Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012, April 02, 1949, Page 5, Image 5

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Emerald Sports Editor
Oregon State’s decision to release Lon Stiner was not an un
expected move, though we do think the Beaver alumni, the boys
behind the dismissal, would have been smarter to do the deed a
little earlier.
Stiner "resigned" because he had a couple of bad seasons.
And. considering the paper strength of the Beaver gridders, the
logical place to lay the blame was on Mr. Stiner. For instance, in
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only ties with Washington,
Washington State and Utah,
three teams they should have
beaten. One reason might well
have been the pressure on Stin
er after the 1947 season, when
the Orange split even in 10
The alums probably weren’t
at all happy about that, espec
ially since Stiner’s club was
rated as one of the favorites to
go Rosebowling that year.
They are rumored to have put
the pressure on the former
Nebraska tackle to speed up the
Beaver offense and score more
If So, Stiner Was Following Orders
If the rumor is true, and it sounds credible, Stiner did what
the big boys wanted him to do. He switched from his own style
of ball that was drab and colorless to watch, but highly effective
when it came to winning games. Instead he came out with wide
open football and put the emphasis on offense. It did everything
but win games.
The main excuse given out for the dismissal is Oregon’s
two straight wins over Oregon State. That seems pretty fee
ble. In both games the Webfoots were favored by larger mar
gins than the final scores would indicate. And in both games
the big wheel of the Beaver attack, Don Samuel, turned in
poor performances.
We’ are not surprised at the dismissal of Stiner, but we
were surprised at the time of year and at the reasons given. It
appears that the Corvallis institution picked up a good man in
Kip Taylor, but that has yet to be proved.
Beavers Tried for; Michigan Men
Michigan State must have really impressed the Staters
when they were out here last fall and bounced the hometown
gridders. First they gave Forrest Evashvski a big rush, but he
didn’t want to be under the thumb of the alumni. Then they did
land Taylor, like Evashvski a member of the Michigan State
coaching staff. Now the cjuestion is whether Taylor signed for
the salary his fellow coach from Michigan State turned down,
or whether he is getting the extra “gravy” from the alums that
Evashvski also turned down.
Taylor has a good coaching record behind him, but the
job at Corvallis will be his first as a collegiate mentor. If he
does come through it will be a major accomplishment. All
of Stiner’s supporters, and he still has plenty around, will
be on his back if he doesn’t have a big season. And if the
alums are helping to pay his way, he might have a tough
time staying around for too long without big winning years.
Stiner was really booted by the Beavers. Fie could have
moved to Nebraska earlier this year, but he stayed on because
they apparently wanted him to remain in Corvallis.
Crandall Sets OSC Scoring Mark
Still in Oregon State, the Beavers ace Cliff Crandall became
the first eager in history to get more than 400 points in one sea
son. The Astoria redhead garnered 439 tallies during the past
year, more than twice as many as the next Beaver scorer, A1 Pet
erson who had 205.
Oregon has had players who topped the 400 point mark,
they even had three in one year. In 1945, when the Webfoots
played a 43 game schedule, Dick Wilkins got 540 tallies, Bob
Hamilton 496, and Ken Hays 406. The Webfoots that year also
took the Northern Division title and placed third in the West
ern NCAA playoffs.
Oregon track could well regain some national recognition if
Ceorge Rasmussen hasn’t been too hampered by the weather and
vaults up to his potentialitie this weekend. The skinny junior has
been doing very well so tar and with his talent could go a long
The Webfoots haven’t had a top star since Les Steers set the
still-standing world record in the high jump back in 1941. But it
looks like track fortunes are going up with Rasmussen and little
Dave Henthrone leading the way.
Ducks Garner
10 Top-Flight
Grid Transfers
That old chestnut about getting
there the “firstest with the most
est” is getting a pretty good shake
will get a pretty good shakedown
from Jim Aiken and his coaching
associated when they swing open
the gates to Oregon’s spring foot
ball practice Monday afternoon.
Not that the Ducks are the first,
because some of the Southern
schools have already been at it for
over a week now. But they are still
plenty early, and, too, things are
going to pop on the very first af
ternoon of the 30-day grind.
