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Terror Strikes Irish As
Lujack Sprains Ankle
Star Quarterback Now Uncertain Starter
For Saturday after Practice-Field Collision

By The Associated Press
SOUTHf BEND, Ind., Nov. 6-A
shocked horror spread over Notre
Dame's do-or-die football squad late
today when Johnny Lujack, the
sparkrlug quarterback and the man
most necessary to the Irish hopes for
revenge against the Army Saturday,
suffered a sprained right ankle.
It was uncertain just what effect
this heart-breaker might have on the
possible chances of the boy from the
Pennsylvania coal-fields being able
to do a full-sized job in Saturday's
national championship clash.
Lujack Key to Hopes
Not even the Notre Dame school
physician, Dr. Joseph Caton, was
willing to guess.
But all hands-from Head Coach
Frank Leahy down-realized that
without 21-year-old. Johnny-the
kid who could have gone to Army but
chose Notre Dame instead, the kid
who came back from the wars after
a hitch aboard a sub-chaser in the
Atlantic-the hopes of getting even
for the 107 points the Cadets have
rolled up on the Irish in the past two
years were just about shattered.
Collides with Kosikowi
He's so vital that only a few hours
before the mishap today, he and
halfback Gerry Cowhig, were elected
co-captains for the Army game.
You saw the realization hit the
Irish today as the sturdy 21-year-old,
180-pound Lujack lay there on the
cleat-cut turf for a moment after
colliding with right end Frank Kosi-
kowski, a 205-pounder from *ilwau-
Simmons Out Too
Dr. Joseph Caton only a few hours
before had announced that the rup-
tured blood vessel Frank Simmons
suffered last Saturday was still so
severe the "best-halfback-in-the-
Navy-game" probably would have to
be left behind and miss the collision
with the Cadets.
The doctor diagnosed Lujack's in-
jury as a sprain and immediately
ordered Johnny to the infirmary for
the night for treatment with hot and
Blaik Spurs on
Cade&t Incentive
Says Notre Dame Has
Superior Personnel
WEST POINT, N.Y., Nov. 6-(P)-
As Army's football team went
through another strenuous practice
session today for Saturday's struggle
with Notre Dame, Coach Earl Blaik
replayed the 1943 Ariy-Notre Dame
tussle as a sort of strategic counter-
attack to the Irish discussions of the
humiliatation they suffered in the
past two years.
Blaik, as usual, insisted that Notre
Dame has not only plenty of per-
sonnel but a tremendous incentive to
win the game. Army hasn't either, in
his analysis of the situation, but the
red-thatched Army coach is doing
his best to discount the last two
tussles and bring up what happened
the last time a really good Notre
Dame team faced Army.
Irish Not Extended
The Irish won, 26-0, then and
Blaik insists that this year's Notre
Dame team -is far superior to the
1943 outfit. Notre Dame, in fact
hasn't been extended all season and
has concentrated ever since last
spring on one thing-beating Army.
By contrast, the thin Cadet squad
has been forced to go all out at least
twice this season, against Oklahoma
and Michigan, and the coaches have
had to go all out for virtually every
game. Even when Army figured to
win handily there were immediate
problems that kept the coaching
staff from, looking far ahead to the
Nov. 9 contest.

Army Prepares Late
Actual preparations for Notre
Dame didn't begin until last week,
Blaik said today and then it was
more from, the coaching standpoint
than real work by the players.
Phys. Ed. Club
To Meet in Union
Election of officers will be the
main business of the evening at the
next meetin gof the Men's Physical
Education Club to be held at 7:30
today in the Union.
In addition, Dean James Edmon-
son of the Education School will
address the group followed by mov-
ing pictures of the 1940 California
game which Michigan won, 41-0.
Sound effects will be quite ably pro-
vided by Coach Wally Weber.

cold compresses. There was a
swelling about an inch and a half
long just over the bone on the out-
side of the right ankle.
"I am not a prognosticator," was
all the doctor would say when asked
how much recovery was likely be-
tween now and Saturday's chips-
are-down clash.
Earlier, Leahy had told about the
special Irish defenses he had de-
signed to slow down Army's "you-
know-who," and then contemplated
sadly the news that Simmons was
hurt and would be left behind when
the Irish squad leaves at 4 p.m.
(CST) tomorrow.
Chicago Cards
Lead onOffense
NEW YORK, Nov. 6--UP)-Coach
Jimrmy Conzelman's up-and-coming
Chicago Cardinals are setting the
offensive pace in the National foot-
ball league, both in average yards
gained per game and total points
The team that finished a dismal
last in 1945, winning only one of 10
games has a chance to catch the
leading Chicago Bears in the league's
Western Division race if it continues
its pace of 345.2 yards per game.
With passing Paul Christman
accounting for a good share of the
scores, the Cardinals have piled up
180 points in seven starts or about
26 a game. However their defense
has beer a little off for they have
yielded 128 points and rank fifth in
that department on an average en-
emy gain of 252.4 yards per game.
Back of, the Cardinals come the
second-place Los Angeles Rams with
a 334.5 average and the League-lead-
ing Bears with a 316.7 figure.
Bob Waterfield and his Defending
Champion Rams have clicked off
4.2 yards on an average every time
they have tried a play along the
ground but their passing game
hasn't been as effective as the Cards
who piled up 1320 yards through the
air. The Philadelphia Eagles have
the best record for completions, a
.589 percentage. However, their aer-
ial gains average only 171.8 yards perj
start as compared to 185.7 for the
Cards and 181 for the Rams.

