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Western Conference Grid. Rivals Set For Opening


Gophers Look Like Team To Beat,
But lose Ti tle Race Is Anticipated
Purdue Relies On Speed; gained,"the Badgers must be rated All Eyes On Paul Brown
Badgers To Challenge hiaghl y intoreason yTomnuFarris, aAs New Regime Takes
Minnesota Supremacy gi eat quarterback, the Dairy State! Command Of Buckeyesj


Senior Set


an er Season


* " . By Hal Wilson


Football once again has become the
sun's rising and setting point on, ev-
ery Western Conference campus, and
to make things even more conven-]
ticnal, Minnesota once more loomrs as
the team to beat.
But if anybody is expecting the
Golden Gophers to make a runaway
race of it, he had better change qis
mind, for according to the reports
emanating from the various training
camps the Yankees of the Big Ten
are going to find themselves right
in the thick of one of the tightest
title battles of recent.years.
Nevertheless, it looks like another
banner year for the Gophers.
Gophers Strong
With Captain Bruce Smith, War-
ren Plunkett, Bill Daley, and Bob
Sweiger forming the first team back-
field, the Minnesota quartet need not
take a back' seat to any set in the
land. Herb Hein and Bill Baumgart-
ner will be back to handle the flank
duties, while All-American Urban Od-
son, Dick Wildung, and a giant soph-
omore, Rudy Sikich, will take care of
the tackle posts.
Three" veterans, Gordon Paschka,
Bhtch Levy, and Wally Holstrum will
see plenty of action at the guard slots,
while Chuch Solheim looms as the
probable starter at center for the
Frickey Shows Class
Backing these men are a highly
touted bunch of reserves, led. by Her-
man Frickey, promising sophomore
triple threat halfback. To make
things easier for Bernie Bierman, last
year's freshman team was the strong-
est Minnesota has seen for many sea-
Swamped by tough luck the past
few years, the Boilermakers of Pur-
due will be one of the key teams of
the Conference. Coach Mal Edward
has assembled a speedy squad, and
with speed the keynote, the men of
Purdue are expected to put up a real
battle for top honors.
Lots Of Experience
There is plenty of backfield exper-
ience in the Riveter camp, and the
line, led by guards Jim Miller and
Tom Melon, will be strong. Several
promising men are coming up from
last year's frosh outfit, including
Harry French, standout tackle.
One of the most improved teams in
the Big Ten will be Wisconsin, With
the experience that last year's prac-
tically all-sophomore team has

for the forward wall, Northwestern
will be ayiother dark horse in the
coming race. Nevert-heless, Coach
Lynn Waldcrf will not deviate from
his custom of fielding a fast, top-;
notch backfield.I
Plenty Of Backs
Floyd Chambers, Otto Graham,
Gene Mundy, Dud Keene, Don Buff-
mire, Bill Ohland. Don Clawson, Ike
Kepford, Don Kruger. and the high-
ly-touted Bill deCorrevonti form a
substantial list for Waldorf to draw
from in forming his traditional
.predy set of backs. A powerful back-
field and a q2sstion mark line make
the Wildcats strong enough to cause
plenty of trouble in Conference ranks.j
Dcpending mainly on sophomores,
Illinois should still show an improve-

(Continued from Page 1) that scrimmage session?" the press
edinte a has asked Crisler, and will ask him
leds inraltiesbtheyiae maning-co again before the State clash. "If the
less. Practice brilliance won't score boys were satisfactory. we'd quit
touchdowns against Michigan State. coaching them." Fritz replied, and
FURTHER darkening the Wolver- that's what he'll answer every time.
ine outlook are the ominous The coaches are still coaching,
whispers of "victory-starved Spar- but then, Fritz has high standards.
tans" and of a grim determination In four more days all the ground-
born of three years of frustration work will have been completed. Sev-
drifting down from Michigan State's enty-five thousand fans will be in on
East Lansing grid camp. Make no the decision. The Wolverines, vet-
doubt about it. The Spartans. bul- Qrans and sophomores alike, will pit
warked by 24 lettermen who have their might against the invading
never tasted victory over a Crisler- men of Sparta. Time alone will
coached eleven, are going all-out for prove their adequacy.
a triumph Saturday.
But, at the same time, it seems
difficult to believe that the spirit H Il
of Bachman's squad could be any

