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1~UF~SnAY, OCTOI~ER ~2, 1946 PAGE TTfflEE

Will It Be Roses.
This week may well see the final decision rendered by the Western
Conference in the battle of cloistered tradition vs. the multifarious lures of
postseason football, as the votes of the athletic directors of the constituent
universities reach the hands of Kenneth L. Wilson, Big Nine director of
In 1943 a similar balloting was held when Ohio State University
was invited to participate in the Rose Bowl in Pasadena after complet-
ing a gridiron campaign with an unsullied record. The Buckeyes ex-
pressed ther desire to accept and brought .the issue up before the Con-
ference, but tradition prevailed and Ohio State was forced to decline the
This year the same outmoded arguments are being offered in support
of the ban which has been in effect since 1921. One of the foremost of these
is that the Rose Bowl is an outside promotion and not under collegiate
supervision. For several years now, however, the annual affair has been
controlled by the Pacific Coast Conference. The Conference designates
its representative, which then invites an opponent.
Another point stressed by those who seek to hold the line on the
postseason interdiction is that the Pasadena, Tournament of Roses
Committee still takes a share of the gate receipts as rental for the
stadium in which the game is played. But the Big Nine should hve
no objection to that division of receipts, for the Western Conference is
one of the organizers and an annual participant in the National Col-
legiate Athletic Association basketball championship, yet only once
have the finals in that tournament been held in a college field house.
Indeed, for the past several years the N.C.A.A. championship has been
held in New York's Madison Square Garden, the scene of some of the
most disgraceful gambling scandals in recent years, with the latter
taking a substantial percentage of the total receipts. Also, it should be
noted that the University of Illinois, which has declared its policy
against the Rose Bowl, has moved several of its home football games in
the past to the Municipal Stadium in Cleveland, where a high rental
was paid.
The old faculty contention that a postseason football game is detri-
mental to the educational interests of the players does not take into con-
sideration the fact that the Rose Bowl game is played during the Christmas
holidays and that no actual classtime is lost.
Probably the most nearly valid argument favoring the traditional Big
Nine policy is that a postseason football game would extend the season
unreasonably long. A member of the University of Michigan coaching staff
has stated that a game that late in the year would require an additional
five or six weeks of hard workouts and regular daily practice sessions. But
exception to thisstatement may be taken on two counts. First of all,
only two extra weeks would be necessitated, for, under the proposed agree-
ment btween the Western and Pacific Coast Confrences, postseason practice
would be limited. But, even more important, if the Western Conference is
so interested in protecting its athletes for their schoolwork, it should look
into the matter of pre-season practice which, in many universites, often
runs longer than the full football season itself.
Finally, under the newly-proposed Rose Bowl agreement between
the Western and the Pacific Coast Conference no Big Nine champion
would be compelled to play and no one school could monopolize the
game because competition would be limited to once every three years
and the net gate receipts would be divided among all Big Nine mem-
bers. This last clause appears to be the clincher, for it is our guess that
the factor that will ultimately swing the decision over to Rose Bowl ap-
proval is that handy little item that has so much incluence-the Al-
mighty Dollar.

Leahy Considers Irish Gridmen
Potentially As Good As '43 Club
Speaking at Quarierback In ), Notre DaiVe Mentor Says
Break-Away Ru-nner Needed To Round Out Aggregation

By The Associated Press
CHICAGO, Oct. 21-Coach Frank
Leahy rated his present Notre Dame
eleven "potentially" as strong as his
1943 Irish, mythical National Cham-

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COMPLETE?-Paul White (16) goes into the air with Northwestern's
Don Burson (21) and Frank Aschenbrenner (22) for Gene Derricotte's
long first-period pass. Motion pictures show that White dropped the
ball but the officials ruled the pass complete on the Wildcat 16.
Madar Offsets Light Weight
With Stout Heart andCourage

The furious battle against still un-
conquered Army proved conclusively
that Elmer "Ace" Madar is one of
the most vastly underrated ends in
the Western Conference.
A mere lightweight as compared
with the beef and brawn that great
linemen are supposed to boast, Ma-
dar drove his 170 frame like a hu-
man dynamo in stopping the thrusts
of Blanchard and Davis. What he
lacked in size, he more than made up
with a fighting heart.
Dispute Over Eligibility
Since his return Irom service, Ma-
dar has tried diligently to round
into the same dependable form
which placed him at one of the flanks
of the Seven Oak Posts line of 1942.
Hampered by a leg injury at the out-
set, Elmer spent numerous hours.
with Trainer Ray Roberts getting
into shape so that he might play his
last season of varsity competition be-
fore graduating from the Phys. Ed.
school in February.
There was some dispute before
practice sessions got under way
whether or not Madar had completed
his three years in varsity competi-
tion. In 1940 he reported to Coach
Crisler for backfield duty, having
spent his freshman year as a half-
back under the tutelage of Wally
Weber, and his Northeastern High
School days as a wingback.
Was Quarterback in 1941
The initial tilt that season took
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Tom Harmon and the rest of the.
Wolverines to the University of Cali-
fornia battle grounds at Berkeley, but
Madar was injured after a few min-
utes of play and was sidelined for the
remainder of the schedule. During
the 1941 campaign he earned his first
major letter as a quarterback, al-
though a troublesome shoulder and
George Ceithaml saw to it that Ma-
dar didn't overwork himself.
Because of his speed, "Ace" was
converted to an end in 1942. As the
smallest "Oak Post," he battled con-
scientiously through a rugged pro-
gram of 60 minute games alongside
of Julius Franks, Bob Kolesar, and
Merv Pregulman. Pound for pound
he outplayed all of his opponents,
while half of the time only sheer guts
kept him going against fresh reserves.
Like.the rest of the Wolverine grid-
ders, this friendly, dark-haired end
seems determined to bring the Big
Nine title to Michigan this year.