Maybe they don’t have thje “most
est” either, but something like 115
strong will answer Aiken’s first
call, and that’s a goodly volume of
pigskin beef in any league.
Enrollment of ten transfers from
junior colleges spices* the turnout.
Some of them are decked out with
rather fancy reputations acquired
back in their home towns, but just
how many of them can crack big
time college football won’t be
known for a week or two anyway.
If a couple of them manage to make
the grade, then this mass move
ment of junior college men will be
tabbed successful. ;
In any event, here’s a thumbnail
rundown on each of them:
Don Roberts: This strapping 195
lb., 6ft., 2in. end has everyone druel
ing at the mouth. He comes from
McRea Junior College, which is
way down in North Carolina. There
he made the second string All
America Junior College team, and
as such, rates as the flashiest pros
pect of the group at the present.
Keep your eye on this boy.
Len Diedrichs: He’s a 230-lb
tackle from Salinas J. C. Was good
enough to make All-Northern Cali
fornia. Said to be agile for his size.
Nick Stevenson: From Santa
Ana J. C., a school which has pro
duced a flock of top-flight players.
An 180-pounder, he was All-East
ern league end.
Russ Crocco: Hails from Sacra
mento Junior College. He’s a half
Stan Ruzicka: Played a lot of
fullback for Glendale Junior Col
lege last fall.
Gene Snyder: A towering 6 ft., 4
in., 190-lb. end' from Aberdeen Jun
ior College. Landed on the All
Washington eleven.
Pete DeSantos: Big tackle, also
from Glendale Junior College.
Dick Gaulden: Third string cen
ter on the All-Southern California
J. C. team. Comes from Compton,
national junior college champion.
Much is expected from this boy.
Ted Lea: “T” formation passer
from Aberdeen. Uses his 6 ft., 3 in.
to advantage.
HalePaxson: Was first string
All-Southern California guard while
playing for San Bernardino J. C. in
1947. He weighs 190 and is fast.
Also pushes the shot in track.
Supplementing these ten are Dick
Patrick, who centered for the frosh
in ’47, but who didn’t play last year
because of ineligibility, and Gus
Knickrehm, ex-All-Southern Cali
fornia tackle.
Ralph Hill, former Oregon star,
was barely beaten in the 1932
Olympic two-mile run.
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Intramural Action
To Begin Monday
Monday’s intramural softball schedule
North field . . . Kappa Sigma vs Sigma Phi Epsilon
South field ... Fizzeds vs Sigma Nu
Upper field . .. Lambda Chi Alpha vs Omega hall
North field ... Phi Delta Theta vs Sigma Alpha Mu
South field ... French hall vs Phi Sigma Kappa
Upper field ... Pi Kappa Phi vs Minturn hall
opimg Lei in inn annu al action
gets underway Monday afternoon
in three sports on the campus, with
softball, tennis, and golf matches
slated for the- day.
THE SOFTBALL set-up is to be,
as usual, on a round-robbin tourna
ment in each league.
Bartle, Kovenz
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plate, while Dibble replaced Pat
Wohlers in the garden.
After today’s two-game affair,
the Ducks trek back to Eugene
where they will play Portland U.
on Monday.
The box:
UO .301 103-6—14-11-2
L. & C.310 100—0— 5- 8-3
Oregon—Bropst (5), DeBernar
di, and Warberg. Lewis and Clark
—Wright (4), Paul (6), Musgrove
7, Devin, and Knapp (4) Wells.
Served At
On The Campus
ienms learns win consist or two
doubles and one singes on each
team, making a total of five men
on the courts from each living or
OPENING THE tennis action
Monday afternoon at the Universi
ty courts will be Sigma Alpha Mu
versus the quintet from Sigma Phi
Golf teams from each living or
ganization will consist of four play
ers, with matches being played in
four twosomes, using the Nassau
system of scoring, according to
Paul Washke, intramural director.
Phi Kappa Psi and Merrick hall are
scheduled to open golf action on the
links Monday afternoon.
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