Y 14, 1952
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
THE MORNING LINE
By TED PAPES
Daily Sports Editor
MSC Meets 'M'Puckmen Out To Extend
MICHIGAN STATE IS GETTING too big for its britches.
Puffed up by an undefeated football season plus other admirable
accomplishments in college sports, the athletic department through
its publicity megaphone is beginning to shoot off its mouth in an
extremely ungentlemanly way.
Other Big Ten schools which have generally observed an unwritten
code of behavior on and off the playing field are quickly coining to
regard the Spartans as hoodlums.
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Spartan Ghost Speaks Up
THE LATEST DEVELOPMENT in State's public relations finds some
mysterious spokesman (could be anyone from the president down
to a railbird at basketball practice) pointing a two-pronged shaft of
criticism at Michigan athletic policy. (See story on page one.)
The charges are first, that Michigan publicizes its acquisition of
good sports prospects before they have decided to come here, thus
pressuring them to enter, and secondly that it is unfair to publish
ia list of players declared ineligible because of deficieitschool work.
Both allegations appear to be a cover-up for Spartan malpractices.
The first one is a feeble attempt to vindicate the recent raid per-
petrated by Michigan State outlaws who virtually lured young Jerry
Musetti out of his South Quadrangle bed and spirited him off to
the Spartan football factory after it had appeared that he was all
set for an education and incidentally some gridiron fame with the
Is that what the mystery man means by 'premature' publicity?
Chances are the high pressure salesman from East Lansing used some-
thing more than lollypops to get the Detroit high school halfback
wizard to switch allegiance.
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Guess Who's ineligible?
E SECOND ACCUSATION IS a more obvious dupe. State ob-
serves an eligibility policy which is remarkably convenient for a
school which twists its classroom procedures to fit the lineup needs
of its varsity athletic teams-it does not disclose who is ineligible.
Isn't it strange that practically every Western Conference school
has listed in the last couple weeks the names of varsity players who
cannot compete during the next term, while the Spartans remain
innocently silent and continue to field the same combinations in its
games and meets?
What important player in recent years has been sidelined for aca-
demic failure at State? Could it be possible that the brilliant students
g flocking to a new mecca of higher education, or could it be that
4ome slick behind-the-scenes maneuvering by coaches and professors
are keeping some green-shirted meatheads in action?
The State spokesman would like Michigan to join in this shady
procedure, claiming that it's unfair to the athletes to make their
shortcomings known. Wolverine fans have a right to know why
some of their favorite players disappear from the scene, and the
current Michigan policy is straightforward with no reflection cast
This school can be proud of the fact that education comes first.
The administration has enough fortitude to sideline an Olympic pros-
pect if he cannot qualify in the classroom.
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Freshman Rule Obsolete
MICHIGAN WAS PROBABLY the hardest hit Big Ten member when
the list of ineligibles was made known. All four major winter sports
teams were weakened by key losses.
The fact that nine of the 14 men who failed were freshmen brings'
an Important policy problem into focus. The Conference ruling which
permits first-year students to compete ,in varsity sports is having
bad repercussions in the form of wholesale academic failure.
Entering Michigan is somewhat of a traumatic experience for the
average student. The initial semester should be devoted entirely.to ad-
justment to the pressure of textbooks, then attention can be directed
toward extra-curricular interests.
The rule was devised to make up for anticipated losses to the armed
forces, but most college students are deferred until graduation now.
> Perhaps the wisest move would be to abolish the practice of using new
students until such time as the draft begins to drain manpower from
the campus. Michigan should be a leader in such a movement.
" Anyone who jeopardizes his academic future to play ball his first
year is running the risk of finding himself suddenly suited up in a
khaki uniform after being dropped from school. The coaches are awars
of the danger and they do considerable checking into the classroom
progress of their players, but the results show that their vigilance was
not effective enough.
