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A story on the front page of the Columbus, Ohio Citizen-Journal last week said that next year only high school students graduating in the upper fourth of their class would be admitted to the central campus at Ohio State for "preferred morning and afternoon classes." All others would have to attend late afternoon and evening classes, roughly between the hours of 4 and 10 p.m.
The new plan is proposed as a means of coping with OSU's rapidly growing enrollment (40,100). If it goes into effect it could virtually knock OSU out of big-time football and basketball. It is just about impossible to recruit teams of good athletes who are all in the first quarter of their high school classes and almost as impossible to run practices when part of a team is going to classes in daytime and another part at night. Nor will the prospect of 4-to-10 classes appeal to athletes under recruiting pressure from other schools.
It has been suggested before that Leo Durocher, who recently signed a three-year contract to manage the long moribund Chicago Cubs (19 straight years in the second division), is a man who lips before he looks. This is certainly true, but it is only Leo's second finest quality. His first is that he can manage, and while managing he brings to baseball color and nonsense and controversy and people who pay. Of the other managers presently in the National League only two seem to possess elements of these same qualities—Gene Mauch of the Philadelphia Phillies and Bobby Bragan of the Atlanta Braves—and they both admit that they studied at the well-shined shoes of Durocher.
On Chicago's North Side, Leo's appointment brought hope and excitement, and the Chicago press responded happily, particularly to Leo's dictum, "We're going to have some fun around here." Of course, not everyone is enchanted by Leo. Buzzy Bavasi, the general manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, was quoted as saying that "the game has passed Leo by." And, "after listening to him second-guess everyone else on television, now we can see how he first-guesses." We suspect that in the back of Bavasi's mind is the fact that ever since the Dodgers moved to Los Angeles, the Cubs have been one of their worst drawing attractions. Now, with Leo handling them, the Cubs should bring more people to Dodger Stadium and more money to the box office, especially if Bavasi can get a nice loudmouth feud going with Leo by Opening Day.