Slippery Rock is a small Pennsylvania college with a funny name. At least it's funny to public-address announcers at big football schools who are fond of slipping the Slippery Rock score in there among the Notre Dame, Alabama and Texas scores. Now one of those big schools, Michigan, is carrying the joke further—270 miles, to be exact. That's the distance Slippery Rock and Shippensburg State, another Pennsylvania school, will travel next Sept. 29 to play in Michigan's 101,701-seat stadium.
The game is the brainchild of Michigan's hustling athletic director, Don Canham. Michigan's own team has been filling the stadium with such ease in recent years that last year Canham scrapped "Band Day," as one home game had traditionally been designated. Why let, say, 15,000 high school bandsmen get in free, Canham reasoned, when those seats could be sold? But some people missed the spectacle of all those massed bandsmen. Enter Slippery Rock and Shippensburg, whose game will highlight a new Band Day with, ah, yes, a separate admission. On that day, Sept. 29, Michigan will be playing California at Berkeley. Canham figures the extravaganza will draw as many as 30,000 bandsmen, their friends and relatives and Michigan students—a turnout of at least 60,000 all told. Tickets for non-bandsmen will be $4 and $5.
Bob Raymond, Slippery Rock's athletic director, calls the game "great exposure" for his school, which will be the host team. Regrettably, the Michigan-Cal game will be played too late in the day for its score to be announced before the big throng in Ann Arbor.