By ARCHIIE PARSONS, Doily Sport~s Staff
With everybody clamoring for a "return to normalcy" thesr da i, the
Southern athletic world is striving to answer the call.
Down below the Mason-Dixon, there's an educational institution called
Mississippi State (known to many as "Shorty McWilliams' College"), where
there was much concern that the return to pre-war standards was not
fast enough.
McWil--er--Mississippi State heard that the University of Nevada
had committed the cardinal sin of allowing two Negroes to play on their
football team. A Mr. C. R. Noble, athletic director of the southern univer-
sity, looked in his schedule and found, lo and behold, that the Mississippians
were to play Nevada in Starkville, Miss. November 16.
"This will never do," they said to themselves. So Mr. Noble sat{
himself down and penned a telegram to Nevada. When the Nevada
authorities opened the telegram, they found that Mississippi State
"could not violate southern tradition" by allowing Negroes to face their
sturdy sons on the gridiron.
Nevada's Board in Control of Athletics voted unanimously to cancel
the game. It seems they had a somewhat different idea as to what con-
stituted "normalcy." A $3,000 forfeit charge was not as important to them
as southern tradition was to Mississippi State.
But the tale does not end there.
The University of Miami, way down in Florida, must read the papers.
At any rate they also took a glance at their schedule. "What's this?" they
asked themselves, "We play Penn State. The papers say that they have a
star back named Wally Triplett. Wally Tripplett is a Negro, Ergo, we must
also follow southern tradition."
With great dispatch, Dr. Bowman P. Asche, president of this in-
stitution of higher learning sent a letter all the way to the wilds of
"We wish to avoid unfortunate incidents," the letter said. "Probably
the best thing to do would be for each of us to seek another opponent and
not to catapault very important and not well-understood inter-racial
problems into a football game."
One wonders who is making a problem out of the innocent simplicity
of a football game. One also wonders if the president was not thinking to
himself aloud when he said the problem was not well understood.
Penn State understood. They also cancelled the game. The Dean of
Physical Education at the eastern school, Dr. Carl Schott wrote, in
announcing the cancellation, that "the policy is to compete only under
circumstances which will permit the playing of any or all members of
its athletic teams."
Thus today, Miami and Mississippi State can stop holding their breaths
and sigh and pained relief. Southern tradition has been maintained. South-
ern "normalcy" has returned.

As one of Michigan's most versa-
tile athletes, Jack Weisenburger is a
stand-out in three major sports,
football, baseball and basketball.
Now in his third year of varsity

competition, Weisenburger has a
chance to become Michigan's first
eleven letterman under the present
eligibility rules.
Coming from Muskegon Heights,
Michigan, where he starred in high
school sports, Weisenburger was her-
alded as a great back when he came
to the University of Michigan in
1944. In his freshman year with the
Maize and Blue, Jack played left
halfback, compiling a 4.92 rushing
average per game and leading the
team with a 42.2 punting average.
In his second year Weisenburger
began the season in the halfback
slot but was switched to the fullback
position where he turned in an ex-
cellent job offensively. He finished
fourth in punting among the 1945
Western Conference individual lead-
ers with a 37.8 average. Besides his
work on the offensive, Jack is also,
a good defensive player, one of
Michigan's best on pass defense.

To the Michigan fullback, sports is
everything. His guiding ambition is
to be a professional baseball player.
Here at Michigan he's played short-
stop and left field, and in the majors
he hopes to play somewhere in the
infield, preferably shortstop. He has
had offers from both the Detroit Tig-
ers and Chicago Cubs, and hopes to
play for the Windy City club after
his graduation.
Suffering two major injuries in
high school, a broken collar bone
and a wrenched knee, Jack also had
tough luck last year when he sus-
tained a chest injury in the Purdue
Al Schaufelberger, former Na-
tional AAU and YMCA doubles
champ, will give a handball dem-
onstration at 4:30 p.m. today in
the Intra-Mural Sports Building.


WeisenbergerHas Opportunity ToBe
First Wolverine Eleven Letterman



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in three sports.
Spartans Pass
Buck to Crisler
With the question of whether Michi-
gan State College will play Michigan
in football in 1947 in the hands of
Wolverine officials, all forces on the
Spartan campus were pointed today
toward Saturday's contest with the
Maize and Blue eleven at Ann Arbor.
A clever evasive move by the MSC
Athletic Advisory Council today
shifted responsibility for continuance
of the historic series onto the should-
ers of Michigan Athletic Director H.
0. 'Fritz" Crisler. The Council re-
commended to the MSC faculty that
the Spartans meet Michigan on Sep-
tember 27 next year-despite a con-
flict with registration week-pro-
vided Crisler giyes the assurance that
future MSC-Michigan games will be
scheduled after the beginning of fall
quarter classes.
The faculty was expected to vote
Thursday whether to amend its
ruling which prohibits a game in Annj
Arbor before school opens.

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NEW YORK,, Nov. 6-(AP)-For
the second time this season Burr
Baldwin, of UCLA, hailed as an "out
of-this-world" end, has won the
lineman of the week award in the
Associated Press weekly poll.
Baldwin put on a topflight per-
formance )s the Uclans routed St.
Mary's 46-20 last week. He scored3
three touchdowns, two on pass plays,
that covered 49 and 23 yards. The

other six-pointer came when he
scored on a blocked kick. He was
equally superb on defense.
Other "workhorses" of the forward
line drew high praise. Weldon Hum-
ble, Rice guard, played such a terri-
fic game against Texas Tech that Del
Morgan, Tech coach, declared "I. was
glad to see Jess Neely take Humble
out. I was afraid he was going to
hurt some of my guards or backs."

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