That the football pool which swept Harvard for three weeks and collapsed last Saturday was engineered by a 1931 Crimson grid star and not by notorious heads of other racketeering rings in Boston came to light yesterday, an student agents began paying back funds collected before the weekend.
The chief student solicitor explained last night that the "head man" wanted to step out of the racket in the middle of last week, and that the panic occurred because his inexperienced assistant was handling the affair. The operators have had to sell their cars and mortgage their homes to make up for the $36,000 loss.
Although the Harvard agent denied that Boston's most powerful lottery baron had anything to do with the pool, it was learned conclusively that the gambler, a witness in the "Beauo" Breen murder case, had agreed to back the enterprise.
Meanwhile both University Hall and the Cambridge police indicated that they would take no action on the question.