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Sports News Features and Classified _- ._- -- ’ 1 WASHINGTON, D. C., TUESDAY, DECEMBER 15, 1931. ' ~~ p \GE D--1 a.. ..... ... ■ ■■ . —.?■ ... . .....J_1_ Southern Conference to Air Troubles: Players Would Keep Foot Ball Kick-Off MUCH PLAIN TALK LIKELY AT SESSION Banded Dixie Schools Hope to Correct Faults—D. C. Coaches to Attend. BY H. C. BYRD. | HE annual meetings of the j Southern Conference and j Southern Foot Ball Coaches', Association take place this I week. Thursday, Friday and Sat urday, at New Orleans. The gath ering of the coaches’ association is Thursday night, while represen tatives ot the 23 institutions mak ing up the conference get together Friday and Saturday. The coaches' meeting is open to all Southern coaches, whether or not they are affiliated with a Conference school. In all probability there will be some rather plain-spoken language among members of the Conference, when they get together in executive session Sat urday morning. The open meetings are likely to be productive of little oth er than formalities, but in the closed ones there1 is pretty sure to be some airing of family troubles. The bigg’st problem that confronts the Conference seems to be in the mat ter of scholastic regulations. It is not j a secret, that in some cases high stand- j ards of scholastic eligibility have not been followed, and there is not the least doubt that steps will be taken to J correct this. me question oi recruiting atmetes . also is likely to come up for consid- j erabie discussion, and some rather defi- j nite lines laid down as to what may ! or may not be done in relationships to athletic stars in the high and prep schools. However, the rumor that started early in the Fall that somt^ 10 of the confer ence schools planned to withdraw from the conference and form a Southern * Big Ten" never had much real founda tion. Any chance that the conference will break up, or disintegrate in any way. is about as far removed from what Is likely to occur as anything possibly could be. As a matter of fact, if plans made for the conference meeting cio not go awry, steps will be taken which should cement the conference into a closer and more compact relationship, and also provide a means for seeing that eligibility rules are enforced. SCHOOLS from this section will be represented at the conference meet ing and also at the coaches’ gather ing. Washington and Lee. North Caro lina, Virginia. North Carolina State. Duke, Virginia Military Institute, Vir ginia Polytechnic Institute and Mary land are members, and all are sending their representatives. From Washington it is understood that Tom Mills cf Georgetown, and Dutch B'rgman of Catholic University, are to attend the conference meetings and also tire coaches’ gathering. Both have many personal friends among th0 athletic directors and coaches of the : Southern Conference and both will feel quite as much at home as if they were j attending gatherings in the Middle West, where both coached before com- 1 ing here. Boih Mills and Bergman say they! have no ax to grind, are not looking for games, but simply want to renew old friendships and make new ones. ONE of the talks to be given at the \ coaches' meeting Thursday night is i to be by Dan McGugin of Vander bilt and his subject is "The Responsibil ities of the Foot Ball Coach." In his talk McGugin intends to go right to the fountain head of recruiting and say things just about as plainly as they i ran be said. McGugin knows conditions in the South, and has known them over j a period of years such as no other coach in the : cetion ever has experi enced. so consequently he ought n be ! able to reach the heart of his subject better than any other coach could. PRACTICALLY all those going to New Orleans for the conference meetings will leave here, or from points in Virginia tonight. They are due to arrive at New Orleans Thursday morning. Representatives of conference schools in the South Atlantic section and also of Georgetown and Catholic Universities, have been in touch with one another in the last two days, mak ing arrangements to travel together. There is a possibility, though, that if Tom Mills makes the trip, he may not leave until Wednesday. SOLDIERS IN COURT PLAY Three Groups Will Take Part in Series for Area Title. Play in the 3d Corps Area basket ball championship series will open Jan uary 9 with the playing of games in three of the four groups in which the 13 teams have been divided. Army War College