finer than that of the Wolverines.
Underdogs in the forthcoming en-!
counter by general concensus of ex-
pert opinion, the eptire squad dur-
ing the training grind has seemed to
realize it has a man-sized job to ac-
complish, and has diligently gone
about doing so with ceaseless, un-
flagging determination.
Michigan will have a line; it may
have a backfield. Mate will have
both line and backfield. Both teams
will be fast and willing. And both
will be primed to expend every avail-
able ounce of energy in this home-1
state rivalry which hasgradually
expanded until it is now one of the'
nation's top grid attractions.
"Was your squad satisfactory in

(Continued from Page 1)

two C's. Signed by Columbia to'
make picture tentatively titled
"Wilson of Michigan."

Feb. 21-Michigan hockey
plays tie game. Eddie Lowrey,
mentor, smiles, points out, "I
the boys had it in them."



May 2-Coat of Arms wins Ken-
tucky Derby. Eight Michigan stu-
dents travel to Louisville to classic.
All bet on filly who stops to have
colt in stretch. Colt finishes third.
June 15-School year ends. Hello,
L Uncle Sam.

aggregation will be fighting, for the
top spot. Farris will have as backfield'
partners Don Miller, Bob Wilding,
and Bob Ray, which assures Wiscon-
sin's coach Harry Stuhldreher that
the Dairymen will field a quartet of
speedy backs.
Hoosiers Dark Horse
Bo McMillin, sage Indiana men-
tor, hasn't let much information drift
out of his Hoosier hideout. From all
indications, Indiana may well be the
Conference dark horse. The sopho-
more line prospects are good, and
McMillin has a classy backfield com-.
posed pf Bill Hillenbrand, Bob White,
Dale Svihart, and Eddie Herbert with
which to work.
Over at Ohio State, a new regime
has started to rebuild the broken
down Buckeyes. And don't anybody
be too surprised if this effort cul-
minates in the winning of the West-
ern Conference crown. The squad
reported on Sept. 10th in probably
the best condition of any Big Ten
cutfit, not a man being overweight.
Brown In Limelight
All eyes will be focused Columbus
way to see if Paul Brown, taken from
the high school ranks, can produce
a winner. Strongest in the backfield
where George Lynn, Dick Fisher, Les
Horvath, and Joe Novak will operate,
and ;led in the line by Captain Jack
Stephenson at tackle, the oft-scan-
dalized Buckeyes of Ohio State have
the material to sneak into the cham-
Ccunting heavily on tophomores


t's the smartsn

to use it a great deal this campaign.
Dick Good, who promises to develop
into one of the nation's best passers,
will be stationed at the all-important
uarterback position, and Illinois will
base its attack around him and his
trusty right arm.
Last on the parade of teams is
Iowa, tutored by Dr. Eddie Anderson.
The backfield is overloaded with dyn-
amite set to explode, but the line


ment over last year. Last year's year-
ling squad was the best the Indians
have had since 1935, and Wily Bob
Zuppke, in-spite of the civil war in
the Illini household, is looking for-
ward to a better season than the one
which he experienced "in 1940.
Good Is Good
Zup has initiated the famous "T"
formation in his drills, and he expects

'Vast Sports Facilities:
Local Athletic Plant Unsurpassed

Wtir Curtails
Famed Davi~s
World War II has brought about
many drastic changes in the field of
international sports, but the altera-
tion of the world's sport scene which
strikes closest to home for Leroy
Weir, coach of the Michigan tennis
team, is the cancellation of the an-
nual Davis Cup tournament.
The Cup matches symbolize the
pinnacle of achievement for all net
stars and is easily the peak of the
tennis year, as well as being one of
the brightest spots in thq entire
sports mirror. But since the advent
of war, the tournament has been in-
definitely cancelled, much in the
same manner as it was during World
War I. The young tennis aces of
today can no longer look forward to
participating in the world famous
and traditional Davis Cup matches.
Like all of the other tennis authori-
ties, Weir can see no way to remedy
the situation as long as the war
continues. There simply' is no suit-
able substitute for the Davis Cup
The Wolverine mentor feels that
the young net stars of today, such as
Bobby Riggs, Frank Kovacs, and
many others, are being deprived of
{ever participating in the sport's
greatest event.
When the war is finally terminat-
ed, these boys will likely have seen
their best days. They will be too
old to play the top-flight tennis that
they do today, and a new crop of
stars will, take their places in the
upper strata of the net world. In
the meantime, although they are the
cream of tennis, their golden oppor-
tunity of realizing every netler's
dream is being taken away from
them tl rough no fault of their own.
Another thing which makes Weir!
regret the cancellation of the tourna-
ment is the fact that it developed in-
ternational good will and sportsman-
ship. But today nations are fight-
ing with bullets and bombs, while
tennis fans the world over are griev-
ing the passing of international
battles on the clay courts.

