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Wednesday, December 19, 1951
THE DAILY NEBRASKAN
By BOB BANKS
Nebraska traditionally described as a football state will soon
begin Its indoor minor sports season, which includes swimming,
wrestling and gymnastics. In the midst of the publicity concerning
the overemphasis on football, I wonder if it might not be well to
examine Nebraska's minor sports program primarily for two
1. To Improve football bv takine some of the pressure away.
t. To likewise improve the University's minor sports program
nd pat It on a plane where It belongs.
Both football as a major sport and the three minor sports Wbuld
undoubtedly benefit from such a plan.
Cornhusker sports fans need to realize that football is undergoing
a period of reconstruction. In the future five years or maybe
longer it will be relegated to a lower position athletically. This
does not mean that football wil lose its place as the number one
college sport. Certainly it will not
But on the other hand, the present situation of overemphasis
will force such a relegation. This wlH be the best thing that ever
happened to the grid sport. With pressure off, football can pro
coed along on a normal, smooth course. Athletics will not be
abject to recruiting tactics comparable to those employed by the
marines, navy and air force. Football players will not have to
look around and evaluate various offers they receive from professional-minded
Furthermore coaches will not have to worry so much whether
they win or lose. They can instill a little bit of enjoyment into
football instead of the constant drive-drive si:nt that prevails
Fans', likewise, will find football more enjoyable after the pres
sure has been relieved. Perhaps a little bit of mental conditioning
will be necessary on their part in order to accept the new type of
football. If anything though, that conditioning will aid the pro
gram. The second point of this sports anlaysis involves the relation
ship of minor sports. The correlation is simply this. Take same
of the emphasis off football, devote a little bit more attention to
minor sports, and both will profit.
Certainly minor sports are entitled to occupy a higher place than
they do at Nebraska. The record book indicates that the Husker
state has seldom fielded strong teams in any of these sports. In
1948 the wrestling squad, coached by Buele Patterson and spear
headed by Mike DiBiase, managed to win the Big Seven wrestling
title. Prior to that year, Nebraska had not captured a conference
wrestling crown since the early 1920's. The situation is even worse
in swimming and gymnastics since Nebraska has not won a confer
ence title in either of these sports during recent years.
The reason for this mediocrity in minor sports stems primarily
from two factors.
1. The overemphasis on football.
2. The fact that minor sports simply are not a money-making
business and do not possess a great amount of color.
Actually, however, is there any justification for football receiving
so much more emphasis? Certainly it is the sport that draws large
crowds and creates financial profit. Even so, footbali, coupled witn
basketball, is lareelv to blame for the present situation that exists
in college athletics. And I believe the present situation is suf
ficient to erase any justification for the emphasis on football.
The minor sports program that exists at Nebraska is not domin
ant over the nation. Despite the fact that they also over empha
sise football other schools have managed to balance their sports
programs in such a way that the minor sports do not suffer. For
instance, Ohio State, which yearly has outstanding: football teams,
also produces one of the best swimmers in the nation. They go
to the Olympics and win international aclaim which far sur
passes that brought by Ohio State football teams.
Oklahoma A&M is almost as well known for its wrestling teams as
It is for either its football or basketball squads. These two ex-
amnles offer nrettv eood evidence that a well-developed minor
sports program can be very healthy for a university.
So let's wake up here at Nebraska and quit being so conserva
tive. Let's give a few more athletic scholarships to minor sports
and turn out some teams of which we can be proud. We can
gain a lot from minor sports, and also contribute to a better
football program by relieving the pressure.
Merwin Hodel Leads Runners;
Shelton Tops Pass Catchers
Fullback Merwin Hodel topped
Colorado runners for the third
season in a row. final statistics
Hodel carried 137 times for 597
Yards though playing only half
time in the Buffs' ten games. He
averaged 4.4 per attempt
The performance boosted his
career mark to 2,102 yards and a
4J2 average over the three-year,
This year's total la his lowest
since breaking into the Buff
lineup as a regular during his
soph year. That season he car
ried 169 times for 748 net and
Nellie Fox Gets Raise
For Yule, Birthday Gift
From Chicago White Sox
Nellie Fox, Chicago White Sox
second baseman, will celebrate
bis 24th birthday on Christmas.
And the White Sox are giving
him a present which should
easily suffice for both occasions.
