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Why not just start all over, throwing it all wide open? Let alumni and other interested parties sponsor teams under their schools' names. Give the schools a cut and let the players be paid as they are in the NFL and USFL, every man (boy?) for himself. Just require that the players be legitimately enrolled at the school they represent and let them play as long as they stay in school. Under this system Herschel Walker might have earned a Ph.D. in criminology at Georgia and still have been a runnin' Dawg.
The purpose of intercollegiate athletics and NCAA regulation is to provide organized sports for those students who choose to compete. The purpose of the athletic grant-in-aid is to allow aspiring students to parlay their athletic talents into a quality education they might not otherwise be able to afford. College administrators who choose to ignore these facts are doing the athletes and their schools a tremendous disservice.
Let the NFL set up a farm system—just like major league baseball's—to provide an apprenticeship for those athletes not inclined to seriously pursue a college degree. The superb academic-athletic programs at schools like Notre Dame, Penn State, Stanford, Nebraska and Michigan prove that higher education in this country can indeed "stand the strain of big-time intercollegiate athletics and maintain its integrity."
?In the lexicon of pro football, a standoff between a blocker and a blitzer means that the blitzer didn't do anything. Dr. Z gave the nod to Ayers on that one.—ED.
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL (CONT.)
According to an article by Fred Mendell in the Nov. 5, 1967 edition of The Hutchinson ( Kans.) News, Haven never failed to make a first down in that game, and so of course never punted. It scored a touchdown every minute and a half, 20 in the first half and 18 in the second, plus 28 extra points. Every regular on the team scored, as halfbacks traded places with tackles and ends swapped with the quarterback. Elvin McCoy scored 90 points all by himself.
I write because I'm proud—yes, proud—that my father was a member of the 1927 Turon High team that played Haven in a "close" contest (64-0) the week before that extraordinary Sylvia game.