It was caught by Kathy Owsley, freshman coed, and she has since returned the hat to Jordan so he can wear it New Year's Eve, when Auburn meets Houston in the Bluebonnet Bowl at the Astrodome. But that was not the only hat Jordan received. Auburn's athletic office was swamped with hats of all sizes, and the coach's secretary, Mrs. Emily Foster, was deluged with offers of hats by telephone, telegraph and mail.
Most of them wanted to know what Jordan's head size might be. Mrs. Foster had a ready answer for all comers.
"Same as before the game," she told them, "7?."
OLD LAW, NEW TURN
For many years the National Collegiate Athletic Association has had on its books a rule that states: "A student-athlete may participate as an individual or as a member of a team against professional athletes, but he may not participate on a team known to him, or which reasonably should have been known to him, to be a professional team."
Originally it was intended to prevent college men from playing on the same team with professionals in baseball games. But that problem has been pretty much erased over the years, and the rule has not been very rigorously enforced because there have not been many abuses.
Now the NCAA has been doing some thinking about golf and tennis, especially the former, since the distinction between tennis pros and amateurs has been virtually wiped out.
What enforcement of the rule, which becomes newly effective Dec. 10, will do to pro-am golf is a caution. Harry M. Cross, NCAA president, holds that it is inconsistent with the basic amateur policy of the association for the golf coach of a member college to invite one of his outstanding players to compete with him in a pro-am tournament in which the coach may get paid but the athlete cannot.
"The college athlete." he said, "may compete with the professional golfer or tennis player in any competition provided no member of the team is paid or is competing for money or comparable merchandise."
It will be perfectly legal, then, for two college golfers or tennis players to compete together against two professionals, even if the pros are competing for money. But a college amateur and a pro cannot play on the same side if the pro is competing for money or merchandise, even if the college man isn't. As another example, it would be all right for a college team to play an exhibition against the Harlem Globetrotters but, if the Trotters borrowed a member of the college team for that game, the player would be banned from NCAA-sponsored events. Even worse, if one Trotter played on the college side, all college team members would be barred.