TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 1949
T IE MICHIGAN DAILY
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by pres holmes, sports co-editor
pIS YEAR'S RACE for the coveted Western Conference football
crown and coincidentally the Rose Bowl bid has developed into
one of the wackiest and most unpredictable the Followers of Old
King Football have' ever seen.
Last September it was all figured out. Michigan would win
.the Conference title, and Minnesota would go to the Rose Bowl if
they could get by Ohio State. It was as simple as that.
As the season has progressed the dopesters have been taking a
beating. In the fourth week Michigan lost to Northwestern while Min-
nesota whipped Ohio State. The Wolverines were literally dropped
out of the running and the blue ribbon given to Minnesota as well as
the Rose Bowl bid, unofficially, of course. At that point the experts
were half right.
The following week, however, they suffered a slight jar when
Michigan dumped Minnesota. There still was a chance that the Goph-
ers would get the nod, however, and represent the Conference in the
post season classic.
That chance disappeared last Saturday when Purdue, looking
for its first win of the season, upset the hapless Gophers 13-7.
Who, then, will go to the Rose Bowl? Ohio State has only lost
one game, but they have yet to meet Illinois and Michigan. Illinois
will be out to beat the Buckeyes since they have only lost one Confer-
ence contest and are eligible to get the Rose Bowl bid again.
If Ohio State beats Illinois, and Michigan, in turn tops Ohio State
both the Buckeyes and Illini will have two Conference losses.
THIS WOULD GIVE Iowa, which has lost only one game, a good shot
at the title and Bowl bid, and begin to make this race sound like an
old Abbott and Costello routine which started something like, "Who's
Iowa's biggest hurdle is Minnesota, this Saturday, and the Goph-
ers are just liable to be out for revenge that day. At the same time
many experts are saying that Minnesota has split open at the seams
and Iowa will hand the Gophers their third loss in a row.
h As the agreement with the West Coast was originally con-
ceived the Western Conference could appoint anyone they felt de-
served the honor. That would be a good out for them this season,
but the agreement was changed last May to read that a represent-
.ative from the Conference must play in the Rose Bowl.
It would seem that the safest thing to say, then, would be that the
team which finishes closest to the top of he Conference ladder, and is
eligible for the honor (anyone except Michigan or Northwestern), will
go, but in a race as daffy as this year's anything can happen.
Anybody got a two-headed coin.
ALTROUGH IT SEEMS like the football season has just started
training for the winter sports is already underway. Bill Upthe-
grove, a breast-stroker on Matt Mann's swimming team, claims that
Mann has been feeding the boys fish heads and rice ever since the
Japanese walked off with a flock of new records in the NAAU meet last
UP AND AT 'EM-Leo Koceski, speedy Wolverine halfback, shouts
encouragement to end Bob Holloway, foreground, and other team-
mates about to enter the game at Champaign last Saturday.
Koceski, who was unable to play because of an injury received
during practice, was most anxious to enter the Wolverine-Illinois
contest late in the final quarter. Radio broadcasters commented
on the halfback's eager entreaties to Coach Bennie Oosterbaan,
who, because of Koceski's injury, refused to let him see action
in the battle.
Spartans Aim for Notre Dame
With Special Practice Sessions
Fritz Crisler's vigorous spiking
of a printed rumor saying that
there was friction in the Univer-
sity of Michigan athletic de-
partment highlighted yesterday's
meeting of the Chicago Herald-
American Quarterback Club held
at the Windy City.
Crisler went even further with
his views on the football situa-
tion by suggesting a drastic rem-
edy for the dishonesty and cheat-
ing which violate the so called
"purity" of inter-collegiatecath-
CRISLER'S comment on Michi-
gan coaching friction referred to
an item yesterday by Tribune
Sports Editor Arch Ward in his
S P O R 0 KT S
BOB SANDELL, Night Editor
column. Ward quoted a Washing-
ton sports writer as saying:
"There's friction at Michigan,
where Athletic Director Fritz Cris-
ler is the only non-Michigan man
in the football coaching set-up."
Crisply ,retorted Crisler: "I
have permanently retired from
coashing. I know of no dissen-
sion at Michigan, unless it hap-
pened since I left Ann Arbor last
weekend. If it came up, it came
up Sunday. I haven't been back
Crisler, who two years ago be-
stowed the Michigan coaching job
on Benny Oosterbaan, was pessi-
mistic in his views on pure ama-
teurism in athletics.
"Maybe we should go to the
paid player basis in athletics, if
that is the way to eliminate dis-
honesty and cheating. If our
'noble experiment' in athletics
has failed, maybe we should go
the other way.
"But it would have to be with
our eyes wide open. We would be
in direct competition with the pro-
fessionals. There would have to
be a ceiling on player subsidies.
And if we do go that way, we
would have the greatest centrali-
zation of athletic power in his-
tory. Institutions with money
would corner all the athletes. Hun-
dreds of small colleges would sim-
ply have to drop athletics."
