6) A boy is
ineligible for participation in football after he has completed eight semesters
(four years) of school work. This rule is aimed at another abuse whereby
coaches keep a boy in school for five or six years until he has exhausted his
three years of eligibility for competition.
7) Bowl games are
not permitted on the theory that they unduly prolong the football season and
adversely affect the academic work of the athlete.
players live in the regular student dormitories and eat in the regular student
dining hall. In every respect, they are completely integrated with the general
student body and are neither glorified nor belittled by the latter.
9) The athletic
department has neither juridical nor financial independence. Its revenues are
deposited with the general . funds of the university. Its expenditures are
budgeted in advance and subject to the same controls as all other departments
of the university.
10) No transfer
student is permitted to participate in intercollegiate athletics at Notre Dame.
This rule is to discourage the tramp athlete who is always ready to move from
one campus to another.
As you know, the
University of Notre Dame is not a member of any conference. However, because of
the benefits to be derived from intercollegiate football, both for the
participant and for the university, we have tried to govern ourselves by a
basic set of principles which will protect these values and forestall the
serious abuses which obviously can arise. We are greatly . encouraged by the
soundness of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED'S thinking in this turbulent area, and we are
happy to endorse its "Nine Points for Survival" with all the enthusiasm
we can muster.
(REV.) EDMUND P. JOYCE, C.S.C.
Chairman, Faculty Board in Control of Athletics
Notre Dame, Ind.
Herman Hickman's articles about the problems in college football and his sound
recommendations are an outstanding example of constructive editing. This is
editorial statesmanship at its best. The effect will be long-lasting and
widespread, and the influence will be felt on every college campus and in every
alumni group in the country.
I believe these
articles will mark a turning point in the effort of many ex-football players,
thoughtful coaches, athletic directors and college presidents to restore
college football to an amateur basis.
place the blame for competitive recruitment policies where it belongs—on those
college presidents who mistakenly try to buy a college's reputation through
football teams rather than educational integrity. Too many condone practices in
recruitment that are contradictory to the ethics taught in the classroom. These
practices leave young men cynical, often regretting their college choice
because they were not required to meet their college classmates on equal terms
but were treated like a group apart.
ILLUSTRATED articles and increasing public indignation with "hiring"
college football players, together with the constructive work that has been
going on for a long time behind the scenes by the college commissioners, will,
I believe, lead to drawing up new agreements in our regional college athletic