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Sextet Entrains for Vital
Clashes with Minnesota
Heyliger's Pucksters Need at Least a Split
To Continue in Battle for MCHL Crown

. . .By Ed Whipple

ICHIGAN STATE students should sponsor a contest to find The
Man We'd Most Like To Grind into Fertilizer. Then they could
elect Fritz Crisler by acclamation and provide an excuse for the dirt
he's been getting from East Lansing.
Not that Michigan Athletic Director has ever been very dear to
the Spartans-he hasn't. But just now he's less so than ever. Crisler
is chairman of- the NCAA Football Rules Committee that iecently
junked the platoon system. In spite of the fact half a dozen other
athletic directors also had a vote on the change, Michigan State is
certain Crisler initiated the plot to divest the Spartans of football
same and fortune.
Now Crisler (with an assist from Watson Spoelstra, a Detroit
News sportswriter) has proposed shifting next November's Mi-
chigan-Michigan State football game from East Lansing to Ann
Arbor to make himself about as popular up there as a polecat in
a perfume factory.
By Crisler's plan, Michigan State would take over the entire
administration of the contest. They would sell the tickets, con-
trol concessions, etc. Michigan students presumably would have
to pay the regular price to see the game, while State students
would be admitted free. In short, it would be MSC's game, only
It would be played in Ann Arbor.
Gate receipts would be split 50-50, as they have always been.
The Michigan State athletic board is expected to make a decision in-
side of two weeks, and the Matter might be put to the State Board of
Agriculture, which is the MSC counterpart to .the Michigan Board
of Regents.
Four-Year Wait .. .
QTATE STUDENTS have waited four years to have the big Michigan
game on their campus, and now they feel Crisler is trying to take
it away just out of meanness..
Another idea is if the game gets back to Ann Arbor next autumn,
it may never make East Lansing again. The Spartans can use a few
big time attractions in their home arena. Last year, although the
grid team rated tops in the country, seats went begging for all but
the Notre Dame game. Still another argument is "Football is for the
students, so have it where' they want it."
These are all short-sighted considerations. Football is not
for the students, no matter if the students think it is or not. Ac-
ta fly, there is no great reason why football should be for the
students-least of all for the students of Michigan and Michigan
State. Both schools are supported by the people of the state
through the state legislature.
That body of deliberation has laid out millions to build veteri-
nary buildings, a hotel, and numerous other improvements in East
Lansing, all the signs "Constructed at No Cost to the People .. . etc.,
etc." notwithstanding. At Ann Arbor state funds have helped replace
Haven Hall and construct a South Quad.
Student tuition-the $90 I contribute and the $215 from each
out-of-stater per semester-is a drop in the University's financial
bucket compared to what the Legislature lays out. If the people of the
state of Michigan want to see Michigan State and Michigan play
football, they have a right to demand the game be played where the
biggest crowd can gather. It is even conceivable the Legislature might
order State to pull in its horns and play in Ann Arbor.
Students Don't Count ...
IF THE GAME is played in Lansing, Michigan will get only 10,000
tickets, which means that almost half the Michigan students could-
n't see the game if they wanted to. Is that football for the student?
Anyone who argues "football for the students" has been asleep
for the last century. There is no such thing in Lansing or Ann Arbor,
and no reason why there should be.
If Michigan State wants to play big time football, it needs a
big time football plant to go along with the program. State's Macklin
Field seats roughly 50,000. Only Indiana's is smaller among Big Ten
stadia. Until the Spartans have the space, they should bow to common
sense and play where the people can gather.
And you may be sure that whatever Crisler's malice for
Michigan State, it is overshadowed by another quality. He's a
sharp businessman who sees a chance to make a buck. Even an
MSC student shouldn't have to take off his shoes to figure this
97,000 (capacity of Michigan Stadium) minus 50,000 (capacity of
Macklin Field) leaves 47,000 more people who can sit in on the game
in Ann Arbor. At $3.50 per head (MSC's price for ducats) that's
roughly $145,000 profit to be split 50-50-more than $70,000 apiece.
John Hannah won't be around forever to wheedle money out of the
Legislature, so the Spartans could well afford to flush sentiment for
$70,000. Think of the milking machines and manure spreaders that
would buy.
No, kiddies. Mr. Crisler doesn't necessarily dislike Michigan
State, but he likes money too. It's a pity MSC doesn't feel the same.
We'd all be the richer.
(P.S.: If you've read all this, you must be interested in
sports. Why not come over and give sports writing a whirl?
The sports staff needs tryouts. We'll be glad to see you any
afternoon or evening from 1 p.m. to 1 a.m.)

