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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20,1957

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

'PAGE SEVEN

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This morning on
STATE STREET
.. .by steve heilpern

'M' Seeks Assistant Grid Coach

UNION THEATER TRIP

E lliott Still Considered
To. 3- Pro tJJ for~'1 PostE .3.'.

The Story Behind a Telegram
DONALD B. CANHAM, Ann Arbor's favorite stop-clock-watcher,
occupies one of the second floor offices in the streamlined Ath-
letic Administration Building. The structure on State Street and
Hoover is a remarkable tribute to good sportsmanship, competition,
and turnstile activity. It is a fine place for a reporter to get an in-
terview-or to rest his tired feet. Sometimes he does both.
The Michigan track coach was encamped in back of his cluttered
desk when we stumbled 'in, hoping to get some information for a
story. Before we could tell him startling news about the meteorological
elements outside-always an acceptable conversation opener-he threw
a telegram in our face. We said thanks, but we've had lunch, then
read the message:
HOW ABOUT ENTERING DAVE OWEN IN NATIONAL IN-
DOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS ON FEBRUARY 23RD PLEASE WIRE
ANSWER COLLECT.
- DANIEL J FERRIS
One sports scribe long ago described Ferris as the big wheel of
the' AAU. Said scribe is no longer a member of the Fourth Estate.
Nevertheless, this horrible pun has more than an ounce of truth in
it. Dan Ferris runs the Amateur Athletic Union. He knows where the
best track talent can be found.
David G. Owen has been sought for Saturday night's indoor ex-
travaganza-and will fly to New York later this week. Mr. Dave, class
of '57, will be sought by many important track people in the future.
Michigan's great shotputter is quickly becoming a national sports
celebrity.
Owen will have to face the three best 'shotputters in the nation
this weekend: Parry O'Brien, Ken Bantum and Bill Nieder; these
men are the only ones whomhave
broken the magic 60 foot mark.
Owen, who recently hit 59 feet, is
right behind the burly, trio. Don't
be alarmed if the Mihigan ath-
lete is not at his best Saturday. It
won't be the tough competition-
he thrives on it-but a leather-
covered iron ball which may give"
him trouble.
The Milwaukee, Wis., athlete
has never seen this Fifth Avenue
version of the shot, used in in-
door meets occasionally
t ; c3'i People are beginning to specu-
late as to when Owen will pass the
DAVE OWEN 60-foot mark. His best effort last
... command performance year was at the NCAA Champion-
ships in June, when he hit 57 feet.
Since then, he has gained in strength, technique and speed-and it
adds up to two feet. An improvement of 24 inches in only seven months
is fantastic, once the shotputter gets past the 50-foot category.
To add further emphasis to Owen's rapid improvement, compare
the average length of his competitive tosses this year with those of
last year. In '6 his average throw was under 54 feet; now he averages
58 feet.
At this rate, Owens would be expected to crack the 60 barrier
any day. This won't necessarily be the case. Owen is concentrating on
perfection of form, with an eye to the future. His sights are set past
the meets this year, and also past 60 feet.
'The New O'Brien?
0WEN MAY BE "the new O'Brien" by the time the 1960 Olympics
"" roll around. Coach Canhanm believes his team captain should break'
60 feet in the outdoor season this year, but admits it may happen
before spring comes.
"Right now, Dave's form is better than O'Brien's," says Canham.
"It's only a question of his gaining the necessary speed and strength
needed to dethrone the present champion. "Technique-wise, he's the
best I've ever seen," adds Canham.
Michigan's track coach cites "a keen analytical mind" as Owen's
main forte. Owen, an engineering student, is quiet, reserved, modest,
intelligent. He can spot his own mistakes quickly. He strives for per-
fection.
"It's part of the fun of coaching," continued Canham, "to watch
Dave progress. When I first saw him, I though he'd be good, bit not
great. He wasn't terrific in high school, and could only throw the
16-lb. shot 43 feet in his first attempt as a freshman here.
'I figured he'd be in the 50-foot class by the time he graduated.
I was 'only' off by ten feet. He kept improving, though, and hit 50
at the end of his freshman year."

By RUDE DI FAZIO
A - wait - and - see attitude pre-}
nails today over the selection of
a new assistant backfield coach.
Will Chalmers "Bump" Elliott!
accept the job or will he turn ita
down as he has turned down three)
offers already this year?
Reliable sources seem to agreej
that Elliott, present backfield aide
to Forest Evashevski, was offered
the same position at Michigan,
Monday when he was reported in
Ann Arbor.
Anything else he was offered is
still speculation.

head coach at the University of
California.
If he does not take the job an-
other name being mentioned for
the position is Davey Nelson, for-
mer Michigan undergraduate, now
head coach at the University of
Delaware,
College Stars
Set for Lion

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Certain insiders seem to doubt v
that he was offered the Assistant
Athletic Director's position but in Some of Michigan's top athletes
view of the fact that he turned will compete against the Detroit
down the head coaching jobs at Lions in a basketball game tonight.
Missouri, Harvard, and Iowa State, The game will be played in the
it appears likely that he is happy Manchester gymnasium as a spec-
at Iowa. ial feature at a high school game
If he is then it will take more between Manchester and Brook-
than a mere assistants job minus lyn.

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TOP PROSPECT-Former Michigan gridiron great, Chalmers
(Bump) Elliott continues to be mentioned as the top prospect to

replace retiring Don Robinson as assistant backfield coach. any other considerations to lure The Detroit Lions participating
- -him here. are linemen Charles Ane and Lou
Athletic Direetor H. 0. (Fritz) Creekmur, end Dorne Dibble, and
Crisler and Head Coach Bennie backs Gene Gedman, Bill Bow-
e Oosterbaan are not commenting man and Jerry Reichow.
rhayerCrisler said yesterday that they are the U. of M Trojazn Cleaners
the next few days and until then JimMaddock, Ed Shannon, Mike
NEW YORK (I)-The New York he has, "no comment." foRotunno, and Tom Maentz from
. In return, the thletics received Elliott, if he does accept the the football team, and former
ranei rady American fagred pitchers Maurice McDermott, Tom position, will follow in the foot- Michigan basketball captain Jim
to retain their American League Morgan and Rip Coleman, out- steps of, his brother Pete who re- Skala, present coach of the East-
championship in 1957, yesterday cently switched jobs to become ern Michigan College cage squad.
fielder Irv Noren and infielders----__
obtained pitchers Art Ditmar and
BobbyShanz fro Kanas~ I Billy Hunter and Milt Graff. An-
Bobby Shantz from Kansas City other player is to be assigned to
and. gave up seven players in the ,Kansas City by April 15.
biggest baseball deal in more than Infielder Cletis Boyer, a bonus
two years. player, originally was included in
The Yankees 'also acquired in-I the trade. But it was later deter-a
fielder Wayne Belardi and south- mined that bonus players cann'ot
.paw pitcher Jack McMahan, both be released or traded until their for G
of whom were assigned to Denver, bonus period is up. Boyer was
the Yanks' farm team in the signed by the A's May 30, 1955 and DY L A G
AmericankAssociation; and an- therefore cannot be disposed of D RYN?
other player to be designated later. until May 31 of this year.

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greatness. "He's helped himself," the coach concluded.

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