It was a week of redemption for college sport, and its administrators were entitled to take a bow.
In New Orleans the National Collegiate Athletic Association, in congress assembled, proved that it meant to enforce its 1952 housecleaning resolutions on the recruiting of college athletes. For varying offenses, the NCAA put six colleges on probation: Mississippi College, Texas A & M and Kansas—one year apiece; Louisville and Florida—two years; Alabama Polytechnic Institute—three years and the threat of permanent expulsion. In most cases it meant no postseason games, no participation in NCAA championships.
Out west the Pacific Coast Conference put the University of Washington on two years' probation because of its downtown slush fund for football players (SI, Feb. 20). That meant no NCAA championships, no Rose Bowl and no share of Rose Bowl receipts.
Joan Flynn Dreyspool, who has written a pair of conversation pieces on Rocky Marciano by now—the latest just last week—has sent SI an informal dispatch beginning: "I know now where Rocky gets his endurance. From his mother."
To this observation Mrs. Dreyspool attaches a condensed diary of two days and a night with Mama Marchegiano.
Monday: 12:45 p.m. Picked Mama up at Belmont-Plaza. She excited over prospect of luncheon at Toots Shor's. "Be home by 5 o'clock," said Papa, still in bed, nursing his gout.
In taxi, Mama said, "You know, Joanie, my husband quiet man. I say, 'If I be quiet too, what about the children?' So all my life I make myself do lotsa things. Sometimes my husband and Rocky get mad at me, but I do things anyway."