program to save the game should bring constructive thought, but two of your
points are impractical. Point 2 requiring an athlete to show economic need
before receiving an athletic scholarship would require a sworn CPA report on a
family's finances to be effective and then an appraisal by a board of experts
to determine the percentage of aid to be offered. Such percentage would have to
be observed by all the colleges in the nation.
Point 7 would
require athletes with scholarships to make good progress in their studies. Did
it not occur to you that study requirements vary markedly with colleges? A
failing student in one college changes to another and does fairly well with no
extra effort. I have known this to occur often. If your idea were adopted, the
easy colleges would acquire all the good, dumb football players. And there is a
heap of 'em.
Congratulations on your sharp, clear, two-part analysis of college
The very heart of
this problem is clearly indicated in your "Nine Points for
Survival"—for Points 3 and 7 (of major importance) are simply and
irrevocably in conflict. You insist that the goal of the college athlete is
identical with that of other college students, i.e., academic and intellectual
attainment, leading to a degree (Point 7).
is not the automatic privilege of all; it must be bought with the student's
desire, work and money. If he seeks higher education, he must assume the
responsibility of its cost through 1) summer earnings, 2) family aid, 3)
scholarships awarded on the basis of intellectual attainment, 4) part-time work
during the school year and 5) loans to be repaid after graduation. This is the
normal way, if, as you have stated, intellectual achievement is the normal and
important college goal.
But then it is
certainly not normal (Point 3) that, because of an incidental ability
(athletics), a student should be relieved of "his normal college expenses
such as board, room, tuition and fees, books, laundry and dry cleaning."
This could be tolerated only if the football player were regarded in the same
light (and given the same publicity and honor) as the student working in the
college cafeteria or library (and if the latter received the same
Until and unless
this basic problem in higher education is confronted squarely, there can be no
solution to the problem of college football and all athletics.
ROYCE J. SCHERF
Pastor, St. Peter's Lutheran Church Pilger, Neb.
The last verse of Football's Answer by Grantland Rice is a good answer to Asa
Bushnell, the Ivy League and other frustrated puritans:
In the headline's stirring plea.
Perhaps I'm more important
Than a mere game ought to be;
But with all the sins they speak of,
And the list is quite a span,
I'm the soul of college spirit,
And the maker of a man.
RICHARD A. KATZMAN
State College, Pa.
As a regular reader and subscriber to SPORTS ILLUSTRATED and member of the ABL
(Amateur Bicycle League of America), I am writing to congratulate both William
McHale and John Sadovy for their splendid coverage of the Tour de France in the
Aug. 13 issue. Mr. McHale has unearthed more background material than I have
been able to collect for years on this Gallic sports classic. Moreover, he has
captured the spirit that perpetuates such an annual event. This is indeed a
glorious answer to the letter I wrote one year ago requesting such a feature
MRS. EARL BEECHER