TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 1945
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1946 aize and Blue Quintet
To Open Season in Ten Days
First Encounter with Central State College
Regulars; Mullaney, Kell, Harder Return
With the opening game at Central
State Teacher's College only 10 days
away, Michigan's basketball team is
fast rounding into shape for the en-
This year's inaugural, the earliest
in Wolverine history, necessitated an
equally early practice schedule. Con-
sequently, the squad has been work-
ing out at Yost Field House under the
direction of Assistant Coach Bill Bar-
clay since early September. Several
weeks of summer practice were sched-
uled as well.
Head coach Bennie Oosterbaan has
not been able to take over the reins
as yet, being busy until the end of
the football season in his capacity as
End Coach. Oosterbaan will assume
command in late November.
Two Dons Missing
Michigan will miss the two Dons
lost from last years squad, Lindquist
and Lund, but among the lettermen
returning are John Mullaney, Walt
Kell, and Keith Harder, all regulars
Wolverine hopes are further bright-
ened by the return of Dave Strack,
letter winner in both '42-'43 and '43-
'44 and honorary captain of the cage
squad in his last year. Strack return-
ed to the campus this summer after
serving in the Marines.
Heading the list of 21 aspirants
T6 Meet Great
Lakes Sa turda y
EAST LANSING, Nov. 5 -(/')-
Michigan State College's football
team, which came through the 14-7
victory over Missouri last week with-
out a serious injury, rested today but
prepared to plunge into practice
Tuesday for Saturday's game here
with Great Lakes.
Coach Charley Bachman, well sat-
isfied with his team's showing against
Missouri, warned his Spartans that
in Great Lakes they would be play-
ing their toughest foe of the season
since the Michigan game and cau-
tioned them against over-confidence.
Bachman said that State will con-
tinue to make use of its ground game
which improved markedly in the Mis-
souri contest, although he indicated
that passing will still play an impor-
tant role in the M.S.C. offense.
contesting for berths on the squad are
Glenn Selbo, Bob Harrison, Martin
Feinberg, Gordon Rosecrans, Bill
Walton, Bob Hamilton, and Ray Lou-
then. Walton, a Navy trainee, was
. returning letterman
a regular guard for DePauw of IndJi-
ana last year. Feinberg is a junior,
having played high school and ama-
teur basketball in Cleveland before
entering the service.
Improvement Hoped For
Both Oosterbaan and Barclay are
hoping to improve upon last year's
Conference record which showed
Michigan in fifth place with five wins
against seven losses. Not until De-
cember 22 will the Wolverines begin
Big Ten play when they open against
Following the Centrai State Teach-
ers game the Maize and Blue meet
Michigan State and Western Michi-
gan here. Great Lakes and the Wol-
verines clash at the training center,
and Michigan then winds up the pre-
Conference schedule here against
Utah. Coach. Barclay is also trying
to schedule a game for Nov. 23, but
nothing is definite as yet.
In Title Race
Wolverines Must Fake
Purdue and Ohio State
By WALT KLEE
Michigan's 26-0 rout of Minnesota
kept the Wolverines in the thick of
the chase for the Big Ten Crown, but
at the same-time may have damaged
Maize and Blue chances for the title.
Indiana Must Lose
If the Wolverines are to take un-
disputed possession of the Crown,
Fritz Crisler's charges must not only
win their two remaining Conference
games with Purdue and Ohio State,
but either Minnesota or Purdue must
take the measure of Bo McMillan's
With many of Michigan's title
hopes resting on the outcome of the
Indiana-Minnesota game in Minneap-
olis next Saturday, the prospects of a
Gopher victory look pretty black con-
sidering the mauled condition in
which Bernie Bierman's charges left
the field last Saturday.
Vic Kulbitski, the Gopher fullback
who resembles a battering ram, was
removed from the game in the fourth
period with a leg injury and he may
not be able to play in next Saturday's
tussle and certainly won't be in the
pink of condition. His loss alone is a
serious threat to Gopher power.
Other Minnesota stalwarts such as
Tom Cates, Bob Graiziger, Dick Van
Dusen, Bob Carley, and Johnny West-
rum, all members of the first string
eleven, left the gridiron with at least
minor injuries or bruises. At least
two other ends and two tackles left
the game in a banged-up condition.
Hoosiers Have Edge
Defeating a Bierman team in top
condition would be quite a task for
the Hoosiers. But the injuries to the
Gophers probably will mean that In-
diana will be given the edge in what
would have been a close affair. Of
course, many of the injuries may be
minor and not serious enough to keep
men out of action.
Indiana has had two breathers the
pa'st two weeks and will enter the
fray primed for the task of keeping
its undefeated record intact. And it
must be remembered that McMillan
has wanted a Big Ten Crown for
Illinois Meets Iowa
The two other Conference games
will have little effect on the leaders.
Illinois and Iowa will face each other
in search of their first league win.
The other contest pits Northwestern
Ohio State will visit Pittsburgh in
a non-Conference game with the Pan-
thers, and Purdue has an open date.
Michigan will face Navy inBalti-
more in a game second only to Army-
Notre Dame on Saturday's grid slate.
The outcome of this tussle will have
much bearing on national standings,
but no effect in the Vv estern Confer-
'I Say, Heathfiff,I
No Booting Now!'
MANCHESTER, Engiand, Nov. 5.
(I)-Britain's (soccer) football play-
ers handed down an ultimatum to
club owners today in which they
threatened to strike after Nov. 17 un-
ess demands for increased wa e ,.re
NEWV+ VIEWS + COMMENT
By BILL MULLENI)ORE, Sports Editor
IHE STORY of Michigan's 26-0 victory over Minnesota last Saturday may
be simply told. The Wolverines ran better, passed better, blocked better,
and tackled better than their opponents, and when a team excels in those
four basic departments it is a pretty sure bet to win.
