Assuming a conference and all of its members, or, so
far as that goes, all the conferences and colleges, have adopted this
scholarship plan, then there is no reason why this rule should be broken. When
an institution guarantees the needed expenses of an individual, there are
certain responsibilities that he must assume. This should be explained to him
in full by a regular faculty representative the day he registers. He should be
asked to sign a pledge to this effect in order to receive his scholarship.
6 A fixed percentage of athletic scholarships—we
suggest 75%—should be reserved only for boys in the conference territory of the
college or university and its environs.
This would avoid the widespread recruiting abuses
which occur in the course of competition for players from other sections.
Another point that might be well taken would be to put a limit on the number of
athletic scholarships each institution could provide so as to keep the
competition on the same plane within a conference.
7 To receive an athletic scholarship and remain
eligible for it, the recipient must take a regular course of study, of his own
choice, leading to a degree. He must take a normal load of academic hours and
maintain a satisfactory average. Before the beginning of his third year he must
have attained the proper number of credit hours and quality points to become a
fullfledged member of the junior class or his scholarship will be
If this rule was adopted and maintained by all
institutions, most of the critics of college football would be hushed. Phony
jobs and under-the-table pay are relatively unimportant compared to this phase.
The maintenance of these standards does away with the stigma of
"semipro" and "hired" athletes. The word "amateur"
becomes real. In other words, strict observance of this rule places the proper
connotation on the noun "proselyte."
8 The responsibility for proper practices of
recruitment and subsidization of players should be placed squarely on the
shoulders of the head football coach.
The president of the institution and his faculty
committee on athletics should demand that the coach be personally and directly
responsible to the president and his committee for his actions. They should
insure and assure him against undue pressure to win games at any cost. They
should free him of financial worries about gate receipts, and they should fire
him if he or any of his assistants directly or indirectly give, have given,
promise or condone any financial aid to players or prospective players beyond
the regulations of the institution.
9 The "athletic dormitory" and the year-round
training table should be abolished.
We realize that the training table during the season,
especially for the night meal after practice and the pre-game meals on
Saturdays, is a must. But for better player-student relations the athletic
dormitory should be done away with or divided with nonathletic students, and
the training table abolished out of season. And, more important, all incoming
freshman athletes should be mixed at the beginning with other members of the
student body. This might be impracticable at some institutions and economically
unsound at others, but it would improve the stature of college football