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ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 1959
bJim Benagh SportsEditor
Michigan Sports Rundown
Whether it's before 101,001 spectators at massive Michigan Sta-
dium for a Michigan-Michigan State football game or before a gal-
lery of a half dozen at. Michigan's Blue Golf Course competition, the
Big Ten is as tough and exciting as any c1llege conference in the
And there is no question that one major reason for that tough-
ness and excitement is that Michigan, on and off, is a collegiate power
in its complete ten-sport program.
Thus newcomers to Michigan and the Big Ten category of "sports
fans" should be prepared for new lives as spectators.
Sport by sport, here are how things line up at Michigan for
FOOTBALL, of course, is king - just as it has been for the past
79 years and just as it probably will be for generations to come. The
sport has become more than a game to Michigan; it is a binding
force that brings out the loyalty of alumni and enfolds a 20,000-plus
student body together.
A good contingent of sophomores both on the line and in the
backfield could give Michigan's 1959 season the added punch it will
need to put on formidable showings before a powerful home schedule
that will include Michigan State, Northwestern, Wisconsin and Ohio
State. The games with the Spartans and Buckeyes are already sold
out, as Michigan fans display their loyalty despite last fall's dismal
record. There's no question that the gridders again will have the cam-
pus in their grip in a couple of weeks.
After the footballers finish their season, the big tug of war be-
gins between the BASKETBALL, HOCKEY and SWIM teams. At
Michigan all three put on quite a battle for the winter limelight.
blIf you want to be a basketball fan at Michigan, you will prob-
ablyhave to change some of your cage attitudes. The Big Ten quin-
tets thrive on rough rebounders and daring shooters - two "quali-
ties" that make a lot of you incoming Easterners shudder. With
Michigan finally getting its share of high scorers interest has picked
up in Ann Arbor. As one sports writer said a year ago: "Those folks
at Michigan have finally realized that basketball is here to stay."
With captain Bobby Watt and powerful Bob White - two all-
Americans (both from Canada, of course) - in the lineup along with
exciting sophomore Red Barenson, the hockey team cannot go any-
where but up in the standings of the newly formed Western Hockey
Association. And "up" is usually the National Collegiate playoffs for
The Wolverines ruled college hockey for ten years after the first
playoffs were held in 1947-48, and the game still is quite a spectator
sport here. For example, three years ago student fans began lining up
for tickets to a crucial series with Michigan Tech some 20 hours be-
fore the ticket window opened!
Speaking of crowds, Michigan's NCAA swim champions do okay
for themselves both at the pool and at the gate. The Maize and Blue
apparently are headed for another banner year and should produce
a half dozen to ten members of the Olympic team of the United
States, Finland, Mexico and Canada for next year's Games at Rome.
Swimming meets, incidentally, are one of the favorite "something
different" dating places at Michigan.
TRACK, GYMNASTICS and WRESTLING fill out Michigan's
winter program. Michigan's thinclads, defending Big Ten indoor
champions, are always one of the prominent groups in the nation.
In this Olympic year, their results could be more interesting than
ever. Returning to the team are varsity record-holders Tom Robin-
son, Tony Seth, Dick Cephas and Les Bird - giving the squad a
A good tip for newcomers is: see a gymnastics meet this winter.
You won't be sorry. This virtually unheard-of sport has been made
interesting by a great showman, Newt Loken. Another masterful
coach, Cliff Keen, has sent the name Michigan to the top rankings
of collegiate wrestling.
Come next spring, Michigan squads in BASEBALL, TRACKT
TENNIS and GOLF will be trying to wrest your time away from the
Arb and final exams.
The diamondmen, led by former Detroit Tiger Don Lund, will be
bidding for a comeback with hard-hitting Dave Brown, Bill Roman,
John Halstead and Wilbur Franklin in the ranks.
In tennis, Michigan - which sent Barry MacKay to the top
seedings throughout the world - again will have a potent aggrega-
tion. Last year, the young Wolverine scored every possible point to
win the Conference championship. Stars like Gerry Dubie could lead
to a repeat triumph.
The golfers scored quite a comeback here last spring by earning
second place - a big jump from the 1958 ninth place finish.
