THE MICHIGAN DAILY
M' Pucksters 'Eligibility Challenged
. ..by dale cantor
Maxwell, Mike Buchanan
Suspended Under Charges
(Continued from Page 1)
8 YOU WALK in the front entrance of the Intramural Building
and climb the stairs leading to the gymnasium, you catch sight
of a small, rather inconspicuous door.
Beyond this door sits Mr. Earl Riskey, Director of .Intramural
Activities, behind a desk piled high with activity schedules, record
books, programs and miscellaneous items..
The telephone on his desk rings constantly and Mr. Riskey finds
it blindly and answers questions ranging from "What time does our
fraternity bowl today?" to "How about getting up a game of paddle-
Booming Business . . .
rJHEU CONSTANT CONFUSION outside his office door doesn't ruffle
him at all. With his hands behind his head and leaning slightly
back, he rambles on and on about the "booming business" that I-M
Riskey has a big job of management. With 36 sports on the
Intramural program, he's a pretty busy man setting up the various
leagues and tournaments and planning for the future. The latter is
of great concern to him because he believes that "the more sports we
can offer, the more people are going to be interested in I-M."
He continues to say, "The purpose of I-M is to give as many
different students a chance to participate in competitive athletics as
Riskey has certainly contributed to his own cause with the in-
vention of a game called paddleball, which is now enjoying a popular
reign on the Intramural program as well as filling the handball
From a dusty shelf, he pulls out four even dustier scrapbooks,
which hold a complete file of newspaper clippings about I-M activi-
ties since Riskey first arrived at Michigan in 1928.
Athletic Background .. .
HIDDE AMONG the yellowed pages of I-M history, you find an
article telling the story of Earl Riskey. You discover that he
got his start in athletics in his home town-Springfield, Ohio-com-
peting in nearly every varsity sport in high school. He got into YMCA
work in Springfield, and went on to head "Y" athletic programs In
Toledo and later in two towns in Mississippi.
From his "Y" activities, Riskey went to Michigan State Normal
College at Ypsilanti as a part-time member of the physical education
staff, meanwhile working toward a degree in physical education. He
coached freshman football, gymnastics, swimming and handled some
physical education classes.
Reading on further, you find that he was Athletic Director for
Roosevelt High School in Ypsilanti and, in 1928, became a member
of the Intramural Department Staff at the University of Michigan.
In 1940, he became Director-the position he holds today.
Even with his heavy schedule, Riskey finds time to belong to
several organizations. He is, at the present time, national president
of Sigma Delta Psi, an athletic fraternity, and Collegiate Chairm an
of the United States Handball Association.
Tiee years ago, he established the National Collegiate Handball
Tournament, which is held in St. Louis, Missouri.,
As you leave the office and walk down the stairs, you can hear
the phone ringing for Riskey and faintly hear him answer in his
very business-like voice, "Sure, I'll play paddleball with you!"
aloner's office in Chicago, who re-
quested that Michigan authorities
review the situation. Discussion
will probably take place today with
the return of Athletic Director H.
0. "Fritz" Crisler from the West
Coast NCAA meetings.
If the two athletes are ineligible
in the Big Ten, the cases will
have to be carried to the Commit-
tee of the Western Intercollegiate
Hockey League in March. There
is the possibility that all games
in which either Maxwell or Bu-
chanan played will have to be for-
feited by Michigan.
... eligibility at stake
New Talent Adds Spark
To Canham's Trackmen
This would mean that the Wol-
verines' lead and 6-1-1 record in
the WIHL would "go out the win-
dow" and that last year's NCAA
hockey title would probably be
written off into the books to Colo-
rado College, beaten by Michigan
in the finals, 5-3.
Crisler to Decide
It will be up to Crisler and
Michigan's faculty representative,
Marcus Plant, to help decide the
standing of the sophomore Max-
well and junior Buchanan. After
conferring here the problem will
have to be referred back to the
Big Ten and acting commissioner
The whole team upon hearing
word of the action seemed to be
conscious that the loss of Max-
well and Buchanan will be felt in
the drive ahead. Neither of the
stunned players or Coach Vic Hey-
liger wanted to make any definite
statement at this early date as to
Heyliger Intends to move Tom
Rendall up to the first line to re-
place the hard-shooting Maxwell.
