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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (March 4, 1955)
Friday, March 4, 1955
By SAM JENSEN
It seems that I (along with various other
members of the press who followed or preceded
my example) made an error in the prediction of
the hiring of Will Walls to the recently vacated
football aid spot.
I will admit my mistake and appeal to you
not to resent my rash prediction. There was a
good deal of talk which substantiated my specula
tionand some of which came from almost official
Humiliated though I may be, I shall not hold
malice or unfavorable prejudice toward John
Kovatch, newly appointed assistant coach. In fact
I wish him a great deal of "good luck."
philosophy and many coaches
The weather has blown reserve and caution to the many winds and
siege of sporting philosophy might possibly be appropriate.
It seems somewhat strange and paradoxical that University spring
football began in the last days of a ferocious February.
And stranger still is the waning interest in one of the more spirited
athletic organizations on campus, The Nebraska Ski Club. And
although the hunting seasons is over, the Mallards seems to have
come to life.
Football players have been certainly getting a lot of attention. At
the 'opening practice session there was roughly one coach for every
ten players. There is some talk of having the coaches playing the
varsity in the all-Sports Day contest.
Gregg McBride, mentioned before in a Nebraskan sports column,
has also noticed the abundance of coaches in connection with the recent
trip to Kansas City by the track squad. He figured out that there was
a coach or trainer for every one and a half (plus) points scored that
evening. One thing the observant McBride didn't total was the number
of sportswriters present.
big seven contest . . .
Although Colorado will be the Big Seven basketball champs this
season, it was the Cornhusker squad that made the title contest a
The Missouri team, which lost to the Buffs 66-57 Monday evening,
would have been in the running if it were not for the upset victory
of the Huskers over the Silver and Gold in the Coliseum last month.
prolonged 'goodbye' ...
The results of the banquet and scouting program of the football
staff haven't been announced yet, but unofficial sources have it that
in the past this has been shown, while more respect and courtesy was
shown the University representatives, quite a few top prospects have
lipped through the hoop.
There was certainly nothing to be ashamed of about last season's
record. Could it be that thet the taint of the "Good Bye Bill" cam
paign still makes the University second choice for many prep athletes?
Game At Boulder
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By BOB COOK
Sports Staff Writer
Although the Big Seven corn's in
the silo, Colorado's newly crowned
conference champions have one
more husking bee on their docket.
Tomorrow night's tangle with the
Cornhuskers is strictly an anti-climatic
contest, but the vengeful
Buffs have a big score to settle
with the hit and miss Huskers.
Nebraska's Bushmen, whose play
is definitely fluctuating, have shown
great strength when they dumped
the Buffaloes in the heat of their
stretch drive, 84-77, on. Cornhusker
maples a month ago. The Scarlet,
victims of extremes, also displayed
the other half of their Jekyl-Hyde
capabilities as they fell to a cellar
dwelling Cyclone quint last week.
For several Husker sparkplugs
Courtesy Lincoln Star
this closing fray will be their last
opportunity to carry the Scarlet
and Cream into combat. Four year
lettermen Will Fagler and Stan
Matzke will join forces with othre
seniors Gus Renzelman and Arnie
Boich to put the finishing touches
on sterling college careers. Around
these key men coach Bush has
based his attack. The utmost can
be expected in their last showing.
Colorado's Bisons will also send
their starring seniors into their
last battle. Both barrels of their
scoring machine will be aimed point
blank at the Huskers in search of
revenge on the Huskers.
It seems Nebraska is classified
as a word of profanity on the Bi
son campus this year. Coming
fresh on the heels of Nebraska's
In Intramural Play
By DAN CAMPBELL '
Sports Staff Wrltter
Five more unbeaten teans suf
fered their first (and last) defeats
this week in the All-University IM
Tournament. Delta Upsilon, Corn
husker Co-Op, Pi Kappa Phi B,
Beta Theta Pi B and Hitchcock
House were eliminated in second
round action after going through
the season without a blot on their
The Delta did the job on the DU's
Tuesday night. Paced by Charles
Smith's 11 and Bob Cook's 16, the
Delts led the ice cold DU's through
the whole game and came out
on top, a 24. The ATO's spurted
in the last quarter Tuesday to
drop the Cornhusker Co-op quint,
46-43, after the score was tied
35-35 at the three-quarter mark.
Rod Schroder, Dave Jones and
AI Blessing led the ATO attack
with 10 each. Ed Dungan, con
sistent sparkplug of the Corn
huskers, come through in usual
style with 19.
