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HERMAN HICKMAN SAYS: First, a few words about the complicated situation in the far-flung Missouri Valley Conference. Bradley does not compete for the championship in football. Drake, which has been out of the conference since the famed Johnny Bright injury incident, has rejoined the ranks but has decided not to compete for the championship until its football program has been built up. Oklahoma A&M, recently renamed Oklahoma State University, has withdrawn officially from the MVC to become a member of the Big Seven—making it the Big Eight—but not in football until 1960, when schedule commitments are straightened out. Although neither fish nor fowl and ineligible for the title, Oklahoma State's games will be counted by the Missouri Valley Conference members for the championship. Two new members have been admitted in Cincinnati and North Texas State College. If this sounds a little complicated, it is.
Despite the loss of key personnel and their coach, Bill Meek, who switched to SMU, things are not too dark at Houston. Meek has been replaced by Hal Lahar, who did such an outstanding job at Colgate. So with a fine backlog of "red shirts" and a number of excellent sophomores on hand, the Cougars should be regarded as the favorites to repeat for the crown.
COLORS: Red and black
THE DOPE: The Bearcats, on the strength of seven returning regulars, good all-round team speed and a steady band of sophomores, may well spring an upset or two around the conference. Coach George Blackburn is genuinely excited after two losing seasons. His attack, which began to roll late last year, is built around Quarterback Joe Morrison. Morrison had his hand in 11 touchdowns as a sophomore last season. He throws well, runs well and is especially harmful on the punt return. The halfbacks are chancy. The best is Barry Maroney, a savage blocker and good pass receiver but only a middling runner. The fullbacking is securely anchored by Bob Del Rosa and Walt Gordon, the top rushers a season ago. The line is fast and extremely deep at tackle and guard. All in all, if Blackburn can get all he expects from Morrison and the sophomores, Cincinnati is at the edge of a golden era of football.
1957 SCHEDULE (1956 score):
SEPT. 21 Dayton, N (13-19)
COLORS: Scarlet and white
THE DOPE: The Cougars, now under the tutelage of Coach Hal Lahar, appear headed for their second straight conference title. But don't bet on a runaway. The team was crippled by the graduation of Quarterback Don Flynn, Fullback Donnie Caraway and Tackle Dalva Allen. Backfield woes are lightened by big Hal Lewis, who runs the 100 in 9.7. At fullback is the capable journeyman, Owen Mulholland. But at quarterback, Lahar must go with Sammy Blount, who is cool enough, runs well but is weak on passing. The line is strong in the middle but weakened by graduation at the ends and tackles. The end problem would be eased greatly if converted Guard Joe Glass, a sophomore, works out and if Charlie Mallia's recurrently injured knee has been mended by surgery. The over-all instability of the line and the lack of backfield depth and experience will keep Houston from a banner year.