will meet Headquarters Comoanv and Army Medicos will face Fort Myer, defending champion, in Group 2.' In Group 3, Edgewood Arsenal will tackle Fort Hoyle and Holabird Depot | will battle Fort Howard. Fort Meade I v ill hook un with Fort Washington in ! Croup 4. Bolling Field, the third team entered ir. Croup 4. will not see action until later in the month. A series involving the winners in the >13110 group; will determine the title, with the final game slated February 27. — • WEST TEAM COMPLETED 22 Gridders on Squad That Willi Piny East New Year Day. SAN FRANCISCO, December 15 GPV —Three final selections have completed the ' Wcel" foot ball team, which will compete with a team from the “East" m New Year day in the annual Shrine charity game. Percy Locey, who with Dana X. Bible will coach the West team, in ited Bob Kleckner. University of San Francisco, htlfback: Martin, Idaho, guard, and Brenier, Gonzaga. guard, to represent the district west of the Mis sissippi. along with 11 others selected by himself, and eight from east of the Rockies, selected by Bible. First practice of the West team will be December 21, when Locey’s selec tions convene here to start training. Bible’s squad will join them a day later. Varied Sports College Basket Ball. Butler, 36: Southern California. 16. Missouri, 25; St. Louis University, 23. Brigham-Young. 39: Marquette, 32. Kansas State, 29; Washburn, 24. Professional Hockey. Duluth, 4, Tulsa, 2. 20 YEARS AGO IN THE STAR. BALTIMORE and Chattanooga ball clubs aie after Kid Elberfeld, Washington infielder. Carl Cushion. big Washington pitcher, has been praised by so many club managesr that Clark Griffith, new Washington pilot, plans to de vote special attention to him in the Spring. Georgetown University is urging Fred Neilsen to continue as its foot ball coach. Frank Gargan will re main as assistant mentor. Bill Foley, who has done well as Georgetown track coach the last two seasons, will again assume charge of the trackmen at the Hilltop after Christmas. -• TICKETS TO BE CUT Pacific Coast Conference Leaves Cost Reduction to Its Members. By the Associated Press. SAN FRANCISCO, December 15.— Foot ball tickets probably will cost the Western fan less next season, the Pacific Coast Confer ence having approved reduction for the pasteboard slips. Also, there won't be so many action pictures, for the conference at the opening session yesterday of its annual three-day meeting decided to bar all camera men from foot ball playing fields. They will have to take their pictures from boxes provided for that purpose The rumored tempest over eligibility rules failed to materialize yesterday, al though faculty representatives admitted it was considered briefly. The only ac tion taken was a slight revision in the matter of permanent records. There was no indication that the question had been dropped, however. All delegates agreed foot ball tickets must be cheaper next year, but left prices lor specific games up to the uni versities involved. A committee, headed by Earl Camp bell. University of Washington, last night studied the broadcasting problem and will report today. After spending part of yesterday’s meeting on the 1933 foot ball schedule, and the assignment of foot ball officials for 1932. delegates were unable to com plete the tasks and turned to those detailed jobs again today. College foot ball heores’ movie ca reers may be dealt a fatal blow, faculty resentatives hinted, when it was an nounced the subject would come up for action today. Athletes in some uni versities have picked up vacation monev in scoring touchdowns in front of movie cameras, to the disapproval of several conference members, it was said. SCHWARTZ WILL PLAY WITH ALL-EAST TEAM Notre Dame Star Accepts Bid to Complete Squad of 22 for San Francisco Game. By the Associated Press. EVANSTON, 111,, December 15.