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PAG* TEN BtYTHEVTLLE (ARK.) COUKIEK XBWS Spartans Still Don't Belong to the Lodge By HAKHV GRAYSON NBA Sports Editor NEW YORK — (NBA) — Football followers, midwest and far west, who hoped all-conquering Michigan State would bfe shipped to the Rose Bowl, will be disappointed when they reacj this. The ".Spartans'still don't belong to the lodge, and will b« treated i eordlngly, ; despite the 22 straight victories'they boasted going Into the Notre Dame engagement. The Tournament oJ Roses Is going to be strictly a Western Conference production, no matter how painful The many who iwould like to see Michigan State oppose the winner of the UCLA-Southern California on the belief that it,was still pos- on the belle flhat It was still pos- iible for the 7 Big 10 to send an outsider rlf It did not have what It considered *a genuine champion of Its own. That made sense, so the Western Conference faculty athletic representatives wiped out the clause .two years ago, when the N r ew Year s Day pact with the Pacific Coast Conference was renewed. "All our schools were so eager, to go that we felt It unfair to sidetrack a learn that had Von the right to represent the conference," . explains Commissioner Kenneth L. Wilson of the Big 10. Michigan State would be eligible for football comeptltlon In the •Western'Conference in 1853, It was pointed out, and Jan 1 Just happens to be In that year. There 'could be ho better>way for the Big 10 to start the New Year than to transport it.s newest member, Michigan State, to southern California, There Is no percentage in refusing to play jour best card, and the'Spartana generally are regarded as the nation's No. 1 varsity. "But they haven't played a conference schedule," counters Tug Wilson ' , It obviously makes no difference to the Western 'Conference brass that Michigan. State beat the.'three' Big 10 teams at which It got a whacfc—Michigan/ Purdue and Indiana t \ Also'that the East Lansing squad Is by far the most representative tide'the:league could send against the coast champion. Sentiment In' favor of Michigan etate largely stems from those who mre arwdous vv to see the Western Conference continue Its domination of the, golden slope The count Is *-0 since' the first agreement wa* signed, three decisions being of hor- Rndous proportions . The athletes who come out on top on jthe coast would also like to tackle the,slickest combination available^ "and the Tournament of Roses •' committee "vastly prefers Michigan state. Pour ..Western Conference outfits remain in the running for the far western venture. They are Wisconsin, Purdue, Michigan and Minnesota </ Wisconsin has been belted by Ohio Slate and ,UCLA!'the latter with an excellent chance of being In the coast league's corner. Purdue has been trimmed by Notre Dame find Michigan State and tied by Pt-nn State ;and Minnesota. Michigan has .dropped verdicts to Michigan State,.Stanford and Illinois. Minnesota ran second to Washington, was pasted by California and Michigan and tied by Purdue. , Football at Southern California and UCLA definitely Is on th« upswing, so the Big 10 might well need the services of Michigan State. The Idea Isn't money, because all Institutions are cut In on the prize money, the participating school getting no more than squad expenses and an extra share. It hasn't/much left after carting along the band, members of the" faculty athletic committee, extra coaches and whatnot. Even under the share-the-swag system, mighty Michigan • State winild Illce to swing for the Western Conference by way of breaking Into it. but In .order to do that Billy Wells and Company will have to extend Us winning throughout a third consecutive 'campaign. El Dorado Tutors Are Absolved EL DORADO (IT);— The El Dorado Schooi Board announced jes- t«rday It will take no action toward three h1?h. school.: coaches fnlcrl '$10 each In Municipal Court here Monday In connection .wllh a list flgfet. The -football coaches — Woody Johnson. Pel Austin and Leon Tur- pln—and two brothers, Curtis and Elmre .Goodwin, were fined on assault charges arising from a fight after the Fl Dorado-Hot Springs football, gams Friday night The Board, after a 