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Harmon Withdrawal Kills'Mystery Bowl'Promotion.


Battle Saturday
Pap enguth's Boilermakers
To Face Swim Squad
The interesting batle of Teacher
vs. Pupil will once again be fought
when Dick Papenguth brings his
Purdue University swimming team
to meet Matt Mann's Wolverines
Saturday night.
And if past history is any prece-
dent,,the Pupil is in for another les-
son given by the old master of them
all, Matt Mann. Just last week, for
example, one of Mann's former stars,
Ben Grady, sent his Pittsburgh team
to the slaughter and came out on
the short end of a 51-23'score.
Papenguth Ex-Wolverine
Papenguth was a member of the
1924 Wolverine team as a diver and
relay man, and is now bringing up
a young, inexperienced team which
has already dropped a meet to North-
western, 54-30.
The'Wolverines will be virtually
at full strengthfor their first Big
Ten meet of the season, and that in
itself ought to make this meet in-
teresting. Mann isn't expecting much
in the way of competition from the
Boilermakers, but he is interested in
what his own boys will do.
So the curtain-raiser on the home
swim schedule boils down to Michi-
gan's men racing, against themselves.
With the greatest collection of na-
tators ever brought together dn one
team local fans will see some real
swimming and the tops in talent.
Horlenko, Heydt Will Duel
The race between sophomore Ted
Horlenko and Big Ten champ Fran-
cis Heydt in the backstroke will be
nothing short of sensational, and if
Mann enters both John Sharemet and
Jim Skinner in the breast stroke
event there is certain to be plenty of
Dick Papenguth, ex-pupil, will get
to show his Purdue team how Matt
Mann, master of them all, builds
champions Saturday night. Once
again the Teacher vs. Pupil angle will
be settled with the Teacher, as al-
ways, holding the aces.

on wirteIaItel a
On -~oob*all Seasons.
Fake promotions, commercialism and shady stunts have always been a
powerful threat to college football.
The "Mystery Bowl" game which seems to have fallen into the rocks
yesterday was just another of these factors which might have caused the
downfall of the amateur gridiron battles.
Perhaps the whole idea is best expressed by Michigan's great blocking
quarterback, and former captain, Forest Evashevski. Big "Mike" was against
the Rigby scheme from its very birth. Time and time again, he informed
the Hollywood promoter that he had no desire to participate.
According to, Evy, he took his stand because he felt that it was in the
best interests of the sport which he represented despite the "nice trip" and,
,rwhatever else he might have gained by joining behind the
4 ' ~idea.
.College football won't go on for long," Evashevski
pomted out, if they're going to get the players to go barn-
storming around after every season is finished."
'On this point, the Double firmly agrees. A definite
r : $ stand has to be taken to protect the grid stars and the fans
from any future stunts such as this proposed charity game.
Such commercialism will cheapen the sport, bring on a loss
of interest, and ultimately result in a general apathy
throughout the nation.
Evashevski Football will 'only be football if the season begins in
September and ends when the new year rolls around. That period in itself
is long enough, and any additions are apt to be fatal. If the "Mystery Bowl"
had been carried out successfully, there is no telling when the thing would
have stopped. A promoter in every city would have bargained for the all-stars.
If the idea behind the scheme wasn't bad enough, certainly the brand of
ball played would have been sufficient to disgust the public. In such post-
season games. the players can hardly be expected to give their all to the con-
tests. The will to win, the collegiate spirit will be totally lacking
and sorely missed.
These same promotional tendencies were exhibited in recent contracts
which the college players have been asked to sign. One pro club owner of-
fered John Kimbrough $37,500 for one year of service.' Naturally, this sum
was not all offered for his football playing. It has been announced that
$12,500 would be given for participat- --.. ----

