The letter of Mr. Fish, advocating closer graduates control of the H.A.A., represents views shared by thousands of other graduates. How much consideration should this demand for control, even by former players, receive?
The majority of graduates, unfortunately, retain their Harvard connection only through the football team, with the result that large endowment funds and winning elevens tend to go hand and hand. Even if the College believes their views wrong, it is often impolitic to disregard them. Yet they look back on Harvard to remember in distortion a different organization and a different set of values; they also do not realize that reflection differs from actual experience.
No one can deny that the needs of the undergraduate are the most important consideration in athletics as well as in studies: It would appear logical to expect that a graduate who is truly loyal is one who feels that these needs are more important than successful bets with friends.
In this instance the CRIMSON feels that the appointment of a man such as Lou Little as head coach presents grave dangers which tend to contravene the best interests of undergraduates. Since Lou Little is a product of "Big-time" methods to maintain his reputation. We have advocated the choice of Adam Walsh as the best guard against this system and still favor his selection in the belief that he can produce a respectable, if not Rose Bowl, team.
While there is never any danger that graduate opinions will not be heard, it is right that they should receive consideration. There is little objection to having former football players as graduate members of the Committee on Regulation of Athletic Sports if the one-fourth representation is not exceeded. Yet the vital principle that Harvard exists for undergraduates and not for sentimental graduates is essential for the welfare of the University.