Another boy in good hands is Eddie Kostelnik, the fine end and brilliant student who got a $1,500 scholarship and a $500 job waiting tables at Princeton. They like Kostelnik at Princeton, and they protect him. Getting to see him requires three separate brain washings from the publicity man, the freshman coach, and the head coach, Charley Caldwell.
Kostelnik is taking physics, chemistry, calculus and analytical geometry, English literature and engineering drawing. No square dancing. He would like a little more time to study—he'd enjoy Shakespeare a little more if he could read each play over twice instead of just once, he thinks—but he doesn't have any real complaints.
"They are not teaching me anything that is not within my grasp," he explained.
Kostelnik played first string on the freshman team, and Coach Caldwell thinks he's going to make a fine varsity ballplayer, particularly in his junior and senior years. "We won't be able to bring Eddie along too fast," Caldwell said. "We don't have spring practice, you know, and Eddie is taking a heavy scholastic load. I don't think he'll make an All-America football player, but I'll tell you this: he's going to make one hell of a fine engineer!"
Bill Popp, the Steelton guard who is only 17 and is consequently taking a year at Mercersburg Academy before entering Penn State, is guarded even better than Kostelnik. The schools Mercersburg plays, and Mercersburg as well, are quick to criticize an opponent with too many postgraduate students on the team. There is, consequently, a reluctance to call attention to one.
"Bill Popp," said Dr. Charles S. Tibbetts, the headmaster, "is doing all right. You can take my word for it. He's a good boy and a substantial player."
The number of freshman players that a college brings in each year, and the use it makes of them, varies from college to college. There's Miami with 55, and North Carolina with almost that many. Navy brings in at least 75. Indiana is limited to 25—and uses that fact as a selling point to win over boys they hope to proselytize. ("With so few, we can give each one special attention," one official said.)
But Pittsburgh, with the most murderous schedule of all, has only 17 freshman players on scholarship. Last year it had 19, the year before, 18.
At many schools the freshman team learns the plays of the team the varsity meets next, then runs them in scrimmage during the week. ("Last week," Mrs. Guttman said triumphantly, "my Maury was TCU!") At Temple and Princeton, however, the freshmen do this one day only, without previous practice. And at Pittsburgh, again, where both varsity and freshman squads are small, they don't scrimmage each other, but among themselves.
Three of the boys interviewed last June wound up at Pittsburgh: Cox, Westwood and Andy Sepsi of Brownsville. They live cozily together with the other members of the freshman team in a small building behind the stadium. There's no school on Saturday, and they usually leave for the weekend on Friday.