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September 22, 1948 - Image 8

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Spectators Enjoy Spectacle
While Scout McCoy Works

Every week, while~thousands of
frantic gridiron fans are cheer-
ng their heroes on to greater
heights, there is a small group of
men who battle their way into
crowded football stadiums, strug-
gle into their seats: among the
confused multitude in order to see
games they can never enjoy.
This is the plight of a football
scout, a group to which Ernie
McCoy, of the Michigan football
coaching staff can claim member-
ship since 1925.
McCoy Returned From Navy
During the war years Head
Coach "Fritz" Crisler lost the
services of McCoy when the Mich-
igan, scout entered the Navy to
work in the aviation physical
training program. This year in
addition to his scouting duties,
McCoy is helping Wally Weber
coach the "B" team.
According to McCoy, whether a
scout diagrams the plays of only
one rival eleven or several dur-
ing the season, depends on how
late in the gridiron campaign that
opponent is met. This fall McCoy

will be scouting Michigan State in
two of the Spartan's games, and
he will also take stock of the
fighting Illini in one of their con-
In other sections of the country
one school can send as many
scouts to cover an opponent's
game as they please,sbut Western
Conference members, by agree-
ment, send only one scout to each
gridiron clash.
Scouts Watch Play
McCoy declared that besides the
general offensive and defensive
ability of the team, the scout must
take note of such details as the
exact position and spacing of the
players in each offensive and de-
fensive formation.
"Not only team ability but also
individuals," said McCoy, "come
under the scrutiny of a football
scout.". Whether a. certain player
is a fast or slow charger, a good
or bad blocker or if he reveals any
defects that can be taken advan-
tage of, are of vital concern to a
team in preparing a successful at-
tack and defense.

'U' Stadium
21st Year
This fall will mark the begin-
ning of the 21st grid season in
which Michigan football teams
have played in one of the largest
American stadiums.
Around 86,000 fans have crowd-
ed into the Michigan stadium
each Saturday of the Wolverines
home football season since 1927. A
field to hold the giant crowds
Wolverine grid teams always drew
was one of Coach Fielding H.
Yost's pet ambitions and construc-
tion on just such a field was be-
gun in 1925. When the largest
Big Nine stadium was finally built,
the crowds really began to pour
in. In 1927 alone, three of' the all-
time Michigan football attendance
records were set.
The first game ever played in
the Michigan Stadium saw the
Wolverines trounce an Ohio Wes
leyan team to the tune of 33-0.
Bennie Osterbaan, present head
coach of the 1948 edition of Michi-
gan gridders was one of the out-
standing players on the 1927
eleven. Rounding out his third
consecutive All-American foot-
ball season.

Although it has been tempo-
rarily sidetracked by University
officials, vast plant expansion for
the future is high on list of -fu-
ture improvements for the athletic
Everything from the building of
a new clubhouse for the University
Golf Course to the possibility of
enlarging the seating capacity of
the vast Michigan bowl is ear-
marked for the near future by
Athletic Director Herbert 0.
"Fritz" Crisler.
New Fieldhouse Planned
Crisler, who is pushing the ex-
pansion program as fast as pos-
sible, has had okayed plans for
the new golf clubhouse and a new
fieldhouse which would seat 20,-
000 and have facilities for basket-
ball, swimming and hockey.
Michigan's present facilities for
these events are somewhat inade-
quate, with the result that would
be spectators are turned away at
the doors because there is no
Coliseum Inadequate
This is particularly true in
hockey, where an old leaky coli-

seum seats about 1,300 people,
representing only a fraction of the
potential audience. Hockey is a
favorite with the townspeople of
Ann Arbor and there is little
doubt that all the seats could be
sold to these fans alone.
The need for an enlarged seat-
ing capacity at swimming and bas-
ketball events was ably demon-
strated this past spring when a
championship cage squad and a
NCAA swimming meet crowded
existing facilities.
More Courts
In addition to the plans for this
new large Field House, the Ath-
letic Department has scheduled
six new intramural basketball
courts, similar to those now found
in the Sports Building. New
swimming facilities for the stu-
dent body were planned for the
Sports Building.
Improved facilities for Women's
sports were also on the list of im-
provements to come in the near
future. Included in this was a new
tennis pavilion.
One of the chief reasons for this

plan of expansion, according to
Crisler is the increased enrollment
at the University, with no imme-
diate decrease in sight.
Professor Gives
Tips on Clean Air
Best way to keep the air in
your home comparatively germ-
free is to ventilate the house prop-
erly, according to Prof. Walter
J. Nungester.
"Diluting indoor air in homes
and hospitals with outside air is'
the easiest way to lower the con-
centration of bacteria," Prof. Nun-
gester explained.
Ultra violet lamps, which are
occasionally used tosreduce bac-
teria concentrations in the air,
have definite limitations, he add-
ed. The effect of the rays is weak-
ened in accordance with the dis-
tance they must travel. Also it is
necessary to take precautions
against burns to the skin and
against eye damage which may
result from over-exposure to the
ultra-violet rays.


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