NEW HAVEN, CONN., Nov. 12, 1882.
The college press here has had considerable to say upon the action of our faculty, regarding the prohibition of our nine from playing with professional teams. It is justice to say that college sentiment is divided as to the wisdom of such action, but the majority of the men feel that it is right. In regard to the position of the faculty, we believe they acted as to them seemed best. It is not strange, nor is it any act of discourtesy, that they did not accede to the proposition of the Harvard faculty. Circumstances are different in many respects in the two colleges, and what is thought necessary for the good of the college at Harvard may not seem to be here. Professionalism in athletics certainly does not exist at Yale, as it perhaps does at Harvard. We have no professional trainer here among us to watch over and direct the movements of our athletes. It is true we have had not quite the need of one that Harvard has, since it is not until recently that we have sent men to Mott Haven. In that branch of athletics careful training is most required. Therefore the professionalism that Harvard has to deplore from that source is not found here. There was this difference, then, in the circumstances of the two colleges, lying in the presence of a professional trainer among students in the one case, and of none in the other. This fact, doubtless, has had much to do with the decision of our faculty. It must not be looked upon as an act of discourtesy if Yale fails to fall in with the prevalent notion at Harvard. A remedy is needed only when we suffer. The only possible cause for suffering has been in our contact with professional nines. From the standpoint of the faculty this has seemed no cause of harm, and we generally approve their opinion. From the standpoint of our athletic interests, which must, of course, be somewhat selfish, this action is regarded as most advantageous. It is not so judged from the fact that Harvard will be shut out from playing with league teams, because, if such be the case, there are many strong amateur nines in and about Boston which she can obtain good practice from, but for the reason that, had we been so debarred, we should have been greatly weakened. There are almost no clubs about here of any strength, and the result would be that we should be entirely deprived of practice with strong nines or would be obliged to bring them to us with great expense. I think that we have justly stated the case, and that men should think carefully before they condemn our course.