Valpey, No Egg Fancier, Had Big Role in Michigan Success
ANN ARBOR, Mich., Feb., 24--"I'll take mine scrambled" was Art Valpey's reply tonight to the suggestion that he would take over Dick Harlow's post as Curator of Oology when he arrives in Cambridge.
Denying any knowledge of either eggs or ferns, Valpey said that his only hobby outside of football was trout fishing. "And I don't think Harvard is looking for a Curator of Trout," Valpey said. "Besides, I honestly feel that football coaching is a year-round job," the Crimson's new head mentor added.
Valpey's innate modesty makes it necessary to go elsewhere for information on his role in Michigan's 1947 undefeated season--and especially the Maize and Blue's 49 to 0 Rose Bowl victory over Southern California.
Automatic Jim Brieske, who executed seven perfect points after touchdown in that game, claimed today that Valpey had no small part in the West Coast invasion. "Valpey had Southern Cal so well scouted that we just had to wait for them to run into us," Brieske said.
"Only one time--just before the end of the first half--the Trojans broke out a new series of plays, and they almost made a touchdown too," Brieske pointed out. "It was the only time in the whole game that they showed us anything on the field which Valpey hadn't shown us previously on the black-board," Brieske added.
Michigan's assistant line coach--at present, anyway--Butch Jordan, claimed that Valpey, along with backfield coach Remio Oosterbann, was responsible for many of the Maize and Blue's most intricate offensive manonvers last fall