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Iii football, the platoon system i an innovation which has
conic into existence only since the war, hut in Northern IJi
\i ion basketball circles it i . old stub", and has been a feature of
action in this league ever since Jack brie! too the reins at
W ashington State College.
And that is a rather long time, Friel took the job way back in
1928, just five years after his graduation from Washington
State. Incidentally, he took his degree in business adminis
tration and not physical education.
Friel Has Good Record
And now, 24 seasons later, Fried i- recognized as the dean
<d Pacific Coast Conference coaches. This record, in a business
where the occupational security is about as good as that of
the proverbial snowball, is nothing short of sensational.
Part of it, no doubt, can be attributed to the fact that he
has won a good share of his games. In 1937, he piloted his
% pYaVomrs ti M«***H*rr. Division hoop title. But Stanford,
sparked by the great Hank Luisetti, a player who goes on many
all-time All-American teams, defeated the men from the Palouse
hills for the PCC crown.
In 1941, b'riel'i' club again on 11.< CD crown, but this time
( \acted revenge on Stanford h\ topping them for the Pacific
Coast title, 1 hey later went on to win the national “Western
Championships", but lo t i:i the tn 1 for the national champ
ionship to Wisconsin.
Lost to Bruins
In 1949 the Cougar- trawled to I ,■ \ngelc~ another North
ern Division title under their belts, but lost out again to the
IT'LA Bruins this time, in a close contest.
Last year Friel did not turn out a championship team, hut
the Cougars did finish third in the Division with a seven-nine
This is a good record for 24 years coaching, but at some win
at-all-cost schools, the h.-gh pressure of the alumni wolves and
clamor for teams which won them all, or nearly all, would have
removed Friel long before this. But he has won the respect
and admiration of the Palouse school; he is something of an
institution there, in fact, and like old man river, he just keeps
Surprisingly enough after 24 years in one of the most nerve
wracking businesses in existence. I'riel looks younger than hi
wars and is a very trim figure a- he guides iiis Cougars from
Platoon System Distinctive
He is noted for the number of successful high school mentors
who have played for him, and also for All-Aineiican hoop stars
who won their laurels while performing for him. Among the
All Americans are such athletes as (’.ail Bishop, six-foot, eight
inch center Vince Hanson, Paul I,indeman, and Kay Sundquist.
Perhaps the most distinctive feature of Friel's system of
coaching is the aforementioned platoon system. This, of course,
means that he very seldom substitutes anything less than full
units of five men.
Advantages of this of course would stem from much the
same facts that have enabled the football platoon system to
speed up that game immeasurcably. However, the maple court
counterpart of this has not been quite so widely accepted. One
advantage would be having a crew of “shook troops” to throw
in to rest tired first-stringers, and take the brunt of rugged
backboard action. Also there is the consideration that when the
units are kept separate, you have a natural feeling of rivalry
and teamwork which wotdd not he present if substitutions were
At any rate, you can expect to see the system in action to
night in McArthur Court, when the veteran Friel matches w its
against Oregon's Bill Borcher, who will be coaching his very
lirst Northern Division contest.
Consensus of ND Coaches
Speaking of the Northern Division again, we see that the
Kugene Register-Guard Sports Kditor Dick Stritc has a very
informative article on the prospects of the various schools
He wrote the conference coaches and obtained the following
consensus from them: All four (they didn’t rate their own
teams) picked Washington first. All except Tippy Dye picked
t Idaho second, while the other three, OSC, WSC, and Oregon,
were about even in choices. Which indicates that the coaches
think it will be a dog fight between these for third place.
A Parliament of Worlr] p*eli
gions which will feature represen
tatives of Buddhism, Confucian
ism, Taoism, Judism, Islam, and
Christianity (including Homan
Catholic, Greek Orthodox, and
Protestant) will he held on the
campus Jan. 20 through Jan. 24.
The parliament will be held this
year in place of the annual Re
ligious Evaluation Week and is
designed to give students a broad
er view of the religious beliefs and
activities of the world.
Believed to be unique in its con
cept, the Parliament is being spon
sored on the campus by the Relig
ious and Spiritual Activities com- j
mil tee, the Far Eastern Studies1
committee, the University Relig
ious council and the Religious Di
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Campus Interviews on Cigarette Tests
No. 31...THE MOUNTAIN GOAT
lie thought they were trying to make him the butt-end
of a joke when he was asked to judge cigarette mildness
w ith a mere puff of one brand and a quick sniff of
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