— Marchmont Schwartz, Notre Dame’s All-American halfback, has agreed to play with the All-Star Eastern team against the West in the Shrine Hospital benefit foot ball game at San Francisco New Year day. Schwartz’s acceptance completed the team, which has 22 stars from the East and Middle West on its roster. The team will assemble at Northwest ern University Saturday, receive in structions and plays from Coaches Dick Hanley of Northwestern and Andy Kerr of Colgate and depart for the West the same night. Fifteen universities are represented on the team, which Coach Hanley believes is one of the strongest assembled for the East-West charity classic. The complete roster: Ends—Orsl, Colgate; Hewitt, Michi gan; Teeter, Minnesota, and Ellert, Syracuse. i acmes — Marvii and Engebretson. Northwestern; McMurdo, Pittsburgh, and Schiebel. Colgate. Guards—Hoffman. Notre Dame; Hick man. Tennessee: Haubrich. Ohio State, t.ncj Chambers. New' York University. Centers—Miller, Purdue, and Mars land, Colgate. Quarterbacks — Morton, Dartmouth, and McEver, Tennessee. Halfbacks—Schwartz. Notre Dame Purvis, Purdue; Rebholz. Wisconsin, and Murphy. Pordham. Fullbacks—Russell, Northwestern, and Hinkle, Bucknell. ELON NOT TO PLAY G. W. Unable to Come Here February 2 for Basket Ball Tilt. Cancellation of the basket ball game scheduled January 2 between George Washington and Elon College of North Carolina has been announced. The Carolina team has found it im possible to make the trip, it was stated. BASKET BALI BOW *-— Play Mt. St. Mary’s Tonight. Colonials, Cards to See Action Tomorrow. COLLEGE basket ball fans may get their first look at George town’s team tonight when the Hoyas open their campaign ; against Mount St. Mary’s on the Mc : Klnley Tech Tigh court. Play will get under way following completion of a preliminary between the Hoya fresh men and Western High, starting at 7:30 o'clock. Just one letter winner of last Win ter's squad, Capt. Dick King, forward, will be in the Hoyas’ starting line-up. Three sophomores are listed to play, in Jim Murphy, center; Bill Connors, forward, and Joe O'Neill, guard. Jack Crowley, who did not play last Winter because of an operation, after holding forth on the yearling team the season before, Is expected to pair with O'Neill in the back court. Tommy Carolan, clever guard of the yearling team last season, and Vernon Murphy, a forward on the varsity squad in 1930-31. will also be ready to go. Freddy Mesmer. former G. U. star, has reinstalled the pro style of play. George Washington will open its season tomorrow night, facing Shenan doah College on the Colonial court. Catholic University also will play to morrow’ night, engaging Maryland State Normal at Brookland In the Cardinals' first home game. SAYS COLLEGE HEADS CAN CURB FOOT BALL Overemphasis of Game Blamed on Executives by New York City College President. By the Associated Press. NEW YORK, December 15.—Freder ick B. Robinson, president of the Col lege of the City of New York, has placed responsibility for overemphasis in college foot ball upon his fellow ex ecutives. "Any honest and courageous presi dent who puts his foot down can de termine just what will take place in his institution.” Dr Robinson said in a | statement. He charged that many of | his fellows, "in a misguided desire to advertise their institutions and to giory I in the fame of a victorious foot ball team” had winked at practices "wholly 1 detrimental to the ethical standards of gentlemen and scholars." He does not advocate the abolition of foot ball. It is a fine sport, he said. ! and needed, as are other physical con ] tact games, in the complete education i of a young man. Injuries and deaths. : such as the large toll of this year, can i be decreased by a proper supervision and further rules governing play, he believes. "It has not yet been demonstrated that foot ball is inherently so danger ! ous that no method of play is safe and that consequently the game should be I abandoned,” he said. "But,” he continued, “the matter of greater Intellectual and moral signifi cance is the professionalizing of the game.” And on that ground Dr. Rob I inson calls his fellow presidents to | stand and deliver. . COLONIALS TO ELECT FOOT BALL CAPTAIN 22 Players Awarded Letters and Will Be Given Sweaters at Feed Next Month. George Washington University foot ball players will elect the first Colonial grid captain since 1929 at the annual banquet to be held early in January at the G. W. Varsity Club. 1609 K street. Blackie Hoffman was the 1929 G W leader. originally it was planned to hold the banquet before Christmas, but it was • Postponed because of the Colonials' par j ticipation in the benefit program at ! Griffith Stadium Saturday. Twenty-two players will be awarded the varsity letter-sweater at the ban quet, it has been announced. They are Blackie Hoffman, Wayne Chambers. Ralph Dike, Frank Blkcki stone, Walter Slaird, Fred Mulvey, Johnny Fenlon, Otts Kriemelmeyer, Joe Carter. Lee Carlin, Johnny Matin, Her mit Stewart, Bob Galloway, Finis Par rish, Ras Nielsen, Boyd Hickman, Bar ney Hale, John Asher, Wallace Wilson, Henry Clay, Jay Payne and Rudy Usnik Manager Gerald Free will also get the varsity letter-sweater. HYATTSVILLIANS TRAVEL. HYATTSVILLE, Md„ December 15.