He has signed a 1952 contract
which is "substantially higher
than last season.
the Lincoln As, Tmltj; -Th. Mob" 1:45, 3:42,
ond player to be signed by the
White Sox. His new salary was
last fall had 196 attempts for
Hodel also finished high in two
other Buff departments. He caught
11 passes for 122 yards to bring
his career total to 49 caught for
540 yards and scored 36 points
for a three-way tie for second
place among Colorado scorers.
Two underclassmen captured
runner-up spots behind Hodel in
rushing. Sophomore Ron John
son was second with 455 yards
and a 6.3 average and freshman
Carroll Hardy was third with
423 yards and a 7-9 average,
best among Buff runners.
Woody Shelton topped pass-
catchers with 14 caught for 254
yards in addition to rating fourth
among backs with 417 rushing.
Zack Jordan, who last fall set
a new national collegiate punting
mark, fell off his record pace with: association
a 38.8 average on 44 kicks, but plan.
maintained his passing completion The representatives also said
figures with 51 per cent. Jordan: me conference 'is of the opinion
hit 63 of 123 tosses for 897 yards, that bowl games have far more
IM Leader . . .
BY GEORGE PAYNICH
Sports Staff Writer
Here is a quick run-down on
Frank Simon, Nebraska's .repre
sentative in the 1951 East-West
Shrine game at San Francisco.
Simon, one of the bright
spots of an otherwise drab and
dreary Husker season, left Mon
day to begin conditioning with
the West squad for the annual
grid classic for charity. The
West squad will train at Palto
The story of Frank Simon's
rise in the grid world is an in
teresting one. No standout foot
ball performer when he entered
the University, the Burchard
youth was not bothered much by
publicity or "recruiting alumni.
In fact, Frank was better known
for his basketball ability. When:
he took the field as a freshman
player, he did so virtually un-1
When he drew his uniform for
the first time, Frank weighed
a scant 170 pounds. Fran Nagle,
then the quarterback, referred
to Simon as "the only guy with
skinner legs than me."
With so many vets on that '48
Nebraska team, it didn't seem
likely that Frank could survive
spring practice and make the Cur
tis trip. He did however, and
passed the test of perhaps the
roughest of Coach Bill Glassford's
pre-season Curtis camps.
The rest of his football ca
reer is fairly-well known to
Husker grid followers. While
not the real colorful type of
player, Frank proved ot be a
steady, dependable performer
for Nebraska. He never missed
a ball game due to injuries a
The invitation to play for the
West in the Shrine game itself
gives one a chance to gauge
Simon's continued improvement
The invitation to play for the
West in the Shrine game itself
gives one a chance to gauge Si
mon's continued improvement.
The lanky 6-3, 198 pounder
will probably be best remem
bered for his sensational grab
of a Nagle pass at Lawrence in
1950 to down Kansas in a thrill
If Uncle Sam doesn't act first,
Frank hopes to enter the coach
ing field. For this season Si
mon thinks it requires not much
thought to answer the question of
whether it was worth the time and
His answer is an emphatic
Missouri Valley faculty athletic
representatives believe colleges
should formulate a national pol
icy on the recruiting of athletes.
Furthermore, they think such a
plan should include "an enforc
Because of the present athletic
crisis, conference members favor
such a plan as a means of attack
ing the real source of the situa
tion. They do not believe that
the National Collegiate Athletic
offers an effective
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Courtwy Lincoln Star.
GO WEST YOUNG MAN . . . Frank Simon (1) will play for
the West squad in the annual charity game. Last year Franny
Nagle (r) starred for the West team.
Simon To Represent NU
In East-West Grid Classic
Bill Voegtli, playing for Ag Men
No. one, has a total of 87 points to
lead all individual scoring in in
Cliff Rogers, Ag YMCA, is sec-1
ond with a 69 point barrage, and
Ralph Meston of Red Guidons is
third with 59.
Delta Sig Cecil Voils is fourth
with a 49 point gathering, and Gus
Lebsock, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, is
fifth with a total of 42 points.
