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Wolverines Leave Today
For Michigan State Tilt
Michigan Holds Final Heavy Practice Drill;
Team in Top Shape for Spartan Showdown
By PHIL DOUGLIS left tackle Art Walker. Bothi
With spirits running high, Mi- should see quite a bit of action.
;higan's Wolverines ran through Saturday.
heir final heavy practice yester- * * *I
iay in preparation for the im- TONY BRANOFF, who suffered
pending battle with Michigan j a neck injury in the Illinois de-
State Saturday. I bacle last week, has also appar-
Bennie Oosterbaan's charges ently shaksen off all ill-effects and
will leave Ann Arbor following a will be ready to go.
scheduled send-off Pep Rally at Grinding movie cameras were
Yost Fieldhouse this afternoon also a part of the Ferry Field,
and will stay in Lansing's Olds scene yesterday, as Bill Fleming
Hotel tonight. Light drills are set filmed scenes of practice for a,
for early this afternoon on Ferry local television show tonight.
S Field.
* * * Among those interviewed by
Fleming were fullback Dick Balz-




MSC Title Hopes at Stake This Week
A KerIDa yISLrtLafer, who performances against Purdue and the Flint flash had sped 95 yards
has recently been on the staff of the Oregon State, we seriously had to apparently tie the Boilermakers.
Michigan State News. Miller left for our doubts if the Spartans could The equalizing tally was called
the Army yesterday.) handle a team with the agility and back and the Spartans' streak of
To retain any chance, whatso-power of Ohio State. That the 28 consecutive victories was soon
Spartans came through as well as broken.
ever, for the Big 10 title and the they did against the Bucks proves
subsequent Rose Bowl jackpot, the t the Bcks prde After that loss Bolden was an
Michigan State must defeat Mich, that the coaching staff and grid- unstoppable gazelle running wild
Migan t ate urday. a Mch ders are capable of coming back 1 over both Oregon State and Ohio
igan this Saturday. from adversity to smash a good eborgn State aceecnquhst
That sole statement undoubted- team when that time occurs. State. In the Buckeye conquest
ly means that the Spartans will Bolden, a mighty mite at a mere
be up to their mental peak of the 157 pounds, literally beat the Scar-
season against the Maize and . ADVERSITY has struck again let and Gray himself tallying
Blue. in the form of the recent injuries three touchdowns and harassing
* * and ailments, but the State squad the Ohio passing attack with his
STATE'S opportunity for the with a chance for a tie for the great defensive ability at covering
Conference title lies in its game conference championship should passes.
with the Wolverines and Illinois' be capable of giving Michigan a
two contests with Wisconsin and rough battle this Saturday at
Northwestern. Macklin Stadium. BLENDED
Coach Biggie Munn's talented If Michigan has any thoughts HAIR STYLING
gridders must parlay a victory of victory over the Spartans, it
over Michigan and an Illinois must stop LeRoy Bolden, junior, by
loss to tie for the championship. left halfback who has scored seven
To further stimulate the Spar- touchdowns to lead the team in SIX EXPERTS
tans is the fact that they would scoring.
a heavier score than the 19-3 de- Pugrve Bduenha ndt hat hwas
feat inflicted by the Illini over lusive Bolden and that wasE 715 N. University
featinfictd b th Iliniove through a clipping penalty after


yesterday, Oosterbaan sent his
squad through extensive drills
against a green-shirted team of
reserves. Much stress was laid on
p ass defense in an effort to halt
the Spartan's Tommy Yewcic.
The Wolverines also prac-
ticed defensive set-ups design-
ed to stop the fleet Leroy Bol-
den, currently the 15th rank-
ing rusher in the nation. Bol-
den whipped Ohio State almost
singlehandedly last week, and
the Michigan scouts have at-
temped to aid Oosterbaan in de-
signing an adequate defense to
halt him.
On the offensive side of the
ledger, signal drills augmented by
passes held the spotlight, as Oos-
terbaan used fleet sophomores
Tommy Hendricks and George
Corey extensively. Lou Baldacci,
the rugged quarterback, put his
toe to work again with many suc-
cessful conversion attempts, while
he and Ted Kress alternated in
punting drills.
scrimmage was also a part of the
Ferry Field routine yesterday, with
the Wolverines running through
most of their plays at half-speed
to avoid injuries.
The gridders wound up the
day's activities with a fast and
peppy session on the tackling
dummies, again running
through a variety of plays.
Michigan leaves for this game
in perhaps its best physical shape
of the season. Ailing captain Dick
O'Shaughnessy has apparently re-
turned to form, along with huge

