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For the last three weeks Dick Harlow has been faced with the same discouraging results that confronted Crisler when he took over the reins at Princeton. Except for occasional flashes of brilliance, the team has not shown the drive, the push, nor the vigor that makes for an undefeated season. The blame, however, lies with the past, not with the present.
A man who has been accustomed to idling on the practice field, hesitating a brief second before plunging through the line, or forgetting he is a cog in a machine needs more than six weeks in which to become an A-1 player. Until he has learned new habits, he is of little assistance in rendering effective even the best system in the world. This is the problem on Soldier's Field today.
While Mr. Harlow will have few of the material aids that have been extended to Mr. Crisler, he is a sportsman and a leader. His personality and his sense of fair play are already undermining the casual attitude of the past but it is a long task. One need only look at this year's Freshman team to see the results of immediate contact with the new regime. Whether or not the rest of the season holds victory in store for him, he will continue to lay the groundwork for future excellence.
Nor should the scores imply criticism of Captain Kelly and his teammates. Not only are they also victims of a past system but they have been dogged by ill-luck since they returned in September. If they continue to show the tenacious and fighting spirit that they have displayed so far, their record will be an enviable one regardless of statistics.
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