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Virginia Tech's National Invitation Tournament victory in New York's Madison Square Garden had clear and welcome repercussions for that institution. Tech's president, Dr. T. Marshall Hahn, said thousands of dollars were pledged to the college treasury in the days following the tournament, and he added that because of the victory, alumni, corporations and the Virginia General Assembly were expected to look more favorably upon the school. Dr. Hahn said the funds Tech received would be used for research and instruction as well as for athletic programs, but he noted that the recognition the athletic program had received "will help not only in recruiting the blue-chip athletes but in putting before the public the image of a successful university." He added that would probably open the door for some industrial grants.
All this is added evidence of the financial impact of big-time sport on the collegiate scene.
Echoing this businesslike approach to college sport, Ara Parseghian of Notre Dame said not long ago that he felt coaches should be allowed to test promising high school athletes before giving them athletic scholarships in somewhat the same way students are tested before being granted academic scholarships.
"You never saw an academic scholarship offered without some sort of examination," Parseghian said. "You get a musician, and you want to hear how he plays. But the football coach can only meet and look at the athlete and say, 'Well, he looks all right.' "
He suggested that the NCAA approve some kind of test of physical ability to help sort out the talent. "If an athlete isn't going to be able to make it in your school, why not tell him before he signs for a scholarship?" Parseghian argued. "Then he could go instead to a smaller school and be a big fish in a little pond."
NO TEA PARTY
John D. (Jock) Semple, the energetic, hot-tempered little Scotsman who is a driving force behind the Boston Marathon, may abandon the affair after the 1973 version is run this Monday. Among other things, Semple handles all the office detail related to applications. Last week he wrote a marathoner friend: "This has become more than a labor of love and I'm afraid I'm going to bow out. The thing is, I'm losing the feeling that I'm doing something for the game. There are well over 1,500 entries, and handling that much mail is just beyond me. Most of the entrants think we have a staff with secretaries, etc., but I handle the whole thing myself, with a little help from my wife and a fellow at the Garden. The mail I have received since January and replied to, including the postcards, must be close to 5,000, and this does not include the mail I get all summer, fall and winter. Strange as it may seem, I also have a clinic to operate [Semple is a registered physiotherapist; the marathon is a hobby].