FOOTBALL: END OF A COACH
I wish to express my thanks to SPORTS ILLUSTRATED and James Murray for the perceptive, splendidly written essay on Red Sanders (E & D, Aug. 25), my closest friend of the past 40 years.
Sports Editor, Nashville Banner
Red Sanders was a giant among many little men. Personal malediction did not bother him, for he rode through oceans of critical abuse in grand verbal style. To the end, he was the master of the proverb. Red Sanders was a tremendous football coach, a scintillating speaker and never one to do the expected, even in the way he died.
Under Henry Sanders, UCLA's football teams were the best the coast has had since the war, despite the pragmatic penalties and ineligibilities handed down by the narrow-minded officials of the now very properly defunct Pacific Coast Conference.
Palo Alto, Calif.
FOOTBALL: THE NEW MAN
Congratulations on the selection of Red Grange as your college football prognosticator (MEMO FROM THE PUBLISHER, Aug. 25). I am sure Red will give us some very interesting reading.
Our family thinks that Red Grange is the best football telecaster and radio announcer working today. We enjoy his work, both college and professional, and look forward to reading him this fall.
CONRAD F. KELLERMANN
University City, Mo.
We note with pleasure the selection of Red Grange as your college football prognosticator. We recall from last year that you gave the results of Mr. Hickman's hunches in terms of games won, lost and tied. Are you planning to also express Mr. Grange's results in terms of a tally both for the past week and year to date?
JOHN R. MORTON
FOOTBALL: THE FREE RIDE
I have been a faithful reader of your magazine for some years now. But the article on Jimmy Phillips (A Free Ride for Big Red, SI, Aug. 25) was one of the dirtiest and most turned-around I've read in a long time.
Since SPORTS ILLUSTRATED hit the streets I've heard you called many uncomplimentary names. And they're probably hanging Don Parker in effigy in Auburn and Alex City right now. Phillips, too, for that matter.
But, seriously, except for one or two minor criticisms, I thought the article an excellent job of reporting, profiling or call it what you will. You mentioned the Senior Bowl in the same paragraph as the Hula Bowl, thus intimating that our game was on the shady side. We of the Senior Bowl pay by check and publicize the fact that members of our winning squad receive $500 each, plus all expenses, and the losers $400. Yet some schools (the Southwest Conference in the past) have taken scholarships away from boys for playing in our game on the grounds that they became pros (i.e., were paid by check on top of the table). It was perfectly all right, however, to take the Honolulu trip, play with and against pros and get paid for doing so, as long as it was in cash under the table.