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large part of the evidence bears upon my relation to our athletic program,
and I am charged with doing several specific things that could be construed
as harmful to our athletic success. According to the reports that have
reached me, this evidence is full of statements that can easily be proved to
be false. If such statements are to be considered in any manner or measure
as evidence, I should be given a fair opportunity to refute them with facts
and records, which I can do….
6. The total effect of this situation is to make my task exceedingly diffi-
cult. My task, even before and aside from the so-called investigation, was
extremely demanding and difficult. But now the difficulties and burdens
have been multiplied manifold. Yet we must carry on, and this I shall do. I
do not propose to quit.
I do not presume to suggest what you and the other members of the
Executive Committee should do. I have strong confidence in you and the
committee. As to what I should do in the days just ahead, I am considering
carefully several possibilities, and I am praying for Divine Guidance.
Two weeks later, with sniping at Tribble continuing, the Executive
Committee got out a press release intended to still some of the tumult.
It said that the members of the committee
go on record as deploring the continued agitation directed against the
administration of the college. Dr. Tribble has given magnificent and cou-
rageous leadership to the college which places North Carolina Baptists
under abiding obligation. His record of achievement is imposing and highly
It is the studied opinion of the Executive Committee that the adminis-
tration's integrity is above question. We feel that the alumni of the college
and North Carolina Baptists generally owe to the administration prayerful
and sympathetic support in the present responsibility of getting the college
moved to the new campus at Winston-Salem.
On March 29 the college faculty was asked to vote on whether the
individual members had confidence in Dr. Tribble's "sincerity and
integrity (moral soundness, honesty, uprightness)." Of the eighty-nine
professors eligible to participate in the poll, one voted "no," another
expressed an adverse opinion of the Tribble administration, nine
withheld their responses, five were unaccounted for, and seventy-
three gave Dr. Tribble their support.
Despite the faculty action, which was given wide currency,
alumni foes were active throughout the spring and it appeared that