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To Sadusky, the Ivy League has been everything that he hoped—and more. Son of a small corner grocery store proprietor in Mahanoy City, Pa., he was big and aggressive enough to play football anywhere, a tremendous blocker, rough on defense. But he was also a brilliant student, and Cornell's educational opportunities attracted him.
Sadusky dresses well, is friendly and quiet, makes top grades in a demanding civil engineering curriculum (structural design, aerial and route surveying, engineering law, geology). He likes the Ivy League attitude toward football and particularly the attitude at Cornell—"always interested, occasionally excited, never apathetic."
"At Cornell," he says, "I don't have to sacrifice one thing for the other. Football comes first with me during the season, but when it's over I concentrate entirely on my studies. I'm an Ivy Leaguer who just happens to play football."
A dark, intense boy who grew up in South Philadelphia, the son of a fireman, Marchiano always looked upon the University of Pennsylvania as a wonderful and important place. He plays football because he likes the game, and could have done the same at a number of other schools. But to him the game has been the means to an end: a Penn scholarship, a degree in civil engineering and, eventually, after service, graduate work in the aircraft structural field. He was an end in his freshman year, a center for two years, is now a tremendous pulling guard.
"A man plays football here," he says, "because he wants to play football, not because it will make him a big man on the campus. Nobody downgrades you at Penn because you play. However, nobody makes a fuss about you, either."
Jake Crouthamel, in appearance a kind of Ivy League Huck Finn, is a happy boy. He loves to play football and he is good at it—a tiger on defense, one of the best all-round halfbacks the Ivy League has had in years. The pros are after him to try out. He studies hard (diplomatic relations, great issues, American thought) and has the easy grace and assurance of a natural athlete whose physical ability is backed up by a good mind. He likes Ivy League football as a sport, because the competition is keen and the play is rough. "Maybe it doesn't measure up in ruggedness and personnel to some of the other conferences," he says, "but you always know, afterwards, that you've been in a football game." Jake Crouthamel has a beef, however.
"I have a scholarship based on need," says Jake, whose father is a foreman in a Perkasie, Pa. garment plant and has made sacrifices to send his son and a daughter to college. "Yet every year except this one it's been cut." He believes the Ivies should relax the rules, allow spring training, let the players compete in postseason games if they are given the chance. "But the Ivy League code forbids participation, and this I resent."