Bill Griffin collected 26 points
for Newman Club in one contest
to lead the standings in high single
INTRAMURAL INDIVIDUAL SCORING
Lebiock, Gus (SAE) 42
Mc Arthur, Don (SAE) 86
Hansen. Al (Sic Ep) , . . 23
Alexander, Bill (DU) 29
Everett, Buck (Kappa Sis) 24
Bachma.i, Bob (Phi Psi) 22
Weber. Jim (Farm House) 26
Heiss, D (Farm House) 23 j
Shoen. Louie (Brown Palace) ....... 18
Jones, (Farm House) 18
Mahannah, Don (Theta Chi) 27
Rislev. Marion (Delta Chi) 26
Klaasmeyer (Pioneer Co-op) 26
Maupin, Murl (Phi Gam) 33
Tobin, (Phi Gam) 31
Leonard, (Sigma Chi) 29
Kramper, Vince (AGR) 33
Alkire, Dave (Phi Psi) 22
Monson, Dick (AGR) 18
Vlasln, Ray (Farm Home) 29
Panctz, Marvin (Farm House) 23
Whitham, (Beta) ' 15
Voegtli, Bill (A. Men No. 1) 87
Roacrs. Cliff (A YMCA) 69
Meston, Ralph (Red Guidons) 59
Griffin, Bill (Newman) 39
Johnson, (Lutheran) 21
Erickaon, (Baptists) 19
Parks, Bob (Navy ROTO 32
Rathke, (Dorm A Stars) 26
HoestU, Chuck (Dorm B Cs) 24
Volls, Cecil (Delta Sig) 49
Russell, Marv (Pill Rollers) 28
Deines, Henry (Pill Rollers) 28
Lawton, Marv (Warriors) 32
Worth, Jim (Ramblers) 29
Servonsck. Bob (Hawks) 29
HIGH SINGLE GAMES
Griffin. Bill (Newman Club) 26
Voegtli, Bill (Ag Men No. 1) 24
Lciirand, Ken (Red Guidons) 24,
Jays, KS In Top Ten
The Associated Press and the
United Press have picked two Big
Seven basketball teams in the top
ten early season cage ratings.
Kansas and Kansas State are
the two schools named by tne
two press services. Kansas was
rated fourth by the United Press
and seventh by the Associated
Press. The Kansas State Wild-
pats, nerrenlally one of the main
stays of the Big Seven, was rated
fifth in the AP poll and seventh
by the UP.
The comeback kids of Iowa
State drop out of intercollegiate
basketball for nearly two weeks
as they tackle final exams for the
Winner of all four early-season
games, the Cyclones have estab
lished themselves as a scrambling,
fighting bunch of "scat" players
lorsVjon determination if not pol
ish. every game the 1952 Cy
clorrliF have had to fight back
fromrbehind in the late stages of
the game and in every case they
have outraced opposing teams for
the winning points.
Coach Clayton (Chick) Suther
land will conduct practice sessions
on a rather flexible schedule be
tween now and Dec. 22, date of
the return game with Drake. The
Bulldogs were the latest victims
of the stout-hearted Cyclones,
Sutherland will work in the
practice sessions around exams for
The Dec. 22 contest at Des
Moines will wind up the pre-tour-nament
schedule for Iowa State.
So for this season Iowa State has
defeated, in addition to Drake,
South Dakota (54-50), Morning
side (65-63), and Creighton (57
49). - i
Husker Cagers Play
SMU First On Trip
By ARLEY BONDAR1N
Sports Staff Writer
Coach Harry Good and his 12
man Nebraska Cornhusker cage
squad left Lincoln Tuesday after
noon lor a pre-nonday season
trip to Texas and Florida.
The schedule calls for four
games In four nights. The young
hoopsters will tangle with
Southern Methodist university
on Wednesday and Thursday
evening In Dallas.
From Dallas, the Cornhuskers
will travel to Tampa to meet the
University of Tampa on Friday
The next stop will be Miami,
where Nebraska will attempt to
avenge the recent football defeat
by the University of Miami, as
the Huskers take on the Hurri
canes in a Saturday evening con
test. . In discussing the ball club.
Coach Good stated Just before
departure time, "We have a
typical young ball club which
Is showing gradual improve
ment." The youth of the Huskers is ex
emplified in the twelve man trav
eling squad. Included on the team
are five freshmen, four sopho
mores, two juniors, and one sen
Making the southern jaunt
are freshmen Gerald Sandbulte,
Charles Ott, Stan Matzke, Paul
Fredstrom, WUIard Fagler;
sophomores Bill Johnson, Fred
Seger, Don Weber, Clark
Smaha; Juniors Joe Good, Jim
Snyder, and senior Jim Bu
chanan. Immediately after Christmas,
the Cornhuskers will travel to
Kansas City. Mo., for the annual
Big Seven Tourney, beginning
Dec. 26. The Scarlets' first foe in
the round robin will be the pow
erful Kansas State Jayhawkers.
