PAUL F. MACKESEY
Yes. The NCAA is an association of institutions, not individuals. A penalty is imposed on an institution. The innocent are sometimes affected, but that would happen to innocent members of any team guilty of violations since they would have to share a penalty imposed on it.
DR. NORMAN VINCENT PEALE
Church, New York
It is unfortunate that a simon-pure sport such as rowing must pay the penalty for the abuses of a big-time sport like football. However, as unfair as it seems, the improper action of one sport is bound to make it difficult for rowing and other college sports.
U.S. SENATOR HENRY M. JACKSON
No. It's like all the members of a family being jailed for the wrongdoings of one. Decisions like this reflect on the administration of all amateur sports. In the courts, wrong decisions can be overturned. I hope amateur sports' highest tribunal will right this wrong.
CLARENCE E. HOVER
Boeing Airplane Co.
Guided missile engineer
No. The crew at the University of Washington produces no revenue and rarely gets athletic scholarships. At my alma mater, Oregon State, the crews even furnish their own transportation to and from meets. They're the only true amateurs on the campus.
June 9, 1957
CLAYTON W. CHAPMAN
Commodore of the Cornell crew
Cornell oarsmen are sincerely sorry the Huskies cannot compete in the IRA Regatta. They are innocent victims. It hurts our intercollegiate regatta, too. Oarsmen and other guiltless victims will undoubtedly demand proper control of athletics in the future.
I think it is wrong to penalize good-thinking and well-intentioned athletes for infractions in other sports. This is a tragedy. Some of these kids will never be able to say to their sons: "I rowed with the Huskies." They're taking a beating for what? I don't get it.
Captain of the Stanford University crew
A crew's success depends on whether they can push themselves harder and harder each day to their final goal. The NCAA has taken the ultimate goal away from Washington even though the Pacific Coast Conference exempted the sport from any penalty.
WILLIAM ZECKENDORF JR.
Real estate developer
No. It's unfair to the most amateur of all sports—crew. Now some of these kids will never row in intercollegiate competition. I'll go a step further. The NCAA program is unrealistic. It should allow realistic scholarships and realistic living allowances.
THOMAS F. GILBANE
President, Gilbane Building Co.
No. The NCAA should apply the rules where they belong. It's highly unfair to penalize the entire sports program of a university due to violations in the football code. This has had a bad effect on the morale of the student bodies in the Pacific Coast Conference.
PATRICK H. HOY
President, Hotel Sherman Inc.
It's unfair in terms of the innocence of the crew members and because, historically, the Huskies have enjoyed an exceptionally fine record in this sport. I believe the football problem is entirely unique and should not reflect on the crew or any other unrelated sport.