— Boy and girl basket ball teams of Hyattsville High School will go to Ca tonsville tomorrow afternoon to engage the Catonsville High combinations. The games will be the first of an annual home-and-home series. New N. Y. U. Foot Ball Policy Disclosed as Meehan Leaves By the Associated Prpss. NEW YORK, December 15.—The process of de-emphasizing foot ball at New York University began nearly a year ago, but it took the resignation cf John F. • Chick) Meehan as coach to bring that fact to light. Dr. Elmer E. Brown, chancellor of the univresity, in a formal statement issued in connection with Meehan's resignation, announced that the faculty board of athletic control on January 6 had adopted a new athletic policy of "sports for sport's sake.” Dr. Brown said the principal points in the new policy, effective with the in coming freshman class in September, were: The minimizing of the importance and the shortening of the duration of Spring foot ball practice, looking for ward to its passible final elimination. The shortening of the duration of the Fall preliminary practice to a period of not more than two weeks prior to the opening of the regular acatfcmic year. The barring of all freshmen from preliminary Fall foot ball practice and the shortening of the freshman foot ball season. The elimination of all organized re cruiting and subsidizing "as such terms have been understood popularly.” The continuance of the present policy of giving every possible support and en couragement to the further development of intramural sports. Dr. Brown declared Meehan had ac complished "great results” in his seven years as coach and said he (Meehan) would be remembered always with a “sense of appreciation and admiration for what he has accomplished.” He added that the new athletic policy would be the determining factor In the appointment of a new coach. SDeculation on possible successors to Meehan brought out the names of Andy Kerr, Colgate's head coach; Jack Wein heimer, assistant to Meehan; Howard (Jake) Cann, N. Y. U.'s basket ball coach, and Jack Connor, also an as I sistcnt to Meehan. WOTTA LIFE FOR THE NEW KID. —By TOM DOERER I I 11 I As Green as Their Jersey^ 'VS ilson Teachers' College Ba=keters I^>ok to Future. -BY TOM DOERFR INTO the District basket ball swirl comes another quint to be licked or to wallop. It is the Wilson Teacliers’ College, coached by Doc White, a former ball player, and greener at the moment than the color of its jer seys, which, if you must know, are as green as a yard of sod from the Emerald Isle. Wilson took a trimming from Artie Boyd's Tech Hi^h quint yes terday afternoon in Tech’s very fine gymnasium—a gym as sweet as the walloping hanaed Doc White's newcomers. Taking a beating is not new to the Teachers. Business, Western. Ben Franklin U. and American U. have socked and upset this band of youths since the cage season started. But this is no bear story. Wilson is taking the wrong end of the club, no doubt of that, but ___ Jet me ten you— and there are a lot of others who will agree — that the tutors are gaining experience and confidence in every game. Be fore taps are sounded for the basket semester hike for your shin plasters when some one says the Wilson boys are not dangerous. CEQGO : They were tough yesterday in spots. Once, with Red Summers leading the attack, the peda gogues went tearing down the boarded playground in a neat passing flash: which brought them a series of three futile but dangerous flings at the bas ket. A moment later, with the fire of ambition still aflame, the Wilson for wards sent the opposition defense down under their basket and then Gill shot a field goal from a 20-yard distance to make it stick. Summers, too, caught the spirit, and before the wobbling Teeh defense could mold into a compact stand, an other 20-yard shot went winging away into the crab net. Those flashes were short-lived, but they indicated that the Wilson boys, socked for a loss in every encounter of the season, still are fighters and are learning the tricks of the game swiftly. “We are green as grass,” says Doc White. “We are new to the game. But look out next year. We are playing in the freshman class now, of course, and our competi tion will be sterner next season. But so will my boys.” I Tech rolled up a nifty lead in the ; first half and then sent in its second string quint. But it soon returned the : varsity when the Green and White be gan peppering the basket. Tljere is no telling what the boys are going to do before the ball hits. Of the 40 eligibles at the school 26 came out for basket ball. Twelve boys were retained for the quint, and and all are still battling for a var j sity berth. And let me tell you that these Tech and Wilson boys play a flashy game of i toss the apple. Tech has a neat pass ! ing attack, one which functions like a I clock and is dangerous until the ball Is knocked out. It starts short and lips down the floor in but a few flips, £nd I ing up with a forward poking It up straight ahead. 