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About Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012 | View Entire Issue (Nov. 15, 1949)
By TOM KING
Emerald Sports Writer
L- H- Gregory, crack sports columnist for The Oregonian, re
cently came up with another article extolling the virtues of split
ting up the Pacific Coast Conference football map division-wise.
I his time he did it by way of a double-play through Dink Tem
pleton, one o fthe most controversial and listened to sports ob
servers in the Southland.
The idea that “northern teams don’t give the California
brothers enough competition to make it a strong conference.
Take the Big Ten, for example. Any one of them, according to
Templeton, is likely to up and smite the other just as David
up and made Goliath blush mightily.
And Gregory has thoughts along the same line. Quote: “The
real football future of Pacific Northwest teams is right here in
the Northwest, not on those long trips to California. If they play
ed a Northwest round robin with each other they could still meet
the California teams on an intersectional basis,”
What's Good for Goose Isn't Good for Gander
So Gregory and Templeton are both on the same side of the
see-saw and strictly palsy about the fact that what’s good for
your ache is good for mine, too.
Maybe these two highly respected gentlemen are right.
And then again maybe it would be proper to explore the mat
ter piecemeal and see if what is good for one really isn’t anything
more than strychnine for the other.
Take, the Northern Division. Playing in their own back
yards, the teams’ bank accounts would likely as not go com
pletely dry. Financially, they would be bruised, battered and
otherwise covered with welts. Oregon, OSC, WSC, Washing
ton, Montana and Idaho would have a corkin’ time flailing
away at each other before a thimble-full of fans.
This onl yscratches the surface, though.
It'is true that Oregon made more last year playing USC in
Portland than it did this year when in Los Angeles. But Oregon
played California Saturday. 76.000 fans were there to see them.
And 76.000 fans makes for a lot of humanity. It also makes for
a lot of dollars. Where else could one find that many dollars? Or
even that much humanity.
Implications Are Infinite, Etc., Etc.
Not in the Northern Division. Gregory says the Coast teams
could still hold intersectional.tilts. Would they draw 76,000 fans
if nothing hinged on the outcome?
Half that many propably wouldn’t have shown up.
But the surface, thick as it is, still has only been scratched.
Without'the PCC setup the Northern teams would be ostra
cized. The ND argued until it was purple between the eye brows
to make Southern teams promise to play ONE game in the North
each year. It will not even get this concession until next year.
With their ties severed, California teams would cold
shoulder the ND even moreso than they have done in the past.
Why play Oregon with what Multnomah Stadium’s dinky 31,
000 capacity when a team like Texas, Ohio State or Michigan
would be available? The difference is both in spectator appeal
and plain, hard finances.
Naturally, Northern teams would try to formulate intersec
tional games of their own. A series with SMU would be dandy.
But would any major institution East of the Rockies feel justi
fied in playing a team rvhose only achievement was to defeat
Idaho and DSC, or even Oregon State? Would Oregon have
been invited to the Cotton Bowl last New Year’s had it not
trounced Southern Cal, UCLA and Stanford, among others? To
detach California schools from the official schedule not only
would bring on ostracization by the SD, it also would have the
same effect from conferences all over the nation.
Northern Division vs. Border Conference
The result: The Northern Division would have a stature sim
ilar to that of the Border or the Rocky Mountain Conference, at
As to the failure of Northern teams to provide enough com
petition—that can be doubled in spades in the very conference
which Templeton cites as being so competitive, namely, the Big
Ten. The Midwest is having a merry-mixup this year just as the
PCC had in ’49. but it’s virtually always been Michigan and Min
nesota at the head of the pack. Indiana, Iowa, Purdue, Wisconsin
•—they’re the Idaho and Montana of the Big Ten.
While the Northern Division unquestionably isn’t as
strong as the SD, year in and year out, the solution lies not
in splintering the two. Not from a ND point of view it doesn’t.
