RECRUITING MINDS AND BODIES
Provost and Professors Played Tough Front Line
By Harry Press
n the extremely competitive world of football recruiting, how do you persuade
members of the tiny pool of high school seniors, academically eligible for
Stanford, to choose the Farm?
Call out your brains, not your brawn.
At a recent Faculty Club brunch, Stanford's renowned provost all
5-foot-8 of her left spellbound 16 of the nation's outstanding
grid stars, huge fellows all. Why should they choose Stanford? she
asked. Because this university can take you where you want to go in
sports and beyond, even as far as the White House staff.
Eddie Gayles, running back from Renton, Washington, will be one of 22
football recruits coming this fall. Here, he is with Professor
You think right now you know what you want to do, Condoleezza Rice,
provost and political science professor, said. Perhaps you want to
study political science or law or engineering. Don't be in a hurry. Give
yourself time and you'll find your passion.
She didn't find her passion Russian studies until
her senior year at college. And that, she explained, led her eventually
to the federal government's top level. After several years as the
specialist on Russia for the