The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, August 22, 1946, Image 3

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THURSDAY AFTERNOON, AUGUST 22, 1946 THE BATTALION PAGE 3 / 4 y.' Pigskin Prospects Sighted In By Aggie Foes Aggies Field Strongest Team Since Pre-War Days The Texas Aggies may or may not be up there when the South west Conference championship for 1946 is awarded but at least the fellow who is will know the Ag gies have been trying. This year the Aggies have the best and the most material they have had since the pre-war years BUT the same holds good at every other conference school. That ex plains why Head Coach Homer Norton is not shouting to the skies that his team will win all their games and be the champs. To the contrary, the Aggie men tor says that he feels confident that the winner will not come through the season undefeated, and it would not surprise him if the winner bites the dust twice. Ask ed who he expected to beat the Aggies he replied, “I surely hope that no one does but it probably will be one of those teams we least expect to do it. That’s the way it goes in the Southwest Con ference.” Lettermen will be plentiful— at last count there were 46 or so on the possible list BUT AGAIN, that means little. Many of those are of war-time variety and in some cases played but part of a year before Uncle Sam pulled them in for his team. Coach Norton ex plained that in such cases it was the policy of the Athletic Depart ment to award those boys letters. There are a lot of pre-war letter- men returning BUT there is a question of their ability to go now as they did then. Age does not improve athletes’ legs and Ag gie legs are no exceptions. He expects about 150 men to try for the team and said that every one would have an equal chance to make the team. “At the out set we will break them into two teams with the center the head man. We will scrimmage daily and from those workouts we antici pate that the best on each team will show up. Then we will grad ually shift them about until we think we have a winning combina tion. By Sept. 20, when we divide the squad into the A and B squads, the apparently best 44 men out of the 150 will be picked for the A squad. “That does not mean the boy as signed to the B squad is to stay there all season. The B squad is expected to furnish all replace ments for the A squad and those who show in the B games may move up the following week, with a resulting move back for some- • • • • On Kyle Field • • • • Norton Says Rice and T. U. Strongest Head Coach Homer H. Norton said today, “This is to be the toughest year ever in this confer ence, and I do not expect any team to go through the season unde feated. It is even possible that the conference champions will lose two games.” When asked as to who was his choice was for the crown he would not commit himself, but stated that Texas and Rice would be the teams for A. & M. to beat if they ' expect to win the crown. He also said that Baylor was go ing to be another of the tough ones for the Aggies this year. Nor ton is not counting on ANY push overs, but these three look the strongest at present. iTTALIONA- Hard Fight in Store for Aggies After looking over the picture as about them.^ They have a new presented by the Sports Publicity department of each school we are to meet this next fall it looks like our toughest games will be with Texas, Rice, Baylor, T. C. U., S. M. U., and Arkansas. I rank Arkansas last because nothing is known Coaches to Have Hardest Jobs Ever coach, John Barnhill, who was very successful at Tennessee before tak ing over as head mentor for the Razorbacks, and he may throw a few surprises into the conference race this year ,as he has some boys of the calibre that it takes. With every school “loaded for bear” it promises to be the best season in several years for the Southwest Conference. Each school in the conference will have more than 100 players report for fall training Sept 2, and it isn’t going to be an easy task for the men tors to put their best elevens on the field at the start of the sea son. In many cases the players wh oare on the starting lineup at first of the season are apt to be nothing more than non-paying spec tators during the closing days of November. If a coach could find that ideal combination during the pre-season games he could probably walk off with the conference crown be fore the other coaches knew what was happening. This year more than in any previous year the posi tion of the teams in the standing at the final whistle will depend upon the coaches stategy and his ability