see their rivals recently at the
ing of Columbus luncheon and sportsCoche' u i. Lade
clubs, declared: Coaches Forum i Ft. Lauderdale'
"I am a very happy man. I have where five of the Pitt stars, mclud-
been running this football business ingBill McCafferty, Gus and Ralph
SWilde and Bill Reese swam for the
on a basis of merit and right and East team which took a shellacking
wrong. I'll continue to run it that from their Western foes. .
way, no matter where the chips mayM
fall. I say this with the expectation Meet N.Y.A.C. Saturday
and conviction that I will receive the Thursday's meeting in Pittsburgh
utmost cooperation from the uni- ! will provide the Maize and Blue ag-
versity officials and the youngsters. gregation an opportunity to get a
'I have made no commitments rel- good workout before clashing with
ative to my staff. That will take a the well balanced New York A.C.
lot of serious thought, but I expect team Saturday night in New York,
to have my assistants lined up in Both of the challengers to Michi-
about three weeks. But you may say gan's domination of the swimming
this-the staff will be my own, of scene took it on the .nose from the
my own choosing. And I alone will Wolverines last year-the New York
answer for it." A.C. falling, 48-27, and Pitt garner-
Brown will get a one-year contract, ing 21 to Michigan's 54 points.
with a three-year gentleman's agree-
ment. The first year, it was under-
stood, he will receive $6,500, Avith a eir Foresees 1
$500 increase the second and third
season. On top of that a summer Aheadt F rTJ
school teaching session will add about
$500 annually to his earnings. -

By Gene Gribliroek II By NORM MILLERJ
Thrice beaten but still unbowed,
A large field of independent teams Michigan's basketball team was back
-a total of 36 entries-began the at work yesterday preparing for Sat-
chase for the basketball title last urday's game with Wisconsin fgllow-
night. Divided into nine four-team ing its unwilling catapult into the Big
leagues, the loop has been built on a nlling
new basis this year, with recognition Ten cellar.
given to the cooperative and room- But if there was any discourage-
ing-house groups on campus, ment in the Wolverine's camp over
The co-ops, eight in all, have the team's failure to come through,
been placed in two leagues of their with a victory in either of their en-
own. Two of the other leagues counters with Purdue and Illinois,{
include the squads which come
under no special heading, and the neither the Varsity coaches nor the
remaining five are rooming-house players themselves showed it.
affairs. The success of the latter Mandler Missed Tough Ones
depends entirely upon the turnout. "We played a wonderiui game at!
If it goes through, the independ- Purdue, but I guess it wasn't enough,"
ent competition will have a firmer
basis than it has had in the past. Oosterbaan remarked at practice yes-
The Wolverines and the Forestry terday. "Only once were we behind by
Club have been established as pre- more than three points and we led
season favorites to fight it out for them several times during the course
the crown. The Phys Eds, last year's
champions, showed up late with their of the game.
entry this year, and will not defend "Jim Mandler and He Brogan
their title unless a withdrawal makes played swell games," Coach Ernie
room for them. McCoy contributed. "Mandler scored
A lot of interest will be centered six baskets, but he might just as well
around the Robert Owen entry. have tossed in a dozen. He missed
Owen, volleyball champions and
co-claimants to the football title several tough dog shots that just
with the Hill Billys, have yet to seemed to rim the hoop and drop
go down to defeat in anything this out,"
season. Unbeaten in football and Questioned about Jim Grissen's
volleyball, they have four straight revoked shot that might have pro-
victories in the handball tourna- l longed the game into overtime,
ment and opened the cage season the coaches had no kick forthcoming
last night with a 39-9 win over about the decision. "Grissen stepped
Lincoln House. over the foul line before the ball hit
Eteaeu frh fctthe basket," the two mentors re-
Entries are due for the faculty Ivealed.
squash and handball singles tourna-vl Ruehlc Handicapped
ments, to begin next Tuesday.A In the Illinois game, a bad first
field of about 25 will compete for the half proved too much for the Wolver-
squash title to be defended by Sum- iaes troveome.hGorgthe le-
ner Myers, of the Mathematics de- ines to overcome. George Ruehle,
partment. At least as many entries who was assigned to guard the Illini's
are expected for the handball event, sensational "Hoot" Evers, had three
which Alexander Smith won last year. personal fouls called against him in
nthe firsit t nminc f ,-lnv A ,ri c


Ohio State ........
Indiana ...........
Illinois .......... .
Wisconsin........ .
Minnesota .........
Iow a ... .........
Purdue ............
Chicago ...........
Michigan ..........



l .




Jim played "Frosty" Sprowl, now the
leading scorer in the Conference, and
held the Purdue ace to nine points,
Against Illinois, Mandler was pitted
against Art Mathisen, who at the
time was tide for the scoring lead
with Jim, and outscored the Illini
pivot man 17 to seven.