But, while the reasons for the Michigan victory may be simple, the
reasons for the poor Minnesota showing are a little more obscure. We
fully expected to see a real battle Saturday. We figured that Michigan
would have to be just about as good as it was to win. But we also had
visions of a top-notch Gopher eleven putting up a tremendous battle. Those
visions very definitely did not materialize.
In the locker rooms after the game, in the comments of various
press bex authorities from Minneapolis and elsewhere, in talks with
some of the Michigan players, and in just plain rumors we have heard
a gcdi many theories designed to explain Minnesota's ineptitude. None
of them, to our way of thinking, is the right one.
We heard, for instance, that there was dissension on the Minnesota
squad. We heard that the Gouhers had taken such a bad physical beating
from Ohio State the revious week that they had not been able to recover.
We heard that they were not mentally "up." We heard that they were
over-confident. And we heard a lot of others, too numerous to mention.
Our own explanation involves no such excursions into the misty
realms of psychology. For our money, Michigan was just the better team
with hetler b,:0 players-and more of them. And that phrase "more of
them" is the key to the situation, if our theory is correct.
The first, two men at every position on this 1945 Michigan squad are,
with a very few exceptions, just about equal in ability. That means that
Coach Crisler can substitute freely, keeping fresh men in the lineup all the
time, without materially'Veakening his combination on the field.
(RISLER has been quick to take advantage of this most fortunate wind-
fall. He has formed an offensive and a defensive line, alternating the
two as the ball changes hands. He has switched his backfield men at fre-
quent intervals. Except for the center, quarterback, and fullback, no Michi-
gan player is in the game much more than two periods in toto.
The result has been that the Wolverines have just plain worn down
the opposition in the closing stages of the game. A. good fresh man will
beat a good tired man, and the same, in general, amplies to a team.
ciisler has becn very careful ) see that Michigan is always represented
en the fir 1? by men who are both good and fresh.
No one who saw the fourth quarter of the Michigan-Minnesota fracas
can derry that the Gophers were a thoroughly tired bunch. After almost
every play, at least one Minnesotan had to be taken from the field. Michi-
gan, on the other hand, seemed to have plenty left. It had enough, at any
rate, to score three timss in the final period, where it had had trouble scor-
ing once in the first three.
Just about the same thing happened in the Illinois game last week.
The Wolverines were held in check for three quarters, but exploded for
a trio of touchdowns in the fourth for a 19-0 victory. Just as did the
Gophers, the Illini seemed to wilt visibly as the game progressed.
Maybe those two games were just coincidences, in which case our theory
is probably all wet. But we don't think so. In fact, we wouldn't be at
all surprised to see a repetition of the same pattern in future contests.
Ponsetto, Yerges, Robinson
Possibilities Include Artley,
By BILL MULLENDORE verted
Daily Sports Editor which h
Anybody here play quarterback? to run
That's the question Michigan foot- Navy,
ball coach Fritz Crisler was asking They.
the world yesterday, and well he The p
might. For right now the occupant by the
of the quarterback position in Sat- Artley,
urday's tussle with Navy at Balti- Georgia,
more, Md., is one huge question mark. seasond
Three Down has not
As things stand now, neither Joe He was
Ponsetto, regular signal-caller, How-
ard Yerges, Ponsetto's understudy, in 1942,
nor Don Robinson, the most likely Hutter,
third string choice, will be available Dor, ei
for duty against the Middies. Daty, t
Ponsetto, who did not see any ac- come al
tion at all in last Saturday's 26-0 the brew
triumph over Minnesota, will be out few mu
for the remainder of the season, it Doty ha
was learned yesterday. An operation If the
may besnecessary to remedy an ankle may tur
injury suffered in the Illinois game, while so
Crisler said. was sen
Yerges' Ankle Injured the Min
Yerges, who filled in so capably for ler and
Ponsetto in the Gopher tilt, also has only th
been sidelined by an ankle injury. perience
The final word has not been spoken job.
regarding his ability to play Satur- As a
day, but Crisler was inclined to be comb th
dubious.-*L sity squ
And Robinson, the boy who tossed overlook
the two long passes for lichigan's at thisc
fourth touchdown, is also out for the to who,
season, with ahknee injury. Robin- starting
son, who saw his first action of the off time
year Saturday after receiving a ser-
vice discharge, had shown great The
promise in his new quarterbacking Michi
Not Much Choice sityP
That leaves Crisler with a miscel- Mann
laneous collection of third and fourth dates.
stringers, newcomers, and men con-
Crisler Searches Squad
For Substitute Gridder
from other positions from
ae must select a quarterback
s team against undefeated
roblem may possibly be solved
return to the squad of Jim
185-pounder from Savannah,
, who saw some action last
at quarter. Artley has just
ischarged from service and
had much time to practice
a member of the Duke squad
but did not win a letter.
Doty May clay
ther George Hutter or Harold
Gird and fourth string signal-
respectively, may be able to
ong fast enough to step into
ach. Hutter has seen only a
,utes' action all season, and
s not played at all.
ese two sources fail, Crisler
n to big Dan Dworsky, erst-
econd string fullback, who
.t in to back up the line in
nesota game. A vicious tack-
a hard blocker, Dworsky lacks
e football sense born of ex-
to be a "natural" for the
final resort, Crisler plans to
he ranks of the Junior Var-
uad, just in cave something
ked earlier may turn up. But,
date, it is anybody's guess as
or what, will appear in the
quarterback position at kick-
first meeting of the 1945-46
gan swimming squad will be
t 5 p. m. today in the Var-
ool, Swimming Coach Matt
has announced. All candi-
for the team should report.
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