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"It is perfectly ridiculous to think that boys at our university or any other school can get along on $10 a month. Over a period of a year I have given a boy a couple of hundred dollars in gradual amounts—never did I give a boy a check for over $35 at a time. But instead of giving $10, which the conference rules permit, it should be $50. Say you have 40 boys. That's $2,000 a month, or $18,000 a year. If you give the football boys $50 you have to give the others something. Say the total in all sports comes to $50,000 a year. A stadium seats 70,000. It is filled several times a year. What is $50,000 under those circumstances?
"A fair and realistic outlook at the liberalization of cash allowances to boys on scholarships would improve the situation immensely. A boy can't live on $10 a month in the Southwest Conference or elsewhere. Therefore they are driven to ask for additional funds if they are to have any entertainment at all."
"We were one of the first to realize that a boy cannot hold a job and play football, and we planned our athletic aid program accordingly.
"The money to aid our athletes comes from the Bear Club, consisting of Baylor alumni and friends. The membership is $50 yearly. Bear Club money is channeled to the athletic department, which in turn handles the tuition with the university."
GOOD SUMMER JOBS
"I don't think the football player is as bad off as he is pictured. True, they get only $10 a month spending money in this conference. But most of the kids get good summer jobs. It is the practice at many schools to have alumni buy tickets from the players. It is not uncommon to pay $15 or $20 for a ticket. With their summer jobs and what they're getting on tickets, the boys aren't starving."
How about those summer jobs? D. Harold Byrd, oil operator and strong supporter of the University of Texas and its booster group, the Long-horn Club, is a fairly typical source of jobs. He says:
"I'm one of the better proselyters for the University of Texas in this area and I don't know of a single boy who was ever paid anything under the table to go to Texas. I've got five boys working for me this summer and I have boys working for me every summer in the oil fields, or at Temco, or in uranium mining; but those boys work hard for what they make and they get paid the going rate for the job they do. I think it's a mistake to pay a boy and not make him work for it, for two reasons: 1) it's very poor business, and 2) you'll have 50 boys looking for an easy job next summer.
"I think," Byrd added, "sometimes we're too strict in judging a boy. We have lost some good prospects because they couldn't show good enough grades to get in Texas or couldn't pass the entrance exams. They've got to be good boys to get in on a scholarship, but I think we might get tutors for some of them."