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THE KENTUCKY KERNEL ATHLETICS I 'Evolution of Sports, Especially in South, Is Discussed By J. W. Provine, President of S. I. A. A. IMPROVEMENTS -' association after membership was pease some irate citizen's wrath at granted our college. I am familiar finding his favorite rooster's head unwith every evolution in athletics in the der your window; and, .as fine collatSouth for many years, and, while I eral proof of your guilt, a few feathmay know very little about how to ers shoved under your door by a remedy our ills, you will accord to wicked pal. These were stirring days of you turn me one virtue that of sincerity in and at this moment-soms longingly to the of Egypt my efforts. Permit me to say at the outset that but excuse me. I was not an athlete in college, never Boys studied more in those days; or, great and good men were developed. having participated in games of any kind. At There was a high standard of honor this time I consider this with very' among men; there was the highest remuch regret. My college life fell in spect for women; there was a keen the 80's when croquet, marbles and! desire to render a great service to occasionally a game of baseball hem country and fellowmen. But a revol- sway. When the idle hours of stu- tion has taken place in student life long poker and thinking. Some of it is good; dents were taken up with games, nightly visits to our best some bad. The few sports we had in friend's chicken roost, whiskey drink- those days have given place to thosel ing to a shocking extent, carousals in things which call for all the nerve, the dormitories to annoy those in au- physical endurance of the highest some unpopu- type, and skill in all the major and thority, lar professor's door, tying an animal minor sports found in practically all on the chapel rostrum, painting the colleges and universities of our counpresident's family mare, or giving her try. tail a close clip; or perhaps hoisting "We indulge the hope that in the col the family vehicle to the top of the leges and universities of Germany and tallest campus oak. These and many other continental countries a good other heroic feats which many of you form of college athletics may soon rerecall with glowing pride. Long place the beer halls and the fighting hours were taken by the faculty in a stalls where many long hours were tedious trial with many witnesses try- spent in students slashing each other's ing to convict some boy of gambling faces with rapiers till a normal man and drunkenness, or an attempt to ap- - would grow sick at the sight of the e flesh-pot- MADE intra-mur- In a recent issue of the Gold and Black of Birmingham-Souther- n peared the following article by J. W. Provine, of Mississippi College and president of the S. I. A. A. Be- -' cause of the great amount of criti-- j cism directed against collegiate sports in recent years, The Kernel republishes this article in the hope that it may tend to throw new light on this great collegiate problem. ' S Allow me a word personal by way of introduction athletically. My rela- tion to the Southern Athletic Association, of which I have the honor to be president at this time, dates back many, many years, even "when that prince among men, Dr. Dudley, of Vanderbilt, was the presiding officer and the inspiration of the highest ideals in the assocition. I have never missed a meeting of the te "tick-tockin- Rent A New Chrysler COMMERCIAL 133 E. CO. RENT-A-CA- R Short St. WARREN'S Shop Watch and Optical Service f: DR. R. O. WARREN Watch Repairing OPTOMETRIST Registered by State Board Examination - "4 i Engraving 199 South Upper Street flowing blood. To almost all of our colleges have come the most strenuous forms of in contests and in all forms of athletics. Is it good, bad, or indifferent ? Permit me to say as an observer and a participant for more than forty years as a student, a professor and as an executive, I am committed unreservedly without pre judice to the new order of athletics in our colleges. I believe with my whole heart in every form of athletic sport indulged in by our boys, both intraprovided mural and it develops the physical and moral and mental stamina of the men; all under the strictest control of the faculty and those in authority. It is regrettable to feel that the statement on my part sets up a prejudice in the minds of some of you learned and distinguished ladies and gentlemen that renders it useless for me to speak further. In your minds J am wrong; just another one of those on football, whose opinions is to be disapproved. Please to hear me through before passing final judgment, and assume an attitude of benevolence toward that fine boy of yours, of your neighbor's, and also a position of benevolent sympathy toward those in authority over your wonsons and daughters for derful years of their college life. Criticisms Unjust There is much criticism in the pub lic mind which is unjust hurtful and unfair. 1. Less than a score ot men play football. Hundreds and thousands do You forget that this the yelling. score of men are only the best of per haps of 100 who have trained for the game; so with every kind of game m college. The sum total of all includes a large per cent of your student body. Our departments of English and oratory include at least 95 per cent of a student body. We select one of the whole number for our oratorical contests. We select a half dozen men from fifty in training for debating contests, and so through the whole of college endeavor, and not a word of criticism. Why be harsh and unreasonable when we speak of athletics ? 