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19th HOLE: THE READERS TAKE OVER
March 05, 1956
A PHALANX OF MOOCHERS Sirs:The height of the golden era of West Coast football, 1925, was also the year of my graduation from the University of Washington (SI, Feb. 20). That the once proud Husky football squad has turned into a row of mendicants with their begging bowls outstretched is a sickening spectacle. It may be true that a player "maintaining required proficiency in his studies should...be able to devote the hours he must spend on his on-campus job to his studies" but academic proficiency hardly necessitates holiday trips for his sister, himself and his wife, free theater tickets and a car because he had a new baby. These are no less than handouts to a phalanx of moochers and I am ashamed of and for them.ALICE BENNETTS McBYDE Washington, D.C.
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March 05, 1956

19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

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A PHALANX OF MOOCHERS
Sirs:
The height of the golden era of West Coast football, 1925, was also the year of my graduation from the University of Washington (SI, Feb. 20). That the once proud Husky football squad has turned into a row of mendicants with their begging bowls outstretched is a sickening spectacle. It may be true that a player "maintaining required proficiency in his studies should...be able to devote the hours he must spend on his on-campus job to his studies" but academic proficiency hardly necessitates holiday trips for his sister, himself and his wife, free theater tickets and a car because he had a new baby. These are no less than handouts to a phalanx of moochers and I am ashamed of and for them.
ALICE BENNETTS McBYDE
Washington, D.C.

NEW FACE AT WASHINGTON STATE
Sirs:
I am an old coach myself, and Jim Sutherland's wail of self-pity ("I'm the fall guy in this thing. Any transgression of mine in this football situation was an unwitting, well-meaning thing") moved me—but in the wrong direction. I was moved to wonder what standards governed the authorities of Washington State College in hiring such a man as coach, and to speculate further on the reactions of the players' parents to the prospect of having their sons indoctrinated in the "character-building" techniques of Mr. Sutherland.

Maybe old Jim ("I was just trying an experiment") convinced them that a massive infusion of the Sutherland technique was just what the boys needed.
MURRELL EDMUNDS
New Orleans

A WORD FROM THE SPONSOR
Sirs:
I found your article on the mess at Washington extremely interesting. Mr. Torrance is the chairman of the regulation committee of the Pacific Northwest Association of the AAU. His signature appears on all AAU membership cards that have on them the Amateur Athletic Code of Honor. This code includes the following statement, "...and that I will constantly strive to uphold the ethics of amateur sport."

You also failed to mention the fact that it was the Faculty Athletic Committee of the University of Washington that did most of the interviewing and made most of the findings and then reported to the Board of Regents.
GLENN GARY HUDSON
Westtown, Pa.

A FEW QUESTIONS
Sirs:
It would be very interesting if Washington University officials would answer such questions as:

What percent of the student body not on athletic scholarship actually engages in varsity football? How many undergraduate scholarships are awarded by the athletic department as compared to the number given out by, say, the English, physics, history, engineering and chemistry departments? Do these departments also recruit high school students?

And there's an even better question proposed by Mr. Torchy Torrance of Seattle: "Do you want me to sit here and agree with you that we should let just anybody, the average student, take over the football and athletic situation at the university?"

And we gripe because Russian athletes are supposedly subsidized.
FRANK WELDER
Uvalde, Texas

?Only the few men specifically brought to college to play football and subsidized by athletic scholarships participate in the Washington football program, although theoretically any eligible student is welcome to give it a try. The remainder of the 14,500 student body, Mr. Torrance's "average students," is encouraged to furnish spontaneous enthusiasm in the cheering section and at rallies. The athletic department annually awards 75 scholarships, most-of them to football and basketball players. All other university departments combined are allowed 300 scholarships with which, through the Division of High School Student Relations and Orientation, they seek to attract top high school scholars as university students.—ED.

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