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Wednesday, January 9, 1952
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SPORT SCRIPTS By PAUL ZIMMERMAN TIMES SPORTS SDITOR The timing of the college presidents' group in issuing their edict on de-emphasis of athletics gives definite proof that since they have no authority to enforce their decree they hope to browbeat and coerce the NCAA, into doing so. Meeting this week in Cincinnati, the National Collegiate Association undoubtedly will feel the pressure of the 'profound will" of the prexies. WILL BOWLS GO? While the presidents, in their Washington announcement on Monday, took a shot at general de-emphasis it was apparent that their main target still is bowl games. We charge they are motivated by jealousy. A quick rundown of the committee members who passed the presidents' resolutions indicates that, almost entirely, they are the "have nots," that is, heads of schools which cannot play in postseason games. The absurd thing about their approach to the whole picture is the inconsistency of their action. BAR OLYMPIC TKLiLS? A close look at the "fine, print" of the action shows that in order to get at bowl games the presidents would bar all "out-of-season" tournaments. If that plan were pursued to the letter it would, of course, include the Olympic Games trials once every four years since they would be out of season" and handled by the American Olympic Committee and not the colleges. We suppose the presidents would make an exception in this case and in so doing would promptly break their own rule. GROSS DISCRIMINATION Being in possession of nothing greater than a bachelor of arts degree we probably are not qualified to attempt te understand the college presidents' minds. It seems to us, however, that when the prexies say there shall be no more athletic scholarships they are guilty of gross discrimination. Athletic proficiency, we contend, contributes just as much to the public good as skills in the fine arts, like music, painting, etc., but the presidents have yet to take the stump against these. THE SEAT OP TROUBLE In our book the hero worship of great athletes by young and old alike is a fine part of American life. Quite apparently the presidents strike at this with their proposals of de-emphasis. For the life of us we nevee have been able to see anything wrong with this. It has been going on since the days when the Greeks went all out for their Olympic heroes. This makes us wonder if, perhaps, these college presidents have not been taking too seriously the great Roman writer Cicero. CICERO COMPLAINED 1 f we recall correctly, Cicero squawked about the fact that an Olympic victor received more honors than a "triumphant general" at Rome. Cicero's cynicism was shown when he reported on the story of Rhodian Diagoras, who, having won the Olympic prize himself and then seen his two sons crowned victors on ' the same day, was addressed by a Lacoman in these words: "Die, Diagoras, for thou hast nothing short of divinity to desire." You may be sure that our college presidents are upset over the fact that oftentimes their football coaches make more money than they. BUCKING RESPONSIBILITY When Babe Ruth died he received more space in the newspapers than the demise of any college president we can think of, save Woodrow Wilson, the former Princeton president. Wilson earned his acclaim because he won the Presidency of the United States. To bring this whole mess down to simple facts, college presidents can "clean up" college athletics by going to work, each in his own institution, without setting the athlete aside as an untouchable who contaminates the collegiate system; without tampering with postseason sports; without killing bowl games. We wish the college presidents would stop ducking the main issue. P.S.: If they want to take the dollar mark off athletes, then let them take it off tickets to football games. part 4 1x00 Atifitc ROUGH GOING Jackie Burke makes fine recovery after his tee shot landed in rough on 375-yard 8th hole. OPPOSITION ACE Proposals Doom NCAA, Say Coaches CINCINNATI, Jan. 8 (IP) Criticism of the college presi dent's drastic program for de-emphasizing athletics swelled to day, and university heads were warned they may be dooming the NCAA to a slow death. "I