COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. – Terry Haws might not have ended up at Saint John’s University in the first place were it not for a rule change and an illicit cigarette.
It was the fall of 1966 and Haws was the athletic director and head football and wrestling coach at St. Cloud Cathedral High School. The previous spring, the school had elected to make a change to its disciplinary policy, increasing the punishment for being caught smoking from a three-day suspension to expulsion.
It was a move Haws – who had also been the boys guidance counselor at Cathedral – strongly opposed.
“His argument was that some kid was going to make a dumb mistake and it was going to cost them a full year of school,” recalls his son Pat, a student at Cathedral at the time. “He thought it was way too harsh.” Continue reading at gojohnnies.com →