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Soldiers Field resembled a scene from a Hollywood extravaganza yesterday afternoon, as the Varsity football team concluded formal preliminaries for the Yale game to the musical accompaniment of the University band, which serenaded the squad for almost half an hour before the Crimson regulars returned to their Dillon Field House dressing room.
Coach Dick Harlow spent his final full afternoon of practice in much the same fashion as Wednesday afternoon, avoiding contact work and emphasizing every aspect of the Varsity system.
Elis Work Out Today
The Elis, whose Boston headquarters will be the Hotel Lennox, are due to work out at the Stadium in a secret drill at 1 o'clock today, and the Crimson will follow them into the scene of Saturday's battle for a final brief workout at 3:30 o'clock. After the rally at Dillon, the squad will have its traditional pre-Yale dinner and entertainment at a nearby country club, and return to Cambridge later in the evening.
No changes were made yesterday in the Varsity starting lineup, with Bob Cowen still installed as "A" team fullback. Vince Moravec, whose starting status remains in doubt, was again alternating with Tom Tennant on the second team.
The Varsity's aerial drill was more encouraging than any of the past several days, as Chip Gannon, Pete Petrillo and Leo Flynn completed about sixty percent of their passes.
When the Crimson moved from its enclosed practice field to finish the afternoon's workout under the Stadium lights, the musical festivities got under way. The band had been practicing its formations for the halftime ceremonies on Saturday, and devoted its attention to the squad thereafter.
Red flares were lighted outside the field house, and the band continued its serenade until Coach Dick Harlow, last man to leave the field, entered Dillon.
But that wasn't all. Inside the field house, trainer Eddie Farrell, a Harvard institution himself and the team's most ardent supporter, installed a record-player in a corridor, and College songs invaded the dressing room and showers. Yale game cometh.
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