to pick his best eleven. one off the A squad to make room for him. At no time do we plan on having more than the 44 men on the A team. “The plans are subject to change but as it stands now that seems to be the most logical way to find our best men. The fact that a man has lettered, or has made the All- Conference team, or even got All- America mention does not win him an A team assignment automatic ally. This year he will have to prove he is better than others to get up there”, Norton explained. As to beating Texas in Austin this year he said, “Let’s not play that game on paper now, or at any time during the season. Let’s wait until we meet them in Memorial Stadium on next Thanksgiving.” Looks Like Good Opener By Dude Neville McCloud NTSC News Service North Texas State College’s 1946 football fall training camp will get underway Sept. 1 with 110 gridders expected to report according to Odus Mitchell and Dee Walker, NT coaches, with the first en counter against Texas A. & M. Sept. 21. The post-war version of the Eagle grid machine will be the first grid team to don the North Texas green and white since the 1942 season when the Dentonites slump ed to third place in the Lone Star Conference. The Eagles have taken the LSC crown five times unshar ed and once with a tie with East Texas State, which is more than any other school in the loop. Twelve returning lettermen are expected to be in Denton for fall training. Heading the list are Wil burn Curnutt, 200-pound guard and Fred McCain, 180-pound back, who were both all-conference in 1942. Other returning lettermen are backs: Glenn Johnson, Joe Gieb, and Paul Richardson; ends: Bill Oglesby and Dan Garza; tackles: Nick Ruggierri and Leroy Gibson; guards: Maurice Waters and Jim mie Cook. Eighty-six grid pros pects reported for spring training at North Texas last spring and Mitchell is expecting most of the spring trainees back for the ’46 season. It will be the first year for Mit chell and Walker at NT. The two coaches were at Marshall High School until they accepted the Eagle offer. Mitchell, a 1925 grad uate of West Texas State College, has a game record of 165 wins against 46 losses and 8 ties. Walker graduated from North Tex as State in 1940. An Eagle gridder himself," Walker lettered for three years in tackle position. While in the service. Walker served as a captain in the Marine Raiders in the Pacific. quarterbacks also have had trouble trying to learn in a few short weeks the fancy feinting and feed ing Tatum’s T handoffs call for. Some progress was made but in general the Sooners will have to learn the Tatum T as they go along, this fall. And facing Army, Texas Aggies, all of them with establish ed systems, Tatum’s green outfit is face to face with three quick spills in their first three games and more of the same later al though they should grow better and handle the ball more smoothly as they gradually become accustomed to the new formation. ’42; C. J. Fraley, Watkins, ’42. ’43; and John Cash DPAWIHG INSTRUMENTS, SLIDE RULES, AND ESPECIALLY FRESHMAN BOORS ARE SCARCE WE NEED YOUES! \ > Aggies in the past have made us one of the largest used book dealers in College Station. We are al ways willing to cooperate in helping you to exchange books you don’t need for those you are going to use or for READY CASH. Drop in and show us what you have to offer. We believe you will agree it’s best to “TRADE WITH LOU—HE’S RIGHT WITH YOU! WE WILL BUY FOR GASH— TRADE AT A DISCOUNT —SELL AT A SAVING May Give Aggies Trouble By Clark H. Schooley Director Sports News Texas Tech The largest squad in Texas Tech history is expected to report Sept. 2 for the opening of football practice, but Coach Dell Morgan is uncertain whether there will be enough good talent from which to mold a team which can hold its own with opponents. About 125 candidates are expect ed to report, about half of them ex-servicemen. There probably will be about 30 lettermen and only five men from the 1945 squad. But spring practice showed many of the veterans will be unable to play much of any game or in many games during the year. Coach Morgan is hopeful for a strong team, but he will predict few victories in a schedule which includes four Southwest conference teams and four 1945 Bowl teams. * J > 'Y NOTICE G.I.’S We are authorized to fill your requisitions as soon as they are issued. Back orders not required. LOUPOrS TRADING POST North Gate REMEMBER G.I.’s—YOU CAN TRADE WITH LOU Sooners Say They’re Easy By O. U. Sports Publicity Dept. Oklahoma propects: Like every other college team this season, Oklahoma will be stronger