Clay McEldowney ’69 correctly identifies the admission office as the reason for mediocrity or worse in some of the Princeton athletic teams. The admission policy limits the number of qualified athletes so that Princeton does not win too much, a political-correctness foul. This policy courts disaster. For example, the wrestling team has lost 41 straight matches since 2005. The sprint football team has not won in years and lost to Navy 98–0 in 2005. Men’s basketball recently had its worst season in history. After once being a premier Ivy team, football has an overall losing record the past several decades and attendance continues to decline. Princeton certainly has fine teams that achieve excellence. But excellence should be achievable for all of its teams.
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