COMMANDER JOHN S. MERRIMAN
U.S. Coast Guard Academy; President New England AC
The national debt. We are a government institution. The national debt is so enormous that we don't get enough money for our athletic program. We have only two full-time coaches, one for football and the other for rowing. All our coaches in the other sports are volunteers.
Scheduling athletic contests. Iona is only 15 years old. Even so, we have outgrown our small school beginning. Now we're too big for most of the colleges we played 10 years ago. It's like Notre Dame playing us. Also, the bigger colleges with athletic reputations don't want to risk losing to Iona College.
ERNEST B. McCOY
The budget. It must carry 13 sports. Football brings in the big revenue. Scheduling is a problem, for we can't have the "gate" alone in mind. Schedules are made three years in advance. The games are sound when scheduled, but they may not be good for the "gate" when played three years later.
GENERAL P. L. SADLER
Lehigh University President, ECAC
Arranging satisfactory schedules for all sports, and particularly football, to satisfy our students and the alumni. We can't please everybody. Although we do our best, we hear in no uncertain terms from those who don't like our schedules. When we don't have a fair season, the headaches are bigger.
Rain. The fact that I consider this my biggest headache shows that mine is a good job. That's all I have to worry about. Those who think my job is rough and hazardous are wrong. It's a happy job I enjoy tremendously. We lost two football games on a dry field and won when it was wet.
JEREMIAH FORD II
University of Pennsylvania
You'd think my biggest headache would be not having won a football game in two years. Actually, everyone has been wonderful, a sign of maturity among our students and alumni. How can I have a headache when we had last year's world championship crew here at Penn?
Finance. If we have a poor season in sports, we absorb monies that ordinarily go to academic purposes. Since education is the prime factor in college life, I don't like to put a strain on the overall budget. I know that this is a prime concern of all the athletic directors in our conference.
ADMIRAL TOM HAMILTON
University of Pittsburgh
Dealing with the joker who thinks he is such an influential individual. He generally shows up after an absence of two or three years and thinks you should have seats for him and his party on the 50-yard line. Sometimes he is an influential individual. Then it's a real headache.
JOHN B. CURLEY
The allocation of tickets for our top football games. It's impossible to satisfy everyone. There are only so many seats between the end zones. Sometimes the greatest benefactors of the college are the last to apply for tickets to the big game. You always offend some fine persons.
J. SHOBER BARR
Franklin and Marshall Vice-President at Large, ECAC
Not only for Franklin and Marshall, but for all small colleges, the biggest headache is trying to maintain the present sports program, in 10 sports, in the face of reduced gate receipts. Sports fans in increasing numbers are going to the bigger games or watching them on TV.