Charlie, as a freshman, achieved two Bs and two Cs, a respectable showing.
As a sophomore, he has a course called Social Relations 105, which is a comparison of American and Russian economic and social systems, other courses in medieval history and American colonial history (history is his major), and a fourth course called Fine Arts 13.
"I know this sounds like basket-weaving," he says. "Something a football player would take. But it isn't. I really know nothing about art, and this is an introduction for me. It's fascinating."
His greatest discovery was reading War and Peace for the first time in a humanities course that has a gigantic reading list, beginning with Homer, ending with Joyce.
"I just got the feel of it," Charlie says of War and Peace. "I'm not an intellectual, but I understood what it meant even though I wasn't familiar with the time and the place of it—but I got the feel of it."
What does he want to do when he gets out of Harvard?
"Go back home. I want to go to law school in the South, and then, after that, practice in Charleston."
What does he seek through his college years? "Common sense. I don't want to be a man who has so much knowledge he doesn't know what to think. I want to be a good practical lawyer. I don't want to be the kind of man who coasts along. I want to be out there in front using my head, not with a lot of pretense, but just saying my piece and having it make sense." He paused for a moment. "I want a good woman, and I want to be able to sit in the foothills of South Carolina, having a drink of iced tea on the porch, watching the sun set."
Charlie has a younger brother, Hal, 18, at Clemson. Hal doesn't play football. He did, but a high school injury ended any career he might have had. "We're exactly the same size," said Charlie, "5 feet 8½ inches, 149 pounds. We exchange clothes all the time. Between the two of us we manage to look as though we have a much larger wardrobe."
What does he think of Ivy League football? "The crowds are enthusiastic and they like to see us play as much as we like to play. The competition is on all the time. Ivy League football is good enough for me."