C"ger Hopes
High For Tilt
With Wildcats
No sooner had the Wolverine bas-
ketball team gleefully retreated to!
the locker room after its first Big
Ten win of the season over Minne-
sota, Monday night, when a big sug-
ERN" appeared on the blackboard in'
the cagers' dressing quarters.
And that's the next major objec-
tive for CoachBennie Oosterbaan's
newly inspired hoop warriors.
The Wolverines are slated to meet
Northwestern, who before Monday
was the Varsity's Conference cellarl
companion, at Evanston, Ill., Sat-
Wildcats In Cellar
So far this season, the Wildcats
have been little better than door-
mats for their Big Ten foes, but,
all the same, Captain Herb Brogan
& Co. aren't counting on any soft
For, despite the fact that North-1
western has yet to chalk up a Big Ten
victory, all of the Wildcats' four set-,
backs have been suffered atthe hands
of one of the top teams in the league
-Ohio State, Indiana, Illinois and
In addition, the Michigan cagers
realize how not so long ago they
snapped out of the same win-starved
predicament in which the Purple
quintet finds itself these days, so
the Wolverines are ready for anything.!
Clason Leading Scorer
Northwestern has one of the lead-
ing scorers in the Conference in Hen-
ry Clason, who is supported by three
star members of the Wildcats' foot-
ball team, Capt. Al Butherus, Don
Clawson, and George Benson.
Following the Northwestern tilt,!
the Varsity returns to Ann Arbor,
Monday, for a home engagement with
the star attraction of the Conference,
Indiana's classy Hoosiers.
Last year's NCAA champions will
bring to Yost Field House a star-'
studded lineup which includes Bill!
Menke, Bob Dro, "Curley" Armstrong,
Herm Schaefer, Tom Motter and six
other lettermen who carried the team
to the national title in 1939-40.
Harmon Gets Radio Offer
Tom Harmon, Michigan grid star,!
announced last night that he is con-
sidering an offer to appear on a spon-
sored radio sports program. The pro-
gram would be broadcast three times
weekly, starting February 1, from
Morris Hall in Ann Arbor, and would
be sent over the Michigan Radio
Network through the facilities of
WXYZ, Detroit.

Past Rtecord {
Of Promoter
Decides Tom
Other Michigan Gridders
Follow Example, Quit
Charity Game Scheme
(Continued from Page 1)
the publicity.dThe two supposedly had
'met in Florida. where definite plans
were drawn up.
This, however, was emphatically
denied in Bell's wire to The Daily.
! "Elwood Rigby was wrestling
promoter for several years," Bell
stated. "Promoted one show here.
Later worked in various cities.
Called me from Los Angeles last
week on proposed game and again
on Monday night wvhen he talked
to Arthur Ungar, chairman of
Stadium committee. Ungar told him
to bring more detailed plan, rela-
tive to players, cost, etc. That's
what I know. Now you tell me how
the hell can 50 college men get
away from classes to come here.
What is faculty reactions?"
Upon hearing of Tom's decision,
Ralph Fritz and Ed Frutig announced
that they too would withdraw their
names from the proposed squad list.
,Michigan's former captain, Forest
Evashevski said he had refused from
the beginning to have anything to
do with the idea.
Rigby was termed the "mystery
man" when he arrived in Ann Arbor
Tuesday and attempted to go about
his business without disclosing his
real name.
There is little chance now that
the game will go through. Harmon
was Rigby's principle attraction and
without him, it seems likely that ten-
tative plans for the charity battle
will be dropped.
Rigby left Ann Arbor late Tuesday-
night to catch a plane back o Cali-
fornia. He expected to return here
next week with the "transportation
and expense money" for the players.
At that time, he had hoped to com-
plete final plans for the game.
Psi U Takes Fraternity
Swim, Water Polo Titles
Phi Upsilon annexed the fraternity
swimming and water polo titles in
the Sports Building pool last night
by defeating Phi Gamma Delta, 382-
22% in the swim finals and Delta
Kappa Epsilon, 3-1 for the water polo

Ci1niubs IAIS I'li II0r A fshlI
On Big Ten, National Mat Titles
By STAN CLAMAGE and clever, and once the opponent
Some call him the Oklahoma Wild- takes advantage of a break he gets
cat; others call him the Tulsa Bron- all tied-up in Combs' legs and arms
co-buster: but to everyone he's 'Just before he knows what has happened.
Plain Bill.' Bill is now in his ninth year of
Yes, he's Capt. Bill, Combs, 155- wrestling. Starting his grappling in
pound grappler on Cliff Keen's wrest-
S-Tulsa, Okla., he achieved his first
distinction by winning a state cham-
pionship. Now in his third year of
wrestling for Cliff Keen, Combs has
a string of 18 dual meet victories to
his credit, with no losses. He hopes
to become the only Michigan grap-
pler to go through three years of
competition without a loss in dual

