La Roche, a
former football star at Yale, speaks from experience and from a deep devotion
to the game. "In recent years," he said, "the problems facing
football have been aggravated. On the one hand, the influence of professional
football is making itself felt. In greatly increasing numbers boys find it
possible to get to college whereas before they were expected to stay home and
help support the family. These boys need varying degrees of help. Many are
first generation boys with no traditional set of values behind them. They soon
find there is competition for their services and that there is an auction block
on which they stand. College and college football are pointed out as a step
toward pro football, with an income of $8,000 or $10,000 a year the first year
after graduation. Where are they going to get the other side of the story?
school boy and his parents need facts and understanding of values if they are
to help provide a good background of enlightened public opinion and, in turn,
make wise decisions. It is one of our ambitions to see they get the
That too is
necessary to bring foot ball back to its rightful place. It's a big proposition
to find a way of making all the facts about the educational and athletic
opportunities of our colleges and universities readily available to our youth.
But football's problems demand big propositions if they are to be solved. It's
a big game.
NINE POINTS FOR
their survey on the college football crisis, the editors of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED
and Herman Hickman carefully weighed all the facts and opinions which came in
as a result of their interviews and
questionnaires. Beyond that, we have tried, as we promised at the beginning of
this series, to consider football's problems in the context of the game. We
believe that these are changes which are necessary and can be practically
accomplished; changes that will serve the cause of college football as it is
played in America today and help to preserve it in the name of the
sportsmanship which should always be associated with it.
prospective football player in order to obtain an athletic scholarship must be
qualified for admission the same as any other student.
have been made that a national test should be given, such as the college board
examinations, in order to standardize admissions. We feel that this is
completely impracticable because of the varying degree of secondary school
standards in different sections of the country and also the wide range of
requirements for admissions at different institutions. Admission standards must
be left to the individual institution, and in any case be no lower than the
2 The applicant
must show economic need.
It should be the
duty of each institution to check thoroughly the financial status of the
athlete's family and their ability to pay his college expenses. In no case
should he be given more aid than needed.
3 Each player
should receive through regular institutional channels, and only through these
channels, sufficient financial aid to take care of his normal college expenses
such as board, room, tuition and fees, books, laundry and dry cleaning.