344. THE HISTORY OF WAKE FOREST COLLEGE
about him were manifold. Once when he was washing Coach "Pea-
head" Walker's car it started rolling backwards, and he couldn't stop
it. When it finally lodged against a power pole he rushed into the gym
shouting, "A telephone done grasp de car."
Throughout the Tribble era there was a great deal of concern over
the cost of the athletic program, and the faculty warned repeatedly
that funds required for academic activities should not be diverted to
sports ventures. In particular doubts were expressed about the sums
available for athletic scholarships as compared with the outlays for
academic assistance. In 1953 the Board of Trustees disclosed that
Wake Forest was spending $82,760 for a hundred athletic
scholarships and only half that on 293 nonathletic grants. The aid to
sports figures ranged from $110 to $925, with sixty-seven
scholarships in football, sixteen in baseball, twelve in basketball, and
five in other sports. Nonathletic grants ranged between $82.50 and
$330. At other institutions comparable totals were: Carolina,
$100,632 in aid to 144 athletes, and $53,385 to 289 nonathletes; State,
$93748 to 72 athletes, $16,250 to 103 others; and Duke, $125,000 to
110 athletes and $156,705 to 424 nonathletes.
Old Gold and Black said the figures showed that Wake Forest, "like
virtually every other college in the United States today, is spending
far more money to obtain and maintain students who can participate
with skill in an intercollegiate program of sports than it is spending to
obtain and maintain students who are of superior quality academically
and intellectually. Such an emphasis is to us evidence of a misguided
sense of values in today's program of higher education." Part of that
imbalance was corrected when the Hankins and other scholarships
became available on the basis of need or merit.
Of perhaps greater concern to the administration was the recurring
operation of the athletic program at a deficit. For the nine-year period
from 194-9 to 1958, the accrued deficit in athletics was over
$650,000.
Receipts Expenditures Deficit
1949 $219,290 $255,603 $36,313
1950 228,689, 259,311, 30,622
1951 159,959, 234,539, 74,580
1952 182,717, 232,360, 49,643
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