4-hour meet- Ing Monday night, termed the Inclr dent ' regrettable" but said 11 did not "feel justified In taking any action against the coaching staff." Dragons Meet Jonesboro Here Harrison High School's Dragons will crown a homecoming queen and try for their second conference victory at Haley Field tonight. The Dragons will meet Booker T. Washington 7-30. ' High of Jonesboro at The Dragons have won five and lost t»o games this year Their losses have come at the hands of Memphis and Helena. , Maxlne Williams. Harrison senior, will be crowned homecoming, queen at halftlme by 'Ira Long and Leonard Williams. WEDNESDAY, NOT. 12, 1MI Chick Backers Dispute Claim. Of Jonesboro fdr Grid Title A roar of protest roije from the throats of Blytheville's footb'aH fans regard to Jonesboro's claim to Divission 2AA championship honors. , «|h J « center, throws for Michigan State . a .oh g baU ^P^^^^r^^SS^^ y0 i^^^^^ ; , defense with short, tharp pitches (NEA) Quarterback Tony Ratio* ries the Little Rock-Pine Bluff Game Is Top Grid Attraction in State Rf C'AKf, FBI,! .....L. "'{?M , R ,9 CK ,,f A /,'l T7, A i; ka , ns _ as ' high school football spotlight shines And, for mi advance peck at the top' schoolboy battle, we give: you the views of the opposing conches, Ocorge Terry ' of, the , Pine Bluff Zebras anci Wilson Matthews of Little Rock's Tigers. Ench win >asked• How rto you look nt Kiiday night's game? Terry replied!. I feel like It we don't have any tough luck and all our boys are nblc to piny we'll make a good ball game of It "I've said i nil along thai Little Hock is the club to. be.-it frr the Big Seven They've been beating everybody 50 and BO to nothing. You can't get away fiom a recoid like that Matthews really has the boys. We have a lot of respect for them. "Little Rock has n lot of balance. Their quailcibnck, Bobby Hnnnon, is theii key man and we know we'll have to slop him. "We're in pretty bad shape Jimmy Higgason thallback), and <3ene Heird (end)' have been 'in bed with flu, missing practice this week. We Jusl hope they cnn go Friday night. Joe Marks (full back),has been out since the North Little Rock game wllh a blood clot on his heel. But he's working at about hnll speed now nnd should be ready Friday night. It Marks can't go, we'll have to change our whole ba.tkffo'id around. ' "We hayen't scouted nnd worked on them as much as we did last year, v-hcn we bent 'em, because we've had too tough a schedule We^ve. had to worry rpore about the- game at hand each week, and we'fe-playlng Little Rock more like any other ball olub this year. Johnny Karras Disappoints as Pro By TOM BRANAGAN voar CfHICA , G0 ' (A . P 1 TK^, dist [ nCt disa PP° intme "t to coach Joe KuhfUich in hiff irs t year of ,prof ess ,onal football with the Chicago Cardirmis, ex-Illinois g.oat Johnny Kairas isn t giving up. Nor is Kuhanch giving un on Johnnv Kama was one of the strongest running right halfbacks In Big Ten history during a brilliant career ending with the 1950 season. The Cardinals eagerly signed him, for a reported J 10,500, to a 1952 contract. So sold were the Cards oh-Karras' ability that they dropped the usual "If-you-make-good" clause in his contract. He's the only Cardinal with .this agreement. Karras not only failed to become a regular this season/ he -hasn't even seen normal reserve duty. He played only a few minutes In each of the first live games and not at all In the last two. , t Two other right halfbacks, veterans Elmer Angsman nnd Emll Slt- ko, are "way ahead of the renowned Argo Express" on coach Kuharlch's performance list. "Though Johnny didn't particularly rate It on his practice form," Kuharlch says, " wc gave him a starting assignment against "the Washington Redskins, figuring maybe he was strictly a money player. "His ground-gaining rate .was okay, but he had good chances to go for real yardage and Ilubbed the opportunities. He just doesn't drive hard enough, Confidence! "Maybe he lacks confidence, I don't know. Ills • timing doesn't seem to be too good and he's not been as last as we'd expected." Kuharich thinks Karras - Is 10 pounds overweight. "I figure if a boy wants to play, he'll get in shape," the Card coach said pointedly. Johnny disagrees. "I