1 Wilson's allr.Jl* sloppy, naturally,. and its defense is still in that state of bewilderment displayed by all green ag gregations. But there is so much fight and fire in the Tutors’ group that it Is dangerous at all times, despite this hanaicap. There is something to a basket ball combat which stamps it as being the nobility of amateur sport. Its back ground and surroundings are of the most j simple sort, bans frills, shouts, bally hooey and the growing element of player danger in foot ball, boxing, hockey and wres tling, it is a clean schoolboy game. Eut it may never pay at the gate be cause of its lack of luster and crowd appeal, Your errant cor respondent took his first squint at a cage combat In sevciai >euis yesieraay. wnicn is uiugn for yours truly and not the court game, because he finds that the sport, once a little tough, has been purified until personal fouls are getting very scarce. There was a day when a pair of amateur teams came trotting onto the floor padded with not a few boys who had received their cheeks at the office, and who had come to work with bombs in their hands and instructions to tap (he referee on the head with a black jack when he turned to accept a five spot from an interested spectator in the stands. Don’t kid me, either, and say that I'm yodeling over the wrong fence, because I am not. I’ll take you back but a few years and only a few miles away when I want to back up a few things. But there is no sense in disturbing sleeping dogs. Particularly no reason when college and high school basket ball has grown to become one of the cleanest of all schoolboy sports. If the independent clubs are play- i jng as cleanly and with the same floor ! sportsmanship as displayed by these two teams I watched yesterday, let me tell you that you are missing real sport in not parking for an evening at one of the District tussles. But there must be plenty of basket ball cash customers or there would not be such a flock of basket ball teams In the District. And it is not hard to see why the game is beginning to com mand such attention in this bailiwick. A boy must keep in top shape to keep in the game, and for that reason alone it is one of the finest schoolboy sports. What the sport lacks in crowd ap peal it most assuredly has in sports- j manship. DOYLE IS TECH SPEAKER Will Give Principal Address at Banquet to Grid Squad. Henry Grattan Doyle, dean of men at George Washington University, will be the principal speaker at the annual dinner in honor of the McKinley Tech High School foot ball squad to be given Thursday night in the school dining room under auspices of the Circle T Club. Coach Hap Hardell will present mem bers of the Tech squad, which this year won the public high school title for the school for the fourth straight year with gold foot balls. Letters, however, will not be distributed until Friday at an assembly at the school. —•1 ■* TI— UlCL SHOT A lO-YD FIELD GOAL WHILE TECH DEFENSE •SfOOO By TO SEE IP IT COULD BE DO/me. 'Tom cDOEaea.- T&C* SCHOOLS LOSE TOSSERS — Advisory Marks to Affect Several Public High Squads. Business will lose Billy Harris, guard dependable, and Tony Mastromarino, and Central may have to get along without one or two of its players, but the Eastern. Tech and Western squads probably will not be affected by the scholastic marks for the advisory end ing last Friday, which will be in the hands of the students tomorrow. It had been feared that Harris’ lass would be serious to Business, but Huck Cavanaugh, his successor, has been showing so well that Coach Lynn Woodworth is not at all pessimistic over the situation. AIMS TO KEEP PRO TEAM Portsmouth Striving to Make Up Big Deficit of Two Seasons. PORTSMOUTH, Ohio, December 15 <^P>.