The possibility that Harvard might adopt the policy of having their coaches appoint captains before each game is very slight in the opinion of William J. Bingham '16 Director of Athletics of the University.
Although this method has been used with varying success in some of the state universities, the matter was brought to a head by action of the Boston University Athletic council at its last week-end meeting in abolishing the old method of electing captains.
Mr. Bingham not long ago supported Coach Horween for his liberal attitude in giving privileges to his players. It is, therefore, consistent that he oppose any move which would take away the players' power. The election of a captain is a privilege which essentially belongs to the player. Any action impairing such a privilege is in his opinion not to be considered.
The statement of the Boston University Council reads in part: "By using the above method in the selection of captains, the University will get away from all fraternity politics, which have a tendency to be detrimental to the best athletics in the University." The above quotation sets forth one of the chief arguments for a change in policy. Since the situation of club politics does not exist in this university, the need of change felt by Boston University is not applicable to Harvard in the opinion of Mr. Bingham.