The decisions by Hofstra and NortheasternUniversities to drop football had ramifications in the Midwest yesterday. Thus, the shocking headline on the front page of today's New York Times, in two inch high black letters across the entire six columns of the front page, was "MICHIGAN DROPS FOOTBALL." This was only the seventh page-wide headline in the New York Times in the last 68 years. The others were "JAPANESE BOMB PEARL HARBOR," "GERMANY SURRENDERS," "JAPAN SURRENDERS," "KENNEDY ASSASSINATED," "NIXON RESIGNS," and "GEORGE W. BUSH READS BOOK."
The subheadline to the two inch high, six column headline of "MICHIGAN DROPS FOOTBALL" was done in one inch high type. It said "But Nobody Knows Because It Continues To Play."
Then came the lead paragraph, which read as follows:
"In a shocking development that stunned the entire sports world today, the President of the University of Michigan, Mary Sue Coleman, announced at a press conference that the school had dropped football. Nobody will know this, however," she said, "because we shall continue to play. We are continuing to play so that we can continue to lose to OhioState every year. It wouldn't feel normal in Ann Arbor in the last ten days of November if we hadn't just lost to OhioState."