The editors of the Exonian have made an original and arresting contribution to the current discussion of football in American colleges. Attacking the problem from their own special point of view, that of the student casting about to determine the institution he wishes to enter, they have reduced to precise statistics what has long been only a conjecture,--the fact that success in football exercises a preponderant influence over the minds of schoolboys in their choice of a university.
Conceivably there are three possible reactions to this state of affairs. "As good a criterion as any other" might be the observation of the cynic, or "Another argument for good teams," that of the pragmatist. But to the serious and thoughtful observer, these facts cannot fail to bring a renewed appreciation of the extent to which the distorted sense of values induced by the present overemphasis of football, has seeped into American academic life.
As the indictment against football, the spectacle, grows steadily more formidable, there becomes increasingly apparent the necessity that the present flurry of criticism bear permanent fruit in the form of the restoration of football, the game.