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FRIDAV, MAY 15, 1942



MAY . ..1942......


Big Ten Football Teams,
Hit Hard By Graduation
Minnesota Still Appears Strongest, But Ohio State,
Northwestern, Iowa Are Rebuilding Squads

Crisler Head Of Versatile Coachin Staff




Football in the Big Ten will be as
colorful this coming year as in any
year in the past. Although many men
will be lost to the services, the inter-
est in the sport will- be more than
maintained by the scheduling of
many service teams by the Confer-
ence schools. The 1942 race appears
to be a tight struggle with Minnesota
having a slight edge over Michigan,
Northwestern and Ohio State. Iowa
may also prove a threat to capture
the title. With the exception of the
Hawkeyes, all teams must rebuild to
a great extent, and this year seems'
well suited to the uncovering of soph-
oore stars.
Minnesota Stong Again
Up at Minnesota, where now rests1
the Conference title and the Little]
Brown Jug, a new Minnesota jugger-
naut is being constructed by the
Gophers' new coach, George Hauser.
Hauser has acceptedthe Herculean
task of maintaining Bernie Bierman's
fine record. Bierman, who was re-
cntly called into the naval service,1
leaves Hauser with the job of com-
pletely rebuilding his national cham-
pion Gophers. Minnesota loses seven
of last year's regulars.
However, they have a knack of'
building great teams in the North-
land, and it would not be surprising
to see the Gophers field another
worldbeater next season. Hauser's
greatest problem will be to build an'
entirely new forward wall with the
exception of big Dick Wildung, the
only returning lineman from last
year's crew. Gone are such stalwarts'
as Urban Odson "Butch" Levy, Gor-
don Paschka, Helge Pukema, and
Gene Flick in the middle of the line.
Flankers Bob Ftch and Judd Ringer'
also graduate this June.
In the backfield Hauser has a com-
bination that any coach in the coun-]
try would give a new set of tires to
have. And this considered in the
light that All-American Bruce Smith'
has departed shows the constant
power of the Northmen. Pile-driver
Bill Daley who packs the punch of]
a medium tank may make Minnesota
fans forget Smith this season, how-
ever, and in the quarterback spot
the Gophers have one of the smartest
signal-callers in the game, Bill Gar-
naas. Herman Frickey, speed mer-
chant, and Bud Higgins, 155 pounds
of dynamite, will handle the halfback
post, although Higgins may continue
to understudy Garnaas. If Coach
Iauser is able to build an even fair
forward line in front of this quartet
of death and destruction, Minnesota
will once again rule the Western Con-
ference picture.
Ohio State Must Rebuild
Miracle man Paul Brown starts
his sophqmore year in the big time
at Ohio State next season, and he
may have to perform even greater
wizardry in order to come up with
a winning combination for the High
Street moguls this autumn. Com-
mencement plays havoc with Ohio
this year for leaving their alma mater
are Jim Daniell, outstanding Con-
ference tackle, his run'ning mate Jack
Stephenson, and Fritz Howard from
the line. All of the Buckeyes' back-
field have departed also with a host
of others. Unless Brown comes up
with some outstanding sophomores
he will have a hard time duplicating
last season's record.
At Iowa Coach Eddie Anderson has
the makings of another formidable
outfit. Last year's squad was alter-
nately hot and cold, but the Hawk-
eyes had a green team. This yea the
squad is all experienced and should
go places.
Loss of Bill Green, swift, swivel-
hipped fullback will be most acute in
the Iowa camp, but only three other
regulars are graduating including Bill
Diehl, center; Jim Walker, tackle;
and Al Couppee, quarterback. Not
that these men won't be missed, but
Anderson has only the fullback and
center post to worry him, Veterans
will fill the other line positions, ani