Coach Vic Heyliger and his gang
of Wolverine pucksters open a
crucial two-game series with the
power laden Minnesota Gophers
tonight in a game at Minneapolis.
Michigan, fresh from a shoddy
4-0 shutout win over hapless
Michigan State is faced with the
necessity of earning at least a
split against the Minnesotans if
they are to stay up in the fight
for the MCHL crown.
* * *.
NORTH DAKOTA again holds
undisputed possession of the top
slot in the loop standings by vir-
tue of two two-point triumphs
over Colorado College on Tuesday
and Wednesday at Grand Forks.
The Nodaks rule the roost with 11
wins and three defeats good for
17 points.
Minnesota took three out of
the four games played with the
Dakotans in a home-and-home
series between semesters. The
remarkable surge led by Gopher
first line regulars Johnny Maya-
sich, Dick Dougherty and Gene
Campbelli threatens to shove
Minnesota to the top of the
league standings. They shared
the number one spot with North
Dakota briefly on the strength
of their 10-4 record, worth 13
Mayasich, the high-scoring cen-
ter of the Minnesotans' first line
is threatening to smash every
scoring mark in the record books
of the young Midwest League.
With eight games left to play he
seems a sure bet to crack the
standards set by Ron Hartwell of
Colorado last season.
COACH Johnny Mariucci also
has a sturdy defense behind his
fleet wings and in goalie Jim Mat-
son, the Gophers have one of the
finest netminders in the circuit.
Captain Tom Weigleitner leads
the defensive unit that looked so
well in the two tight contests

played in Ann Arbor on January
16 and 17.
The Wolverines were hard
pressed to earn a split in that
series, winning the second game
5-4 after losing the opener 4-3.
Michigan opened the second
contest with three quick goals
and saw its lead disintegrate
before the blistering Gopher at-
tack and came back to win.
Coach Heyliger's crew will have
to pick up quite a bit over their
performance of Wednesday against
Michigan State. The Wolverines
lacked the spark and fire that
they have flashed on other occa-
sions and Ron Martinson who fill-
ed in for the departed Earl Keyes
on the first line was still visibly
slowed by the leg injury that he
suffered before the season opened.
* * *
THE SPARTANS brand of de-
fensive, rough-and-tumble hockey
also contributed to keeping the
Wolverines off their offensive edge.
The MSC skaters were content to
hold the score down and didn't
press on the offense too often, but
it will be a different story this
evening and tomorrow night in
the land of a thousand lakes.
The shot-happy Gophers boast
one of the most potent offenses in
collegiate hockey ranks ,and they
place hte emphasis on outscoring
the opposition.
The series has been sold out for
several weeks and officials expect
a larger turnout than the 14,700
fans that saw the recent North
Dakota-Minnesota series.
* * *
W L Pts. GF GA
North Dakota 11 3 17 71 44
Minnesota 10 4 13 55 36
Denver 8 4 11 50 34
MICHIGAN 7 2 10 50 25
Colorado College 3 9 6 43 73
Michigan Tech 1 7 1 22 43
Michigan State 1 12 1 24 59
Michigan at Minnesota (2 one point
Colorado at Michigan Tech (2 two
point games)

"The Daily sports staff is a
tremendous organization," Wol-
verine hockey star George Chin
declared yesterday as be board-
ed a train for Minneapolis. "In
case I don't come back, I want
people to know I'm all for The
Daily sports staff," the speedy
right wing added.
Yes, Chin has the scoop, all
right. But we don't want to
shake his faith in us. We need
more tryouts to keep the sports
staff tops. You can join up sim-
ply by coming around the
sports desk any day between
1:00 p.m. and 1:00 a.m.
Freak Hoop
Contest Ends
In 1=0 Score
The intramural building was the
scene of many professional fra-
ternity and independent basket-
ball games last night.
Perhaps the most interesting
score of the night was the New-
man Club win over the Foresters.
The score in the record book was
1-0. This occurred as the Forest-
ers appeared with only three men
and unwilling to forfeit played
the game with the understanding
that the final score would be 1-0.
Other IM scores are as follows:
* '* *
Shysters 22; Delta Theta Phi 15
Phi Alpha Delta 48; Maroons 9
Trojans 39; Kappa Alpha Phi 18
Pharmacy defeated Western
Golf (forfeit)
Reed's Raiders 37; Chemistry 15
Roger Williams 46; Wesleyans 24
Alpha Omega defeated Alpha
Rho Chi (forfeit)
MCF; Presbyterians 16
Lester Co-opt 32; Hawaiins 18
Dazzlers 49; Cardinals 24
Tau Epsilon Rho 33; Phi Delta
Chi 23
Alpha Delta Phi 2; Psi Upsilon 1
Tau Delta Phi 3; Delta Kappa
Epsilon 0
Sigma Phi Epsilon 3; Lambda
Chi Alpha 0.

