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"Sorry, Bill. You know the rules. You can't eat here."
"Are you going to give me the money to eat somewhere else?"
"Are you going to use physical force to eject me?"
"Well, then you'd better just stand aside."
That was the last meal Skinner ate in Bill Gibbs. He was given a meal allowance and has kept his scholarship, but was dropped from the track team. Now he competes for the NYAC, his eligibility based on the fact that he lived in New York while on a construction job for four months in 1967.
Rohe is only seven years older than Skinner and is sympathetic to the problems that face a grown man who is obliged to play games with children. Rohe's father wore a mustache and Rohe himself sported one during his vacation last summer.
"Woodruff would prefer people to believe that all the staff at Tennessee are unanimously behind the decision regarding a clean-shaven appearance," Rohe said recently in his office on the Blacksburg, Va. campus where he sits behind a telephone that is colored VPI maroon and orange. "But if each coach really had his own way there the policy would differ quite a bit from sport to sport. My plan was to put the question to a vote. If the track team agreed unanimously that Skinner should be allowed to compete with his mustache then I would have tried to get him reinstated."
Battle would have opposed such a move and, coming off a 10-1 record and a Sugar Bowl victory, he has a lot of clout.