THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Yale suspended; well,
WASHINGTON (I)-The Eastern Col-
lege Athletic Conference placed Yale Uni-
versity on probation yesterday for knowing-
ly using an ineligible basketball player and
then withdrew the penalty for the time
being after a heated two-hour membership
The executive Council of the ECAC,
which adopted the resolution, yielded to a
66-38 vote of members present to consider
withholding the probation until the ECAC's
annual convention in New York late next
The 12-man executive council then went
into closed session for one hour and voted
to pull back the resolution. The council
said it would meet again later this month
to discuss whether to resubmit the pro-
bation next month.
Yale, however, said it would challenge
any attempt to hand out probation. The
school contends the only penalty the ECAC
can give out is outright expulsion from the
nation's largest athletic conference.
Such a move would require a two-thirds
vote of all members present and at least
a majority vote of all 190 ECAC members.
At issue is Yale's use of 6-foot-8 Jack
L :ger after he played on the U.S. team
last August in the Maccabiah Games in Tel
Aviv. The baslketball competition in the
Games was not sanctioned by the Na-
tional Collegiate Athletic Association, mak-
ing Langer automatically ineligible under
NCAA rules. The ECAC, an affiliate of the
NCAA, also ruled him ineligible.
Langer is an unfortunate victim of an-
other power struggle between the NCAA
and the Amateur Athletic Union over con-
trol of amateur basketball in this country.
The NCAA permitted athletes in other
sports to participate in the Maccabiah
Games, the Jewish Olympics, but refused
permission for college basketball players.
In a letter last July to Gaylord P. Harn-
well, president of the University of Penn-
sylvania, Walter Byers, executive director
of the NCAA, said that by refusing to ap-
prove the basketball competition, the
NCAA "hoped to persuade" the AAU to
give up its fight to control the sport in the
The ECAC membership had been called
into a special meeting in conjunction with
the annual NCAA convention in Washing-
ton to discuss the Langer case. Yale faces
posible disciplinary action by the NCAA
Council Thursday when it must explain
to thit body ; x y it, p i .. C: d <,to go
to the Maccabia Gam an ub uently
used him initrol cn ehon.
After Lanrer plyIh az~wo
games, t.he EA: ( : :! cen-
sured Yale and cidesd xlte saeh u to stop
"The Langcr case hasei ..n matter
of principle . . L aney KI , ui. Y" le -s di..
rector of athletics, aid ri dy,. "ale wll
not punish hi, by dcny in . hain th right
to play basketball le. wet to the Mac-
cabiah Games w~ith our blin and we're
the guilty ones, not the bo '."
Although Yale admittedly ioted_ NCAA
and ECAC rules, the ce has become a
moral issue-should a student be a pawn
in the power sttug'le" and what Albert
Twitchell, athletic dirce r at utgra Uni-
verity, described as "nat ion'. clasic.
"All anyone w~il und'stand" Twitchell
said, "is we tried to punish a bo for going
to another country and sceting a fine ex-
perience out of it. This is too dlelicate a
national case for a snap judvment."
Yale, a mnember of the Ivy Lea e, re-
ceived the unanimous support of the eight
Ivy presidents last week in its dcision to
SYDNEY, Australia (P) - At "I knor: I went very close, for
17 years of age, Debbie Meyer, a the award aist year," she said,
schoolgirl from Sacramento, Calif., '"ad nauraly I was disappoint-
has been around the world break- ed when I missed out. I jIust was
ng swimming records, and now not thinking about it this year."
she's sitting on top of it. She is competing hee in the New
"It's great, really great," sh3 South )Wales wirnm~i ig cham;pion-
gushed like any wide-eyed teen-- <hip&
ager. After lowering on of her own
What was so great was her se- f o u r world freestyle records in
lection yesterday as The Associat- 1969 and beginning a champion-
ed Press, Female Athlete of the ship run in her first try at the
Year for 1969, an award that mediry, MrsMeyer Pted up 21
barely eluded her last year when votes to o n I y 96 for runnerup
ice skater Peggy Fleming nar- Kathy Whtworth, a golfer who
rowly won the honor for 1968. won in 1965 and 196C
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