All in all, it should be another banner year at Michigan. Glad to
have you aboard.
Wisconsin, MSU, Iowa
Top Rated Teams
By DAVE LYON
Associate Sports Editor
It's autumn again, which means
that once more the members of
the Western Conference will soon
engage in a series of weekend
pastimes to determine which
school has the best football team.
The team so determined can feel
justly proud, since the Big Ten is
generally regarded as the nation's
toughest collegiate conference.
This reputation stems from the
fact that year after year the Con-
ference will have 10 good teams-
not just one or two.
Thus no single Big Ten team
can be conceded the champion-1
ship before the season starts. This
generates more interest among
football fans, but makes the busi-
ness of picking winners hazardous.
Nonetheless, the risk will be
taken. Following are capsule sum-
maries of each of the Confer-
ence's teams, starting with the
supposedly strongest team.
WISCONSIN-After just -miss-
ing a Conference title and a Pasa-
dena trip last year, coach Milt
Bruhn's Badgers will be out this
season to grab their first crown
since 1952. Bruhn lost only 10- let-
termen to graduation, and will
build on 24 returnees from the
1958 runnerup squad. Holdovers
include DalenHackbart, quarter-
back who finished third in Big'
Ten total offense last season.
MICHIGAN STATE Coach
Hugh Daugherty, with a new
double-wing offense and a healthy
Blanche Martin, hopes to make a
stirring comeback from last sea-
son's 0-5-1 Big Ten performance.
Seventeen lettermen, including
All-American end Sam Williams,2
guard Ellison Kelly, and halfback
Art Johnson, have departed. But
See LOOP, Page 2
Coach Bump Elliot
Three New Coaches Appointed
To Help Introduce Offense
By TOM WITECKI
Equipped with a new coach and a new offensive system, Michi-
gan's football team will take the gridiron this fall with high hopes of
improving upon last year's eighth place Conference finish and 2-6-1
The coach is Chalmers "Bump" Elliott, a former Wolverine all-
American and a member of Michigan's '48 Rose Bowl squad. Elliott
served as backfield coach the past;
.. .grid captain
Michigan football ticket sales
are well above last year, it was an-
nounced recently by Don Weir,
Early tabulations showed that
ticket sales this year are better
than two and a half times great-
er than last year for individual
tickets. One possible reason for
the sharp increase is the fine
home schedule of the Wolverines.
Michigan State and Ohio State
will both journey here this fall for
contests in Michigan Stadium.
The Michigan allotment of tickets
for the State game is already sold
out and Ohio State tickets are
going ahead of schedule. Tickets
for the two contests and all the
other Michigan home games went
on sale June 1 at the Athletic Ad-
Season ticket sales are also well.
ahead of last year, and Weir ex-
pects the total to reach or exceed
the 30,000 season tickets sold last
year. Regular season ticket buyers
had until August 10 to meet the
deadline on priorities.
Students will have a chance to
purchase their tickets for Michi-.
gan home games after they regis-
ter. The times and place where
students will be able to pick up
their tickets will be announced-in
two seasons before being named to
the number. one post when Ben-
nie Oosterbaan retired last fall.
The system is the wing T, a
fresh new offense, recently brought
into the gridiron limelight by
Forest Evashevski, whose Iowa
Hawkeyes used it to win a Big Ten
title last fall Elliott should be
well acquainted with football's
latest offense, having spent several
years assisting Evashevski at Iowa.
Single Wing Junked
Junked will be the single wing,
the formation upon which many
of Michigan's great teams were
built. It had been mixed in recent
years with the straight T forma-
tion to form a multiple offense.
To help install the revolutionary
offense Elliott has assembled a
coaching staff that is distinctive
in its youth. Averaging 33 years in
age, the staff of six is one of the
youngest in the nation.
Of the six, three are newcomers.
Taking over Elliott's old job of
backfield coach will be Henry
Fonde, another member of the un-
beaten and untied 1947 team. Be-
fore entering the collegiate coach-
ing ranks, Fonde earned a fine
reputation at Ann Arbor High,
where his teams were among the1
best in the state for over a decade.