than last year. Apparently Coach Tat um will acquire 20 Sooner “O” win ners from past seasons, all but three of them discharged war vete rans. Of the 56 Oklahoma players considered certain to report back for the start of autumnal drills, 38 are returned war vets, five are deferred and 13 are under age or too young to register. The material is alarmingly un balanced with line and backfield equally represented among the 20 returning lettermen at 10 each. The line strength is generally uh- satisfactory to the coaches with end the weakest position and cen ter the only one measuring up to pre-war caliber. Backfield pros pects are so-so. For example, of the eight letterbacks considered sure to return, only two, Jack Ven able and Joe “Junior” Golding have even been starters. It’s virtually an All-Oklahoman squad. Of the 56 players, 45 are from Oklahoma, nine from nearby Texas, one from Arkansas and one from Mississippi. Like Nebraska and Kansas of the Big Six conference, the Sooners are breaking in a new system. Tat um is inaugurating T formation for virtually very play and the Sooner GI’s back from war, nearly all of them accustomed to single wing or A allignments when they last played at Norman, have had constant difficulty with fumbled laterals and the new T style of blocking high in the line. The OU Probably Hard to Beat By Jim Corbett Sports Publicity L. S. U. Prospects for Louisiana State’s 1946 football array are currently riding a bull market with optimism reaching up to the coaching staff. With nine of the eleven 1945 reg ulars returning, plus the return to participation of 22 former letter- men just returned from military service, the outlook looks bright in Tigertown. Coach Bernie Moore agrees he will field a better team this fall than the contigent that copped seven out of nine games in ’45, but he is also aware that each opponent will also have improved and the competition will be vastly strengthened. Linemen returning from last year’s starting eleven include Clyde Lindsey, end; Earl Tullos and Fred Land, tackles; Herd Miller, guard and Mel Did- ier, center; fast stepping Bengal backs returning are All Confer ence fullback Gene “Red” Knight, ambidextrous “Slim Jim” Cason, and Dan Sandiferm halfbacks, and Tittle and Ray Coates, quarter backs. Outstanding G. I.’s return ing are Ed Champagne, Walter “Piggy” Barnes, Holly Heard and Fred Hal, all tackles; Wren Wor ley and Russ Foti, guards; Shelton “Buck” Ballard and Charles “Chuck” Schroll, centers; Jeff Burkett, fullback, Joe Glamp, right halfback; and Carroll Griffith, wingback. Dutch Meyer Optimistic Next fall’s Horned Frog eleven will be the best to represent the Purple and White since the 1941 team wrecked the Texas Long horns’ title aspirations. That’s the honest opinion of no less an authority than Coach Dutch Meyer himself. But he hastens to qualify this opinion: “Every other coach in the con ference can say as much or more. What we do depends a lot on how tough the opposition proves to be. “From the word that’s going around. I gather that no fewer than five teams are secretly planning to cop the conference championship! So we’ll just give ’em our best and hope!” The Frogs will look like a dif ferent football team this fall be cause they’ll be operating from single wing instead of from the familiar flankerback formation that Meyer has used for the past five or six years. The Frogs appear to have the makings of the best passing game seen in these parts since Sammy Baugh and Davey O’Brien tossed ’em around for T. C. U. Jim Lucas, Leon Joslin, Lindy Berry and others are well equipped to up hold the Frogs’ reputation for the sharpest sort of air attack. In fact, the backfield will be the strongest in many a day. There are five or six good candidates for every post, with such new men as Dave Bloxom, Tom Bishop, Charles Jackson, Pat Wright and others adding to the strength of last year’s lettermen. Weakness would appear to be center and tackles. Jim Cooper is the only letterman available at this position, and it’ll be a miracle if he can keep things going without some adequate relief. Salvation here could be the re turn of Billy Hale, who lettered at center in 1943, who would be a sen ior. Hale was captain-elect of the Texas Tech eleven of 1943, when he entered the Navy V-12 program and played for the Frogs the first half of that season. Billy writes Coach Meyer that he plans to re-enter T. C. U. (if he is discharged from the Navy in time) and will play his final sea son of collegiate competition with the Frogs. Besides the men who were out for spring practice, a