Penn Asks Hearing by NCAAs Council: Wants to Put Case Before Entire Membership in Hopes of Regaining, Daily Racing Form, 1951-06-09


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Penn Asks Hearing By NCAAs Council Wants to Put Case Before Entire Membership in Hopes Of Regaining Good Standing By BUSS GREEN United Press Sports Writer PHILADELPHIA, Pa., June 8.— The University of Pennsylvania, determined that its case be heard, today asked the National Collegiate Athletic Association for a hearing on its suspension by the college groups executive council in the row over the universitys decision to televise its football games next fall. Penn, seeking immediate restoration to good standing in the NCAA, asked for "fairness and justice in the granting of a hearing" in a telegram sent by athletic director Francis T. Murray to NCAA president Hugh C. Willett. "We want to put our case before the full membership," a Penn spokesman said. "We feel that a good many of the schools will be on our side when all of the facts are brought out." * The university considered the councils action as "hasty" and added that the suspension was announced without the 17-man board meeting and "without the benefit of hearing." Murray Expresses Surprise Murray expressed "surprise" at the councils action in bumping Penn into the "not in good standing" list yesterday after the university announced two days ago that it would televise its 1951 games in defiance of a general NCAA ban. Should it continue in the NCAA doghouse, other group members may decline to meet Penn in athletics. Four teams on the 1951 schedule indicated they may drop their games. Murray pointed out in his telegram to Willett that the NCAA committee on television had not announced arrangements for its proposed controlled television next fall. The committee "has not yet completed arrangements for the televising of a single game anywhere in the nation, and has refused to give Pennsylvania permission to make its own arrangements for televising even one of its games, either locally or nationally," the telegram said. „ Murray also asked the NCAA to consider the responsibilities of universities in serving the public with TV games. "Do you not agree that the colleges and universities have a responsibility to the millions of Americans, young and old, who cannot afford to travel to, and pay to enter, a stadium, but who do enjoy the wholesome telecast of college athletics with their good sportsmanship and high spirit?" the telegram read. Murray said a flood of mail to his desk showed strong public approval of Penns decision to televise its game. Messages from as far as the West Coast complimented Penn on its stand, Murray said.

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