A LITTLE EMPHASIS
Next week faculty representatives of Big Ten schools will meet in Chicago, and keenly in the academic mind will be the knowledge that against nonconference schools this season the Big Ten had a little record, 12 wins and 17 losses. There is no feeling among the faculties that the Big Ten's move away from a football-factory approach to the game has been wrong, and no change in the present attitude can be expected. However, two matters are likely to come up for consideration that would not normally have been discussed at this regular winter meeting:
1) Whether or not the present limit of football recruits, which is 30 per year, should be raised. Big Ten coaches say they are suffering because they make offers to 30 boys but never get 30 acceptances, and they cannot fill the holes at the last minute with top-quality prospects. The suggested change is small. Let a team ask as many as 35 players one year and then should 34, for example, happen to accept, it could send out tenders to only 26 the next year.
2) A slight relaxation in recruiting procedures, which are very strict compared to many other conferences. As of now a Big Ten coach can make only one trip to a prospect's home, cannot meet him at a restaurant and buy him and his family a meal and cannot even talk to him at an event in which the prospect is competing. The change being considered would permit the coach to make two off-campus contacts with his prospects instead of one.
Approval of any such suggestions is far from assured. The faculty representatives move carefully and slowly—about as slowly as some Big Ten football teams did this year, come to think of it.