I am apprehensive to label his methods either clearly unethical or free from such a taint. But at least they hover on the border between the two extremes. Knox's handling of his daughter's movie contract smacked of poor taste (e.g., hiring a school cop to guard the auditorium door against talent scouts who hadn't yet come, though he told the school board they were pestering her). Ronnie was shuffled around from high school to high school and now from college to college, like an ancient slave being sold on the trading block to the highest bidder. Ronnie may have participated in these decisions to some degree, but the domination of his father is obvious. Unable to forget his own past, Harvey Knox has resolved that his children must not fall prey to such fakes and Indian givers. To this admirable goal, Knox has cynically and irrationally devoted his efforts. At times, his actions tend to resemble those he so bitterly opposes.
This letter is neither a plea for the abolition of modern college athletics nor a demand for absolute independence for children. I only insist that our approach must be moderate, realistic and feasible; we need neither the excessive professionalism of too many collegiate athletic programs nor the uncompromising amateurism of other schools; parents need not be over-zealous in looking out for their children or negligent as have been the mothers and fathers of so many delinquents. In avoiding one extreme let us not achieve the other.
Salt Lake City, Utah
...Waldorf's "eleventh man" last year was Paul Larson, and he merely led the nation in total offense...Larson, a junior last year, will play again this season.
It occurs to this naive reader that these facts might have had something to do with the quitting of quarterback candidate Knox. It would seem quite in character for his father to prefer him to be ineligible for a year than second string, even temporarily.
Another new pro football team is advisable. The "Los Angeles Knoxes," with Jim Sutherland of course.
THE IMPOTENCY OF EDUCATORS
...The article itself is a fitting commentary to the very sad situation which has developed in intercollegiate athletics. I feel a little sorry for the Dad...I feel a bit more sorry for the various coaches who had to put up with a meddling fool whose "touch" is that of a scorpion. I feel still sorrier for the faculty of the University of California, including those members of the Department of Physical Education whose hard work and fair names are besmirched and knocked by the burlesque which evidently goes on each year. But I feel most sorry for young Ronnie, who thinks that the world owes him a living because he can throw a football with pinpoint accuracy.
Every young person with ability, need, and the desire to learn should have a chance for a scholarship or bursary to get through college. Many educators and alumni are honestly working to make this dream a reality. By interfering with his son in an effort to "help" him, Harvey Knox is doing him one of the greatest disservices possible. He is "seeing to it that his talented son is getting the fleecing." What a sad world and what messes we educators allow ourselves to get in because of our impotency!!!
Your new magazine is unique! Its success points out clearly how important sport is to us from a recreational and physical education standpoint...Keep up the quality of your effort, realizing the tremendous educational implications which it carries!
EARLE F. ZEIGLER, Ph.D.
Professor and Head Wrestling Coach
University of Western Ontario
"I AM PRAYING"
At this very moment I am praying that Mr. Knox is given vision to see?before it is too late?that that which he uses as a guise for "helping his children" is in reality a means of releasing his own frustrations of life...
MAKE GOOD ON THEIR OWN
I think your magazine is just great. I am a mother and housewife and I enjoy reading it very very much. Thanks for giving it to us.