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Your nine-point 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.
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).
Such attainment 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 benefits).
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.