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lion McEwen Sets New


Cross Gountry Mark

Associate Sports Editor

THOSE INDESCRIBABLE and unpredictable quirks of football
called psychological factors are again popping up in the Big Ten
scramble for the Rose Bowl bid and conference title. This time they
could very well send the Wolverines to Pasadena or just as well close
the door on the worst campaign since 1937.
The key to the whole affair lies in the dramatic clash this
afternoon at Champaign, Illinois. The high-flying Buckeyes of Ohio
State smack head on with Ray Eliot's defensive minded Illini, and
the setting is a natural one for one of the top contests of the 1950
You might say that the game is a "must" for both schools.
Illinois has to win or tie to stay in contention for the New Year's
Day classic and the boys from Columbus have to have it for an
undisputed - claim to the Western Conference pigskin crown.
Both go into the traditional battle with identical 6-1 records
and something has got to give.
But just where do the Wolverines fit into the picture?
They hope to come into the act the following week in the
Ohio Stadium. They're hoping (accent on hope) to catch the Buck-
eyes on some sort of a letdown and possibly pull what would be classed
as a major upset. This upset could send the Maize and Blue out to
the West Coast on January first and salvage quite a bit of lost
We'll hastily add that the latter is naturally contingent on the
Wolverines,, getting by the invading Wildcats this afternoon. But
presumably the Wolverines will not build themselves up to as
high a mental pitch this week as the Buckeyes might.
* * * *
THIS MIGHT all sound like a wild pipedream to figure out some
way to get Bennie Oosterbaan's crew out to the Rose Bowl, but
nobody can deny that the psychological angle is an important one.1
It has figured quite prominently in every football season and that
includes this one.
It has possibly come into play in two ways this fall as far
as the Wolverines are concerned. Besides the inevitable letdown
after a big game, injuries have had their effect on the team's1
outlook and confidence. Certainly the Wolverines had their big
buildup this year. It was against Army.
Oosterbaan didn't try to fire up the boys for the Yankee Stadium
clash, but there was little he could do. Any player on the squad will
tell you that they were as hepped-up for that one as any game since
last year's Minnesota contest. It's true they didn't let down the
following week against Wisconsin.
But it's the opinion of some that against Minnesota the
Wolverines could not overcome the disastrous effects of injuries
to key players that otherwise would not have affected their play
on an ordinary Saturday. What we're saying is that they mayc
have suffered a mental let-down two weeks later that could not
cope with other misfortunes.
This bit of analytical hodge-podge is by no means to be con-
strued as any sort of an alibi for the Wolverine season which is by
any standard below the usual par for Michigan teams. But it is1
meant to point out that you have to occasionally; look behind the
scenes to find out what makes a team tick and not take them on
face value on Saturday afternoon.1
If anyone thinks Michigan -hasn't had more than its share of1
'njuries this year, he can ask Jim Hunt, the trainer. He claims thatc
he and his associates used as much tape for the first six games thisr
fall as they did for the entire nine games last year.
s . * *e
THE WOLVERINES are apparently over the hill as far as injury
troubles are concerned. But three weeks ago the fact that Ort-
mann was hobbling, Koceski was out, several key linemen were limp-E
ing, and right halfbacks were falling like tenpins, was more thant
enough to shake the confidence of a quarterback and the team back
It may seem that we have left the track In connection with
the coming Buckeye-Illini set-to this afternoon. The tie-in -is
l something like this. The Buckeyes might be in for a bruising and
rugged battle at Champaign and could receive a physical beating
against the rugged Illini linemen than they haven't had this year.
It could even the odds considerably the following week.
There is a catch. And that's the perennial feeling there is
against any blue uniformed grid team that appears in the Ohio
capital. Those fans like to beat Michigan and there is little doubtC
that the team will keep something in reserve for Oosterbaan'sc
Lest anyone still have doubts about what part the psychological
factor plays in the playing of a football schedule or of any sport fora
that matter, he can ask "Biggie" Munn, the Michigan State mentor.a
The signs in the Spartan lockerroom read something like this:F
"Remember Maryland, don't let it happen again."
All Undefeated Major Elevens
StrongFavorites to Triumph

