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On the other hand the answer may be found in the stomachs of the large-mouth bass. Game fish find goldfish irresistible. In fact, New Jersey law forbids the use of a goldfish as bait on the ground that it is absolutely surefire; no game fish can refuse one. So it may be that the bass, having grown large enough to eat all the little goldfish, had done so; and after that were just waiting around till they were big enough to eat the grown ones.
Who would have won this battle for survival nobody will ever know, for the Fish and Game biologists stepped in and stopped the fight. They put a notice in the local papers asking people please not to put any more goldfish in Upper Echo Lake. Then they drained off most of the water, removing the bass as they did so. What happened next suggests that if the struggle had been allowed to continue, the smart money would have been on the goldfish. They survived the drain-off by taking refuge in potholes, and finally had to be dispatched with Rotenone—three times the normal dose. The total haul for the nine-acre lake was 800 glittering pounds.
North Carolina State was suspended from championship play (including bowl games) for four years.
Ohio State and the University of Southern California drew penalties stronger than those already imposed by their conferences; sanctions now include all athletic teams at the two schools, not just the football teams.
Miami and A&M—who had been hoping for reprieves that would let them play in bowl games—took out their feelings on the week's opponents. A&M whacked Rice 21-7, and Miami clouted hitherto unbeaten Clemson with a firm 21-0.
Otherwise, the chief reactions from the penalized colleges were such questions as "Who, me?" and "Why?"
Unfortunately, the procedures of the NCAA in such cases remarkably resemble the procedures of Venice's venerable Council of Ten. Like the Doges, the NCAA displays, nowadays, an unblinking interest in law enforcement but seems reluctant to publish the evidence, in testimony or affidavits, which leads to its verdicts. Until it does, penalized colleges are perfectly entitled to exclaim, "Who, me?" And the public is entitled to wonder.