The spirited junior will be at right
wing with Captain Bill MacFar-
land moving back to center and
Dick Dunnigan at left wing.
The Wolverines play Michigan
State Friday night at East Lansing
and return here Saturday for a
game with the last-place Spartans
at the Coliseum.
By JOHN HILLYER
(Second of two articles)
Another strong track squad
seems to be confronting Michigan
opponents this season.
"Our biggest problem will be
ineligibility," says Coach Don Can-
ham of his team's prospects for
LOS ANGELES (M)--The Na-
tional Football League yesterday
wound up its annual meeting by
grinding out the final rounds of
the draft of college prospects for
the 1956 campaign.
Cleveland drafted Bob Daven-
port, UCLA fullback, hoping he
may change his mind about play-
ing Canadian football.
The runnerup Los Angeles Rams
chose Mickey Bates of Illinois and
end Sam Williams of Michigan
Washington evoked some sur-
prise when the Redskins waited
until the 30th round to draft Carl
Nystrom, Michigan State's out-
Notre Dame continued to con-
tribute talent to the NFL. Pat
Bisceglia andtGeorge Nicula, line-
men, went to Washington and
... bolsters high jump
the coming campaign. "If we
could get everybody eligible, we
would have at least one good man
in every event. We're lacking
depth in a lot of places," Canham
Major losses suffered by the Wol-
verines are John Moule, Big Ten
mile champion; Grant Scruggs, a
major point-getter in the 600 and'
key cog in the great mile relay,
team; Junior Stielstra, one of the
better broad-jumpers in the West-
ern Conference over the past three
seasons; and Jim Love, conference
low hurdle king.
Weak in Spots
"For the first time in a long
time we're weak in several places,"
insists Canham. "In last year's
indoor champfonships, we scored
in 13 of the 15 events, a feat
which we can't accomplish this
Depending on his grades for the
first semester, John Johnson will
be the big man in the dashes.
Johnson, who placed second in
the Big Ten indoor last season,
will probably depend on Jim Pace,
a sophomore, and letter-winner
Bob Brown for his sole support.
In the hurdles, it looks like
Tom Hendricks, a returnee, and an
excellent soph, Dick Hill. Hill can
run both the highs and lows, while
Hendricks is primarily a low-
hurdler and also will be the num-
ber one man in the broad jump.
High Jump Strong
The high jump will be bolstered
with the return of the Big Ten
titlist, Mark Booth, letterman Stan
Menees, and sophomore Brendan
O'Reilly. This appears to be one
of the stronger events.
Another potent category will
undoubtedly be the pole vault,
where Bob Appleman, who won
the conference outdoor crown, re-
turns, along with letterman Tom
Skimming. The top vaulter, how-
ever, appears to be newcomer Eeles
Landstrom, who has done better
than 14' on several occasions.
The quarter-mile looks quite
promising, too, with much proven
talent returning. Dick Flodin,
Laird Sloan, Bob Rudesill (who
was ineligible last year) and Pete
Sutton, who also did not run last
season, will be back.
In the half-mile, Pete Gray, who
is the proven best in the Big Ten,
returns along with letterman Dan
Walter. Another man who will
have to be considered the best in
the conference until proven other-
wise is Dave Owen, the husky
As for a team-by-team indoor
season evaluation, Canham insists
that "On paper, Iowa should win
it, with Michigan, Indiana and
Michigan State in a battle for
second place. These four teams
are so far ahead of the rest of the
conference that all it amounts to
is a four-team battle."
MIKE BUCHANAN 1
..,.to miss MSU series
Yost Field House will be the
workshop tomorrow for 30 or more
busy CBS television technicians,
who will be setting up their equip-
ment in time for the Michigan-
Iowa basketball tilt, the NCAA
Game of the Week, to be held
Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m.
Jack Drees will announce the
game, which can be seen in the
Detroit area on WJBK-TV, Chan-
nel 2, and on other CBS stations
throughout the nation. The Mich-
igan band will entertain at half
SAN FRANCISCO - Plucky
Sandy Saddler successfully de-
fended his featherweight title
here at the Cow Palace last
night with a 13th round TKO
of challenger Flash Elorde.