Last Night's Intramural Results
FRATERNITY "B" BASKETBALL Phi Kappa Psi 27, Alpha Delts 17
Sigma Nu 24, Zeta Psi 10 Lambda Chi over Sigma P1 (forfeit)
Phi Delta over DKE (forfeit) Phi Delta Tau 24, ATO 19
Beta Theta Pi 33, TKE 23 Alpha Sigma Phi over Trigon (for-
Theta Xi 25, Phi Kappa Tau 18 feit)
Kappa Sigma 26, Sig Eps 9 Sigma Phi Epsilon 30, Theta Chi 11
Delta Chi 21, Psi Upsilon 15 Delts 41, Phi Kappa Sigma 19
Chi Phi 36, Tau Delta Phi 32 Tau Delta Chi 25, Alpha Epsilon Pi 14
Pi Lambda Phi 27, Acacia 5 * * *
Sigma Chi 43, Phi Sigma Kappa 18 RESIDENCE HALL WATER POLO
SAE 37, Kappa Nu 6 Wenley 1, Allen-Rumsey 0
ZBT 39, Delta Sigma Phi 18 Williams 1, Gomberg 0
A pair of All-American free-
stylers, Clark Scholes and Bert
McLachlan, will lead the Michi-
gan State swimming squad into
the Intramural Pool on Saturday
afternoon for an important duel
meet with the Maize and Blue
The scheduled starting time is
IN SCHOLES, the Spartans
have one of the outstanding short
distance swimmers in the coun-
The 21-year-old native of
Detroit's Redford High School
won both the Big Ten and
NCAA 50 and 100-yard free-
style events last year. Ile also
led the MSC squad in points
scored during the 1951 cam-
McLachlan is the Spartans'
hope in the long distance free-
style events. A junior from Den-
ver, Colorado, he is the defending
Conference champion in the 220
and 440-yard distances. In the
1951 NCAA m e e t McLachlan
placed second in the 1500-meter
COACH CHARLIE McCaffree
brings a team into Saturday's
competition which has lost only
to powerful Ohio State in five
All those interested in trying
out for the varsity baseball
team please report to Yost
dual meets. The Spartan tank-
me h a d submerged Bowling
Green, Iowa State, Indiana, and
Purdue before bowing, 53-40, to
Mike Peppe's Buckeyes.
Matt Mann's unbeaten Wol-
verines will be out to avenge
last year's 55-29 reversal at the
hands of the Green and White.
The Michigan mentor will prob-
ably oppose Scholes with Don
Hill, the sophomore spring sen-
sation from Cincinnati, Ohio, and
Tom Benner, of York, Pennsyl-
vania. The task of beating Mc-
Lachlan will in all probability be
entrusted to Burwell "Bumpy"
Jones cracked McLacnlan's 220-
free style record by 1.7 seconds
when he swam a 2:09.2 race at
Minneapolis last Saturday. The
previous time of 2:10.9, recorded
by McLachlan, had been the rec-
ord for the University of Minne-
This is the twenty-ninth meet-
ing between Michigan and Miehi-
gan State. The Wolverines have
won 26 and the Spartans two.
LATE HOCKEY SCORES
New York 6, Boston 2
Detroit 3, Toronto 1
Try Our Personal
The Dascola i3arbers
Liberty Near State
Win Skein Against Colorado
By ED WHIPPLE
Blue line banter as Michigan's
hockey team prepares for crucial
Friday and Saturday battles with
Colorado College here:
VICTORY STRING: Don't look
now, but the Wolverine puckmen
have won their last seven starts.
The streak has crept up gradual-
like, being spread through two va-
cations. Michigan last lost, 4-2,
at North Dakota early in January
and since then the Maize and
Blue have licked Minnesota four
times, Michigan Tech twice, and
Strictly on season records, the
Colorado series, which will de-
termine whether or not Michi-
gan gets a bid to the NCAA
tourney for the fifth straight
year, is a tossup.
The CC Tigers have triumphed
13 times in 16 starts so far, which
is identical to the 13-3 Maize and
Blue record. Midwest League
standings show the two teams tied
for second, with °14 points, al-
though the Rocky Mountaineers
have played one less league game.
INNOVATION: Saturday's face
off at the Coliseum has been
moved ahead to 4 p.m. as part of
the Winter Sports Carnival ar-
rangements by athletic officials.
In order that fans will be able
to see all Wolverine athletes in
Open in Norway
OSLO-()-The sixth winter
Olympic games open today in
snow-starved Norway with the
running of the women's giant sla-
lom at Norefiell and the first two
heats of the two-man bob-sled in
the Frognersteren Hills over Oslo.
In all, 1,178 athletes from 30
nations, including Germany and
Japan, are competing in this big-
gest of all the winter Olympics,
with total attendance expected to
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action Saturday, starting times
for various contests have been
staggered through the afternoon
and evening, including the after-
noon hockey game.
* * *
RIGHT ARM: "Losing that boy
is like losing your right arm," de-
clared Vic Heyliger, Michigan's
mentor of mayhem, when it was
announced center Johnny Mat-
chefts, the team's leading scorer,
is ineligible for the rest of the
Replacing Matchefts on the
second line will be letterman Ed-
die May, whom Heyliger says he
plans to use at right wing, mov-
ing Doug Philpott to center. Phil-
pott's other flanker will be flashy
John McKennell, a junior.
STANDINGS: Here are the
complete official standings to
date in the MCHL. They hold the
key to why Michigan must whip
Colorado twice this weekend:
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GAMES FRIDAY: Colorado at
MICHIGAN, MSC at Michigan Tech,
North Dakota at Minnesota.
GAMES SATURDAY: Colorado at
MICHIGAN (4 p.m.)
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