The interest of the college for the last few days has of course centered on Princeton's action in the present athletic controversy, and the result of the game has simply been to strengthen Harvard men in their previous attitude toward the question. Of the game itself it is perhaps best to make little criticism. Our team certainly has more reason for pride than for regret. It is by far the best eleven Harvard has ever put into the field, and had it met an amateur undergraduate team, like itself, would very likely have won. It may, however, well be doubted whether Harvard beaten has not a more honorable record than Princeton victorious. But enough of what is passed; there is work ahead which we must undertake. Harvard has stood foremost this year in an endeavor to uproot professionalism from college athletics. It is her duty to continue that endeavor. If possible, indeed, she should protest Princeton's doubtful players again, not of course to cancel their work in Saturday's game, but to hinder them from playing during the remainder of the season. The plea that by so acting we shall be doing Yale's work is no plea at all. It is the principle for which we should stickle. The attitude which our team and our college has taken toward this principle is worth in reality all the victories of a season. It is our duty, therefore, to see our honest convictions victorious, and while the eleven is doing its best to win at Springfield next Saturday, the college ought to support any measure which will further fair play in college athletics. As for a dual league, that question must be settled later. The first thing to be done is to secure the purity of intercollegiate athletics.
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May 06, 2017