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Importance Of Intramural
Program Augments
(Daily Sports Editor)
Long famed for its prominent
place in the scholastic sun, the Uni-
versity of Michigan is no less pro-
gressive in the realm of physical edu-
cation, possessing vast - facilities for
a thorough collegiate athletic pro-
gram unsurpassed throughout the
In a hlf-century of intercollegiate
competition Michigan has compiled
ian enviable record of fine teams and
outstanding sportsmanship which has
earned for it nation-wide respect and
admiration. During 1940 nine Wol-
verine Varsity squads competed in
Graduation Hits
Baseball Team
Three Star Hurlers Gone;
Tigers Get Wakefield
(Continued from Page 5)
the 1940 captain, will probably get the
keystone job, leaving only the first
base and shortstop positions open.
The two outstanding candidates for.
the initial sack job are Duane Pagel
and sophomore Don Boor who is at
present working out with the grid-
ders down on South Ferry Field.
Boor, a southpaw, is another member
of the frosh squad who showed plenty
of promise in the spring.
As candidates for the shortfield,
post, Fisher can count on three more
sophomores, two of them footballers,
in the persons of Don Robinson, Bob


doesn't seem strong enough
vide the spark.

to pro-




Anderson can call upon "Bullet"
Bill Green to handle the fullback
chores, while at the halves he can
select from three triple-threat soph-
omores-Jim Youel, Tom Farmer,
and Bob Bender. The signal-calling
will be done by Al Coupee, who is ex-
pected to be one of the Conference's
leading performers.:
In the line, Anderson has only two
veterans, Ross Anderson and Francis
Curran, the watchcharm guards of
last year's aggregation. The other
forward wall posts will be manned by
inexperienced sophomores.
There you are. You can take your
pick from these or our own Wolver-
ines, but don't be surprised if you
choose the wrong one. Anything can
happen in football, and usually does.




one of the toughest athletic leagues in
the country, the Western Conference,
and emerged witl a very respectable
all-sports winning average of .630
Bearing out Michigan's proud boast
of "Champions of the West." Maize
and Blue teams captured three Con-
ference titles and swept two National
Stadium Seats 87,000
All home football games are played
in the huge stadium, a sunken bowl
seating 87,000 fans. while four other
gridirons are utilized for practice
sessions by both the Varsity and the
freshman teams. Ferry Field, for-
merly used for big football games, is
now the scene of outdoor track meets,
baseball games, and intra-squad grid
Scenes of basketball contests, in-
door track and wrestling meets is
spacious Yost Field House, dedicated
to Michigan's "Grand Old Man,"
Fielding H. Yost. The Coliseum, a
full-sized ice rink, is the home of the

sports setup, the University stresses
Intramural athletics on an equal
footing. First of its size and com-
pleteness in the nation, the gigantic
Sports Building houses a galaxy of
body-building activities under its
huge roof. With an Intramural pro-
gram that \fosters team competition
in a score of sports under three gen-
eral division headings --residence
halls, independent and fraternity-
the Department offers something of
interest to every male undergraduate
on campus.
Used Often
Containing four basketball ocurts,
the swimming pool, 14 handball
courts, 13 squash courts, an auxiliary
gymnasium accommodating badmin-
ton, fencing, and volleyball, a boxing
and wrestling room, and innumerable
additional activities, the Sports
Building often is used by as many as
1,500 students daily, with an estima-
ted daily average of 800 taking ad-
vantage of its facilities throughout
the vax

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