The two other newcomers are
Jack Fouts, formerly of Bowling
Green, who will handle the in-
terior linemen, and Jack Nelson,
formerly of Colorado, who will
handle the ends.
Staff holdovers are line and de-
fensive coach Bob Hollway and
freshmen coach Don Dufek.
23 Lettermen Return
The coaches will have a nucleus
of 23 lettermen to work with. In
addition, several reserves are re-
turning and a good, but not spec-
tacular crop of sophomores will be
With several starting jobs up
for grabs, competition figures to
be brisk at early fall practice ses-
sions. One of the yet unclaimed
positions and a very key one, is
that of quarterback.
Returning is Stan Noskin, a
senior, whose passing ability is his
top asset. However, the wing T re-
quires a quarterback who can run
as well as pass. This fact will put
See COACH, Page 6
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major and minor sport on campus.
They get a chance to interview
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This plea for new staff members
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There is opportunity for advance-
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During and following orienta-
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BASKETBALL ............ 6
FOOTBALL .......... . . . . . 1
GOLF .................... 3
HOCKEY ................. 5
INTRAMURALS .......... 7
MINOR SPORTS .......... 7
SWIMMING ............... 8
TENNIS ................... 9
TRACK ................. 2
TOUCHDOWN PLUNGE-Back Darrell Harper drives toward a
touchdown during the Iowa game last year. The touchdown was
Michigan's first in a game which Jaw the Iowans win by a 37-14
By DAVE LYON
Associate Sports Editor
The coming football season has every earmark of being one of
the most exciting in recent Michigan history. You and all the other
members of the freshman class of '63 can thus consider yourselves
fortunate for being able (at no extra cost) to see the Wolverines per-
form six times at home this fall.-
For the first time in 11 years Michigan has a. new head coach,
34-year-old Chalmers (Bump) Elliott. He and his equally-youthful
staff will Introduce the winged-T offense, replacing the single-wing
attack with which Michigan crushed many foes in years gone by.
How much Elliott and his staff can improve on last year's 2-6-1
record and eighth-place Big Ten finish is open to speculation. Ad-
mittedly, the personnel is not greatly improved over last year. But
under the inspired guidance of the new coaches, the 1959 Wolverines
could be a team to be reckoned with in the Big Ten title race.
Another factor which will make this season interesting is the
home schedule. This year Michigan will play'Its fiercest rivals, Michi-
gan State and Ohio State, at home.
Rules changes will play their part in making games this season
more interesting. The NCAA rules committee has helped "put the
foot back in football" (to coin a phrase) by widening the distance
between the goal-post uprights from 18'6" to 24 feet. Substitution
rules regarding "specialists" such as place-kickers and punters have
been eased. Formerly a single player could re-enter the game only
once each period; now he will be able to come in any time the clock
is not running.
Finally, there are those symbols of Michigan's great football
heritage that serve to make every Wolverine grid season an interes-
ing one. The "winning tradition," first established by Fielding Yost's
point-a-minute teams of the turn of the century, has been continued
by Kipke, Crisler, and Oosterbaan to the present day.
The Staium, and its tremendous crowds, have been a part of
Michigan since 1927. The Little Brown Jug rivalry with Minnesota
dates- from 1903. The best-known college fight song, "The Victors,.
has occupied an honored spot at Michigan since its composition in
1898. The band, under 25 years of guidance by William D. Revell%
has maintained its position among the best.
These, hwoever, are only the external appearances of a tradi-
tion that goes much deeper than eyes can see or ears can hear. It
extends to the hearts and minds of all Michigan's alumni and
students. And as freshmen you will soon have the opportunity to do
your part in continuing it.
1959 Football Schedule
Sept. 26. . . . MISSOURI at ANN ARBOR
Oct. 3 . MICHIGAN STATE at ANN ARBOR
Oct. 10. OREGON STATE at ANN ARBOR
Oct. 17,... N'WESTERN at ANN ARBOR
Oct. 24 . . . . . Minnesota at Minneapolis
Oct. 31 . . . . WISCONSIN at ANN ARBOR
Nov. 7. . . . . . . . Illinois at Champaign
Nov. 14 . . . . . . Indiana at Bloomington
Nov. 21 ... .OHIO STATE at ANN ARBOR
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