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19th HOLE: THE READERS TAKE OVER
August 27, 1956
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August 27, 1956

19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

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Your 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.

The Football 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 professional football.

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.

SIRS:
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.
BOBBY DODD
ATHLETIC DIRECTOR AND HEAD FOOTBALL COACH, GEORGIA TECH
ATLANTA

Sirs:
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 all alike.

Our biggest 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.

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