Coach Dick Harlow, just returned from burning under the Texas sun with some friends on the Southern Methodist and Texas Christian coaching staffs, is all set for spring football practice which begins for the Freshmen tomorrow and for the Varsity a week later, on March 24.
Some of the team are already taking conditioning exercises in the Indoor Athletic Building and are going over movies of this year's games with the assistant coaches several times a week.
Too Soon to Comment
Harlow, who feels it is too soon to comment on 1939 gridiron potentialities, said, "I have never been one to be optimistic or pessimistic. We are losing some awfully grand kids in this year's Senior class, and it will be a hardship to replace them."
He hopes to be able to whip the few remaining players in last fall's first eleven and some of the Jayvees into good shape this spring. "If I get a good chance to work with the boys, anything might happen. Teams are made, you know, not born."
"The main thing that I must do this spring is to get the boys oriented into their positions. A lot of them will find themselves in entirely new places next fall." He plans to switch Torby Macdonald from wing to halfback. He definitely will not play Bill Coleman, of this year's second string, at guard, but will place him at center. Ernie Sargent will probably play blocking back instead of guard.
No important changes are expected for next fall's coaching staff, though some of the assistants who graduate from Law School this spring will have to be replaced Harlow said.
"I know that the morale of next year's team will be fine and I expect Tordy Macdonald to make an excellent captain," he concluded.