the Iowa backfield will be manned
by Jim Youel and Bernie Mertes at
the halves with Ben Trickey master-
minding the eleven.
Eliot Takes Illinois Rtins
A new football era hegins at 1111-
nois where Ray Eliot aumes Bob
Zuppkc's job as '(Jaci] of the 11in,
That 1ilinois should hav(' a contend-
ing team iI the Conference this year
is a remote posibility, hut they
1iould show an improvement over
last year's haples tram. Don Griffin,
J 5n Smith, and Myron Pfiefer form a
strong backfield. Up front the line is
filled by experienced men. Eliot at
least has the foundation for a sound
tcearn and may spring some surprises
before the season is over.
With only Billy Hillenbrand to
headline his squad, Bo McMillan is
looking for sophomore talent to make
up for the hloosiers' deficiencies, The
10ldian defense is still weak. and.
unlesr new men a'r found to holster
the line, the Hoosiers seem destined
to have only a mediocre tea,'
At Evanston, Ill., Coarh Lynn Wal-
dorf will have most of his trouble in
frvinp to find a new backfield for

take Ike Kepford, Floyd Chambers,
and the highly-touted Bill deCorre-
vont from the halfback posts, while
fullbacks Don Clawson and George
Benson and quarterback Dick Erd-
litz will also wear the cap and gown
this year.
In the line, Wildcat fans will feel
the absence of All-American Alf Bau-
man most deeply, and the loss of
Bauman's fellow tackle Leon Cook
cannot be taken too lightly.
Wildcat Reserves
However, the Purple have some
very capable reserves coming up to
take the places of the graduates. Bob
Carlson, Tony Samarzia, and Ray
Vincent will fight it out to see which
fwo of them will take the places
vacated by Bauman and Cook, and
the ends will probably be filled by
Bud Hasse and Bob Motl who did a
capable job last year.
The eight other Western Confer-
ence teams will find much to worry
about in the person of Otto Graham,
who in his sophomore year last fall i
gave performances that were no lessj
than sensational. With an added year
of experience, there's no saying where
he'll go in 1942.
The Purdue eleven suffered irre-
parable losses through graduation,
and Coach Mal Edward will have
to build practically an entir'ely new
line and substantial part of the back-
Gone from last year's lineup are
ends Bill Combs and LaVerne King,
tackles Pete Timperman and Italo
Rossi, and guards Tom Melton and
Jim Miller. John Petty and John
Galvin will vacate the fullback and
halfback posts, respectively.
Promising Purdue Backs
The 1942 version of the Boilermak-
ers' grid squad will probably be butilt
around three promising halfbalcks,
"Red" Carter, Junior Brock, and Paul
Anderson. From there on in, it's any-
body's guess.
Harry Stuhldreher, up at Wiscon-
sin, will have a considerably easier
task, as the only serious loss of the
Cardinal's eleven is quarterback Tom
Pat Harder, who did a great job
as a sophomore, and Dave Schreiner
are being counted o to lead Wis-
consin to, perhaps, one of its best
seasons in recent years.

Munn, Weber,
Martineau Aid
Football Coach
Doherty Handles Track;
Fisher, McCoy Coach
Varsity Baseball Team'"
Although the draft, in the coaching
field, as in so many others, has
snatched away some of the most im-
portant cogs in the athletic training
machine, the Michigan coaching
staff is still one of the most versatile
in the country.
Headed by Director of Athletics
Herbert 0. "Fritz" Crisler, this group
of men has established an enviable
reputation for character building
and good sportsmanship. Although
Crisler is a newcomer in ihe role of
Director of Athletics, having served
in this capacity only during the cur-
rent year, he is a well known fig-
ure in Michigan athletics, since he
I has been head football coach since
11938. ,
He came here with a record of win-
ning performances, and in the past
four years, has turned out teams
which have stood up well against the


