Boys are supposed to grow into men. Obviously these coaches did not.
R. DAVID COX, Galax, Va.
In his story about the disturbing recent actions of three prominent coaches (Out of Control, May 15), Alexander Wolff cites stress and a "need to control" as key aspects of their jobs that may have contributed to the actions of these coaches. However, it is clear that a stressful Rose Bowl or World Series in no way legitimizes illegal or immoral activity. Furthermore, anyone who claims that a coach's job involves more stress than, say, a surgeon's or a struggling single mother's has distorted what remains of the distinction between sport and society.
DAVID I. RAPPAPORT, Providence
These men are forced to live and breathe their careers under continuous pressure to excel and win. This can easily lead to going off the deep end. Our society makes the false assumption that because coaches are paid big money to lead million-dollar franchises, they are superhuman and immune to the evils of our world. Obviously they are quite vulnerable.
JEFFREY GRUMMERT, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
I cannot understand how you can put Bobby Cox in with Gary Moeller and Dennis Erickson. While the latter two committed crimes, showing disrespect for themselves and their schools, Cox committed no crime. The following Monday he and his wife publicly made known that no abuse took place.
KEN KLEPPEL, Concord Township, Ohio
Twenty-five summers ago I joined 40 other freshmen in Ann Arbor as part of the Michigan football team. We were fortunate to be coached by a superlative staff assembled by Bo Schembechler. One of our coaches was Gary Moeller, whose personal integrity and dignity made him an instant favorite.
Those who played for Moeller may never understand what demons got into him the night of April 28, but we are positive that this single event will not diminish the energy, work ethic and enthusiasm that he instilled in everyone lucky enough to call him Coach Mo.
JON C. CEDERBERG, Marina del Rey, Calif.
Moeller's detractors should not forget that for 22 of the past 24 years he has dedicated his life to Michigan football and has had a positive influence on the lives of his players.
KEN SARNOWSKI, Lake Oswego, Ore.
I think your article was an unfair character assassination of Dennis Erickson. He obviously made a mistake. While I do not condone what he did, and I think he should accept the consequences, your article failed to point out that within days of the incident Erickson had publicly apologized, walked into court, accepted responsibility for his actions and taken steps to correct the problem. In a society that often fails to accept responsibility for its actions, Erickson deserves some credit.
STEPHEN WHITEHOUSE, Shelton, Wash.
As a mediocre collegiate boxer and a public official interested in making pro boxing a better and safer sport, I read your article about super featherweight Jimmy Garcia with great concern (Glory and Sorrow, May 15). I was at ringside for the Garcia-Gabriel Ruelas fight and was deeply saddened by the death of this courageous athlete.
I hope this tragedy will prompt all fans and members of the boxing industry to support effective boxing regulations in every state. For more than a year I have been working with experienced boxing officials to pass a boxing safety bill in Congress. Its major provisions would require all pro bouts to be supervised by state commissioners and prohibit boxers from being lured into the ring to fight while they are under medical suspension.
SENATOR JOHN S. McCAIN (R., Ariz.) Washington, D.C.