think it's wonderful the presidents are taking this interest in sports," said Tom Hamil ton, athletic director at the University of Pittsburgh, "but if they want to make changes they should do it through the NCAA. This is their body for govern ing atmetics. Jivery aeiegate here has the endorsement of his president. Let the presidents work through the NCAA. If they attempt to set up and enforce a program independent ly through the American Council of Education they might as welt discard the NCAA." Moore Doesn't Like It The NCAA is meeting here this week to act on proposed legislation to stabilize sports. Chief provisions call for a year's study of bowl games, reduced spring practice and strict university control of athletic scholarships. A special presidents' committee, meeting yesterday in Wash ington, called tor far sterner measures in a list of recommendations to the American council. The presidents called for abolishment of bowl games, athletic scholarships and out-of-season practices and tournaments. They also urged the coaches' salaries be made to conform with those of regular faculty members. "I only read the recommendations in the paper," said Bernie Moore, commissioner of the Southeastern Conference, "andfl didn't like what I saw. I'm sure there'll be a' lot of opposition. "I think it's fine the presi dents are interested but they should work through the NCAA Otherwise, this organization is dead." Willett Speaks Two members, of the presi dents' committee Dr. John Hannah of Michigan State and Dr. Arthur Adams of Washingtonconfer with the NCAA's executive council here Thursday. There's no indication the presidents' proposals will bead ed on by the inlaa tnis ween. "They have made only recommendations," said NCAA Presi- Turn to Page 3, Column 1 SANTA CLARA PLANS TO KEEP FOOTBALL SANTA CLARA, Jan. 8 (IP) The University of Santa Clara, only Catholic col-lege on the Pacific Coast still playing big-time football, today emphatically denied rumors it plans to drop the sport. Gene Perry, Santa Clara publicity director, said, "We are absolutely not retrenching a bit -on football plans in 1952 and 1953." BIRDIE SHOOTER L A. Open Winner Tommy Bolt looks Dirdies aner caraina tnira J Olivar Eyes Cougar Berth CINCINNATI, Jan. 8 W) Jordan Olivar said today he is interested in the football coaching job at Washington State College. The position was made vacant when Forest Evashevski resigned to become head football coach at the University of Iowa. Here for the annual meeting of college football coaches, he told a reporter he is "much interested" in the job. Olivar still has a contract with Loyola of Los Angeles, but that school has quit football. WEDNESDAY MORNING, JANUARY 9, 1952 Burke's second green. Burke, shot rolled to within 60 feet of cup just off Bolt and Harrison all got pars on hole. one in row ar rzrn noie. duu RUGGED BIG TENNERS By now Coast fans are pretty well convinced that they play rugged football in the Big Ten. And some of the ruggedest Big Tenners will play for the National loop team in the Pro Bowl game Saturday at the Coliseum. Eight more than 25 of the squad Western Conference gridiron grads are on the roster. Minnesota donated three Leo Nomellini, Gordon Soltau and Dick Wildung. Indiana came up with a pair in George Taliaferro and Hunchy Hoernschemeyer, Elroy Hirsch played at Wisconsin and Michigan. Les Bingaman was an Illinois Rose Bowler in '47. Dick Barwegan is an all-time Purdue guard. A charity event sponsored by the Los Angeles Newspaper Publishers' Association, the game will not be televised locally. Reserved seats for the' Pro Bowl game, priced at $5 and $3.60, may be obtained at the following locations: Southern California Music Co., 737 S Hill St.; Los Angeles Rams office, 7813 Beverly Blvd.; Coliseum box office, all metropolitan Los Angeles newspaper offices and all Mutual agencies. like cat that swallowed the jurnpeu wmi wi yiocn. -r-i . nhntm lull an Tfnhinc Times Photos by Julian Robinson tme Tom Bolt's 69 Captures Play-off JOE KUHARICH NAMED CUALM OF CARDINALS CHICAGO, Jan. 8 ) Joseph F. Kuharich, 34, coach of the University of San Francisco's unbeaten 1951 eleven, today was named head coach of the Chicago Cardinals. He signed a two-year contract. Kuharich, former Notre Dame and Cardinal