Cagers Drill
For Opener
With Miami
The opening of the Wolverine
cage season just two short weeks
from tonight has Coach Ernie Mc-
Coy hustling his squad into pre-
paration for a tough, competitive
Now that Michigan State's Spar-
tans are a full fledged member of
the Big Ten insofar as basketball
is concerned, the normal Confer-
ence schedule has jumped from
the usual 12 games to 14 tilts this
* *
IN ADDITION to the hardwood
opener December 2 against Miami
University (Ohio), the Maize and
Blue fivewill take on seven other
squads this season besides the
regular Conference competition.
Thus Michigan is slated for
. 18 basketbal contests in the com-
ing months.
McCoy, starting his third year
as chief cage mentor, makes no
bones about the fact that the lack
of height and experience prevalent
in Michigan's current aggregation
will find the Wolverines in for a
tight race to keep their heads
above water.
heads the list of only four re-
turning- lettermen from last year's
squad. Center Leo VanderKuy
(who was recently in the hospital
for two weeks), guard Jim Skala
and forward Bob Olson round out
the foursome.
Additional experienced talent
is also found in Frank Gutowski
and Tommy Tierman. Although
Gutowski and Tierman did not
receive varsity letters last year,
they boost McCoy's small ex-
perienced nucleus to six men-
hardly enough manpower from
which to build a pre-season
first-rate ball club.
Regarding Michigan's heavy
conference competition this sea-
son, Coach McCoy puts heavy em-
phasis at this time on the clubs of
Minnesota, Illinois and Iowa as
being the teams to beat.
The loss of Michigan's stellar
performers in 6'2" Mack Supruno-
wicz, 6'4" Don McIntosh and 6'"
Hal "Lefty" Morrill leaves the
height problem right in McCoy's
lap and without adequate control
of the backboards, the Wolverines
may be in for a long winter.
* . *4
THE MANPOWER situation is
not all black for the Maize and
Blue, however. Forced with prob-
ably having to use two or possibly
even three inexperienced men on
the first five, McCoy feels that no
one's job is on ice since there are
several players showing.rapid pro-
gress in gaining varsity stature.
Up from last year's Frosh
team and showing great promise
are Lysle Smith, Mark Scar,
Harry Lauder, David Krupp,
Russell Smith, Paul Geyer, Don
Johnson, Carl Brunsting and Bill
McCoy declined to mention spe-
cific names but hinted that a few
of the above mentioned are de-
finitely slated for key roles.
The rest of the Varsity candi-
dates trying out for regular berths
are Joe Auer, Bob Steinberg and
Bob Littlesome.1
The complete Michigan basket-
ball schedule for the year is as

Wisconsin Wins Meet Title
As 'M' Takes Fourth Place

* * * *

Special to The Daily
CHICAGO - Michigan's mighty
Don McEwen, running with the en-
durance that led him to nation
wide fame in one short year, won
his second straight Big Ten Cross-
Country title yesterday, setting a
new record time of 19:34.1 for a
four mile course.
Last year's team champion, Wis-
consin, was an upset repeat win-
ner, edging out favored Michigan
State, who was making its first
official appearance in Big Ten
MICHIGAN'S harriers, who were
just given varsity status by the
Michigan Board in Control of Ath-
letics, ended up fourth in their
first team venture in cross country
in twenty years.
McEwen won with a margin of
200 yards over Bob Rodibaugh of
Purdue. His time was much bet-
ter than his record shattering
19.44.5 run in beating the
heralded Don Gerhmann in last
year's conference championship,
but it must be modified slightly,
as the course was slightly make-
shift due to a washed out foot
As to the question about the of-
ficiality of McEwen's record, Coach
Canham said, "I disagree with
some sources that Don's time was
not a record because the course
was revamped. The Big Ten has
never used the same course for