It looks like the Wolverines
won't have a breather this week
After six crucial games, four of
them classed as the "game of the
week," Bennie Oosterbaan and his
rejuvenated Michiganders could
rightfully expect an easy one to
* * *
BUT PURDUE'S Boilermakers
don't appear to be in the pushover
category any longer after their
stunning upset of Minnesota's once
powerful Gophers last Saturday.
The Boilermakers had won
only one contest going into the
battle with the Northmen and
that was an unimpressive 14-
7 conquest of little Miami Uni-
versity of Ohio. They had been
trounced by Notre Dame and
handily beaten by Northwestern,
Illinois and Iowa in Conference
The Boilermakers, paced by
halfback Harry Szulborski and
Quarterback Ken Gorgal appeared
to have found themselves, even
An important meeting for
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though Minnesota undoubtedly
suffered a big letdown after the
* * *
IT ALL ADDS UP to the fact
that Michigan will be facing a
revitalized football squad this
weekend who will also .be seeking
some sort of revenge for the 40-0
licking of last season.
Purdue No Pushover for 'M'
The Wolverines appeared to
have come out of the Illinois
contest with no serious injuries.
Don Dufek should be ready to
go Saturday and the mishap to
Heneveld was a recurrence of
an old knee injury.
Probably the main feature of
Saturday's tussle with the Illir
was the fine showing by the Peter
son brothers. Don and Tom. Ton
is a familiar figure in the Wol.
verine picture, but Don is a soph
omore" who appears to be a cap.
able replacement for the still dis
abled Leo Koceski.
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1. Arthur Rank Presentation
EAST LANSING - (/P) - The
Michigan State football squad
buckled right down to work yes-
terday, preparing for an all-out
effort to beat Notre Dame this
Monday is generally a day of
rest at the Spartan football camp.
But Biggie Munn served notice
that the pressure is on with his
orders for the week.
THE SPARTANS will make
their game preparations behind
the locked gates of Macklin Field.
All visitors except members of the
working press will be barred.
"This is an important week for
us," Munn said. "We want to
make use of every single minute
of practice. We can't afford any
The entire squad was out in uni-
form for practice Monday after-
noon. Generally those who did
Although a Michigan cross-
country squad was defeated last
Saturday in the Wolverines' first
meet in almost twenty years, Don
McEwen, sensational Wolverine
sophomore, led the field across the
finish line in the rugged four mile
The Maize and Blue team, run-
ning the hill and dale course in
Champaign before the Wolverine-
Illini game last weekend, was de-
feated by the score of 21-35.
BUT MEWEN'S performance
was magnificent. In winning, he
ran the Illinois ace, Vic Twomey
into the ground, beating him by
a substantial margin of 300 yards.
In two seasons' competition
in a Maize and Blue uniform,
McEwen has never been beaten.
Last year as a freshman, he ran
away from the rest of the field
and was the first one in from
daily cross-country workouts of
two, three and four miles. Even
last year he was beating everyone
including track coach Don Can-
ham's best varsity runners.
AND THIS YEAR, it's the same
story. No one has passed him
yet, and Twomey, who was 300
yards behind last Saturday, is one
of the few runners he competes
against who even sees him cross
the finish line.
Twomey has long been rated
as one of the Big Ten's out-
standing distance runners. Last
year, in the Conference cross-
country finals, he was second
only to Wisconsin's great Don
By beating Twomey so decisive-
ly, McEwen has definitely listed
himself among the great distance
runners in the Big Ten. With
three years of competition ahead
of him, he should do much to bol-
ster the prospects of Wolverine
much work the previous Saturday
are allowed to report in sweat
clothes and then go in after
jogging around the field and lim-
bering up a little.
ALTHOUGH the regulars were
spared from scrimmage, Munn
started right in rehearsing plays
and prepping his squad about
what they can expect from Notre
Despite the nine touchdown
62-14 defeat of Temple Satur-
day the coaches were not en-
tirely satisfied. He pointed out
that the Spartans fumbled three
times to allow the ball to go
over to the visitors-a fault that
could be fatal against a team
like Notre Dame.
They also were not entirely sat-
isfied with the pass defense as
Temple made nine completions in
2'0 tries, good for 92 yards.
Bell for Dropping
Extra Point Score
DALLAS - UP) - Coach Matty
Bell of Southern Methodist, whose
team beat Texas, 7-6, Saturday,
said yesterday he still thinks the
point.after touchdown should be
legislated out of football.
Bell advocated abolishing the
extra point try several years ago
but says he couldn't get any sup-
port on the National Rules Com-
mittee of which he now is a mem-
"It isn't fair," he declared. "A
team can play you on even terms
-even be better than you-and
score a touchdown the same as
you, yet it loses because one boy
kicks the ball between the goal
posts and another doesn't."
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