—A committee of local manufac turers, business men and directors of 1he Chamber of Commerce yesterday launched a stock-selling campaign tc assure the continuance of the Ports mouth Spartans as a member of the National Professional Foot Ball League The committee, headed by Homer Selby, vice president of the Selby Shoe Co., appealed to foot ball fans to sub scribe tor the stock. The Spartans fin ished the 1931 season with a deficit ol more than $17,000 and Harry Snyder club president, said that last year's deficit of $30,000 remains unpaid. “FLORSHEIMS!” Start the smart, satisfactory habit of wearing 'em, this Xmas! The world's best-looking men s shoes. More miles of service per dollar! $9 $10 , Styles to suit every foot and ta«te. Heavy, medium or light Weight oxfords. High shoes, too! Men's Shops 14th at G 7th & K *3212 14th * Open Nights “Halm Special** Men's $6.50 Shoes Reduced All styles now permanent ly reduced ... to the new spring price, at which we'll offer the same unparalleled $6.50 grade shoes. SPATS Drop a Hint that you’d like a pair for Xmas! Best American and British makes. $1.95 to $5 SLIPPERS Red, blue, green, blark or brown kid . . . patent . . . and Morocro hand-turn opera flippers . . . our best Xmas value. $2.95 Others—$1.93 to $3 SOCKS Novelty wool mixture*, lisles and silks in endless gift variety. 55c, 2 pra. $1 GAME’S BIG ML, I I Many Are Opposed to Rule Change Affecting Play in Dispute. BY FOSTER HAILEY, Associated Press Sports Writer. EW YORK, December 15.— The boys who play the game, do the kicking, form the flying wedges and break them up, believe the kick off should be retained in foot ball. Among 20 of the leading play ers of the country’s major teams who told the Associated Press what they think about it, only 1 was opposed to the kick-off and only 5 suggested any change in the present method of kicking from the 40-yard line without a tee. Joe Moran, star halfback of the Syra cuse University team, thought it "might be a go d idea if the kick-off were abolished, the team that wins the toss | getting the ball on its own 20-yard line," | but the other 19 said, "Let it stay." Thrill for Players. I "Let foot ball alone." said Weldon Mason, the “speedy" sparkplug rf the Southern Methr.dist Mustangs, "includ ing the kick-off. It is the spark that . keeps the spirit of the game alive. The kick-off Is the thrill for the players.” Marchy Schwartz. Notre Dame’s triple-threat, All-America backfield ace. said: "The kick-off should be retained It is the most spectacular and finest of all plays and its abolition or change would rob customers of fcot ball's greatest play. Any real fan would rather see the kick-off than a long run or a long pass. I believe those who get hurt are not in the best of physical shape in most cases.” Gene McEver, undefeated Tennessee's I "Black Knight.” concurred, as did Ivan Williamson. Michigan's captain-elect and Maynard 'Docp Morriscn. Wolver | ine center: C. J. Gilbert, quarterback of Louisiana Tech, and Erny Pinckert. Southern California's All-America and the country's leading blocking back. Opposes Rule Change. “I sincerely hope the Rules Commit tee does not abolish the kick-off." said Capt. Harrv Hillman of Stanford. "I believe this is one of the most inter esting and spectacular parts of the game. I do not believe the play should even be modified.” Capt. Jerry Dalrymple of Tulant's great Green Wave was one of the small number favoring the suggestion to set the kick-off back 10 yards t*> the of fensive team's 30 and kick the ball from a tee. Ernest fPug> Rentner. All-America | back of Northwestern, favors seme I change which would spread the inter ference on the kick-off. Clarence Munn, Minnesota’s All America guard, opposes abolition of the i kick-off. MOUNT FIVE PLAYS BOWIE _ I Opens Home Season With First Game of County Series. j MOUNT RAINIER, Md , December i 15.—Mount Rainier High School basket i ball team will open its home season to morrow, engaging Bowie High basket - ers in the first game of a series between Prince Georges County rivals, starting at 2:30. Coach Perry Wilkinson plans to start this Mount Rainier line-up: Bob Bell man and Bob Emory or Gus Chakalakis. forwards: Charles Callow, center, and Phil Zeigler and Bob or Foster Mathias, guards. Seventeen are striving for berths on the Mount Rainier girls basket ball team. Mrs. Edna Nolan, member of the faculty, is coaching. Candidates include: Bernice Hoover. Marie Myers. Ina Sager. Dorothy Bow man and Vivian Walters, forwards. Marie Miller. Louise Crump and Doris Mitchell, centers; Edith Bless. Helen Mollahand, Helen Chakalakis and Alma Crawford, side centers, and Margaret Miller, Marian Miller. Mabel Wynn, Norma Pruitt and Eleanor Cole, guards.