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by merle levin, sports co-editor
MOTHERS, if your son ever entertains notions of becoming a coach,
hand him a' can of beans and call for Fearless Fosdick. Mercy
killers are getting off easy these days.
You can't win in the coaching profession. Look what's hap-
pened to Don Canham. In his first year as head track coach at
Michigan last season, Canham, wiih his best men spending more
time on the trainer's table than at practice, led his squad to an
inglorious seventh place finish in the Big Ten indoor meet.
While Ohio State and Wisconsin were racking up 38 points apiece
to tie for the title the Wounded Wolverines were limping to a skimpy
total of 13%/2.
THIS YEAR, Canham's thinclads more than doubled their 1949
total to finish in second place two and one-quarter points behind Ohio
State. Michigan's team performance was perhaps the best turned in
by a Maize and Blue track squad in the last twenty years. Half a
dozen men far exceeded the hopes of their most ardent boosters with
their performances.
It was a sterling performance on the part of the Wolverines
but where were the cheers for Canham? Why, they were being
drowned out by the shouts of the Grandstand Coaching Associa-
tion which claimed that Canham had lost the championship by
not running his ace distance man, Don McEwen, in the mile.
Did Canham sacrifice a championship when he held McEwen out
of the mile? He didn't think so Friday night when he sat down with
track expert Phil Diamond and figured out the probable first five fin-
ishers in each event. He doesn't think so today-and neither do I.
THE RESULTS of that Friday night session showed that Ohio State
would win the title by about eight points. Michigan figured fourth
with McEwen out of the mile, third if he should run it.
The difference between third and fourth was unimportant.
The fact that McEwen could set a Conference two mile record if
withdrawn from the mile was important.. Canham thought so and
so, apparently, did the team.
Canham didn't plan on Harry Cogswell, Ohio State's Conference
champion quarter-miler, falling in his specialty and costing the
' Buckeyes five points.
* * * *
HE DIDN'T know that Marcellus Boston of Iowa was going to de-
velop a cramp while running the dash and he didn't forsee the sur-
prising performances of Michigan's Art Henrie in the high jump, Bob
Fancett in the broad jump and Ed Ulvestad in the pole vault.
He did figure that if McEwen ran the mile there would be a
shifting of entries by other coaches which would result in Michi-
gan's losing enough potential points in the half-mile to .offset
McEwen's points in the mile.
Three weeks ago, McEwen, doubling in the mile and two mile
against Illinois, turned in one of the greatest double distance per-
formances in.Big Ten history. It took the young Canadian three days
to shake off the effects of that effort despite the fact that he is in
top physical condition.
CANHAM, in only his second season as a head coach was faced with
a real dilemna. He wasn't quite sure what to do with McEwen who
promises to become one of the greatest distance men of all time. Track
history is studded with the names of promising youngsters who had
been pushed along too fast. You'll find their names in small type
among the also-rans.
The after-effects of the Illinois meet on McEwen went a long
way towards helping Canham make up his mind on what to do
with him. There would be no doubling in any meet as strenuous as
the Western Conference Championships, at least not yet.
If McEwen had run the mile in the Big Ten meet he would have
run it to win, which means he would probably have had to aim for a
4:09 mile in order to beat Wisconsin's Don Gehrmann. It is question-
able whether he would have beaten Gehrmann. Len Truex who has.
handed McEwen his only collegiate defeat couldn't do it.
* * * *
THERE EXISTED also the possibility that McEwen's all-out
efforts in the mile would have taken so much out of him that he would
have lost the two mile. The effects of a double defeat were not cal-
culated to make a better runner out of him.
Canham didn't want to take the gamble. He held McEwen out
of the mile, ran him in the two mile (where he set a new Big Ten
indoor record), and lost the Big Ten Championship by 2 points.
That McEwen's potential points in the mile would have been offset
by lost points in other events I have already pointed out; that McEwen
is a very happy young Conference champion and record-holder doesn't
need to be pointed out. The fact that Don Canham deserves a world of
credit for his handling of McEwen and his development of Michigan's

best track team since the war apparently does.
Red Wings Tie
DETROIT - The Detroit Red
Wings had to settle for a 2-2 tie
last night as they met the Mon-
treal Canadians on Sid Abel Night
at Olympia.
The Red Wing Captain was fet-
ed before the game and contibut-
ed one goal to his team's cause but
the Canadians' Leo Gravelle push-
ed two past Detroit goalie Harry

Twelve-Team Noster omplete
Arizona, Niagara, LCNY ON GOLD STANDARD.:
Added to Tournament Field OSU's Peppe Happy with Young Stars