hiser and tailback Kress. Kress'
told Fleming that "trhis is the big.
one," as he commented on Satur-
day's showdown at Macklin Field. \
The big battle, a complete sell- X'--1 'Q,"WIAI
out for months, will be televised o S g .
coast to coast. .,....
WHAT HAPPENED? Leahy Intends
Prestige of Big Ten Title Dims; To Keep Irish
Rose Bowl Monopolizes Glory Coachin Job



Something's been stolen.
The glory that once made the
Big Ten championship the most
coveted .award in the football
world has silently but efficiently
been transferred from the confer-
ence crown to that New Years Day
extravaganza appropriately dubbed
the Rose Bowl.
THE above-mentioned pogt-sea-
son classic has lived up to its
name: it gets all the roses while,
the Big Ten title race is relegated,
for the most part, to passing men-
tion buried in the reams of sports
There was a time when the
championship of the Western
Conference was the goal of
every Big Ten team; it still is,
but only incidentally in that it
may provide a ticket to Pasa-
dena on January 1.
Look at Wisconsin. The Badg-
ers, sparked by a pair of great
backs, Alan Ameche and Harland
Carl, are still very much in

the running for the Conference SOUTH BEND - (P) -- Frank
crown, yet receive comparatively Leahy said yesterday, health per-
mitting, he intends to continue
little notice from the majority of as Notre Dame's head football
j sports fans and writers. coach the remainder of a con-
* * * tract which extends through 1955.
THE REASON is apparent. The Leahy, who collapsed with a
boys from Madison may grab a stomach spasm Oct. 24, denied
share of the title bunting, but so printed speculation he would quit
what? They went to the Rose at the end of the current season
Bowl last year, and are ineligible in which his Fighting Irish thus
to return for a second year in far are undefeated in six games.
succession. * * *
"I FEEL GOOD physically now,"
Purdue shared the champion- said Leahy, who returned to the
ship with Wisconsin last season, Irish helm last Thursday after a
but there was litle joy in Lafayette 12-day rest.
for it was the Badgers, not the "I'm confident my health will.
Boilermakers, who made the West- permit me to finish this season
ward journey when Bowl time and the remaining two years of
made its annual descent upon the my contract. If my doctor should
country. say otherwise, that might
The Rose Bowl may be a good change things, but I have never
thing-lots of people seem to think discussed the subject of the
so-but should it dump into ob- long-range future with him.
livion the championship of the; Meanwhile Notre Dame sharp-
Big Ten, where the finest football ened its pass defense for the game
in the nation is played year in and with North Carolina Saturday.
year out? The Irish squad will leave SouthI
Bend by plane at noon today, ar-
HOCKEY SCORES riving at the Durham, N. C., air-
Montreal 4, Chicago 2 port around 4:30 p.m. (EST).

the Wolverines.
HOWEVER, that feat might be
difficult to accomplish especially
after Monday's sad tale of woe
from the practice field. On Blue
Monday Dr. James Feurig, team
physician, revealed that two regu-
lars plus a second' string end
would be missing from the Michi-
gan game.
On the disabled list were Billy
Wells, stellar right halfback
of ,the pony backfield; Randy
Schrecengost, first string left
tackle; and Carl Diener, reserve
Wells, a victim of pneumonia,
and Schrecengost, out with a bad
knee, will be sorely missed as both
were valuable first stringers.
INCLUDING Saturday's game
with Ohio State, Wells had scored
six touchdowns and Schrecengost
had been ranked as one of the
best Spartan linemen.n f
All is not sadness and gloom
at East Lansing, however, for
the Spartan coaching staff is
entirely satisfied with the out-
come of Saturday's clash with
Ohio State, a team that MSC
conquered by the convincing
margin of 28-13.
IN THAT all important Big 10
clash which stamped the Green
and White as a definite contender
for conference honors along with
the unbeaten Illini, the Munnmen
were sharp in comparison to their
drab appearances against Purdue
and Oregon State.
The Spartans tackled and
blocked hard to turn back the
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