every Championship meet, and
McEwen's time is definitely a new
four mile conference record as the
course was measured yesterday
morning. It just isn't a Washing-
ton Park record." ,
is the fact that this timing was
the fastest ever recorded in the
United States for a four mile cross-
country course, throwing McEwen
even more so into national promi-
Michigan State's hones for a
title in their first official Big
Ten competition went by the
waysides as their highly regard-
ed Warren Dreutzler, supposed to
give McEwen his main competi-
tion in defending his crown,
came in fourth.
Walt Deinke was a surprise third
in leading his Wisconsin mates, to
the unexpected victory. The Bad-
ger winning combination included
third, ninth, eleventh, thirteenth,
and twentieth places.
McEWEN, in winning by 200
yards, started out slowly, and was
fourth at the end of the first mile.
He took a never relinquished lead
at 12/ miles, stretched it to 10
yards at two miles, and had the
margin built up to 100 yards at the
end of three miles.
His endurance paid off, as he
stretched the lead another 100
yards in the last mile, finishing
way ahead of the closely group-
ed Rodibaugh and Deinke. Dreu-
tzler was another 100 yards be-
hind them.
Two Maize and Blue sophomores,
Bob Guise and DeLance Hyde were
the next placing for Michigan,
coming in sixteenth and seven-
teenth, respectively.
BILL HICKMAN in twenty-sixth
place and Aaron Gordon in thirty-
fourth place completed Michigan's
Team points total were Wis-
consin 56; MSC 61; Indiana 70;
MICHIGAN 94; Purdue 122; Il-
linois 137; OSU 142. Iowa had
only two men entered, and Min-
nesota and Northwestern were
not represented.
Rounding out the top ten indi-
vidual leaders were Len Truex,
OSU; George Lynch, Illinois; Bob
Dillinger, Indiana; Jim Kepford,
MSC; Dick Randolph, Wisconsin;
and George Branam, Indiana.
According to Coach Don Can-
ham this will be the last of harrier
competition for this year, as cross
country is primarily used for track
conditioning. He said Michigan
would definitely not enter anyone
in National Collegiates, as the .,,a-
son would stretch out too long if
they did.

Billed Big T~en
Game of Year
CHAMPAIGN - (P) -- Big Ten
football's Game of the Year here
today pits formidable Ohio State,
against a hard-punching Illinois
team swinging for the Rose Bowl.
A capacity crowd of 71,119 is
expected in Memorial Stadium for
the game.
THE BUCKEYES from Colum-
bus have been virtually, conceded
the Big Ten Title. They lead the
Conference with a 5-0 record and
were voted best in the country in
this week's Associated Press poll.
However, they're ineligible for the
Pasadena splurge because of a tri-
umphant rose safari last JIan. 2.
If they lose, Wisconsin prob-
ably would be the choice. The
Badgers have only one conference
game left-against underdog Min-
nesota next week. Wisconsin has
lost two Big Ten games so far but
play one more than the Illini.


By The Associated Press
NEW YORK-Although the bat-
tle of the Midwestern titans-Ohio
State and Illinois-will steal the
spotlight from the activities of
the other members of the first ten,
there are still some reputable
games being played across the
nation today.
Of these, Army's Black Knights
attract the greatest interest with
one of their rare excursions to
the Pacific Coast. The West
Pointers, unbeaten in 27 games,
will play twice-beaten and once-
tied Stanford at Palo Alto, Calif.,
on a field heavily soaked by con-
tinuing rains.
THEY ARE ranked third at the
moment, behind Oklahoma, hav-
ing plummeted from the top after
a 51-0 "under wraps" conquest of
little New Mexico.
Earl Blaik's hard-hitting ath-
letes rule 20-point favorites over
the Indians. The other unblem-
ished powers-Oklahoma, Ken-
tucky, California and Princeton

-also are two to three touch-
down choices.
Wyoming and Loyola of Los
Angeles, who round out the seven-
team unbeaten and untied list,
are idle.
OKLAHOMA will attempt to
make Missouri No. 29 in its string
of victories, already a modern day
California's fourth-ranked
Bears will tackle San Francisco
before closing out the season
Nov. 25 with Stanford, a game
that is expected to plant Pappy
Waldorf's boys in the Rose Bowl
for the third straight year.
Kentucky, eyeing a major bowl
assignment, takes it easy with
North Dakota while looking ahead
to the finale with rugged Tennes-
see. Princeton, pride of the East,
will try to put another nail in the
Ivy League Championship against
improved Yale at New " Haven,
Texas, fifth-ranked, is rated two
touchdowns over Texas Christian
at Fort Worth.

2 Miami (Ohio)
6 Toledo
12 Marquette
16 Butler
18 North Carolina State
22 Stanford
27 Pennsylvania
2 Purdue
6 Wisconsin
8 Northwestern
13 Illinois
15 Minnesota
20 Michigan State
3 Western Reserve
10 Northwestern
12 Minnesota
17 Michigan State
19 Ohio State
24 Iowa
26 Wisconsin






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