2. Few play and 95 per cent wear out their trousers and lungs on the side lines. Does it occur to you that the average student has the opportunity to see only two or three or four football games per year? No college plays over eight or nine games per year of two hours each. Should the side line artists not be permitted to yell for a few minutes each .year, pro vided our side is winning? Surely so.' Our severest critics are those who are so prejudiced that they will not even come to see a game. To the casual observer who drops in on a game of football and sees a seething, yelling mass of men and women for two hours, he easily gete the impression that that is the whole of college. By no means. You forget that a college year is thirty-si- x weeks long with many lessons, lec tures, exams, failures, successes; and only a few short hours are given over to this delirium. 3. Some critics of our colleges drew some indictments against us recently. One was that the majority of the stur dents spent much time in "shooting bull" about athletics instead of at tending literary societies and discus sing the more weighty things of col lege life looking to the moral development of men. That is true. They do "shoot bull," but I'd rather have that than poker games, chicken suppers, carousals, and drunks as in former days. 4. Men gamble on games they say, Yes, men do that, I am told. So do gamblers bet on everything. They bet ter-cla- ss te mono-mania- 1 r Only A Chain Prevented Fuzzy (the Wildcat From Mascot) Reaching LAIR THE PLACE WHERE WILDCATS PLAY FACULTY Who wish to purchase or rent caps and gowns for Commencement please leave order at Campus Book Store before April 1st as no orders can be accepted after that date. CAMPUS BOOK STORE Gym Building (Mr. B. P. Davis Call at Kernel Office for Ticket) THE LEXINGTON PLAYERS At The Opera House the-tfo- ur on how many miles a ship will sail hours. They will bet each twenty-fou- r on heads or tails upon a penny thrown in the air. They will bet on which cock will win a fight or the best dog. But in all of my experience 1 have never witnessed a bet laid on the outcome of a college football game.' Of course it is done. We regret that. Let us be slow to condemn a thing which we do not like because some gambler gets in on it. 5. The students waste time and money. Not unduly. There. is lost motion in everything. We admit sometimes there is apparently a waste of time and money, and frequently this waste is true, but let's judge the general effect and not isolated cases. Colleges spend too much money C. on athletics and equipment. So far as the colleges composing the S. I. A. A. are concerned, this is not true. I make bold to say that there is not a small college in the South such as compose the membership of the Southern Athletic Association, which is spending an excessive amount of money on either athletics, coaches, or equipment. I fear they are spending too little. Salaries Not Large Recently I was challenged publicly by a fine group of intelligent, friendly critics on this point. I could honestly charges of dedeny the bauchery in our athletic matters. In most cases, if not all, the coaches in S. I. A. A. colleges receive not more salary than a professor, and in most colleges he receives less. After these gentlemen had finished the extracting process, I placed them on the witness stand. First I asked if they would admit that a well rounded man must have his mental, moral and physical qualities properly developed and articulated. This they readily did. True to my instinct as a teacher, I began to ask foolish questions. If you must is most important, name it. One would name the spiritual, another mental, and .another physical. No teacher in his class room caft or should try to separate the mental and moral. No. man with enough sense to get out of the rain should' disregard the third attribute. Financially, which should receive the major amount? Most of them agreed that since God had given us this fine temple of the mind and soul it should receive just consideration. What is just? Some said half; some but none less than that. When the auditor's report of Mississippi College was carefully digested, it revealed the rather startling fact that only 8 2 per cent of the entire income of the college was going to the physical training department, which included all athletics and equipment and 92 2 per cent went to train the men's minds and morals. Is that too much ? I am impressed that this college is even more liberal towards the physical development than most of our smaller te J one-thir- colleges. When many of us older men were in college, what was the average lifetime of man? less than 36 years. Now it is 44 years. What gave the young man of today this extra eight years? Of course care of the body. I say without hesitancy that no department in any college today is receiving more careful attention, none which is hedged about with more rules or work. It is given as much attention as all others combined, generally, so far as "This thou shalt do, and this thou shalB not." Most of our South ern colleges and