recommendations express a pattern of thought that could well be used as a
guide. But any new agreements will be broken once again unless strong public
support, and more particularly alumni support, is developed.
Foundation, through its local chapters from coast to coast and its 3,500
members, has been engaged in an effort, modest in the beginning but sound in
its concept, to see that the young high school boy and his parents know that
college football is part of an educational process and not a preparation for
It is our view
that college football is an institution that is unique in American life. It
contributes a place for building a spirit of self-discipline, sacrifice for
principle and teamwork. Here is provided the proving ground to test one's fiber
and to develop the will for striving.
Football as our
most important sport sets a pattern for all amateur sport. We strongly
recommend that the spirit of amateurism be held before every high school and
college boy as a worthy goal. Our definition of an amateur is a man who seeks
no reward other than the opportunity to develop his own resources. He asks for
no other honor than to develop his capacities to the full and then to test
those capacities against the best. In the final analysis, in our competitive
economy, brains may be rudderless without a competitive heart.
Your concern, and
Herman Hickman's, with college football is one for which many will be most
appreciative. It increases the stature and position of importance of SPORTS
ILLUSTRATED and its usefulness to the nation.
C. J. LaROCHE
Chairman, Natl. Football
Foundation and Hall of Fame
New Brunswick, N.J.
ON BEHALF OF MY STAFF AND MYSELF, I WANT TO COMMEND SPORTS ILLUSTRATED FOR THE
TWO OUTSTANDING ARTICLES BY HERMAN HICKMAN ON PROBLEMS IN INTERCOLLEGIATE
ATHLETICS. I AM SURE THAT BOTH ARTICLES WERE READ WITH CONSIDERABLE INTEREST
AND THOUGHT BY THE MAJORITY OF OUR SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS, ATHLETIC DIRECTORS
AND COACHES THROUGHOUT THE NATION. I BELIEVE ALSO THAT THE ARTICLES HELPED TO
ALERT THE GENERAL PUBLIC ON SOME OF THE SERIOUS PROBLEMS WE MUST CONTEND WITH
IN INTERCOLLEGIATE FOOTBALL. CONGRATULATIONS TO YOUR FINE MAGAZINE FOR
CONTINUED EXCELLENT REPORTING OF OUR NATIONAL SPORTS PICTURE.
ATHLETIC DIRECTOR AND HEAD FOOTBALL COACH, GEORGIA TECH
As one who has done considerable recruiting of athletes, I find your College
Football Crisis factual reading. Between the pressure on coaches to win and the
ineptitude of college academicians, football is in a mess.
Here in the
Southwestern Conference, we have the trouble cured among our own colleges. The
rules are simply and generally observed, though Texas A & M is presently on
probation for violations. It has been found more sensible to give an athletic
scholarship openly than to subsidize athletes unequally and/or secretly. Our
conference specifies exactly what may be offered athletes, and it applies to
problem is what to do about colleges on the outside like Oklahoma U, a
third-rate college with a first-rate football team. (Don't bet on Notre Dame
when they meet!) This year Oklahoma has raided Texas from Amarillo to Tyler—461
miles. Oklahoma is now on a two-year probation by the NCAA for violations.
Their own Big Seven Conference refused to act.
Any lasting cure
for football recruiting ills must be national in scope, preferably through the
NCAA. Letters of intent signed by athletes with a college in one conference
should be honored by colleges of all conferences.