star guard, becomes the National Football League's youngest mentor. His salary was not disclosed but was believed to be $15,000 annually. Kuharich succeeds Earl L. (Curly) Lambeau, who re-. signed 10 days before the 1951 NFL season ended. Lambeau's two-season Cardinal regime was cut short by a smoldering feud with Walter Wolfner, club general director, and coaching assistants. Pass Defense Chief Worry of Americans BY AL WOLF Pass defense and then more pass defense occupied the American Conference footballers yesterday as they twice toiled at Bovard Field. Coach Paul Brown's concern with that little item is reauny ,,lnctanrlaVilo fnr .Inp Stvda- har, blessed with Passers Bob Waterfield, Norm Van Brocklin, Bobby Layne and Johnny Lu-iack- n 1 n s Receivers EIrov Hirsnh. Gordon Soltau. Leon Hart and the like, obviously is rtnina in take the hieh road in quest of a Pro Bowl victory Sat urday. Dclense Planned The Americans probably will ffn,- snvt nf a 5.?.4 defense aeainst the Nationals' anticipat ed aerial attack. This puts Otto Schnellbacher, Emlen Tunnell, Russ Craft and Jerry Shipkey m the rear echelon. And if Hirsch or anybody else cnppoort in vunuincr wild aeainst that foxy foursome, he should be stuffed forthwith ana nung in the Smithsonian Institution. Ford Rugged The other half of pass defense, of course, is rushing the thrower. That assignment will fall principally to Ends Len Ford and Tom Wham, plus Bill Willis, the crashing middle guard. Ford, while not as spectacular a performer as Larry Brink and Ed Sprinkle of the Nationals, is a master at this phase of the game and just as lethal in a quiet sorUof way. The' best pass defense procedure of all, naturally, is to keep possession of the ball. To that end, subsequent workouts will be - devoted largely to offense, Headman Brown indicated after yesterday's dual sessions. TODAY IN SPORTS HOUSE RACING Santa Anita, 1 p.m. AMATKUK BOXING South Gate Arena, 8:30 p.m. WRESTLING Olympic Auditorium, 8:30 p.m. AP ALL-PRO FOOTBALL TEAM OFFENSIVE ELEVEN DEFENSIVE ELEVEN position Player Team Position Player Team End Elroy Hirsch Rams End Larry Brink Rams Tackle George Connor Bears Tackle Arnie Weinmeister Giants Guard Lou Creekmur Lions Guard Bill Willis Browns Center Vic Lindskog Eagles Guard, Les Bingaman Lions Guard Dick Barwegan Bears Tackle AI Derogatis Giants Tackle Leo Nomellini 49ers End Len Ford Browns End Leon Hart Lions Linebacker Chuck Bednarik Eagles Back Otto Graham Browns Linebacker Paul Younger Rams Back Doak Walker Lions Halfback Jerry Shipkey Steelers Back Dub Jones Browns Halfback Otto Schnellbacher Giants Back Eddie Price ' Giants Safety Emlen Tunnell Giants OFFENSIVE Ends Francis Polsfoot, Cardinals; Bob Mann,' Packers; Dante La velll, Browns; Bob Walston, Eagles. Tackles Bill Fischer, Cardinals; Paul Lipscomb, Redskins; Lou Groza, Browns. Guards Abe Gibron, Browns; Bruno Banducci, 4ers: Casimir Witucki, Redskins. Center SPORTS Read The for LA. Open Burke's 71 Bags Second; LU,.: Traik at 74 Harrison Trails at lt BY CHARLES CURTIS Tommv Bolt, a 33-year-old prow-jawed golfing wizard with a reputation for an disposition, Riviera Country links foes yesterday for a smasmng piay-orr victoiy in we 26th annual Los Angeles Open Tournament. .Yesterday he exhibited one of the Greatest golfing displays, for 17 holes of the is-noie piay-on, the Los Angeles Open has ever seen. Then he hooked a second shot out of bounds at the 18th, took a 3-over-par 7 at the hole, but still easily beat Jack Burke jr. ana Dutch Harrison for the S4000 first-prize award. Burke and Harrison divided second and third place money, collecting S20o0 apiece. Two-Stroke Victory Despite that he finished with 69 to 71 for Burke and 74 for Harrison, the extent of his mas tery can be surmised by point ing out Burke shot an even-par round and Bolt took a 7 at the last hole yet beat the Houston bov bv two strokes. Until that hole Bolt was 5 under par for the back nine and need ed a par home for 31 and a 66 total. That 31, in the memory of Host Pro Willie Hunter, would have been the finest second side in L.A. Open history. The 7 at the 18th may go down in history as a blowup but let it be recorded here it was in no sense that. The hole measures 455 yards and yesterday was against a furious wind which made it