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DECEMBER, 9, 1956

THE 'l l I R~IT IGA T DAZLN

SECTIO\ TWO-PAGF, SEVEN

DECEMBER, 5,1956 TUE MICUIGAN DAILX SECTION TWO-PAGE SEVEN

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COACH MUM ON CAGE CHANCES:
Perigo Maintains Anna et

By JOHN HILLYER
If Coach Bill Perigo thinks hi
Michigan basketball squad is in
for a successful season, he cer-
tainly isn't going overboard in say-
ing so.
This is a well-known Perigo pol.
icy, and the veteran coach's an
nual decision to remain reticen
has sometimes proven to bee
painfully wise one.
It's obvious to anyone who talk,
to Perigo that he hasn't completel3
given up on the Wolverine quinte
for the 1956-57 season. On th

contrary, he sounds quiterhope-
s fu, inspite of his desire for neu-
trality.
- "Our overall speed and height
- is the best it's been in the five
years I've been here," he said re-
- cently in an unguarded moment.
Few Returnees
"We don't have as many ex-
a perienced returnees as certain
other Big Ten teams," he went on,
S "but last year's sophomores should
y be improved with experience."
t Actually, it's hard to say much
e right now about the squad's pros-
pects in Big Ten play, which
doesn't start until Jan. 5.
Sophomores will play a major
role, with two as possible, starters.,
Preparation Takes Time
Some leading candidates have
been out for football, and it takes
a while to prepare these men for
concentrated action.
Much has been said about the
two second-year men who could
be among the first five for Michi-
gan. The pressure of this buildup
plus the pressure of stepping right
into starting roles In the tough
Big Ten will be heavy on M. C.
Burton and George Lee, but Peri-
go feels that they can weather it.
Burton, a tall, speedy foreward
from Muskegon Heights, was im-
pressive in early practice sessions,
and his potential has been de-
scribed as almost limitless.

COACH BILL PERIGO
.. .swepting it out

AIRBORNE-Speedy Jim Shearon scores a layup for Michigan in
a scene from last season's Minnesota game here. Shearon will be
one of three men who will fill the regular guard positions this
year for the Wolverines.
Lee, a sharp-shooting forward could effect a slight improvement
from Highland Park who may be in their shooting would both be
forced to play guard, is said to outstanding.
have equal potential, although Perigo cites rebounding as the
Perigo describes his as "very team's strong point, with defense
green" at the backcourt position,.probably its main shortcoming. Al-
Some members of the football though there isn't a really tall man
team are out. but it will take con- -one in the 6'9"-6'10" category--
siderable time to get them set to the men at the forward positions
play, with the exception of Ron all have good height and carry
Kramer, who is the only one considerable weight along with it.
among them with Varsity experi- All are well over the 200-lb. mark.
ence. Defense Is Problem
Gridmen Jim Van Pelt, Bob Pta- As for the defense problem, Per-
cek, Gary Prahst and Walt John- igo hopes it will be alleviated with
son all have possibilities, but have experience. "Of course, there's al-
the learning of plays to cope with ways a defensive problem when]
as well as the conditioning lag re- you've got to guard a 6'9" man andi
sulting from the changing of1
sports.I
Jorgensen Back k