But let’s not leave the Pacific Northwest all alone to lick its
wounds in its own quaint hovel. The struggle for recognition on
the national gridiron map has been too hard as it is.
It would be nice to know that the foundation built for this
struggle is made of concrete and not of quick-sand. Why cast
the whole project oevrboard now? It might not hurt the Califor
nia teams—but their is a different ache from that of the North
Daniels' Educated Toe
(Continued from page four)
an automatic kicking machine.
Tom Hughes, the Oregon
trainer, says that Daniels is
probably the best blocker in the
line since Tom Meland left. Ac
cording to Hughes, Daniels is
the boy who makes the trap
plays work. His home platoon is
the offensive one in the Aiken
system, but it doesn’t stop him
from working on the defensive
side a great deal of the time.
This double duty line play for
a 185 pounder can make life tedi
ous long before sixty minutes are
up. It takes a rugged player
with plenty of spirit to spot the
opposition 15 to 20 pounds and
slug it out for the whole distance
in bruising line play.
Daniels made All State back in
Ohio where he played for the Bell
aire high school team. He played
center then. That limits a line
man’s chances to make All State
by fifty per cent. And Ohio isn’t
exactly an easy place to make the
grade anyhow. They got lots of
high schools and they got lots of
The stomping grounds of Genial
Jim Aiken are found in that region.
According to Daniels, Aiken is
widely known up and down the
Ohio valley. That was one reason
Chet came to Oregon. That and
the fact that he liked this part of
There has been some inquiry
as to why Daniels bends over
after kicking the football and
picks up a blade of grass, which
he puts in his mouth. There is a
reason for all this and it’s not
because he is hungry. In golf
they have what is called a fol
low through on the stroke. In
football they have what Is called
a follow through on the kick. In
both sports the follow through
is necessary to achieve near per
fection of form. This makes for
holes-in-one and winning foot
ball teams. Generally, that is.
When Daniels kicks for the extra
point he keeps his head down and
his eyes on the ball. After the kick
he doesn’t break his form to see if
he made it or not. He bends over,
selects the most tender, juicy blade
of grass he can find, and then puts
it in his mouth. By this time the
kick is either good or it wasn’t. His
record this year indicates the strat
egy is rather effective.
Daniels’ follow through is some
what similar to that of the pro
fessional Cleveland Brown's “Gold
en Toe” Groza who stretches out
several feet of tape between the
ball and the goal posts, takes dead
aim down the tape, boots the foot
ball, and then bends down and
carefully rolls the tape up before
he raises his head to see what hap
pened. He makes plenty of field
goals from around the fifty yard
The game with Michigan last
year was the outstanding event
in Daniels’ football career.
“The competition was the best,”
he said, “and everyone on the team
was really up for that one. It was
the cleanest, hardest played game
I have ever been in. Playing Michi
gan was my biggest thrill in col
As a junior iii the BA school,
Daniels will be around to keep
the grass chomped off in front
of goal posts next year. The cool
papa is quite likely to go dow’n
as one of the great linemen in
Oregon football history. He al
ready has a good start.
Intramural "A” volleyball win
ners in eight leagues were mdde
known at the end of net and stand
ard action last night.
Last night the final winners
of three leagues were decided.
Chi Psi took league six honors;
Delta Tau Delta, league seven;
and Beta Theta Phi, league eight.
Earlier established winners were
Sigma Chi, league one; Mintnrn,
league two; Delta Upsilon, league
three; ATO, league four; and Phi
Delts, league five.
In “B” competition to date mo
winners have been established »&1
though only six days of action re
main on the schedule.
In Monday’s action the win
ner* read chronologically: Sdd
erstrom, Chi Psi, Omega, Delta
Tau Delta, Legal Eagles, add
It was ‘‘blue Monday” as faraas
forfeits were concerned. Seder
strom and Omega took respective
“2-0” victories as Hunter and Siit
zer failed to floor teams.
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