One tailor remembers a team member commenting that he liked his outfit so much he was going to get married in it after the Games.
SAVONAROLA AT PENN STATE
Penn State football teams have compiled some impressive statistics over the past few seasons, but the one of which Coach Joe Paterno is proudest is that all 19 seniors on his 1970 Orange Bowl team graduated within one term of completing their athletic eligibility. Paterno holds that "An athlete who does not graduate is grossly underpaid as an entertainer. One who graduates is overpaid." Too often, he feels, a college abandons its responsibility to an athlete when he completes his athletic eligibility. Paterno proposes that the National Collegiate Athletic Association can do something about this by depriving a school of one grant-in-aid for each athlete who (excluding military service) does not graduate within one term after the end of the academic year in which he completes his eligibility. The penalty would be for one year and, in the case of football, would begin with the next recruited freshman class.
Penn State and the rest of the Eastern Big Four ( Syracuse, Pittsburgh and West Virginia) have agreed to a limit of 100 football scholarships now, but Paterno would like to see the number reduced to 95. He has another interesting suggestion. For each incoming student-athlete whose scholarship prediction is 3.0 or better, the school would be eligible for one noncounting grant, with a limit of three for each incoming class. Thus, a school would be rewarded for recruiting intelligent athletes.
Two other standards which Paterno would like to sec adopted—and which already prevail at Penn State—are a normal-progress rule and a 2.0 grade-point requirement. The normal-progress rule means that an athlete may never be more than 10 credits behind his entering class during any school year. It is a way of making sure the athlete does not fall so far behind that it would be useless for him to stay in school after completing his eligibility. The national grade-point requirement is 1.6.
Paterno's chance of gaining support for most of his proposals is a good fourth-and-27 shot. But at least Paterno is one coach ready to gamble instead of punting.
The Florida crawfish is a poor relation of the Maine lobster, but there are those who love it. The annual opening of the crawfish season in Florida waters may be compared to the start of a land rush in the old West. Thousands turn out equipped with legal devices—their bare hands, nets or traps, the last requiring a $50 license—and illegal types, such as spears and gigs. Marine-patrol officers made more than 100 arrests on last week's opening day.
But the season got off to an inauspicious start. Instead of the 100,000 to 200,000 pounds of crawfish tails brought in by the commercial fleet on previous opening days, less than 20,000 pounds were delivered to market. A scarcity of legal-sized crustaceans prevails.
That may have sparked the voracity of poachers. Off Big Pine Key, marine-patrol officers found two men following a boat whose occupants were observing the law. The law-abiding chaps were discarding undersized crawfish, and those following them were picking up the babies, just about the size of shrimp. Skin divers accused a crawfish-trap owner of trying to run them down with his boat. He suspected them of stealing from his traps. Another trap owner threatened to shoot a diver he caught stealing.