number of top high school graduates are ex pected to report in July and Sept. Oldtimers expected in from serv ice include Bob McCollum, ’42; John Bond, ’41 and ’42; John Steele, Don’t Forget the Bruins Baylor Sports Publicity Dept. When fall training gets under way, Baylor will have the largest and most talented squad in its long history on hand—roughly 150 men. Of these, 18 are lettermen from the 1945 season; 12 are men who won varsity numerals before the war; and another 30 have had prewar college experience, either freshman lettermen or varsity squadmen. Biggest problem facing Head Coach Frank Kimbrough in Sep tember will be one that has never troubled Bruin grid mentors in the past—finding the right combina tion. For the first time since the Southwest Conference was organiz ed in 1915, Baylor has almost too much material to work with— rather than too little. In the past a coach considered himself “loaded” if he had as much as a thirty man squad. Consequent ly, picking a starting lineup was anything but a problem—it was generally the first 11 gridders that came along. Little wonder that the current post-war manpower in flation on the Baptist campus has coaches and fans alike a bit be wildered. To aid Kimbrough in separating the chaff from the wheat in this bumper crop of players, Baylor has added two assistant coaches to its grid staff—W. C. “Clark” Jar- nagin and A. E. “Pete” Jones. Jarnagin, who was graduated from Hardin-Simmons in 1937, served under Kimbrough at the same school in 1942 as Line Coach. He comes to Baylor from the Navy where he coached the line two suc cessive seasons for the North Car olina Pre-Flight club at Chapel Hill, N. C. Jones, a Baylor graduate of ’31, comes back to his alma mater from Texas A. & M. where he served as business manager besides coaching football and baseball for two years. Prior to that “Mr. Pete” was head football coach at Bryan High School for 13 years. Lack of experience may cost the Bears a few games this season. Since Baylor did not compete in ’43 and ’44 this year’s squad will be made up largely of freshmen and sophomores—as evidenced by the fact that only five men will complete their varsity eligibility in the coming campaign. Inexperienced or not the Bruins figure to give any team an inter esting afternoon this fall, and if some of the talented youngsters come through as expected, Baylor might well be a prominent con tender for the 1946 SWC grid title. Razorbacks Are Unknown According to most predictions, Arkansas will not be a strong con tender for the Southwest Confer ence title this year but may give some of the leading teams a run for their money. , Arkansas’ new coach, John Barn hill, will probably instill a bit of life into the team, enough to make all opponents work for any points made. Barnhill is sticking to the so-called “Tennessee” type of for mation. In all probability, the Razor- backs will look to Clyde Scott, the “middie” who gave Glenn Davis and “Doc” Blanchard so much trouble in the Army-Navy game in ’45, as a nucleus for the team. Scott will be Arkansas’ best bet for back in many a year. Ponies to Give Good Ride By Lester Jordan SMU Sports News Director Eight regulars from the 1945 SMU football team that finished second in the Southwest Conference are due to return this fall, but thus far Coach Matty Bell has found no stars likely to replace Doak Wal ker and Co-captains Tom Dean and Howard Maley. Battling for Dean’s position at left tackle are John Hamberger, former Sunset high star; Joe Eth ridge, a squadman last year; and Jack Lindsey, a freshman star back in 1942. Seeking Maley’s position at full back are David Moon, letterman from last year; Harold Bartlett, squadman in 1945; David Redman, star Pony in 1943; and Bill Elliott, all-stater at Highland Park last year. Outstanding candidates for Wal ker’s position are Billy Mizell, let terman last season; Gilbert John son, freshman from Tyler; Carroll Parker, squadman in 1942; and Billy Weatherford, Highland Park high school star last year. Returning regulars are Eugene Wilson and Harold Clark, ends; Pete Kotlarich, tackle; Earl Cook and Claud Hill, guards; Leon Schultz, center; Toadie McClin- tock, blocking back; Paul Page, wingback. Some of these men will have difficulty in keeping starting assignments as approximately 20 lettermen from other years have returned to the squad. No Coupon Books Will Be Issued Prior To Sept 9 The athletic business manager, P. L. (Pinky) Downs, has asked students NOT to come to the ath letic department for their athletic coupon books, as they will not be issued until