Combs is looking forward to the
Big Ten Meet and also to the National
Intercollegiates. For two years now
he has been runner-up in both. Last
season a leg injury hampered him.
But after an operation on the leg
last summer, Bill says "I'm planning
to win both of the meets this year."
During the summer Combs keeps
himself in condition by throwing
bi'oncos at his home ranch and in
rodeos. But, while he needed only
about 15 seconds to toss a bronco, Bill
has had to use nine minutes in col-
lege competition.
Handball And Badminton
Tournaments Announced
Two all-campus tournanents, the
handball doubles and badminton
singles, will get under way during the
first week of the second semester at
the Sports Building.
Entries for the handball event are
now being received, and play is sched-
uled to begin on February 18. The
deadline for entries for the badmin-
ton tournament is February 14, with
play starting February 19. All under-
graduates excepting those who are
members of varsity squads now prac-
ticing are eligible for both events.

ing with the grid club and the other
$25,000 for "other things.".
The "other things" probably againI
refers to a barnstorming tour of some
sort, exactly the thing which Eva-j
shevski believes will be injurious to
the sport ps a whole.
Something has to be done to take{
these big deals away from the col-
legiate scene. This rising tend-#
ency can't go on without ruining

Stidham Favored
For Marquette Job
NORMAN, Okla., Jan. 22-(A')--
Tom Stidham, head football coach
and athletic director at the Univer-
sity of Oklahoma, said tonight he
was considering an offer to become
head coach at Marquette University
but that he had reached no decision.
"I've talked with Marquette of-j
ficials and I'm flattered to learn that
they have placed me at the top of
their list," he said when informed
of reports at Milwaukee that he was
first choice to suceed John L. (Pad-
dy) Driscoll, who resigned.
Stidham, who succeeded Major
Biff Jones as head coach here in
1937, still has two years to go on
his present contract.

ling squad, and president of the 'M'l
Club. Bill was given the title of the
Oklahoma Wildcat because of the tac-
tics he uses on the wrestling mat.
He's not only one of the classiest
grapplers in collegiate circles, but he
is also one of the most aggressive.
Always trying to force the fight, Bill
is willing to give his opponent a
break, and then watch out. He's fast


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Ice Items.
Item: Michigan will meet the Sar-
nia A.C. in hockey this Saturday. The
game will begin at 8 p.m.
Item: Michigan (as well as Sarnia)
will have six men on the ice at the
opening whistle.
Item: Michigan will win. Oops! (If
you doubt this, come on down and see
the game. No, we are not being paid
by the Athletic Department).
Actually, of course, only one ofathe
three items mentioned above can be
classed as anything resembling a
certainty. That is the first. Barring
earthquake (and the quake season is
nearly over now) or other acts of
God, the game will be played.
As to the possibility of Michigan
having six men in the game at its
opening, this is at least a likelihood.
There is, of course, always the chance
that one of the Sarnia lads will fall
groveling to the ice in terror when
he is confronted with the terrifying
spectacle of Henry (Horrible Hank)

Loud with all his good old equipment
on. In doing this, the visiting chap
may bump his chin rather severely
on the ice, causing a severe lacera-
tion of the face. Hank will then
draw a five-minute penalty for draw-
ing blood.
If the Wolverines do have to play
the first five minutes of the game
without Hank in the nets (although
I wouldn't lose any sleep over the
possibility), then you may add to the
list of items that they will play the
last 55 minutes without hope.

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the team, this writer and an uniden-
tified number of consummate fools
whose loyalty to the Maize and Blue
exceeds all earthly bounds. It is
rumored that there are others but
this has not, as yet, been verified.
Commenting on the impending
holocaust, Coach Eddie Lowrey
said, "Several of the boys are down
with the flu now but a little thing
like having three or four of our
best players out never bothers us.
We've seen too much trouble al-
ready. Sarnia is better than Lon-
don but we should win." Paul
Goldsmith and John Gillis are the
team's two leading invalids.I
So, as was stated earlier, Michigan
will play hockey Saturday night, that
is if the U.S. Immigration Officials
don't get nasty.
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