"Football at Georgia Tech is entirely beneficial. Our young men, in varying degrees, like to engage in physical bodily contact and competitive sports. At their ages (16 to 25) I think they should. I think that competitive intramural and intercollegiate athletics are a fine part of their education even when they do nothing but participate as spectators.
"In every generation there are always those who would like to turn our youth into cloistered monks who only contemplate things or try to devise new theories about life. I see no harm that football does to education, general or professional....
"Man doesn't live by bread alone, as the saying goes, and if we are to educate the whole man we must concede that there is something else in the world besides a community of scholars."
DON'T TELL MANTLE
It is doubtful that Frankie Sinatra himself, even in the era when his admirers screamed and swooned at his glance, ever received adulation quite as specific as that which came the way of the New York Yankees' Mickey Mantle a few days ago. A female fan from Pennsylvania (presumed to be a baseball bobby-soxer) directed a letter to Manhattan's Lenox Hill Hospital asking the establishment to send her the young outfielder's tonsils.
Mickey, it should perhaps be explained, had just had them removed; thus no special surgery would have been necessary in complying with the request.
Lenox Hill authorities answered rather stiffly. All "postoperative specimens," they informed her, are sent to the hospital's department of pathology (eventually to be unfeelingly incinerated) and hence could not be relinquished. A standoffish attitude was also adopted toward the patient. "As you may know," a Lenox Hill spokesman said in an aside for the press, "many of the doctors here are Yankee fans. Therefore, after due consideration, it was decided not to tell Mickey Mantle that a request for his tonsils had been made—he is probably conceited enough."
LOEFFLER'S RULES OF WAR
Just when college basketball seemed becalmed in the mid-year lull, the news perked up. The University of San Francisco won its 40th game in a row (albeit by the odd modern score of 33-24 when the University of California attempted a private filibuster with the ball) and in so doing set an alltime record of unbroken victories. The underdog University of Louisville upset the second-ranking University of Dayton, and the underdog Vanderbilts upset the third-ranking Kentuckys. After each of these engagements, losers congratulated winners and coach shook hands with coach in the customary ritual of sportsmanship which nobody ever thinks of challenging.
Almost nobody, that is. Down in Texas, Coach Ken Loeffler of Texas A&M was challenging the ritual and making headlines of his own.