The College Football Association will consider putting a monitor on the campuses of each of its 66 members schools to keep the schools from getting into trouble because of football.
Warned by its new committee of chief executive officers that big-time college athletics could be in jeopardy, the CFA agreed to pick a committee to study the watchdog idea. The panel will be told to report a year from now.
The idea came from the Rev. Edmund Joyce of Notre Dame, who said the system would be preventive rather than punitive. He said a monitor would have total access to every aspect of a school's football program.
"Although we are in the entertainment business, our fundamental purpose is to be on the side of integrity, and there is no question where the colleges and the presidents will stand on that issue," Thomas Hearn, president of Wake Forest, told CFA delegates in Dallas.
The coaches' committee appointed Joe Paterno, Tom Osborne and Jackie Sherrill to work with the NFL on a system that would enable college players to be evaluated on their campuses, rather than travel to pro facilities . . .
Two Mississippi State football players, Willie Monroe and Hal O. Williams, both 19, were killed Saturday night in a car wreck near West Point, Miss. Both were from Starkville, Miss.