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GROVES OF ACADEME
Critics of college football also complain that too many players fail to complete their education. For example, according to a survey of last season's professional teams by Richard Coleman of Los Angeles, only 30 of 135 Big Eight players in professional football had received degrees ( Colorado and Oklahoma State were the worst Big Eight schools in this respect; only three of the 34 pro players from those two institutions of higher learning had graduated). And no major conference could claim that even half its players now in pro ball had completed their college studies.
But there were exceptions. The University of California had 12 players in pro football, and 10 of them had graduated. Boston College had nine graduates among its 11 pros. Standing alone at the top of the academic heap was that infamous football factory in South Bend, Ind. There were 24 Notre Damers in pro football at the time of the survey; every one of them had his degree.
SPECIAL THREE-DAY RATE
Ever since a zoo announced early this year that its brand-new baby buffalo would be called Tennial, as in Bison Tennial, these have been times to try men's souls—and publicity people's imaginations. Press releases coming in for the last several months leave the impression that most of the nation is on the move, hurrying from one side of the continent to the other on foot, track shoe, bike, horseback and Conestoga wagon, all bearing the strange device, Bicentennial! If the fictional curmudgeon Philip Nolan were still around he would probably snarl, "Damn the Bicentennial! I wish I may never hear of the Bicentennial again!" We could then confine him to quarters on a spaceship forever circling the moon.
It would have to be a spaceship because the celebration has already spilled into the sea. The sail number of Seymore Sinett's splendid ocean-racing yacht Williwaw is 21776. Outboard motorboat driver Billy Martin plans to make the run between Miami and New York shortly after July 4 and is aiming at a record time of 17 hours and 76 minutes (18:16, if you're being technical). And the unlimited hydroplane affiliate of the American Power Boat Association sums up our vague but patriotic longings by reporting that "The purse for [unlimited hydroplanes in] this Bicentennial season is our biggest ever at $386,776.00, led by The Spirit of Detroit's $76,760.76...."