The athletic committee evidently mean to place a graduate committee in charge of each of the college sports, so far as it is possible. We are led to discuss the advisability of this plan. Not a great many years ago it was hardly possible for a graduate to get a chance to advise the under-graduates on athletic questions,-graduates were not wanted, and were put aside so often that finally the students were left to themselves. The result everyone knows. Our teams lost all that years of previous work had gained; they have never recovered from the blow they received when certain men, sure that they knew all there was to know, refused to take the advice of their elders. The unwisdom of that old way is perfectly understood now. Graduates are urged to come out here and to give our teams the benefit of their experience. We have found that their help is necessary.
The graduates should understand their position, however. When the undergraduates call upon the graduates for help they do not ask it of every man who has received a degree from the University, but who never did anything for athletics while in college. Such men, armed with theories which a man who has spent a year or two in training knows are utterly useless, can accomplish nothing. It is men of this type who make all the trouble, and who make the undergraduates disgusted. Such men had best do all they can to urge other men of recognized ability to give advice. The athletic teams are over-eager to follow the teachings of men in whom they have confidence, but if that confidence is lacking, nothing can be done.
These graduate committees will be useful only so far as they are made up of men who understand what they talk about, and in making its appointments the Athletic Committee must always recognize this fact or they will fail to bring about the end in view.