Because of classroom conflicts, Coach Kenney never has his full squad together at any one practice. "I have my forwards three nights a week," he says cheerfully, "and my fullbacks the rest of the time. The entire team got together for the first time in the Michigan game." Despite these disadvantages, the team jelled quickly and for a good reason: all but four of the players are foreign-born and grew up with the booting game.
Their remaining games (against Michigan and Purdue) will be played away from home, and so the Spartan booters will not be in direct competition with the crowds of 58,000 that regularly fill Macklin Field Stadium for the football games. But next year, the new Michigan State team might well adopt an old Ivy League device for drawing soccer crowds: play the game just before a football game, preferably right outside the football stadium. People from the parking lots can't help but stop for a look—and if they look long enough they're pretty sure to like soccer.
EYE ON THE BALL
Wayne Mantooth, head football coach of the Muleshoe ( Texas) Mules, lay on a hospital stretcher in Lubbock last Friday waiting to be wheeled into surgery. Most of his stomach was to be removed because of ulcers, and Mr. Mantooth understandably looked worried. Someone offered a word of preoperative encouragement. "Oh, it isn't the operation," said Mantooth, summing up the problems of all coaches everywhere. "I'm worried about tonight's game."
The runner slackens up his pace
Although the pressure mounts;
He's just recalled a doubtful place
In his expense accounts!
—IRWIN L. STEIN