Others do not agree with this concept. Says President J.L. Morrill of the University of Minnesota: "The integrity of faculty controls is important, and that integrity has been challenged. There is a trend toward the erosion of faculty control." Says Professor James Fullington of Ohio State, chairman of a committee which made a deep study of big athletics at the Buckeye school: "If the new changes mean nothing as they say, why did they make them? There are too many dark corners in this thing. One has to be extremely suspicious of anything in the direction of lessening of faculty control." Fullington was especially disturbed by the failure of the joint group to report either to their faculties or the public press what was going on in the clandestine meetings. Admits Bill Reed: "Certainly we made an honest mistake there. We thought it would be sufficient to announce the whole thing at our winter meeting."
Last week the Ohio State athletic council, a faculty group which rides herd on the OSU faculty representative, gagged at the rule changes. Properly, the matter was not even before the council. In the secret meetings the faculty representatives had decided that the sweeping changes they were making were not "substantive," and therefore the new rules would go into effect immediately, without any consultation with the fellows back home. The OSU council nonetheless took it on itself to throw all the changes out, ordered Faculty Representative Wendell Postle to lay the matter before this week's winter meeting of the top brass of the Big Ten in Chicago. The rule changes were indeed substantive, said the council, and it ordered Postle to put them before every school in the conference. If one member institution objects to the new rules the question will go back to the joint group of faculty representatives and athletic directors. Beyond any doubt there will be objections. Faculty members in the Big Ten are of one mind—they want final control of athletic programs. Some have already started drafting resolutions which say flatly that they will refuse to take any responsibility for athletic programs if the new rules stick. As one put it: "There must be total faculty control. Otherwise we will just have pro football."