universities operate under a code of rules the most wholesome and exacting in this American Every caution possible is Union. thrown around the college and the student to preserve to the limit the ama teur status of the player. Are those rules respected by the colleges and students ? I am prepared to speak for S. I. A. A. institutions only. On the whole there is the deepest respect for these rules. Are there any viola tions? Certainly. Just as there is violation of that fine and wholesome law against murder and arson. What is done with offending colleges and student athletes in violation of rules? They are disciplined with promptness and severity. These rules and regu lations are changed from year to year by the best thought in this country on athletic matters, always striving to throw around the colege and stuDo dent every protection possible. these rules work for the best interest of all concerned ? Most positively they do. Three years ago one fine college of this territory, in order to qualify for membership in the S. I. A. A., dis missed its coaching staff and nineteen football men as of its twenty-thre- e ineligible. Today that same college is enjoying full fellowship in the Asso ciation and they are largely spared this eternal bickering' and unhappi-nes- s coming of unprofessional conduct on the part of players. Another let its coaches go and a large per cent of its athletes in order to qualify for membership in the athletic association and the Southern Association of Colleges. Another suffered suspension from the Southern Association of Colleges, I was told, because professionalism got possession of the institution, due to the most annoying of all problems the meddlesome interference in internal affairs of the college by the alumni and the sporting element of the town.Another was blacklisted by all S. I. A. A. colleges, because this college persisted in playing a man in the face of a telegram from the secretary of the American Baseball Association that this man had played professional ball in America. Have the rules of the association in the South teeth? They have, as the ' transgressors find out. The Executive Tlommittee of the as sociation permitted a game of football on New Year's day at Jacksonville, Fla., between an S. X. A. A. team and a college in Pennsylvania, said game to be played under S. I. A. A. rules. With both teams on the ground Friday night before the game was to be played Saturday, a desperate ap peal came-- to allow four men of the Pennsylvania college, barred by the rules, to participate to save the game from a total collapse. There could be but one reply. This S. I. A. A. col lege had sailed under sealed orders, fidelity to its oath of allegiance de manded the faithful execution of these orders. A guarantee of $10,000 in a future game was offered, but th president of. this college, turned a deaf (ear to every proposition and notified the committee of the city that his men would not go on the field un less there was delivered into his hands a signed pledge of all concerned that the regulations would be respected. The game was played under that pledge. The president of the S. I. A. A. made a trip more than a thousand miles to determine whether or not this member college had been unfair or unethical toward the city of Jacksonville and if so to be censured and punished. At the convention of the Southern Association of Coleges in Charleston, S. C., in December, 1925, President Sanford, of Southern Conference, made some pertinent and helpful suggestions for improvement of the athletic situation in our colleges. Chiefly they were: (1) Limiting absence of teams from college classes to five days during the season for one sport; (2) discouraging inter collegiate participation of freshman teams, and limiting the number of games; (3) discouraging intersection-a- l games and a few and other helpful suggestions. His speech, you will recall, met with almost .riotous approval. The S. I. A. A. in con vention the following week endorsed the main points and today all or putting them into effect. No college can hope to have, clean d amateur athletics with a faculty chairman of athletics and a coach holding adverse views. If your coach wobbles, there is no force within the college which can keep the engine on the track. If you have a faculty chairman weak in the faith and a coach with low ideals, your case is hopeless. The college executive who permits conditions to exist in the athletic department which undermine the integ rity of his college will sooner or later have to surrender his commission to the trustees. If there is one harsh criticism of that magnificent group of men, the executives of our Southern colleges it would be this. Why do they sit indifferently and allow sappers to plant dynamite under them instead of strangling them at first sight? Long observation teaches me that a college president can know the .drift of sentiment in his college towards purity of athletics, if he wants to know, and furthermore if he has the backbone to do so, he can control that sentiment, if taken in its incipiency. If unable to control, he soon becomes a victim of his folly. The most subtle and deadening influence we must combat in the athletic life of our colleges is the outside help proffered by the alumni and sympathetic friends. 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