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About Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012 | View Entire Issue (Sept. 18, 1948)
By GLENN GILLESPIE
A good year has been forecast for the University of Oregon.
An all-around good year, so it seems, and things look especially
bright on the athletic side of the picture. We'll tag along with
the crowd on this, and say that things are looking up around the
Eugene campus. But just what change has taken place in Oregon
athletics or what is planned for the future that will help to make
that “good year” prediction for the Webfoots a reality?
First off, the Oregon football team has had a great deal to
do with the rapid rise in Duck
stock. Jim Aiken has promised
to field a pretty fair grid squad
this season, and from the looks
of things, he'll do just that.
Aiken's boys have received
more national publicity during
the past few months than Ore
gon has accumulated for quite
a while, and old fashioned pan
banging publicity doesn’t hurt
Several Oregon footballers,
Norm Van Brocklin, Don Stan
ton and Dan Garza, have been
nominated as possible All
American material. Ls it possible mat me powers uuu. uc i»ia v
have realized that football is really a major sport way out here
in Oregon ?
High Hopes for Aiken's Webfoots
In the torrid race for the roses, the Webfoots have been
rated anywhere from a strong third in the conference to a possi
ble contender for the pennant. It’s been a long time.
Oregon’s fine coaching staff is another strong reason for
the good year prophecy. The athletic department plucked
one of the biggest plums in the state when they signed Bill
Bwoerman as head track coach. Bowerman, who piled up a
a brilliant prep coaching record while at Medford high school,
will also take over duties as Frosh football coach.
John Warren, who is assisting Aiken with football until
basketball season, can be counted upon to come up with, a top
flight basketball team, and Don Kirsch, baseball headman,
should do a good job with the diamond hopefuls when spring
term rolls around.
Other Intersectional Games on Tap
Doing as much as any one man could in the spirit re-building
department, Jim Aiken is Oregon s candidate for Coach-of-the
Year. Any better suggestions? Working as Aiken’s right and left
hand men are Frank Zazula, backfield coach, and Dick Miller,
line coach. Both Zazula and Miller are Aiken products, as is
Bob Sullivan, new addition to the coaching staff as assistant
A good-natured gent named Leo Harris is another man
who has worked wonders with Oregon athletic policy. Leo
holds down the title of athletic director, and his directing has
helped Oregon crack the headlines over the summer. He is the
man responsible for scheduling the Oregon-Michigan football
The men behind the typewriters and multigraph machines.
Art Litchman and Bill Stratton of the Athletic News Bureau,
have done a lot to keep the Oregon ball rolling. Snappy news
releases covering all the angles, a first-class football dope book,
and stacks of glossy pictures of Oregon athletes will go far in
keeniim Oregon at the ton of the pile.
Road to Rose Bowl, 7 948 Style
Aiken’s crop of Webfoots certainly have their work cut out
for them this year as a look at the 9148 schedule will show. On
successive Saturdays, the Oregons have ten games facing them,
not one of which could he classed as a real breather.
After the Gaucho contest, the Ducks face a tough Stanford
game away from home in the conference opener for both
teams. Michigan is next on the list October 2, and watch ’em
climb on the band wagon if Oregon gives the mighty Wolver
ines a good show. Dixie Howell’s Idaho Vandals get their
turn October 9 at Moscom.
First of the big conference games comes October 16 at Port
land. when the Ducks square off with Southern Cal. Washington
State is next in the Homecoming game, followed by St. Mary’s
also at Eugene.
After the Oregon-Washington game November 6 in Seattle,
the Webfoots take a big jump to Los Angeles to meet the UCLA
Bruins November 12 in a night game. Civil war flags will then
be hoisted for the annual Oregou-OSC battle, set for November
20 at Corvallis.
That's a mighty rough row to hoe in anybody’s league, and
the team that carries PCC hopes to the Rose Bowl January 1
will have to be on their toes during the next two or three months.
High Bids Force
Plans for two University athletic
plant enlargement projects were
brought to a virtual standstill this
week when bids submitted were
found to be some 150 per cent high
er than original architect's esti
University Athletic Director Leo
Harris said Friday that no con
struction would get underway un
til costs go down. The proposed
projects would add _ about 3000
seats to McArthur court and up the
seating capacity of Hayward field
stadium by 5000.
Specifications call for a second
balcony in McArthur court, which
would necessitate slight alterations
in the court’s exterior. Mac court
now seats about 6500 for hoop con
testants and the projected balcony
would up the capacity to 9500.
Additional stadium space accom
modating 3500 more fans is slated
in the Hay.vard field project. The
new construction would replace
the 1500 bleacher seats at the south
end of the field.
Harris said that the bids for the
Hayward project were sufficiently
wtihin reason to enable work to be
gin at that quarter, but that the
two projects must be linked togeth
er for maintenance purposes. Har
ris added that the low bid for the
McArthur court job would have
brought construction costs to al
most $100 per seat. He further add
ed that the athletic department
was “keenly disappointed,” but
that the department could not feel
justified in expending such amounts
of University funds.
Plans are drawn and all is in
readiness for both projects as soon
as suitable construction terms can
Freshman, or sophomore men
interested in becoming assistant
managers of the University of
Oregon football team will be in
terviewed next week beginning
Monday afternoon by Bill Green,
senior manager, at the athletic of
fice in McArthur court.
A new system of advancement
has been inaugurated this year. An
unlimited number of assistant
managers will be chosen for the
1948 fall season, and from this
group three associate managers
will be named during next spring
One associate manager will make
the road trips along with the senior
manager next fall, and all three
associates will be awarded letters
and sweaters for their worx.
Glenn Gillespie, Bob Reed, Co'-Sports Editors
SPOUTS STAFF THIS ISSUE
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FRANK KIRKLAND, CENTER ON STAN WILLIAMSON’S Santa
Barbara college eleven, may take to the air this afternoon on Hayward
field, when the Gauchos meet Jim Aiken’s Webfoots.
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