Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1997

Abstract

When the head coach of the University of Michigan baseball team resigned suddenly, University officials started looking around for a replacement. Then several people told the Athletic Director about an outstanding candidate in his own backyard. It turned out that a young man who had coached baseball both at Ohio Wesleyan University and Allegheny College and then been a catcher for several major league baseball clubs (before his throwing arm went dead) was a student in the Law School. After receiving glowing reports about the young man (let's call him by his first two initials, W.B.), the Athletic Director offered him the head coaching job on the condition that he persuade the Dean of the University of Michigan Law School that he could study law and coach baseball at the same time. But when the student approached him, the Dean was incredulous. He also became quite angry. Emphasizing the Law School was an extremely competitive place, the Dean maintained that it was "absolutely impossible" for any student to both coach a varsity team and earn passing grades in the school, especially a student like W.B., who was carrying an unusually heavy load of courses.


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