The Double has always been one'
who answers his mail promptly. I
just finished thanking a friend for
a high school graduation card, and!
now I can get to work on your biting
Poor Sam, and you do have biting
problems, don't you? Any guy who
can't keep his gal from getting cold in'
the Coliseum must be in terrible
Bqit on to serious chatter. The
Double now attempts to clear up
the mystery of the Michigan cag-
ers which seems to have baffled
you and your "consistent" lover.
Really I wouldn't lose any sleep
over Bennie Oosterbaan's victory-
hungry five. They're still a pret-
ty hard battling bunch of basket-
ball players, and after all, what
more can you ask?
Before the Conference season got
under way, it is true, the Wolverines
did make a pretty promising showing.
Their triumphs over State, Butler,
and Pttsburgh were both impressive
and encouraging. Notre Dame and
Princeton conquered the Wolverines,
to be sure, but it took some cagey
caging to turn the trick.
Then came the Conference season
with Ohio State drawing first blood.
The Buckeyes were hot that night
and have remained so ever since. It
seems no disgrace to the Double to
lose a game to a team that boasts
three straight triumphs in Confer-
ence play.
The heart-breaker at Lafayette
popped up next in the Wolverine
path. One point behind with less
than a minute to, play,. the Ooster-
baan battlers hurled the ball three
times toward the hoops, but no go.
They wound around, hit the rims,
and always seemed to worm their
way out. It was a tough one to lose,
and again no disgrace.!
After that defeat, you can hardly
expect any bunch to bounce back
into the victory column in two days
time. Illinois came along too soon
after that sad eve in Lafayette and
the Wolverines were an off-color
quintet. They were listless, sloppy
and out-spirited. They came charg-
ing from behind in the final half,
but the margin was too great, and
the defeat inevitable.
Well, there lies the Michigan rec-
ord. The Double is still hoping and
expecting better things from our cag-
ers. They really aren't a bad bunch
of players. Before the season start-
ed, we admitted that chances of a
top-notch quintet seemed slim this
year. Therefore, we have no kick com-
ing, don't you agree, especially since
diptheria has knocked Bob Fitzger-
ald from our original plans?
Thanks for your note, Sam.
A loyal member of the "Stick to
the Finish Club."

ond line will be made up of Paul
Goldsmith, Gil Samuelson, and Jim-
my Lovett. In addition, the squad
will carry four more forwards who
will alternate on the third front line.
They are Bob Collins, Johnny Cor-
son, Fred Heddle and Roy Bradley,
The Gophers are not as strong
as they were last year when they
went through a 17-game schedule
undefeated and untied, but they still
manage to ice a powerful squad. They
got a victory and a tie out of their
two-game series with London A.C.#
(who beat Michigan 7-5) and split
two contests with Yale. Last Satur-
day Minnesota fell before the power-'
ful Illinois squad by a 4-1 score.
Previously, the teams had played to
a 2-2 overtime tie.

Bright Season
>teran Net Squad

severely ha
of the gam
"This Eve
seen in a lo
"He's cleve
either hand.
did a good

By BUD HENDEL ton Hammet, holder o
Brown Mentor Picked Something very rare and unusual ous title. If Jim Port
T is taking place on the University of Stille, both letter-wir
O ,StCC~edMichigan campus. One of the coach- the ineligible list this
HANOVER, N.H., Jan. 14.-(I')- ing staff, Leroy Weir of the tennis can produce a seasonec
Announcement that De Ormand team, is disregarding the golden rule erans which will not 1
(Tuss) McLaughry had given up of all coaches everywhere, and is back seat to any aggr
what was considered a lifetime berth actually optimistic about his squad's Big Ten.
at Brown University to succeed his chances for the forthcoming season. Three men up :om
intimate friend, Earl (Red) Blaik, as Most mentors exude gloom and have also flashed fine
Dartmouth's head football coach was pessimism but the genial tennis indoor drills. Gerry
made today by Athletic Director Wil- coach expects a better than average transfer from Wiscons
liam H. McCarter. Wolverine band to square off at the- ley. a member of the
Although McCarter was over- net against formidable Conference and Jinx Johnson makE
whelned with applicants when Blaik opposition. of promising netmen.
and his entire staff resigned Christ- Five lettermen are returning from the squad is lanky Jir
mas Day to return to West Point, last year's squad to form the nucleus reserve letter-winner o
McLaughry's eventual appointment of this year's aggregation. Capt. Jim Coach Weir is looki
had been taken for granted here. It Tobin heads this list which includes the most even Big Te
was understood Blaik urged the Dart- Tom Gamon, Bud Dober, Bob Brewer last half-dozen years.
mouth authorities to name his friend and Harry Kohl. and Chicago, perennial
when he asked release from his con- And another factor which is glad- as strong as usual, wh
tract. jdening the chief netman's heart is the Conference membE
"The decision I have made has the present eligible status of Law- way up in the tennis s
been a most difficult one," McLaugh-
ry said on his arrival here. ---
honor positions, with seven alter-
nates, from a field of over 600. Judged
as to leadership, character, person-
ality and proficiency in acrobatics,
the staff represents the nation's IE X 1i. ri
scream teams at most of the post-
season all-star games. In its 21st
year, Gamirl, Sigma has had on its \ J
lists such noted cheerleaders as the -
famed Archie Nelson, originator of
the Nelson Arch, Kay Kyser and the Ik A
late Hal Kemp. )

f the all-cam- Evers mad
ter and Wayne baskets aga
nners, get off eral of his
semester, Weir
idsquad of vet-r Tho
have to take a Thecoat
egation in the i impressed
I displayed 1
the freshmen games. In
e form in the j
Schaflander, a -_--
in, Roy Brad-
hockey team,
e up this group
Rounding out
m Bourquin, a
of last year.
ng forward to
en race in the
powers, aren't
Nile the rest of
ers are on the

mnlllluesV1play, anl was
andicapped for the rest
ers is the best player I've
rng time," McCoy reported.}
er, fast and shoots with
d. At that, though, Ruehle
job of guarding on him.
e only three of his six
inst George and had sev-
pet shots blocked."
ed Defensive Ability
ches were also especially
with the defensive ability
by Mandler in the two
the Boilermaker tilt, big

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