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Faced with an untenable situation—a too-tough schedule and a dwindling supply of players under its no-scholarship policy—BOSTON UNIVERSITY fired Coach Steve Sinko and brought in former Rutgers Assistant Warren Schmakel. He spent a busy spring searching for new faces. Schmakel found two. Dave LaRoche, a sophomore quarterback, will run his double wing T, and Dick Stawitzky, a lean rookie, will back up the line. In fact, things may be improving in general for the Terriers. Sixty players were still around at the end of spring practice.
Bucknell And Temple think they have a chance to catch Delaware in the Middle Atlantic Conference. The departure of Don Rodgers, the league's leading passer, did not, as one might suppose, strand Bucknell. Coach Bob Odell will just run his Bisons more. But the pass has not been discarded entirely. Tom Mitchell, the end who catches like a big-leaguer (43 last year), is back and Bill Lerro, the new quarterback, will look for him when Bucknell gets into trouble, which should not be too often. Temple, after its first winning season in 12 years, has the look of a contender. Not many teams will run through End Steve Speers and the other seasoned Owls up front, and Coach George Makris can balance his pro-style offense rather neatly with the running of Halfback Fred Fuchs and the passing of Quarterback Joe Petro.
The other MAC teams are much less imposing, LAFAYETTE and LEHIGH, who muddled through 1-8 seasons in 1963, cannot do much worse and may improve. Lafayette Quarterback George Hossenlopp is an accomplished passer, but the Leopards' running game is still too spotty for comfort. Lehigh's defense is stronger, and Coach Mike Cooley, who has gone to a Lonely End attack, hopes that Quarterback Les Kish and Mike Noel, switched from fullback to halfback, can get the Engineers back in the open.
Gettysburg, which last year threw almost as often as it ran, expects to be similarly inclined this season again with Quarterback Jim Ward alternating his passes between fast Flankers Dale Boyd and Ken Snyder, HOFSTRA, in the university set for the first time, could not have picked a worse year. The Flying Dutchmen lost just about everybody.
If any team is to wrest the Yankee Conference title from Massachusetts, it will be MAINE. To do so, the Black Bears have to upset the champions this Saturday. Coach Hal Westerman is hopeful, largely because his defense is solid with Ernie Smith, a huge (6 feet 4, 245 pounds) tackle, and he has the backs to launch a strong wing T. What the Bears lack is depth. After the first 11, they are a scrawny outfit.
Connecticut, rebuilding under former Navy Aide Rick Forzano, who has installed Wayne Hardin's zippy offense with its wide flankers and split ends, has problems. The Uconn backs are far from overpowering, and the line, except for Richie Kupec, a foraging linebacker, has more enthusiasm than ability. VERMONT, a pleasant surprise last year, can mass a stubborn middle with Guards George Oelze and Ron Hertel and Center Rusty Brink, but Coach Bob Clifford's backs are average to a fault. Although RHODE ISLAND has 19 lettermen, including All- New England Tackle Joe Buesing and eight halfbacks, Coach Jack Zilly will go with some newcomers. Exciting sophomore John Thompson and junior Bill Bryant will start at halfback. NEW HAMPSHIRE Coach Chief Boston is plain unhappy. He lost all his backs and he badly needs a defense—to hold down the score.
In the Little Three, WESLEYAN and WILLIAMS pick AMHERST to win its third straight title. That is natural, but Amherst Coach Jim Ostendarp, who has only Quarterback Wayne Kniffin and two linemen back from the first unit of last year's 7-1 team, warns "this will be a year to test the loyalties of students and alumni." Williams lost 21 players and has to rebuild everywhere. Wesleyan, however, is so jammed with lettermen (21) and able sophomores that Coach Norm Daniels, after 19 years, took a sabbatical and turned the team over to Line Coach Don Russell. The line is crowded with experienced operators and there are three good quarterbacks—seniors Mark Creed and Fred Nachman and junior Jeff Hopkins. It looks like Wesleyan's year.