Another thing to which we were opposed was the way in which the article presented to the readers the idea that physical education courses are "cinch" courses. Such is not the case at all, but the general reader would not know that. You described Bob Pellegrini as "not exactly the scholastic type," and "happily majoring in physical education." In our four-year course at Douglass College we have time for but one elective...but we think that such a course as Courtship and Marriage might be very profitable if we had time to take it.
Why try to emphasize the fact that physical educators are just people who could find no other course that would keep them in college? As future physical educators, we cannot help but want our profession to be regarded with respect. Thousands of your readers immediately get the wrong idea about the whole situation. It seems to us like one great big crime!
R. E. DONOVAN
Douglass College, Rutgers
New Brunswick, N.J.
THE WORLD NEEDS THEM
When I read the excerpt on Bob Pellegrini, I was completely dismayed. Most football fans know and realize that the recruiting of players is necessary, but many of us like to believe that deserving boys who otherwise might not have an opportunity to receive a college education are the recruits. Certainly your highlighting Pellegrini's college courses of Courtship and Marriage says by inference all football stars take easy courses and, therefore, are not capable of competing scholastically as well as athletically. I know from experience that he majority of colleges do not have special courses for these boys. Notre Dame, for an example (your article of Sept. 1954), insists on a high scholastic performance by all team members. I am sure that a majority of colleges follow suit. My personal contact with men like Al Wistert of Michigan, Art Lewis of West Virginia, Bill Feidler of Pennsylvania and many others demonstrates this point. Today's major college football players need mental equipment as well as physical equipment and a desire to win. With world conditions the way they are, our country needs men of character, intelligence and desire—most of our college football players fit these qualifications.
You must have run out of attractions very quickly in your publishing experience to foist a pro football player on your front cover and glorify a situation that makes your story of Ohio State wholly pure amateur by comparison.
Or have you too succumbed to the notion that victory is more important than honor and scholastic achievement?
I have in my mind's eye the picture of the beautiful hulk of a man taking his elective in Courtship and Marriage. It would have been more to his and your credit had you stated that he was majoring in elementary English, arithmetic and spelling.
It has been my dubious privilege to have employed an All-America from Ohio State many years back who wholly lacked the ability to perform the last three subjects.
With the '55 football season almost over, the Atlantic Coast Sports Writers Association recommends the following players for All-America. The players are listed in alphabetical order.
Bob Bartholomew, Wake Forest, tackle.
Bob Pascal, Duke, halfback.
Bob Pellegrini, Maryland, center.
Ed Vereb, Maryland, halfback.
Joel Wells, Clemson, halfback.
Atlantic Coast Sports Writers Assn. Raleigh, N.C.