Sigma Chli Wia
The Sigma Chi B squad ran
away from the Pi Kaps in the
second half Tuesday to win, 40-22,
while the Fiji B team edged the
Beta B's, 30-25.
Manatt, a darkhorse contender
for the dorm crown, brought the
Hitchcock win streak to a halt
Wednesday with a thrilling 43-42
like any other Hitchcock battle,
with the favored quintet taking an
11-6 lead at the quarter.
The Manatt five took hold in
the second frame and shot to a
22-16 margin at halftime. Again in
the third quarter the lead shifted,
with Hitchcock spurting and lead
ing, 34-31, at the three-quarter
mark. The lead see-sawed in the'
last canto until, with about two
minute remaining, Hitchcock grab
bed a 42-39 lead and started stall
ing. Their strategy was successful
until a minute later when Manatt
gained possession and Bob Carroll
swished through a long set shot
to bring the score the 42-41. Then,
with about 10 seconds remaining,
Norm Dey of Manatt was fouled.
Time ran out before he took his
free throws, so the outcome to the
contest hung in the balance as Dey
prepared to shoot.
He calmly sank both charity
tosses to win the game, 43-42, for
Manatt. Verone Gibb was high
for Nanatt with 16, while Keith
Clouse netted the same total for
Manatt' had gained a shot at
Hitchcock by dumping Benton Tues
day, 60-34, with Gibb potting 18,
Harold Dey 16 and Carroll 13. Den
ton was led by Don Johnson with
16. ' " '
The Phi Delts had a scare be
fore squeezing by Farm House, '41
39. Erik Olsen and Bill Giles were
high for the Phi Delts with 12 and
11, while Bill DeWulf garnered 12
for Farm House.
In other Tuesday night games
Theta Xi smothered the Sig Eps,
47-28, with Bill Soelberg netting
23, and Bob Ebers hit 14 to lead
the ATO B's in a 56-31 romp over
the Phi Psi's. These two teams, the
Theta Xi's and the ATO B's are
now the only uhdefeated teams in
the running for the championship.
Canfield A, one of the stronger
outfits in the dorm leagues, ad
vanced in the tourney by dropping
another strong squad, Seaton II,
54-41. The balance Canfield offense
was led by LaVerne Torczon, with
16, Joe Houfek with 14 and Gene
Torczon with 12. Wes Lowell was
high for the losers with 14.
Jerry Krause, Richard Olson and
Larry Larson combined for 31
points as Selleck bumped An
drews, 41-35. Krause netted 11
while Olson and Larson each hit
10. Jack Fleming meshed 12 for
Loren Peterson potted 20 as Can
field B raced by Hitchcock C,
59-25, while Burnett B stayed in
the running with a 36-35 squeeze by
Manatt B. Vance Christensen hit
12 for the winners; Robert Chard
tallied 10 for the losers.
Bob Rathjen sank 17 to lead
the AGR C quintet to a 42-31 vic
tory over the ATO's, while the
Sigma Nu C's dropped the DU's,
37-25, and the Delt B's edged the
Sig Eps, 23-18.
As the tournament continues and
the field narrows, the games are
getting more and more interesting
as well as more important. In
what might well be the battle of the
tourney, the undefeated Theta Xi'i
will meet the once-beaten Phi Delts
on the Coliseum floor at 8:00 p.m
Other games on tap for Monday
include: Canfield A vs Selleck A
ATO A vs Delta Tau Delta
and Phi Gamma Delta B vs Delta
Tau Delta B. The complete ached
ule is found elsewhere on the page,
48 Years Of Service
Col. C. J. Franlcforter Reigns
. F I I f -ft I - m
s first imu Athletic Advise
By HARLAN NODDLE
Sports Staff Writer
Colonel C. J. Frankforter, named
"Advisor Emeritus" by Corn Cobs
at a banquet Wednesday night, is
presently employed as a special
consultant for students in athletics.
The position was created by the
Administration and Athletic De
partments at the University.
The purpose of the new position
is to give NU athletes a personal
counseling service. Whether their
troubles are scholastic, financial
or personal, the athletes may go
to the new consultant for advice.
Colonel Frankforter has been
with the Uni
versity for 46
years, and he
is well ver&fd
in all phases
of college life.
He began his
career at the
University a s
a chemistry in
structor in 1908
completing his CourtfW Lincoln Journal
graduate work Frankforter
at the University of Minnesota,
became a professor of chemistry
at Nebraska where he remained
until his retirement last year. With
his new appointment, Frankforter
is again active at the University.
Frankforter said in an interview
with The Nebraskan that his asso
ciation so far with the Athletic De
partment has been most pleasing.
