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May 03, 1965
MUMBO-JUMBO IN THE GUMBO
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May 03, 1965

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MUMBO-JUMBO IN THE GUMBO

After days of unpublished rumors about a gambling scandal, Loyola University of New Orleans revealed on April 14 that it had placed three basketball players on "disciplinary probation," dropped them from the squad and canceled their athletic scholarships. On orders from Loyola's president, the Very Rev. Andrew C. Smith, Bill Gardiner, basketball coach and athletic director, refused to give the reasons for dismissal. Father Smith would not discuss the subject. The three players were told to keep quiet.

In this silence, questions were inevitably raised. Had the boys accepted bribes? Bet against their own team? Or missed practices? Nothing but innuendo bubbled to the top of a pot of secrecy as thick as gumbo creole.

The mother of one player confirmed last week at least part of what has been whispered about. The players had been betting on basketball, she conceded, but never on Loyola games. "It's so unfair," she said. "They bet among themselves. These boys have never broken the NCAA rules." (The NCAA recommendation regarding gambling and bribery says, in part: "Institutional regulations should provide that a student shall be expelled if he becomes an agent of the gambling industry through the process of distributing handicap information or handling bets.")

If Loyola is trying to hush up the matter to protect the players, it is being absurdly naive in a day when suspicions of college basketball are hard to squelch. If it is trying to protect the reputation of the school at the expense of the players, silence is reprehensible. And if the players' offenses are more serious than even their parents have been told, the university is still more obligated to divulge what universities supposedly seek—the truth.

SCORCHED-SEA POLICY

There is growing concern on the Pacific Coast, among both sport and commercial fishermen, about the depredations of Japanese fishing trawlers outside the three-mile limit. But only in Alaska has it reached the stage of hysteria. In the 49th state Governor William Egan is threatening to dam the sockeye salmon-producing rivers that discharge into Bristol Bay.

Egan's plan is to build a series of low dams at the mouths of Bristol Bay's spawning rivers early next year. This, he pointed out, would prevent the salmon from going out to sea and into the nets of the Japanese. "I have been assured that this is feasible and would create a vast inland fishery," he said.

What it would create, in fact, is a vast fishery of stunted fish. Deprived of saltwater pasturage, the sockeyes deteriorate immediately. In one generation they become "kokanee," dwarfed images of their old selves. Averaging under 10 inches, they are totally unsuitable for cannery operations and of no use to sportsmen. We suggest that Governor Egan learn a bit more about his state's prime resource, which within Alaska is second in income only to federal expenditures for national defense.

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