Coach Good indicated that
freshmen Clarence Cook, Bill
Soelber?, and sophomore Le
grand Exstrom will, in all prob
ability, be added to the squad
for the tourney.
The Big Seven Tourney will be
the last warmup for the Huskers
before they swing into regular
conference competition against the
Colorado Buffs in Lincoln on
Jan. 5. ;
Thus far this season, Nebraska
has played four games, winning
three and losing one. The Husk
ers opened the year by defeating
Iowa State Teachers, co-champions
of the North Central Con
ference, 60-44. -
The Searlet and Cream then
ran Into big Ed Kalafat and hi
Minnesota teammatas and fell
by a count of 59-63. The Go
phers have since knocked ever
the national champion Ken
tucky Wildcats, 61-57.
In a ragged game the Inexperi
enced Huskers stopped Northwest
Missouri State College, 59-43, and
last Saturday Coach Good's
charges, in an Improved showing,
rolled over Fresno State, 72-48.
Leading the Cornhusker at
tack this season has been vet
eran senior guard, Jim Bu
chanan. Bucky is averaging 14.2
points per game with 57 in the
four contests Nebraska has
played. The smooth working
Buchanan has led the Individual
Husker scoring in every game
so far this year.
Joe Good has fully recovered
from his injured leg and is ready
to return to the starting lineup.
The slender junior's baffling ball
handling and passing against
Fresno State put a needed spark
into the Nebraska attack and
helped steady the erratic fresh
men and sophomores.
Charles Ott. freshmen center
from Indiana, showed marked im
provement in the Fresno State
contest. He may be at least a
partial answer to the Cornhusk
er weakness in the post position.
Other underclassmen show
ing potential have been fresh
men Stan Matzke, second lead
ing Husker scorer; Paul Fred
strom, and sophomores Fred Se
ger and Clark Smaha.
Under the guidance of Coach
Good, the young Cornhuskers
have shown a lot of potential
greatness for the future. However,
the squad's inexperience will be
a big drawback when the time
comes to cut up the conference
prize money. Sixth place seems
to be the spot which has been
picked for Nebraska by a major
ity of the experts. Indications
point toward just such a finish
for the Huskers.
For Fine Christmas Gifts
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to conform with NCAA regula
tions. It also wants to limit the
number of scholarships in any
These views were expressed at
the close of a two-day meeting
in Kansas City.
and six touchdowns.
Though scoring only three
touchdowns, quarterback Roger
Williams led scorers with 53
points, including 35 of 42 extra
points by placement.
merit than the present effort to
de-emphasize such games indi
cates." They want to do more re
search on the whole bowl prob
lem before any move is made.
The conference further favors
limiting out-of-season practices
and other Special Christmas
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This year Fox hit .313 in 604
times at bat to rank fifth among
American league batters,
limited his strikeouts to 11 for a
new White Sox record. He hit
.249 in 150 games in 1950.
1947 . . .
In 1947, members of the Univer
sity's Innocents Society were ped
dling their usual wears of "frosh
beanies" to NU newcomers.
Tommy Dorsey and his orchestra
was scheduled, in 1947, to appear
for an evening's entertainment at
the University coliseum.
Special notice on the front page
of a 1947 Daily Nebraskan car
ried the names of the senior AWS
members authorized to sigh spec
ial coed premissions.
Dr. S. I. Fuenning, director of
Student Health, announced. In
1947, that all University students
were required to have chest X
1937 . . .
Seen in a cigaret ad showing a
young man offering a cigarette to
classmate: "I know, Miss Hep
pie white, but I venture to say that
by 1937, all the girls will be smok
ing them." j
Girls were buying their best
shoes for $3.45.
The smartest spring suits for
ladies were advertised to sell for
$9.98 to $19.98. I
University players presented
their version of Rostand's play,1
"Cyrano De Bergerac."
The Civic Opera company pre-'
sented "Carmen" at the Coliseum. I
Seat prices ranged from 83 cents,
to $3.65. ;
Kosmet Klub presented "South
ern Exposure" at the Temple
theatre with an all male cast of
33 including a "pony chorus and
double quartette." Price of tickets:
was 50 cents. !
State: "Lady and the Bandit,"
2:50, 5:44, 8:48. "Magic Carpet,"
1:15, 4:09, 7:03, 9:57.
Esquire: "A Song to Remem-
'ber," 7:10, 9:15.
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