These Coaches Lead Great

Wolverine Teams To Victory

Veterans, New
Men Brighten
Tank Chances
(Continued from Page 2)
Mert Church, Chuck Fries, Pat
Hayes, Bob McCarthy, Ace Cory, and
Bob Chickering. Church is one of
the fastest sprint men on the frosh
squad with McCarthy, Fries and Cory
swimming close seconds. Pat Hayes
will probably fill in the second
breaststroke slot to Jim Skinner
which was left open by the gradua-
tion of John Sharemet.
On paper this team looks a lot
stronger than the squad a year ago.
Even though the Varsity will miss
such old standbys as Gus Sharemet,
Capt. Dobby Burton, T-Bone Martin,
John Sharemet, and Dick Reidl. The
Wolverines only lost two meets last



arrs r e aaure,

Wally Weber, who has the vital
job of handling the freshman candi-
dates, was a fullback at the Univer-
sity of Michigan in 1925-26. His job
may well become doubly important in
wartime, if the freshmen are per-
mitted to play in competition.
Bennie Ooosterbaan who is th
only Michigan man who has cier
been All-American three times in a
row, is head basketball coach. Bennie
i an esPccially busy man since he
also serves in the position of end
coach on the football staff. While he
was at Michigan, he was one of the
few men in the history of the school
to receive nine varsity awards.
Ken Doherty, who coaches the
trackmen, followed in the steps of
his predecessor Charlie Hoyt when
his thinclads ret ained both the in-
door and the outdoor crowns in his
first yeir here.
Chester St it(khoIIf' who twas
hoen to ()I ,a kc, Dohertyi's pla'e in
1940. when fih latter was appointed
head track coach, is thi mentor of
the Yearling thinclads. Before com-
ing here he coached at Saginaw High
Ray Fisher, who is the Michigan
baseball coach, was a former big
league ball player with the Cincin-
nati Redls and the New York Yankees.
He came here in 1921, and since that
time has turned out six Big Ten
championship teams. Ernie McCol is
the coach of the freshman baseball
players, and is the newest addition
to the staff, having come here only
this year.
Perhaps the most outstanding rec-
ord of any man on the staff is that
held by Matt Mann, the head swim-
ming coach. Coming here in 1925,

he has, since that time produced 13,
Big Ten and 12 Intercollegiate cham-
pionships. In 1940 his squad became
the first to win the Big Ten, the Na-
tional Intercollegiate and the Na-
tionl AAU crowns in one year.
Leroy Weir came here four years
ago as the coach of the Michigan
netters and has had steadily improv-
ing teams until last year his men
wcre able to capture the Big Ten title.
Cliff Keen was the wrestling coach
at the beginning of the year. but was
called into the service so Ray Court-

right, mentor of the golf team, was
called in to aid with the coaching
job. Courtright 'won 12 varsity let-
ters and was a member of Phi Beta
Kappa while attending Oklahoma
Eddie Lowrey who was a star hock-
ey player himself with the Ottawa
Senators is in charge of the Michi-
gan puck squad. Although in the
past couple of years the teams have
had only mediocre success due to a
great extent to lack of material, the
prospects for next year are very good.

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Michigan Has Fourteen
All-American Gridders
When Bob Westfall was chosen
All-American last fall, it was the
fourteenth Michigan gridder to re-
ceive that honor. Edliff 'Butch'
Slaughter was the first Maize and
Blue football player to be named
as he was selected the best guard
in the country in 1924. Others
named since then include Bennie
Oosterbaan, Harry Newman, Whit-
ey Wistert, Ralph Heikkinen and
Tom Harmon.

stiff Big Ten competition, and which
have featured such players as Tom
Harmon and Bob Westfall. Before
he came here he coached teams at
Chicago, Minnesota and Princeton.
Assistant to Crisler and backfield
coach, is Earl Martineau, who came
here from Princeton along with Cris-
ler. Martineau was All"American at
Minnesota in 1923. In that same
year he was also awarded the Western
Conference medal for proficiency in
scholarship and athletics.
Munn Is Line Coach
Clarence Munn, coach of the line-
men was, like Martineau, an All-
American from Minnesota and also
Won the Western Conference medal,






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