never heard of Penn until one of the assistant coaches came nosing around the
Gary area looking for talent and offered him a chance to go to this strange Ivy
League school. Now Fred is very happy about it all.
the Ivy League have given me self-confidence I needed," he says. "I
used to say 'yup' and 'nope.' Now I find I can talk to people easily."
Yale center (6 feet 3,—215 pounds)
football player," says Mike Pyle, "who goes to school in the Ivy
League." And sometimes, Mike admits, he wishes that he didn't. Ivy League
football, to him, has been a big disappointment.
recruited high school star, Pyle came out of football-famous New Trier in
Winnetka, Ill. and considered following his older brother, Palmer, to Michigan
State. His father, a sales manager for Kraft Foods, hoped that he might. Mr.
Pyle doesn't mind the scholarship-according-to-need principle of the Ivies—he
can afford to pay Mike's way. He just likes the Big Ten. But Mike chose Yale
because he believed that he wouldn't be missing too much in the way of
football, and that he would have the benefit of a superior education. An honor
student in high school, he still thinks the academic choice a wise one; the
industrial administration curriculum he follows, a somewhat lethal combination
of engineering and business, tests his mental prowess to the utmost. In fact,
because of football and the heavy scholastic load, Pyle has time enough neither
for what he considers proper social activities (girls) nor sleep.
League," he says, "should have better teams. If it would only ease up
on the admission requirements, then the schools wouldn't have to turn away so
many good athletes. The main difference here is the lack of depth and
competition. It's hard to extend yourself when you know you're not being pushed
for your job. We have a number of players who could play anywhere in the
country; we just don't have enough of them. I'm disappointed with the
de-emphasis at Yale. We have the facilities and a great coaching staff, but the
school's policies make it difficult to attract outstanding talent.
" Ivy League
athletes should have the same opportunity as anyone else to play in a
postseason game. Every time I sign the Ivy League code I have an evil taste in
my mouth. It's just a silly two-page document and I don't believe in it, but I
have to sign it in order to play. I don't think the Ivy League has been fair to
But Mike Pyle
likes the wonderful spirit at Yale and believes that here, unlike some other
Ivy League schools, it is a definite benefit to play football. "When the
time comes to go out and look for a job," he says, "I think it will be
an advantage to have been a Yale football player."
Columbia tackle (6 feet 3,—225 pounds)
A sophomore, and
only 19 years old, Asack may be the best pro prospect in the Ivy League. He is
not the fastest tackle around and he has a lot to learn, but opposing teams
have discovered that this big boy from Raynham, Mass. is hard to run over;
against Columbia, they usually go the other way. "Asack," says Gordon
Batcheller, "was the first guy this year to knock me on my back." Asack
had offers from a dozen football schools but turned them down for the Ivy
League—and, one day, he may do the same to the pros. He appreciates the
opportunities an Ivy League education presents to the son of a road gang