September 9. They will start issuing these books at that time to all students who have paid their full student activities fees ONLY. (These will be issued in the rotunda of the Administra tion Building.) After all students who have paid their full student ac tivities fees have received their coupon books, the books will go on sale at the Athletic Department at $7.20 each. Downs also announced that there are only 7066 tickets available to students for the Thanksgiving Day game, and that those tickets would go on sale to students who Rice is Definite Threat Rice’s 1946 football hopes are brighter than at any time during the past four years. They will have the power to be Southwest Confer ence champions if they get the breaks, and IF some of the other schools don’t get the idea that the championship cup shouldn’t rest down Houston way for the next year. Rice has a total of thirty-five returning lettermen, and among these stars one All-American and three All-Conference are to be found. H. J. Nichols, All-American guard in ’44, will be back in the Jess Neeley’s lineup for the ’46 season as well as Huey Keeney, N. L. Nicholson, and George Walms- ley all of whom are All-Conference men from the 1945 team. With these outstanding stars, re turning lettermen, and all the high school talent available to them, Rice will more than likely be up near the top of the heap when the final whistle blows in November. Last Hurdle Will Be High By Bill Sansing Director Sports News Texas U. With the 1946 football season a matter of days away, the Texas Longhorns are still a problemati cal squad. For all their 42 lettermen, and returnees from three Conference championship teams, it will still take several weeks of workouts and perhaps a game to measure the full strength of the ’46 squad. Pot entially a powerful organization, there are definite questions to which solid answers must be found before the Steers will go to the favorite’s spot. Number one question revolves around passing, and that’s a ques tion for Uncle Sam, because the Steer’s ace, Bobby Layne, is up pay the full $16 first. After these students have been taken care of they will go on sale to the remain ing students—if there are any left. However, these tickets do not go on sale until after school starts in September, as all students are to be given an equal chance. Married students WILL be al lowed to purchase coupon books for their wives, but these books will NOT be good for a ticket to the Texas University game Thanks giving Day. These books will also go on sale in September, except time and place to be announced later. Downs asks the students, “Please do not come down before that time.” The price on the books for the wives wil be the same as that paid by.the students for them selves, $7.20. for induction in September. Second problem will be to find the true ability of boys back from the serv ice, who have previous experience on Texas teams ranging clear back to 1939. And the third trouble spot is a lack of good guards and tack les. With the mass of material re porting, there are some promising applicants, but no tried and tested stars are among them. The Steers are very well set at center—wtih four former high ] school all-staters on hand, includ- ** ing All-Conference Dick Harris; at end, with All-American Hub Bechtol leading the way, and at blocking back, with five former first stringers in the race. With a murderous schedule and the toughest Southwest Conference race in years ahead of them, every one of Texas’ questionable holes will need a thorough plugging if Dana X. Bible is going to close out his 34 years of coaching with a winner. “B” Game Tax $1.00 P. L. (Pinky) Downs Dr., Ath letic Business Manager, announc ed this week that the admission price for the “B” squad football games will be $1.00 including tax This does not affect the students however as they will be admitted on their athletic coupon books. All Star Clash Friday The 1946 College Station soft- ball league officially comes to a close on Friday afteimoon, Aug ust 23, when the two all-star teams, the Cyclones and the Grem lins, tangle for the title. Satch El kins’ Cyclones will meet Bennie Zinn’s Gremlins on the Drill Field diamond across from the “Grove” at 5:30 that afternoon. Your Shoes Must Last Longer TEST OUR INVISIBLE HALF SOLES COLLEGE STATION SHOE SHOP SWIM TO KEEP TRIM A swell way to beat the heat. Then, too, for “Outright Comfort”, wear a Cool Suit of Leisure Shorts and a “T” Shirt. Come in and let us help you select Fur nishings to keep you completely at ease. NA/lO ClOCHtERS CoUege Station - - Phone 4-4614