Sport: Wisconsin Dismissals

The ugly contest between Clarence Wiley ("Doc") Spears and Walter Ernest ("Little Doctor") Meanwell for the athletic directorship of the University of Wisconsin started in 1932. That autumn Wisconsin's board of regents forced the athletic council to bring Spears on from Oregon to be head football coach. He accepted the job at a lower wage than he was getting at Oregon because alumni groups had promised him the athletic directorship within two years. In 1934 President Glenn Frank, apparently worried over Spears' reputation as an advocate of "bigtime" football, used his deciding vote...

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