virtually unreachable in two shots. Neither of his foes could come close to getting home in two. Best Drive Bolt hit the best drive of the threesome, but from' a close lie hammered at a brassie, slightly hooking it up to the hillside and above the out-of-bounds marker. The ball didn't roll back, so, with ELROY UNANIMOUS Hirsch, Younger, Brink MakeAP All-Pro Team BY FRANK FINCH With the release yesterday of the Associated Press 1951 All- Pro football team, Saturday's Pro Bowl game took on added stature. Twenty-one of the 22 players picked for the AP's two-platoon mythical squad will perform for local fans in the Coliseum contest, plus 15 stars who received honorable mention. Great End Elroy Hirsch, the champion Rams' great right end who will be in the National Conference starting line-up, was the only player unanimously chosen by a poll of AP football writers throughout the country. "Being chosen unanimously is a thrill that rates rigHt along with that 17th touchdown pass and the Rams winning the championship," said Hirsch when informed of his signal honor. Hirsch tied one of the immortal Don Hutson's records by catching 17 touchdown passes and broke another when lie gained 1495 yards on' 66 receptions. Crazy Legs was the only Los Angeles player picked on the offensive team. End Larry Brink HONORABLE MENTION Frank Gatski, Browns. Backs Bob Waterfield, Rams; Bob Hoeriischemever, Lions; Dan Towler, Ranis; Rob Goode, Red skins; Joe Gen, steelers; J o n n Dottley, Bears; Bob Celeri, Yanks. DEFENSIVE Ends Ed Sprinkle, Bears; Ray Poole, Giants. Tackles Times for latest Sports explosive temper, tamed the Club and a pair of seasoned the new stroke-and-distance o.b. penally, he was hitting his 4th. He clouted the next one well, but was still short of the green, pitched to the edge and two-putted for a 7. Since he came to the hole witn five shots on Burke and seven on Harrison, ne was in no se rious danger. v Bolt registers from uurnam, N.C. Because o a driving-range affiliation he makes his home in Houston. His only previous win, in 13 months of steady tournament Campaigning after being a pro for six years, was in the Classic North and South Tournament at Pinehurst, N.C, in November. Bkight Future But if the opinion of everyone of the 2100 fan:, in yesterday's gallery is to be believed, he will win a good many more. The race was always between Burke and Bolt. Harrison, hampered by a novocain-jammed jaw and an aching tooth, was a stroke behind on the first hole and never caught up. Xo. 1 (513 yards) Bolt birdied with Mooter, Burke birdied with two putts from 5 feet and Harrison parred. Xo. 2 (476 yards) Three pars with Burke making great shot off hillside across part of the hill, down the grassy slope 3 feet from the cup. Xo. 3 (415 yards) Bolt and Burke parred, Harrison missing green at left and chipping 10 feet from cup. Bolt's 40-footer lipped cup. Xo. 4 (243 yards) Bolt made only par as Burke three-putted Turn to Page 3, Column 4 and Linebacker Tank Younger made the grade on the defensive squad. Quarterback Bob Waterfield and Fullback-Halfback Dan Tow-ler received honorable mention on offense. Vic Lindskog, Philadelphia's offensive center, was the only AP nominee passed up by the Fro Bowl selection board. Eleven of Paul Brown's American Conference heroes made the mythical team, which includes five New York Giants, four Cleveland Browns, one Pitt Steeler and one Eagle. The 10 Nats named include four Detroit Lions, three Rams, two Chicago Bears and one San Francisco 49er. Offensive Line With the exception of Lindskog, the entire AP offensive line is composed of Nats. The ends are Hirsch and Leon Hart, Lions; the tackles are George Connor, Bears, and Leo Nomellini, 49ers, and the guards are Lou Creekmur, Lions, and Dick Barwegan, Bears. Doak Walker of Detroit is the lone Nat in the backfield. The other spots were taken by Otto Graham and Dub Jones, Turn to Page 2, Column fi John Kissell, Browns; Mike Mc-Cormack, Yanks. Guards Visco Grgich, 49ers; Alex Agase, Browns. Linebackers Tony Adafnle, B r o w n s; Tommy Thompson, Browns. Halfbacks Howard Hartley, Steelers; Don Doll, Lions; Harry Gilmer, Redskins; Jack Christiansen, Lions. Safety Buddy Young, Yanks; ' Lowell Wagner, 49ers.

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