weigh about 184." he told a reporter. "And I had my best college year at that weight, I'm In good shape." Karras Is somewhat shy. partfcu- uarly In talking about his playing But he says: "Frankly, I think I've been do- Ing all right. Naturally, I'd like to play t little more. But I Just canl go up and ask Joe what's wrong I'm not that kind ol fellow I figure hell tell me If he thinks I'm not doing all right. He hasn't said anything. "Actually, I've played only about 30 minutes all year. I don't think I ye been in there long enough to prore.what I really can do." Kuharlch, despite his frank state- awnta OB Joiuiny's play, would M giving up on Johnny. ieem (o go along with this. ' , "Naturally, Johnny could, use mqre game experience," he says. 'But we've never had enough of a lead to really test him: "We have .by no means given up on him I .think he may Improve greatly and stick In pro ball." "We didn't hold ' out anything In our lie . with Te'xarkana last week Texarkana simply had a tough learn and some of our boys were hurt. "Everybody says plajlng at home Is worth a touchdown to a team, and I guess, that's about right But I don't think pitying in Little Rock v.111 necessarily make —either difference in the game you go or you don't. I believe my kids are ready to play ball Well, Mr look at It? Matthews, how do you "It -iuie looks like, a good one, doesn't it? "Pine Bluff Is as, good as we are,defensively r Personally, Ileve (hey have a belter nil around back In Higgason than we have "We uiay have a little more depth. In tough'ball games, George has been playing about 14 boys Wo moke about rive switches from olfense to defense, which means we've played about 16 in tough ones They're bigger in (he line than we are and we're bigger In the backfield "If their defense is as good as It was last year, we may be In for It We couldn't pass against 'em last year If we can't throw Friday night, .I.don'.t.know what's going to happen. "I look for Pine Bluff to be a two-touchdown better team than it has been in anv other game this year They're always high as a kite for us, and I don't think they've, played their, best ball In their recent, games. "We're going to try to be; ready, fills game niea'ns a lot as far as the championship is: concerned but, Ihen. it's just another game I think our boys will be ready Barring unforeseen practice In . juries, if we get beat, it won't be because we're crippled "We ve scouled Pine Bluff three times — that s twice more than we've looked at any other team we'\e played this year. "I oon't know how to figure !t In the score, but the home team always has an advantage and I'm happy we're playing here." Thanks you, gentlemen, and may the better team win. Each Region to Handle ^^ V Own TV> Says Crisler By HARRY STAPLER." ANN ARBOR Midi (/Tj—Athletic Dlrectui Fritz Crisler favors this middle-ground plan to settle the squabble over televising of college lootball games Let each of the eight NCA districts run Its own TV-control plan! That would mean eight games on TV each Saturday instead; of the single game currently permitted across the nation. Crisler came up »I(h the regional plan ycstctday while Ihe contro- versliy flared anew in New York; In that city 'Dr. Allen B. Dumont, president of the Allen B. Dumont Laboratories, charged the National Collegiate A. A. television committee fa "conducting a monopolistic boycotting operation" In Its restricted one game-n-week program Crisler said he did not-favor the current program We're going to ha\e to lue witn television from now on and I think we should give television a charice. "I think can dp It better If ' we split the program'up Into.eight districts and not go across district lines ' Crisler pointed out ttiat many Mldwesterns had no • interest in some of the games that have been nationally televised this ... season such as Princeton-Columbia -and Cornell-Yale. Crisler made his proposal at meeting of tjie Michigan'-Football Writers Association. Also), present was' Athletic Director Moose -Krause of Notre Dume. Krause Joined Cris ler In 'recommending that the NCAA loosen up Its restrictions: Power Fullback Back of Week . NEW YORK W>>—Homer Smith,' Princeton's old fashioned poser- plunging