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There is something wonderfully old fashioned in college soccer's All-America selections. It is as though the '20s were back and stout men from Washington & Jefferson and Lafayette and Centre were taking their places on Walter Camp's football All-America alongside the Harvards and Yales and Princetons and, occasionally, a lone Ohio Stater.
The most acclaimed player of the year, Farrukh Quraishi, played his midfield for Oneonta State in New York. Michael Ian Bain and Bruce Hudson, close behind, were from Howard and St. Louis. The team included stars from Wooster of Ohio, Loyola of Baltimore, the University of Missouri at St. Louis, Southern Illinois Edwardsville and Keene ( N.H.) State. Not that better-known schools were left out. There were two selections from the University of Connecticut, an Air Force midfielder, even a goalie from Cornell and a striker from UCLA.
Those who play the game in this country hope passionately for the day when their All-America will rank in importance with the many manufactured for college football. But should such popularity come, there is no doubt which schools would dominate the selections. The Bridgeports, Hartwicks and Cortland States would live only as fond memories.
HIGH OLD CAMP
Walter Camp did more than review the football season and choose All-America teams. He was a physical education buff who swore by exercise. His Daily Dozen, a phrase that lives on in the American idiom, had a profound effect on a generation brought up in the ample shadows of trenchermen like President William Howard Taft and Diamond Jim Brady. In fact, just this New Year's one of Camp's disciples was named a knight on Queen Elizabeth's list of honors. He is P. G. Wodehouse, the British-born humorist who gave the world that proper butler Jeeves and that proper ass Gussie Fink-Nottle and who, at 93, is still turning out at least a novel a year. As he has done every morning since 1919 when they first appeared in American magazine, Wodehouse began the day of the announcement with all 12 Camp exercises.
There is nothing in Camp's background to suggest a strong orientation to the East, but his routine is remarkably similar to the tai-chi phase of wu shu, the Chinese discipline that emphasizes deep breathing and slow, undemanding repetition rather than the vigorous leaping about seen often today. In Camp's first exercise, for example, one merely stands erect, hands at side and feet at a 60-degree angle. By the second exercise he has advanced to placing his hands on his hips. The most strenuous is No. 9, the crouch, done slowly five times.
Wodehouse admits to weakness in his legs and relies on a cane when he walks. He had a bad fall some time ago and broke a table but reported proudly that he did not seem to have done much harm to himself. As Fink-Nottle would say, "What ho!"
During last spring's protracted negotiations that brought the National and American basketball associations close to merger, the ABA proposed a solution to that bugbear of all professional sports, the reserve clause, that merits more serious study than it received at the time. It may well turn out to be the prototype for future player-management agreements.
The reserve clause binds a player to one team until he is traded or sold, when he is bound by contract again. In its place the ABA suggested what it called the "first right of refusal." The provision would allow any team to negotiate with a player from another team, but the club that owned the services of the player—through draft or otherwise—would have the right to make a counter offer. According to Mike Storen, ABA commissioner at the time of the merger talks, the idea was to retain a measure of control over the movement of players while giving them bargaining power to improve their position. "Under the system," he says, "players would reach their true value instead of the value they negotiated when they came out of college. The better players who deserve more would get more, and the journeymen who weren't worth as much probably would earn less."