Jim Conzelman Named Head Football Coach at Washington
JIM CONZELMAN SHARPE REMAINS AS ATHLETIC DIRECTOR; CHANGE COMES AFTER ALUMNI ASSAIL POOR SHOWING By J. Roy Stockton. Jimmy Conzelman, one of the greatest football players and perhaps perhaps the most versatile athlete ever developed in the St. Louis district, district, has been appointed head football coach at Washington Univer-tity. Univer-tity. Univer-tity. it was announced this morning. The announcement was made by Dr. Al Sharpe, who has been football coach as well as director of athletics for three years. Dr. Sharpe issued the following statement: "I am withdrawing from the coaching of football at Washington Washington University and in conjunction with the faculty athletic committee committee and the university am recommending recommending the appointment of James Conzelman as head football coach. "Other adjustments in the de--partment de--partment de--partment de--partment will be made later but will take place gradually and no further announcement will be made at this time." The announcement followed rumors rumors of a coaching change at Washington which began during the'playiny season and have persisted persisted ever since. Alumni dissatisfaction dissatisfaction with the -weak -weak showing ot the eleven resulted in the appointment appointment of an investigating committee, committee, the purpose of which was to determine the cause of Washington's Washington's let-down let-down let-down in athletics. The results results of the investigation were not revealed, but today's announcement indicates it played a part in bringing bringing about the change. Dr. Sharpe. after three years of coaching, will remain as director of athletics and physical education. No details as to the terms of Conzelman's contract were revealed, revealed, although unofficial information information is that the contract is for cne year only. Officials of the university expressed great satisfaction satisfaction at Conzelman's acceptance because because of his popularity in St. Louis, his -wide -wide experience as coach and player and his football contacts. Speaking of his new assignment, Conzelman said today: "Of course, I am pleased to have been chosen for this post and hope I will be able to fulfill expectations expectations of the university officials. I know little of the material available available at Yashington and so 1 cannot cannot make any comment on the possibilities possibilities of the eleven for next year." No Spring Practice. "Under the conditions of my contract contract 1 cannot take charge of the !qual until next September, so there will be no spring practice under my direction, unless unfor-seen unfor-seen unfor-seen developments occur. That, of course, is a drawback, under the circumstances. Spring practice would have enabled me to get a good look at the material available and to lay the foundations of the Conzelman First Native Son to Coach at W. U. iJ I M MY CONZELMAN is the first graduate of local grid irons ever to become football coach at Washington University. Conzelman played only one year on the Washington eleven, in 11U9, when as quarterback he made a. lasting name for himself himself as a backfield star. In the past, Washington U. coaches have been drawn from other centers, notably in the case of Dr. Al Sharpe, the di rector of athletics, who served also as football coach the last three years. system that I employ. This would be especially helpful as concerns the members of the 1931 freshman squad, who will become sophomores sophomores next falL "I expect to use the Warner double wing-back wing-back wing-back formation with an occasional Warner Z formation for power plays. This system is employed by some of the tfest football football teams in the United States, notably Southern California, Stanford, Stanford, University of California, Pittsburg, Army, Navy, etc. The only other important system in use is the Rockne system. "Next fall I will devote considerable considerable time to the freshman squad to get the players started along the lines they may be expected to follow follow when they enter their sopho-moro sopho-moro sopho-moro year. It is essential that freshmen players be well-grounded well-grounded well-grounded in the things that will be expected of them as members of the varsity. varsity. "Sometimes a great deal can be done with material that has not 'found' itself, but which is all right physically." Conzelman believes that no eleven is adequately prepared unless unless it has built up both its rushing and overhead attack. "No team today can hope to succeed succeed merely with running plays," he remarked. "Both for ground-gaining ground-gaining ground-gaining and deception, passing is necessary and is equally important w ith the running attack. "For that reason a great deal of attention will be given to the overhead overhead game when practice begins."