U.S. Olympic track and field tryouts will be held next June—months ahead of the Melbourne Olympics—despite well-grounded arguments for holding them later in the summer (as the Russians will do). Reasons: the impossibility of shifting the standard U.S. spring track program to the fall or to tie up collegiate athletes and others in what would amount to almost a full year of continuous meets.
All-America pickers—most of whom overlooked him—were mildly embarrassed when the little-publicized Gary Glick, defensive backfield star of Colorado A&M, became the No. 1 choice of the pros in the National Football League draft. One reason the Pittsburgh Steelers passed up Ohio State's Hop-along Cassady (later picked in the first round by the Detroit Lions) and Michigan State's Earl Morrall (picked by the San Francisco 49ers) was Glick's service status: at 25, he has already put in his military service—four years in the Navy.
Rex Ellsworth, owner of Swaps, once more showed his faith in foreign bloodlines (the foundation of Ellsworth's great success as a breeder was his purchase of the Irish stallion Khaled) by becoming the big purchaser at England's Newmarket horse sales. Ellsworth spent some $240,000, most of it for brood mares to be shipped to his California stable.
The Department of Justice's monopoly case against the International Boxing Club ( James D. Norris, president), is now ready for court trial in New York about mid-January. Prospects: arguments and counterarguments lasting three to six weeks.
College basketball got underway (see page 22) with a heavy Saturday schedule and did nothing to change the opinion of preseason experts: the teams to beat were still San Francisco, Kentucky, Utah, Iowa, Dayton, George Washington, North Carolina State and Holy Cross.