NEW YORK-G'P)-The National
Invitation Basketball Tournament
field was completed yesterday with
the selection of the University of
Arizona, Niagara and C.C.N.Y.
Asa Bushnell, chairman of the
tourney's Selection Committee, an-
Bad Tourney
Breaks Decide
M' Mat Fate
A disappointed Michigan wrest-
ling team returned home Sunday,
angered at their failure to do bet-
ter than tie for third in the West-
ern Conference meet, last Friday
and Saturday.
Two good reasons can be given
for the failure of the Wolverines
to do better in the tourney, won
by Purdue Boilermakers in a 33-
point runaway.
THE FIRST and best reason lies
in the luck of the draw. In .the
128 pound bracket, Larry Nelson,
star sophomore who had won nine
out of ten dual meet victories, was
pitted against one of the stars
of the conference, Allen Rice of
Minnesota, defending 136 pound
champion, who was moved down
to the 128 pound brackett for the
Rice, a seasoned and shrewd
campaigner, decisioned Nelson
who seemed surprised by the
wileness of the Minnesotan. Nel-
son kept on even terms until
near the end of the first period,
when Rice nearly pinned him.
After that Nelson, then a grog-
gy and surprised grappler, was
unable to stay with Rice.
In the k65 pound class, Michi-
gan's Jack Powers was pitted in
the opening round against Pur-
due's Waldemar Vancott.
* * *
pounder and twice Big Ten run-
ner-up, was easily able to decision
the lighter Powers,

nounced the acceptances of Nia-
gara (20-6) and C.C.N.Y. (16-5) at
a basketball luncheon and later
named Arizona (25-4) (CW) Bord-
er Conference Champions, as the
final school for the 12-team Madi-
son Square Garden tourney.
named for the post-season classic,
which will be held March 11, 13,
14, 16, 18, are Bradley (27-3), the
nation's No. 1 team; Kentucky
(25-4), the No. 4 team; Duquesne
(22-3), No. 5; Western Kentucky
(24-5), La Salle (19-3), No. 4; St.
John's of Brooklyn, No. 10; San
Francisco (19-6), the defending
champions, No. 13; Long Island
U. (20-4), No. 15; and unranked
Syracuse (17-7).
Arizona is ranked 14th while
Niagara and C.C.N.Y., two of the
top eastern powers, are not rat-
ed in the first 20.
Bushnell said four teams will be
seeded in the tourney and will au-
tomatically advance into Monday's
quarterfinal round. Thus the top
quartet won't have to take part
in this Saturday's opening double-
headers. Two games will be played
Saturday afternoon and two that
night. After that one doubleheader
will be staged on the other nights.

gan State dominated the 23rd an-
nual Central Collegiate Conference
Track and Field Meet here yester-
day by breezing to an easy win
with 57 1/5 points.
Notre Dame was runner-up with
34 points and Michigan Normal
placed third with 30 2/5 points.
* * *
THE SPARTANS; who enter
Western Conference track compe-
tition next year, have won the last
four CCC meets. They will be un-
able to participate next year be-
cause the annual Big Ten meet
falls on the same week-end.

Publication in The Daily Official
Bulletin is constructive notice to"all
members of the University. Notices
for the Bulletin should be tent in
typewritten form to the Office of the
Assistant to the President, Room 2552
Administration Building, by 3:00 p.m.
en the day preceding publication
11:00 a.m. Saturdays).
VOL. LX, No. 104
Student Tea: President and
Mrs. Ruthven will be at home to
students from 4 to 6 o'clock on
Wed., March 8.
Women students attending sec-
ond performance of Icelandia,
March 7, sponsored by Engineer-
ing Council, will have one-half
hour late permission after the
termination of the show.

J-Hop Pictures. Reprints may
be picked up at the Administra-
tion Bldg. from 10-4 on Tues. and
Emma M. and Florence L. Ab-
bott Scholarship is available to
undergraduate women students
who have been residents at the
University for at least one semes-
ter. Miss Abbott's will prescribes
that the recipients of these schol-
arships shall be Caucasion, Pro-
testant women of American par-
entage needing financial assist-
ance. It is expected that recipi-
ents will repay the stipend in whole
or in part as they may be able.
Application blanks may be obtain-
ed at the Scholarship Division,
Office of Student Affairs, 1059 Ad-
ministration Bldg. Applications
must be returned by March 31.
Miss Virginia Weiss, represen-
tative of the Market Research De-
partment, Procter and Gamble
Company will be in Ann Arbor
Tues., Mar. 7, to interview women
for positions which involve travel-
ing any place in the United States.
The openings at this time must
be filled in March or April, there-
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