Australian Threatens World Mile Marl

Codwell Leads Wolverines in Versatility

* * .


Put John Codwell at any posi-
tion on a basketball team and you
are sure to get -a top-notch per-
Now playing at a guard position
for Michigan's varsity cagers, after
twelve games at forward, Codwell
was the first string center for three
years on the Houston, Texas high
school team that captured the
state championship twice.
* s *
THE SIX FOOT three inch jun-
ior was not on Coach Bill Perigo's
starting five at the onset of the
season, but has been improving so
rapidly recently that not only is
he on Michigan's first team, but he
also is the squad's third high scor-
Possessed of remarkable
spring, Codwell is able to dunk
the ball with ease. His jumping
ability and unusually quick re-
flexes help to make him a top
notch rebounder and one of the
teams best defensive men, and
of times he will guard the oppo-

AS TO WHAT position he pre-
fers to play, Codwell says, "I sup-
pose it's more fun playing the
pivot, but I don't care where they
put me as long as they let me
play." Codwell does not find the
changeover from forward to guard
a difficult proposition although,
"You have to do more and faster
thinking at the latter spot."
Codwell was born and brought
up in Houston, Texas and at-
tended Wheatley High School
where his father was principal.
Besides playing basketball, he
was also a first baseman on the
varsity baseball squad.
Both of his parents attended the
University of Michigan which ex-
plains the presence of this versa-
tile performer, as he puts it, "Way
up here in the cold north."
Codwell speaks very optimistical-
ly about the future of Michigan's
basketball team. "We lacked poise
at the beginning of the season,
but we are beginning work as a
team. We will lose only one man
due to graduation and I have a
feeling that we're going to be very

Who will be the first man to
run a four minute mile?
This question has replaced the
old track standby, "Will anyone
ever run a four minute mile?"
This question has replaced the
old track standby, "Will anyone
ever run a four minute mile?"
The young man who has done
most to shatter the old familar
formula is a young Australian run-
ner whose meteoric rise to fame
is the talk of the track world.
John Landy, a 22 year old med-
ical student, has been running
track for less than two years. He
is hard put to find practice time
that does not conflict with his
studies, often beginning his ex-
hausting workouts after midnight.
Last year he barely made the
Australian Olympic team and was
eliminated in the first 1500 meter
heat at Helsinki. But just two
months ago he made world wide
headlines by running the eight
furlong distance in 4:02.1 and a
three weeks later proved it no
fluke by repeating it with a 4:02.4
What makes Landy's times even
more astounding is the fact that
he had to run his race practically
alone. In his first shot at the
record, Les Perry, Olympic place
winner in the 5000 meters was a
distant second.
Landy's fractional times show
how well he judged his pace. He
ran the first quarter in 59.2, the
second in 61.8 (for a 2:01 half),
the third in 62 flat, and the fourth
in 59.1.
When Gunder Haegg and Arne
Anderson were alternating erasing
and rewriting the record book for
the mile, they were always pressed
to win from each other or fellow
countryman Lennart Strand.
When Haegg set the present
world mark he was chased all the
way to the tape by Anderson and
had to run 4:01.4 to win.
The four minute mile has always
been considered something of a
sacred mark to shoot for, a cross
between the ultimate and the ut-
terly impossible, but time has
changed this.
Landy himself has been often
quoted in remarks that at first
were startling to observers. "I'd
like very much to break the record
this season" he said. "The Euro-
peans are almost certain to better
four minutes in 1953 and I'd like
to get it in before them."
That not as shocking a state-
ment as it might seem when you
think back to the performances
at Helsinki this summer. Eight
men in the 1500 meter run topped
the world record that Jack Love-
lock of New Zealand set in the 1936
Schlundt Eyes
Hoop record
CHICAGO--(P)-Towering Don
Schlundt of first-place Indiana,
averaging 25.7 points through 10
games, has a chance to hang up
the greatest scoring average in
Big Ten basketball history.
WITH THE conference this sea-
son introducing an 18-game league
schedule, Schlundt has eight more
games to better the all-time aver-
age of 26 points, made in 14 games,
by Iowa's Chuck Darling last year.
The 6-9 Schlundt, shooting at
a blistering .468 pace, has scor-
ed 80' field goals in 171 attempts.
At the free throw line, he has
tallied 97 of 117 gift shots for a
brilliant .829 percentage, ac-
cording to official figures releas-
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* * *
Because he played solely at cen-
ter during his high school career,
Codwell had to learn a completely
new repertoire of shots. How well
he accomplished this is shown by
his total of 143 points in the four-

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