On Saturday, August 9, in Hershey, Pa., the cream of the crop of Pennsylvania's high school football stars—the Big 33—met the All-Americas from across the nation. These All-Americas were the standout players from the East and West squads of the All-America prep game held earlier in Memphis. It was a hard-fought contest that was thrilling to watch, and after the final whistle had blown, our question was answered. The Pennsylvanians were victorious by the score of 6-0, proving once and for all that the best scholastic football players in the nation are produced in and by Pennsylvania.
?But unfortunately, as we said a year ago, they do not play football for Pennsylvania institutions of higher learning. When freshman football practice was called, only 12 of the impressive Big 33 answered the call at Pennsylvania schools. The only state college to get a good share of local talent is resurgent Pitt with five.—ED.
FOOTBALL: THE FREE RIDE (CONT.)
I thoroughly enjoyed the Don Parker article on Auburn's Red Phillips (A Free Ride for Big Red, SI, Aug. 25). Certainly Auburn was well protected in a highly controversial piece.
For what it is worth, let me compare his career with that of Penn's Frank Riepl, also a member of the class of 1958.
Riepl was a much-sought-after high school player in South River, N.J. He chose Pennsylvania because his brother-in-law, Doug Reichenbach, played tackle there in the '40s. Riepl majored in statistics, finished just about No. 1 in his class and this fall will return to teach statistics and work toward his master's degree.
Although Coach Sebo wanted to hire Riepl as an assistant coach for this season, Rip prefers to get on with his teaching and graduate work.
In his first start as a sophomore Rip ran 108 yards for a TD against Notre Dame on the opening kickoff—something that had never been done before.
In the player insurrection in 1956—ably covered by Joel Sayre (Pigskin at Penn: a Real-life Drama, SI, Jan. 28, '57)—Rip took no part, either pro or con. He liked to play football and wanted to have nothing to do with petty politics.
Like Phillips, Rip married in his junior year, his wife took a job to help support him.
Rip had no fancy summer job "deals." He works in the post office at South River and last summer you folks ran a picture of him carrying the mail (WONDERFUL WORLD, Aug. 19, '57). He is doing it again this summer.