"Everyone I have contacted from
Bill Orwig down has been most!
pleasant and wilung to co-operate
fully in carrying out the new pro
gram," he said.
He said he feels extremely opti
mistic about the athletic set-up at
the University. After conferring
with both administrative and ath
letic officials, Frankforter said
that he thinks he can do a lot to
help the boys.
Frankforter made it clear that
he is not trying to get athletes a
free-ride through school. "I will
not attempt to coax the faculty to
let a student off just because he
is an athlete."
He also said he is not interested
in whether a student receives
grants-in-aid or any other form of
help in financing their college edu
cations. He has no say as to who
gets money, how much money they
get or whether they lose the money,
"I am here to see that the boys
do credible work while they are in
the University and that they gradu
ate," the white-haired Army man
said. He also said that athletes
are just like any other students
They must do a certain amount
of work to stay In school and stay
eligible. "If a student deserves
help, I will go all-out to help him
with whatever problems he may
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ouster of the Silver and Gold grid
tiers from an anticipated Orange
Bowl berth, the early season cage
upset clogged a few aortas in the
hearts of the Golden Herd. Even
the fact that the Bisons had cake
walke to an effortless 89-47
slaughter of the same NU squad in
the pre-season tourney didn't help
Both vital cogs of the Buff point
producing machine will be ending
their regular season of play. Both
Bob Jeangerard and Burdette Hal
dorson, the bigione-two punch of the
Mountaineers, are facing their last
Big Seven competition. The Buffs
entertain more action in the district
tourney where they will draw the
Missouri representative, either Tul
sa or St. Louis.
As the Huskers make their bid
for a first-division finsh and a big
windup win over the conference
champions, they loom as a ques
tionable obstacle on the Buffalo
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From The Pressbox
Nebraskan Sporfs Page
Not Afraid To Disagree
Some interesting questions have
been posed for the sports staff of
While talking with one of the
NU coaches, whose team had not
received much publicity this sea
son, . the coach swlveled in his
chair, looked up at me and asked
very bluntly, "Isn't The Nebraskan
sports page supposed to tell the
stut!nts here at the University
just what's going on in all phases
of Its sports program? And isn't
it supposed to find its news with
out rewriting news releases and
He went on to point out that
the paper had given most of its
space to the major sports with
many added features and stories
from other Big Seven schools. And
what it had printed of minor
sports events had been only short
releases from the papers.
These were legitimate questions.
They have been asked before.
They deserve an answer. I think
it's about time a few of the guid
ing principles of The Nebraskan
sports page were explained.
First, the page is dedicated to
serving and Informing the student
about the world of sports within
the University sphere. Considera
tion will be given first to NU ath
letics of any and all kinds. Second
consideration will be accorded
to sports in the Big Seven and,
lastly, if space permits, athletic
news of interest around the Mid
west and nation.
Secondly, in covering the Husker
athletic arena, we shall not cover
only the major sports, football,
basketball and baseball, but we
will give our fine minor sports, of
which we have many, as wide and
thorough coverage as space and
reporting material allows.
Partly for this reason, the Star
of the Week Award was instituted.
We shall also attempt to cover all
intramurals, the heart of a Univer
sity sports program, as extensively
as we can.
Thirdly, The Nebraskan sports
pages will not be afraid to dis
agree. If it feels a change in some
form of the athletic program would
be most beneficial to the Interests
of the University it will not be
By BRUCE BRUGMANN
afraid to take a stand and support
the change. Nor will it hesitate to
encourage and praise where this
In the past, it is admitted, The
Nebraskan has used releases for
some of its stories. However,
though we do not like to use them,
our staff is not a large one and
many times we cannot cover the
event and must rely on the re
leases that come to us. In most
cases, we try to get as much in
formation before we write our
stories, but many times we are
forced to use only what we find
on the release.
However, we on the sports desk,
try as much as possible to keep
our typewriter-battered fingers on
the athletic pulse of the Univer
sity. We , are trying to cover as
many events as we can.
Perhaps If we can give better
and more balanced coverage stu
dents will realize that we have not
only a football team that went to
the Orange Bowl and a basketball
team that beat Colorado but we
have one of the best gymnastics
teams in the Midwest, a couple
of outstanding wrestlers, some e
cellent track performers, a fine
swimming team that Is hosting a
nationally recognized meet in the
Coliseum Friday and Saturday and
some other minor sports that bear
And that we have, as Ed Higgen
botham, director of the Husker
intramural program said, "the
best intramural program in the
Big Seven and one of the best in
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