At present the foreign-athlete controversy has produced little more than talk. Bush and USC Coach Vern Wolfe, among others, argue that one solution would be to get rid of the team title at the NCAA championship, making the meet simply a contest for individuals. Taking the pressure of winning off the coaches might remove the need to recruit foreigners who are established athletes. This may seem a singular bit of charity on Wolfe's part, because his Trojans have won 26 NCAA outdoor titles while their closest competitors, UCLA and Illinois, have just five apiece. But then it's easy for the rich to say that money isn't everything.
For Arizona State last week's team title seemed far too precious to consider doing away with it. Semon (Baldy) Castillo had coached ASU track teams for 28 years without finishing higher than third in the NCAA meet. A cheery man with a ready smile and thick, wavy black hair (the nickname has stuck with him since a friend in grammar school noticed a minute and long-since-gone bald spot), he termed winning the title "the greatest thrill of my life." His exuberant team members tried to cool his enthusiasm by dumping him in the steeplechase water jump pit, but to no avail. Castillo emerged dripping, with his smile still agleam. "Gentlemen," he said, "it's been a pleasure."