More than 209 alumni, mostly former football players, have signed a letter to President Tilghman calling on her to “personally act to help restore Princeton’s winning football tradition.” The June letter was written by Eric Dreiband ’86.
The group wants Tilghman to change several policies that are not in line with other Ivy League schools. The letter asks the admission office to move up the date when it sends “likely” letters indicating an applicant’s chance of admission; ease academic standards for athletes; and start accepting transfer students. It also wants changes to Princeton’s rules on injuries — the University is alone in the league in requiring students with major injuries or medical problems to sit out an entire academic year rather than one semester.
Tilghman said she will address these issues at a meeting this fall with the Princeton Football Association, a group of alumni and friends who support the football program.