This afternoon will be the last time that the University and Princeton football teams will meet under the old system of athletic management as the new "Big Three" athletic agreement will go into effect January 1.
The text of the agreement was drawn up by a Committee of Nine, representing the University, Princeton, and Yale, and approved by Presidents Lowell, Hibben, and Angell. The University representatives on the Committee were Dean C. N. Greenough '98, Dr. R. I. Lee '02, and Mr. Stephen Galatti '10.
The purpose of the agreement, which marks a new departure in intercollegiate athletic policy, is "to improve the extant conditions and to establish intercollegiate athletics more securely in their proper position as valuable elements in a wholesome college life." President Lowell in his last annual report deplored the "excessive importance" that public interest now gives to college athletic contests. The new agreement is expected to lesson this tendency and to remove any taint of professionalism caused by lax eligibility rules or over-extensive schedules.
The text of the agreement falls naturally into eight important divisions.
Regarding Financial Assistance.
The first and second sections relate to "financial assistance or inducements," and forbid any man "who has ever received any pecuniary reward or its equivalent by reason of his connection with athletics" to represent his university, "in any athletic team or crew." However, the chairman of the three Committees on Eligibility may, under exceptional circumstances, waive or modify this rule in individual cases.
Students transferred from other colleges or universities are, under the provisions of Section III, "ineligible to represent Harvard, Yale, or Princeton in any sport in which he represented his former college or university on any university or freshman team while playing against opponents not not members of that institution."
Section IV prohibits "proselyting in preparatory schools," and disqualifies from athletic contest any man who is given "special inducements" of an athletic nature to enter a particular university.
Recommends Faculty Coaches.
Section V relates to the coaching system and recommends that each university "as far as practicable" should "have the coaching of all teams done only by members of its regular staff." There are also certain restrictions on coaches receiving for their services "any money or other valuable consideration" from outside sources.
Plan Shortened Season.
Section VI relating to training and contests is of vital importance.
"1. The training of teams shall not begin at the univesity or elsewhere prior to the week before the university opens.
"2. The number of intercollegiate games shall be reduced to a number consistant with the shortened season prescribed in the preceding paragraph.
"3. No post-season contests, or contests for the purpose of settling sectional or other championships, or involving long and expensive trips, or extended absence from the university, shall be permitted.
"4. The freshman team shall not be absent from the college for more than two games in a season.
"5. The efforts of the central board of officials to uphold the fearless administration of the rules and the maintenance of the highest standards of sportsmanship are endorsed heartily."
This is the part of the agreement that has given rise to so much discussion. In effect it will put an end to such trips as that of Princeton to Chicago this year, or of Yale to the middle west last year. It does not, however, prohibit such teams as Centre and Florida from playing in the Stadium.
The remaining two articles deal with the arrangement of schedules and athletic publicity. The regulations will go into effect January 1, 1923.