fullback, was named Associated Press back of the week today for his tremendous ability to do the primary thing with a football—namely, run with It Smith was the top back of last Saturday by simply overpowering Harvard In an awesome display of slam-bang football —a contrast to the slick T formation quarterbacks and speedy, clever halfbacks who often gain the headlines without being hit hard more than a handtul of times In a game. , ' . . • Starting from the first time Princeton got the ball, Smith ripped through the Harvard line for four touchdowns and 273 yards, the greatest running performance by a major college back this year. The 5 foot 10, 188-pound fullback wound up wllh an average of 10.5 ayrds—equal to a llrst down—every time he carried the ball. DeJohn-Hayes Go Tonight ' DETROIT «v-Joey DeJohn and Norman Hayes will interrupt their middleweight title dreams long enough to meet in a 10-round, ns- Uonally-tclcvlsed fight here tonight. DeJohn, of Syracuse, N. Y., and Hayes, of Boston, are even choices. Each predicts he'll knock the other v out. The light starts «t 10 pm. EST and will be televised by CBS. Should Sugar Ray Robinson Vacate his middleweight championship by retiring shortly—as many expect he will—DeJohn and Hayes have hopes of a crack at the crown. Hayes, 20, is a ranking contender but he has been defeated In his last three tight*—by Jake L«Motta, Ernie Durancto and Lee S«!a. DeJohn has fought In pro rings for eight years but eluded nation- al'-attenlton until last September, when he knocked out durable Irish Bob Murphy. You n»>er befor* drov« a car Ilk* th* 19S3 PLYMOUTH I Will arriv* at your Plymouth d«al«r'* Thursday, Nov*mb«r 20th Monday'! courier Mews carried »100 bond on the secend year of Its icerpt* from a story printed In the t»o-year contract tate playoffs a re'slated to begin Jonesboro sun therein the writer ime to the conclusion that Jones- >ro was the "logical" division 2AA champion' because the latter lost 3 North Little Rock by only 19-1. The ••-•• Art scheduled aflei _ _ _ champio Blytheville' dropped Its season's opener to North, Little Rock, 2S-0, while Jonesboro was losing to Stuttgart . a fact not mentioned In the Sun's «tory 'We fail to see where Jonesboro :an lay claim to the Division championship solely on a comparative score basis," Coach Russell Mosley said this morning. "We have given Jonesboro every opportunity to schedule a game with us," the Chlclcasaw chieftain said and produced copies of a letter dated May. 29 of thl«'year and addressed, to Jonesboro Coach Chili Davis Open Dales Usted The letter listed a half-dozen open dates on the Blytheville schedule and asked that the Hurricane mentor find room on his schedule for a game with Blytheville. Similar letters were tent Newport and Forrest City. Although no offer came from Jonesboro, Sun sports writer James Brlckell said In a^-olumn publhh- ed on Monday of this week that "JHS officials have been trying to schedule a game for this week with same nearby team, but now are glad to keep the-date open to rest for the playoffs " ' The Nov: 14 dale was one of those mentioned In Coach Moslev s May letter He didn't fill it until late in the summer with Hot Springs 'I just hope the committee will keep In mind that we can prove we,have tried to schedule. Jonesboro. I think that's the key to the whole situation, ' We think most of the teams we plajed (Messlck, Jackson, White haven and Southside) play better football than ."most of the teams played by Jonesboro (which has wins over. Catholic High of Little Rock, Forrest City, Helena, Poca- hontes)," Coach Mosley said Blytheville , lost to Southside, North Little Rock and Whitehaven. Jonesboro has lost only to North Little Rock and Stuttgart and' ran up Impressive scores over Newport, Forrest city, Helena and Pccahon- tas. The Chicks beat Parigould only 32-0 last week but gave the game over to the reserves in the last half and punted on first down during the final quarter on instructions from the bench Joneeboro severed relations with Blytheville In 1950; charging that In the "50'game, the Chicks plajed "ro'ugh football. Jftnesboro Forfeited Last year. Jonesboro forfeited a Here's what Brlckell had to say In his column, The Sun Dial; Ilbirfet Champion. "Jonesboro High School's Golden Gladiators didn't. beat North Lit * --- - — -•- 0U1IA.U MJ UCKI11 on November 21, and the Golden Gang thould be in them on the basis of their season's record . . . 