Saturday's shuffle of the Big Nine
standings by the master gridiron
dealer -King Upset - brought on a
deluge of articles stating and com-
plaining how easy it will be for Mich-
igan to win the title by the simple
process of playing more games.
What these so-called sports critics
overlooked is the new system of
crowning the Western Conference
champ now in effect, which may keep'
the Wolverines out of the throne
room. Based on the theory that a
tie is a half win and half loss, the
system determines the title-holder on
a percentage basis.
This means that in a field that
was virtually narrowed to four teams
last weekend, there, are numerous
and sundry possibilities:
(1) Should Michigan. lose one of
its remaining games while the Iowa
Hawkeyes are winning the rest of
theirs, Iowa would cop the title
with an .833percentage compared
to .7J85 for the Maize and Blue.
(2) Should Illinois finish the rest
of its schedule unbeaten, it would
take the crown outright.
(3) Should Northwestern win its
remaining three for three and the
Wolverines take three for four, the
Wildcats would walk off with a
clear championship.
All of which serves to debunk the
idea that Michigan is in the Big
Nine driver's seat and can still afford
to lose a game. Such press clippings
give athletes the overconfident com-
plex King Upset thrives on.
Keep A-Head Of Your Hair
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8 Barbers - No Waiting
Between State and Michigan Theatres

pions, but at the same time gloom-
ily predicted a standoff battle with
Iowa Saturday at Iowa City.
Leahy told the Herald-American
Quarterback Club he scouted Iowa's
surprising 13-0 win over Indiana at
Bloomington Saturday and thought,
the unbeaten Irish and once-defeat-
ed Hawkeyes would battle to a 14-
13 or 21-20 affair which might g>
either way."
Team Play Below '43 Caliber
In spirit and material, Leahy said,
his current club with successive wins
over Illinois, Pittsburgh and Purdue
was on a par with the 1943 Irish who
won nine straight before a resound-
ing upset by Great Lakes.
He emphasized, however, that
Notre Dame's "team play" is con-
siderably below that of the 1943 club
and the Irish now lack a break-away
runner of Creighton Miller's caliber.
Hawkeyes Bigger Than Bears
Leahy reported that Iowa's line,
man-for-man, was larger than the
Chicago Bears and that the Hawk-
eyes, whose only setback in five
starts was a 14-7 loss to Michigan,


had "one of the greatest fullbacks
the season" in 6-foot, 4-inch, 220-
pound Dick Hoerner.
Comparing Johnny Lujack with
Angelo Bertelli, who was succeeded
at quarterback by Lujack midway in
the 1943 season, Leahy rated Bertel-
li the superior passer, but said his
present signal-caller was a better
field general and much stronger de-
Zuppke Praises Stagg
Leahy declined to speculate on
Notre Dame's Nov. 9 meeting with
Army at New York, but commented
that the Cadets can be beaten only
by a team which can score more
than three touchdowns against them.
Bob Zuppke, former Illinois coach
and now advisory coach to the Chi-
cago Bears, lauded A. A. Stagg, his
old coaching rival at the University
of Chicago who brings his College of
Pacific team, here to meet North-
western Saturday, as an imortal
western Saturday, as an immortal
football figure "whose name lives
long after his teams' scores are for-






To O e rdered Now



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Ruth Ann Oakes, Mgr.

Sport Shorts I
NEW YORK, Oct. 21 -( ) -
Charges of "company unionism and
interference" filed by the American
Baseball Guild against the three New
York Major League clubs-Yankees,
Dodgers and Giants-came to light
today at an informal hearing at the
New' York State Labor Relations
The Rev. William J. Kelley, chair-
man of the Board, who announced
the hearing, said the charges were
filed Sept. 17 by Robert Murphy,
Boston attorney and organizer of the
Gus Fan's postwar rush to the
turnstiles has made the 1946 edition
of the Wolverines a cinch to be the
most viewed in Western Conference
history. With 290,238 patrons al-
recorded, the Maize and Blue need
only to draw 88,089 in their four re-
maining games to crack the home
schedule record.
With the Minnesota and Ohio
State shindigs away already sold out,
these same four games need only
average 29,000 per to break the exist-
ing season mark of 544,567 set by
Ohio State last year.
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Teninga, Wahl, Chiames
Continue at Camp Lee
The Camp Lee, Virginia, Travellers
have put together a football team
this year with the help of three let-
termen from last year's Michigan
grid squad.
The boys who traded their maize
and blue for army olive drab since
last season are Walt Teninga, flashy
freshman halfback; Al Wahl, one of
the team's better tackles, and George
Chiames, second-string fullback.
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