Russian Skiers ,Skaters Rate
As Early Choices in Olympics
CORTINA D'AMPEZZO, Italy (A')
-Russia's "mystery team," ready
to compete in the Winter Olympic
games for the first time, stood out
as the early favorite yesterday on
the strength of amazing showings
by a little known ski jumper and
an unheralded speed skater.
Koba Tsakadze surprised the
specialists of other nations with
a leap of 80 meters (262 feet, 5%
inches) on the classic "Italia" ski
slide where the jumpers will vie
for Olympic gold medals, starting
Jan. 26. Tsakadze's leap was the
best of the day, six meters farther
than Finland's touted Anti Hy-
Russian Skaters Win
From the Swiss International
Speed Skating Races at Davos,
Switzerland, came the news of a
dazzling one-two-three sweep by
the Russians in the 500-meter
Rafail Gratch won the 500-
meter in 41.1 seconds, only .3 of a
second over the world record. The
20-year-old Russian army private,
unknown to the West before yes-
terday, beat two teammates.
"I've never seen anything like
it," said Del Lamb, coach of the
American team whose best per-
formances were a tie for 12th place
by Ken Henry of Chicago, and a
tie for 16th by Don McDermott of
Englewood Cliffs, N. J., and John
Werket, of Minneapolis. Henry's
time was43.4, McDermott and
Most ski jumpers closely watch-
ed the Finns, who together with
the Norwegians were considered
the hottest prospects.
Art Devlin of Lake Placid, N. Y.,
America's best jumper, made two
short jumps to "get the feel" of
tackle Gene Martell to the Pitts-
The Chicago Cardinals plucked
Wisconsin's quarterback ace, Jim
Miller, and Green Bay took Badger
Dick Kolian, an end.
* * *
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (R)-Terry
Brennan, head football coach at
the University of Notre Dame, was
named yesterday as head coach
of theEast team for the Shrine's
annual East-West game in San
W. M. Coffman, managing direc-
tor of the Dec. 29 game, said
Brennan will be assisted by coach-
es Forest Evashevski of Iowa and
Charles Rip Engle of Penn State.
The committee announced last
weekend that the West coaching
staff will be headed by Red San-
ders of UCLA.
By BILL GRANSE
"I was too small for football and
too small for basketball, but in
gymnastics I felt I had a chance."
Thus Ed Gagnier, who has been
leaving gymnastics fans breath-
less with his brilliant performances
this season, explained how he g'ot
his start in the sport.
Gagnier, a sophomore majoring'
in physical education has been
competing In gymnastics for the
last five years, ever since he was
a freshman in the W. D. Lowe
Vocational High School in Wfnd-
Besides competing in high
school, Gagnier performed in
YMCA and Turner meets, and for
the Windsor Gymnastics Club be-
fore competing for Michigan. "I
competed both in the United States
and Canada, but mostly in open
meets in the United States," Gag-
nier said. These performances led
to Gagnier receiving the Canadian
Outstanding Amateur Athletic
Award in 1954.
The 5'612", 130-pound French-
Canadian modestly brushed aside
mention of his great success his
first year on the Wolverine gym-
nastics squad. "I've just been
lucky so far," he. commented.
Gagnier, who has been an all-
around competitor on the squad
this season, participating in every
event except the trampoline, con-
fessed that he felt nervous before
the Michigan State meet.
Worried at First
"It was my first varsity dual
meet and I was afraid I'd really
goof up," Gagnier said. "I was just
worried about getting through the
routines and didn't hold any hope
Despite the fact that Gagnier
has starred for the Wolverines in
every meet so far this season, he
admitted that the tenseness he
felt during the Michigan State
meet has not left him. "When
you're in a meet you just worry
about getting through the rou-
tines, you don't even worry about
winning," Gagnier said.
Gagnier stated that the biggest
thrill of his whole gymnastics
career came with Michigan's up-
set victory over defending Na-
tional Champion Illinois last Sat-
urday. "That was one meet in
which everyone on the team did
a perfect job. If everyone on the
team hadn't performed perfectly,
I'm sure we wouldn't have won,"
he said. "I'm happy to be a mem-
ber of the team that beat Illinois."
Looking ahead to the team's all-
important meet Saturday with
Minnesota and the remaining
meets of the season, Gagnier said:
"I just know the guys are going
to try their hardest, and even if
we don't pull through, I have no
doubt that everyone on the team
will be in there trying all -the
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