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Johnson, Dwight A. (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 51, Number 1 (Oct. 1949)

Sports,   pp. 19-21


Page 20


or a few players," said Ivy after
the game. As a matter of fact, the
whole Badger performance was a
true reflection of the exceptional
team spirit which has developed
among the squad members. Because
Williamson was installing a new
system in his first year as Badger
coach, all holdover personnel from
1948 took on an "all sophomore"
character. Consequently, each player
had to start from scratch to prove
his individual talents.
  It was also a happy debut for
the new coach. The University band
introduced the new "Ivy Chant," a
floral wreath and sign, "Best Wishes
from the W Club," were sent to him,
and his old team from Lafayette
college sent the following wire:
  "The Lafayette team extends its
wishes for success to Wisconsin team
and its coaches in whom we have
the utmost confidence."
  Badger fans boasted that same
kind of confidence after seeing a re-
juvenated Wisconsin eleven at work.
Now everybody "expects us to win
over two games this year
The Coaches
  Football coaches at Wisconsin do
nothing but work on the grid sport
the year around since Harry Stuhl-
dreher reorganized the entire ath-
letic set-up. And these six coaches,
five of them new to Wisconsin, are
"for the first time in the history of
the school coaching 100 per cent
football," says Art Lentz, athletic
publicity director.
  Head coach is Ivan B. "Ivy" Wil-
liamson, Wisconsin's   20th, who
played football at Michigan during
1930-31-32, rated All-Conference
end, and was captain in his senior
year. During that period, Michigan
won   three   Western   Conference
championships and lost only one
game while winning 24 and tying
two.
  Before coming to Wisconsin, Wil-
liamson was head coach for two sea-
sons at Lafayette college. His 1947
team won six games and lost three,
while, last fall, his charges won
seven games out of nine, bowing
only to Army and Rutgers. Defi-
nitely an offensive-minded coach, his
Lafayette teams led Pennsylvania
colleges in scoring last fall.
  Working with Ivy at Wisconsin
are Line Coach Milt Bruhn, Wil-
liamson's assistant at Lafayette in
1947 and 1948; Backfield Coach Rob-
ert Odell, University of Pennsylva-
nia  All-American  in  1942; End
Coach Paul Shaw who held the same
position at Lafayette the past three
years; Assistant Coach Fred Marsh,
lifelong friend of Ivy and assistant
football coach at Bowling Green uni-
versity; and   old  time   Badger,
George "Muscles" Lanphear, as-
sistant coach who served as fresh-
man coach from 1947 until this year.
  At Michigan, incidentally, Ivy
also earned two basketball letters
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and his football coach at that time,
Harry Kipke, said "Ivan Williamson
is the smartest player I have ever
had or hope to have." When Wil-
liamson was named to the Wisconsin
coaching spot, Kipke, now a business
executive in Detroit, repeated that
original statement and then added
"as a player, Ivy was a standout. In
his senior year when he played un-
der the handicap of a bad knee, he
wasn't stopped and he proved him-
self a great player and competitor."
The Competition
  AS ROUNDY of the Wisconsin
State Journal says:
  "Nobody expects us to win over
two games this year and some say
we will have to go like the devil to
do that so that helps. I think that is
a good thing for Wisconsin. Every-
body looking for nothing they might
get an   awful surprise in some
games."
  But Wisconsin wins over Mar-
quette, Navy, Indiana, and Iowa, ac-
cording to a Minneapolis sports pub-
lishing house which handicaps the
games for bookies. Only Navy is
doubtful, say these dopesters.
  According   to  most predictors,
Michigan   will be the Big    Ten
champs again and Minnesota will go
to the Rose bowl (Michigan and
Northwestern   can't  go   because
they've been there within the past
three years). The Badgers are the
"big puzzle of the Western Confer-
ence," writes Tom Devine of the De-
troit Free Press; "new Coach Ivy
Williamson must basically build his
team around players who couldn't
win for Harry Stuhldreher. Maybe
his version of the split-T will make
a difference."
  Minnesota's Coach Bernie Bier-
man claims modestly that the West-
ern Conference champion will be the
team that "makes the fewest mis-
takes." "There is not enough differ-
ence in the material," he says; "the
team which learns its job best will
win."
  In Look magazine, Grantland Rice
rated Michigan close to Oklahoma
(and Oklahoma will take national
honors, he forecasts). The Gophers
will go to Pasadena, though Ohio
State has an "outside chance" and
Illinois "could surprise." "Ivy Wil-
liamson needs a passer in his Wis-
consin debut," says Rice. "He could
also use some more linemen like his
All-Conference center, Bob Wilson."
  Here's the way each of Wiscon-
sin's competitors look to Detroit's
Tom Devine, a man who has been
following the Big Ten ball for many
years. Hank McCormick of the Wis-
consin State Journal lists them:
  MICHIGAN-Still the big horse,
and the one to beat. Bennie Ooster-
baan goes into the 1949 campaign
with problems, but he appears to
have both the quality and the quan-
tity of talent required to solve them.
  M I N N E S 0 T A-They've been
smelling roses-Pasadena variety-
at Minnesota for the past two sea-
sons. The Gopher schedule calls for
games    on   successive weekends
against Northwestern, Ohio State,
and Michigan which may harvest a
crop of thorns.
  NORTHWESTERN-Bob Voights,
youthful Northwestern coach, virtu-
ally is standing pat on a hand that
was good enough last year to win
him the Rose bowl pot.
  ILLINOIS-The     label "danger-
ous" has been plastered on Coach
Lay Eliot's 1949 Illini. Experts are
not picking Illinois as a title con-
tender, but it figures to be the kind
of an outfit which can make trouble
and pull an upset or two along the
way.   Although   Illinois finished
eighth in the Western Conference
last year it gave the top three teams
-Michigan, Minnesota, and North-
western-rough tussle.s.
  OHIO STATE-This is the team
experts are tabbing as a dark horse,
The   Buckeyes  had   moments   of
greatness last year although dismal
at times. Vic Janowicz, 185-pound
fullback, is the heaviest ballyhooed
newcomer in the league.
  PURDUE,-The flop of '48 may be
the surprise of '49 as Stu Holcomb
plans to make rivals pay for the '48
disappointments.
  INDIANA-Lack of r e s e r v e s
hampered the Hoosiers last year,
and the only improvement this year
appears to be more replacements
than last year. The starting team is
weakened by the loss of its offense,
George Taliaferro.
  IOWA-There are justified groans
of pessimism sweeping through the
tall corn country as the Hawkeyes
appear destined for another second
division finish.
  MICHIGAN     STATE-This new-
comer which turns the Big Nine
again into the Big Ten won't play
football as a member of the confer-
ence until 1952.
The Tickets
  IT LOOKS LIKE only a hair
from a sellout season for the foot-
ball stadium. The Marquette game
Sept. 24 was practically sold out, the
California game of Oct. 8 saw only
a few empty seats, and there's noth-
ing choice left for any of the re-
maining home games.
  Navy, playing at Camp Randall
Oct. 15, will be represented by 7,000
bluejackets in the stands-so that
game will be sold out by starting
time. By now "Q" and "X" are sold
out for Ohio State, Oct. 22, leaving
only parts of field house sections
"Y" and "Z"; and the Iowa Home-
coming game of Nov. 12 has some
seats remaining in sections "Q",
"9X2", "Y, and "Z".
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