With Lloyd Jordan denying the rumors of his appointment as the next Director of Athletics, now stories began to circulate yesterday about who would fill William J. Bingham's vacant job.
Clarence E. "Chief" Boston '39 will arrive in Cambridge this morning. The alleged purpose of his visit is "social," just prior to a speech he will deliver in Swampscott tonight, but he is expected to partake in several conferences scheduled in the Harvard Square area this afternoon.
If Jordan gets the nod as Athletic Director, it is very likely that he will turn to the former Harvard jayvee coach for the football coaching job.
The one unknown quantity in the new athletic setup is George Whitney '07, chairman of the newly organized Overseers' Visiting Committee on Athletic Sports. Whitney was instrumental in the appointment of two Harvard coaches in the past, Tom Bolles and Dick Harlow. Neither of these men were Harvard graduates.
The theory has been in the past that if Bingham ever was moved out, his successor would be a graduate. This idea has been played with a lot recently, but it definitely would not be a factor in Whitney's decision.
Whitney left his home in New York yesterday afternoon after having cancelled a reservation for the Porcellian Club dinner to be held in Boston tonight. Despite a secretary's statement that he had gone to California, he was reported headed for Minneapolis, home of Bernie Blorman recently displaced coach of the Minnesota Gophers.
Last night, Whitney had not registered at any of the Minneapolis hotels or clubs. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported him in town this morning and it was possible that he was staying with John Cowles '21, but as of midnight (CST) he had not contacted Bierman, in bed with a head cold.
Whitney's disregard of alumni status would detract from reports that Endicott "Chub" Peabody '41, Harvard's last All-American, was a strong candidate for the vacant Directorship. Peabody was prominently mentioned by the old-guard group who believed that the job should be kept in the Harvard family. He is a member of the Whitney committee.
It was reported last night that Provost Buck was at a meeting in which the football situation was discussed. No report was issued from this meeting but it is known that Jordan was not present. This would indicate that the University has not yet made a definite commitment as to Jordan's future here. Buck was "out" until presstime.
A local paper suggested that Jordan came to the University with the understanding that were Bingham replaced, the football coach would thereafter take orders only from University Hall