TECH IS READY TO RAMBLE
Typically tenacious, Georgia Tech finessed Florida, 9-0, last week in a game of defenses played in the rain at Atlanta, but as the college football season opened there the question was not so much whether Tech would be very good in the Southeastern Conference, but how long Tech would be in the SEC at all. The answer: too long to suit Florida's immediate purposes, but perhaps not much longer. Tech, 31 years an SEC regular, dreams of being independent, of scheduling whoever it pleases, setting its own high academic and scholarship standards and restrictions, and sharing revenue from bowl game and television appearances only with the opposing teams instead of with the entire Southeastern Conference.
Already Tech has dropped Alabama, LSU and Florida from future schedules, adding Navy, Notre Dame, Southern Cal, Miami, Penn State and TCU, and games with Ohio State and Army are in the works. Soon, Tech will not even play the required number of league games (six) to win the SEC title.
In January, when the league meets, Tech probably will announce its withdrawal. Coach Bobby Dodd speaks openly of his distaste for SEC scholarship rules and Tech officials are sophisticated enough to know that athletic integration is inevitable. "What will happen," Dodd poses, "when some SEC schools integrate and others don't? Will they play?" Academically, Tech feels more kinship with members like Vanderbilt and Tulane than it does with others who have less strenuous entrance requirements. "If we were independent," says Dodd, "we could continue to play five SEC teams that are important to us and five national opponents. With a schedule like that, we could compete with the pro team that is bound to come to Atlanta one of these days."
In a nonchalant summation of the Yankees' pennant-clinching game in Minnesota last week, New York Manager Ralph Houk declared, "We all kind of like it better clinching the pennant on the road. Of course, it is nice, too, being able to clinch it at home before home folks."
LINDBERGH LAW FOR DOGNAPPERS?
Every year, shortly before the hunting season, there is a rash of dog thefts among the sporting breeds. Dognappers get from $50 to $150 or more for a likely-looking animal. This year New England has been especially hard hit. Now one of the victims, Edward W. Rogers of Manchester, Mass., has come up with a possible solution. After losing two valuable Labrador retrievers. Rogers suggested that the state department of fisheries and game adopt a canine identification system like that used to identify racing greyhounds.
Under the Rogers plan, the state would assign blocks of registration numbers and identification cards to veterinarians throughout the state. Owners would take their dogs to a vet, who would then tattoo an identification number in the dog's ear and fill out an identification card in triplicate—one for the vet, one for the owner and one for the state's master file. In a change of ownership, the registration would be reassigned. The master file would simplify tracing and identification of dogs—strayed or stolen.