uteh,'e ilte..
3WITH DAVE GREY , 7
The 'All-American' Situation I
What is an "All-American" in intercollegiate athletics? What place
does the choosing of all-star teams have in sports and in the
light of organized competition?
We can't claim to give any answers, but a little looking into the 4
situation of All-Americans maybe can give some insight as to the whys.
I'm frankly confused. The football season is over, and the wintery
sports have started. The best of the football seasons have been /
picked and predictions for the season ahead are being given.
In fact, in the major sports--primarily football and basketball -
everybody seems to be picking their choices with the result that a
great many athletes seem to be an All-American something.
Sports writers, coaches, colum-
nists, broadcasters, newspapers. h syf
magazines, and endless other or ir ~
ganizations and individuals are
selecting in competition with each
other. It has gotten to the point
now where choices are made long":
before the season is over-football *
players can be judged on anywhere\-
from five or so games on.
Every time I use the word, "All- -
American," I feel like putting it
inside quotes until someone de- \.
cides for a common standard and
a common time for choices. '
A strange part about the situa- *"*
tion is that the smaller spectator
sports - intercollegiate hockey,
swimming, wrestling, etc. all have k
their All-American selections but >
these choices are lost in the shuffle >
and carry far less prestige.
The All-American selections in \.
football seem to create even more
interest than the world champions "
in such an all-inclusive event as RON KRAMER
the Olympics. But the reasons are .in a spectator sport When gilt-dayscall for thatP
not hard to see why. g
The All-American has become a country byword not only in "extra special" touch-make
sports but also for stereotypes such as in advertising or in the the gift a Fidelis'! The authen-
expression "an All-American boy". It caters to the spectator, the: tic high fidelity phonograph 95
masses of interested followers, who wants to differentiate between the F
good and the best. The All-American tags is a reward, and in athletics Select either Champagne
it is well deserved if the individual honored does not fall back pn Blonde or African Mahogany
his press clippings to perform. at the same price. Rich Walnut
K aCa inand Lustrous Ebony available dow *m0l
K too. Legs, black or brass finish dej1y,) QhetL
An example of this confused situation can be seen quite close tot and record shelf, optional, '
home in Michigan's Ron Kramer, who was picked as an All-n a
American last year despite on a "good" season hindered primarilybyeus
by injuries.
This fall Kramer reproved himself as one of the best ends in
the country-an unofficial consensus choice for All-American. Look for the oiCe of uadr
Honors, awards, rewards, badges, trophies; titles are all estab-
lished parts of the American competitive system. So when people
complain about some overemphasis in athletics, especially inter- r
collegiate, maybe a little self-analysis could place some of the blame i1
on our society and ourselves rather than just the schools involved
orIthe athletes. H. . . iohnSonf ompan '{
This, of course, does not rationalize the lack of constructive I
action in such a matter as the competitive emphasis on All-Americans. ~~ EN R ELECTRIC SORE
Many outsiders are trying to steal the show by picking all-star teams
but no one organization seems at present to be officially qualified.
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Only one man-Tom Jorgensen
-will be missing from last years
starting lineup, but of the top
seven men as of now, only two are
seniors, and as Perigo says, ex-
perience is a player's greatest as-
set.
As soon as Kramer is ready to
go regularly, he will resume his old
spot at center, where last season
he was the sparkplug of the Wol-
verines' attack as leading scorer
and rebounder. And as of now,
Perigo considers him to be the'
only definite starter.
Reason for this is that there
are three men who are rated pretty,
evenly at forward, and the same
condition exists at guard.
Tillotson To Play
Up front, big Pete Tillotson, a
6'6" junior, the tallest member of
the team, Randy Tarrier, anoLh-
er big man, and Burton will stage
a battle for the top two spots, al-
though Perigo indicates that he
will probably alternate them.
The same attitude is taken to-,
ward the top three guards -- Lee,'
Billy Wright and Jim Shearon.
Wright and Shearon are both'
tricky and quite fast, and if they

RON KRAMER
. . . now for basketball

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your tallest man is three or four
inches shorter," he points out.
Perigo thinks Illinois, North-
western and Indiana will be the
teams to watch this season, main-
ly because of their height and ex-
perience.
Illinois will have a veteran
squad, led by two good big men
-George Bon Salle and Ted
Caiazza.
Northwestern Is Strong
Northwestern has all of its
starters back from last year plus
what Perigo calls an outstanding
sophomore crop.
Indiana has what Michigan's
coach terms "one of the best" in
their giant center, Archie Dees,
who, according to Perigo, could be
shifted to forward because of his
deadly eye from the corner.
Despite the abilities of these1
three teams, Perigo believes that!
the Conference will be much more!,
balanced than it was last season.
Others who could help the Wol-

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