'As most fans know, there are four teams in District 2— Jonesboro Forrest City. Newport and BlythevUle. Jonesboro trimmed both Newport and, Forrest City, tut has not and does not play BJythevllle Blytheville, on the other hand, has not played either Forrest City or Newport but has played N«th Little Rc=k The Chicks lost to the Cats by 25-to-O In the first game of Ihe season for both teams. .Thus, Jonesboro should be. the district champ since 'the Hurricane scored seven points against the North Siders ana held them to three touchdowns There was a total of 12 points difference between the Oang and the Wildcats vUule (here was a . W-polnt margin befew«*n the date and the Chicks. since the play-offs will he §e*- tlng started weekend after next, Jonesboro should be hearing from itate officials about the matter soon The selection probably wtm be made early neit week following this week's games Bo, we'll have to just sit .tight and wait untH the selections are announced, "The Hurricane will be Idle this week JHS officiate haie been krr- Ing to schedule a game for this week with, some nearby - team, but now are glad to keep the dateopen to rest for the play-offs. .;. If the Oang ts named to play In the playoffs, it »ill meet it* first play-off team next week Otherwise, the next game for the Goidshtrt* wUl be the season-closer »ilh their old rivals, Ihe Paragould Bulldogs, hen on Thanksgiving Day" "I know all about that comparative score business," a BlythevUle cab driver cracked. "Oklahoma was U better than Notre Dame. O!e Miss is seven better than Mars land, Texas is nearly seven touchdowns over Baylor, Col- ] orado over •;. Texas, Virginia over Georgia' Tech and Houston-. over Maryland . . . all on the'basis of comparative- scores." Time for a Change Fever Hits Coaching Staff of Cardinals ST LOUIS (/P) -This "Time For a Change' routine Is catching on all over Even manager Fddie Sitanky of the st Louis Cardinals has the fever, and as a result Red bird coaches are falling from the roster like autumn leaves Since Monday the coaching stiff has suffered a 50 per cent cut Two quick announcements severed veterans Terry Moore and Cljde (Buzzy) Wares from the .club. Only Mike Ryba and Johnny Riddle remain Their future Is up to Stankj, and the peppery 'Manager of the Year" In the, National League Isn't talking Neither is the Card front office Nothing his been said bejond president 'Fred Saigh's announcement Monday that Moore had been granted a leive of ab cnce' to attend to outside Interests, and Wares' dismissal notice yesterday Moore said .'flatly-he was fired, and had turned down an offer to stay in the organization. "I would have felt uncomfortable,' he said, ' knouing the manager of the club didn't want me, around." The one-time great center,fielder who .broke.in ,with the Gas House Gang Cardinals in 1935'had more words for Stanky ' Staiiky was temperamentally unsuited lor the job of manager," said Moore "The Job was too big for, him. WKen he Ises a ball game he acts more like » S-year-old boy than, a manager." Prom his Fair Hope, 'Ala, home, , Stanks snapped back' • fl| "I m the manager of this club™ And as manager I exercised mj privilege of making a change <n the coaching staff when I see bt" That v\as a re-statement of what he sain when he became Card manager last «Inter At that time Stanks said ' Right now the coaching staff looks all right, but two davs from now I might fee] differently." Wares' dismissal should have been expected The Cards had said a sear ago they planned to give ' him his release after the 1952 season And accordingly' Wares, in ' baseball since 1905, made ne comment on his dismissal Who will fill the-vacancies is* anjbodys guess Harry (The Cat) Brecheen, released a? a'pitcher recently, was expected to be called back as a coach But he was taken a«ay by'the St Louis Browns Best bet now Is Milt Stock, Stanks's father-in-law and recently resigned Pittsburgh coach. 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