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THLETIC DIRECTOR BENNIE ' S After leading Michigan to a smashing victory in the 1948 Rose Bowl, and being acclaimed as the Coach of the Year, Fritz Crisler retired from the head coaching job to turn all his attention to the task of athletic administration here at the University. In his position as Director of Athletics, the distin- guished Crisler has his hand on the very pulse of Michigan sports. He is supreme commander at the State Street Athletic Administration Office, and it is his full responsibility to coordinate the function- ings of the whole coaching staff with those of the publicity office and the ticket sales staff. His keen business sense and his executive ability have earned him a national reputation for efficiency, and have won for him a great feeling of respect in Western Conference circles. One of Crisler ' s biggest projects at the present time is the complete overhauling of the Wolverine athletic plant. He is planning a new club house on the golf course, a new hockey arena to replace the ancient coliseum, and a modern fieldhouse to ac- commodate the ever increasing student body. The expansion program is already underway, with an addition to the stadium scheduled to be erected before next football season. The new seats will increase the capacity of the huge bowl to 97,000, and will place it in the ranks of the largest stadia STAFF The staff that built a National Champion! Ooster- baan, of course, was the head man, and Jack Blott handled the line. George Ceithaml, as backfield coach, was the man behind the famous Michigan single-wing attack, while Bill Orwig tutored the ends. Cliff Keen handled the 150 pounders, Ernie McCoy was chief scout, and the inimitable and articulate Wally Weber had charge of the freshmen. Don Rob- inson coached the JV squad, but it took the whole staff, working as a unit, to turn out one of the finest grid machines of all time. P Bennie Oosterbaan, Jack Blott, George Ceithaml, Bill Orwig, Cliff Keen, Ernie McCoy, Wally Weber, Don Robinson
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THE NATION ' S TOP TEAM 12 , First Row: Pete Elliott, Gene Derricotte, Fritz Critler (Athletic Director), Captain Dom Tomasi, Bennie Ootterbaan (Head Coach), Al Wistert, Stu Wilkins, Joe Soboleski. Second Row: Lloyd Heneveld, Dan Dworsky, Ralph Kohl, Dick Rifenburg, Quent Sickels, Donn Hershberger, Ed McNeil). Third Row: Bob Erben, Wally Teninga, Jim Atchison, Bob Holloway, Al Wahl, Ozzie Clark, Ed Wisniewski, Tom Peterson. Fourth Row: Bill Mickey (Manager), John Ghindia, Bill Bartlett, Leo Koceski, Bob Van Summern, Dick Kempthorn, Bill Ohlenroth, Al Jackson. Fifth Row: Maynard Newton, Dale Straffon, Don McClellend, Chuck Ortmann, Harry Allis, Dick Farrer. and still champions The Wolverines of 1948 Kings of the Big Nine and Rulers of the Collegiate Football World for the second consecutive season. This Maize and Blue juggernaut, which brought Michigan its 16th Western Conference championship, rolled over nine of the finest teams in the nation to take its place in the ranks of the great football units of all time. Prevented from returning to the Rose Bowl, which the 1947 Big Blue Team had left in shambles, this year ' s squad proved its right to the title by proxy when they defeated Northwestern ' s Pasadena champions by four touchdowns during the regu- lar season. Also numbered among the Wolverine ' s victims was Oregon, co-champions of the Pacific Coast Conference and Cotton Bowl representatives. Compiling one of the most impressive defensive records in the nation, and running up anywhere from two to eight touchdowns every Saturday afternoon, the men of Oosterbaan took over the lead in the Associated Press National Poll during the third week of the season, relinquished the position only once, and wound up the campaign without so much as a valid challenge to their right to the throne room of football.
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BENNIE THE NATIONS TOP COACH ALL AMERICAN 1924 1925 1926 1948 To Bennie Oosterbaan, a three time All-American end at Michigan, went the tremendous job of filling the place vacated by Fritz Crisler. For Oosterbaan it marked the culmination of twenty-two years of service in the Michigan athletic set-up, and the attain- ment of a goal which was set way back in 1924-25-26 when he was wearing the Maize and Blue for the great Fielding Yost. No one expected miracles from Bennie during the 1948 season. The fabulous 1947 backfield of Verges, Chappuis, Elliott, and Weisenburger was gone. Bob Mann and Len Ford had graduated. The Wolverine had lost its growl. But Oosterbaan, who as backfield mentor, had master-minded many of the complex reverses and buck-laterals so effec- tively used by the Rose Bowl champs of ' 47, took two reserve backs and two sophomores and whipped them into the smoothest functioning single-wing backfield in the nation. He replaced Mann with the happy-go-lucky Rifenburg, and made him into an All-American, and with the help of Jack Blott, he molded the greatest defensive line in the land. And when he took his ball club onto the field at Lafayette, after brushing off the rough spots in two early non-conference games, every Michigan fan in the stadium realized that Bennie had performed a miracle. It wasn ' t to be just another team at Ann Arbor in 1948 we had another National Champion. So when the New York World Telegram named Bennie Oosterbaan the nation ' s top coach, to bring the honor to Michigan for the second straight year it came as no surprise to Wolverine followers. A number one football player and a number one guy it was only natural that Bennie should be a number one coach. 99
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