Michael Farber put football coach Tom Osborne and Nebraska in the boat where they belong, with Miami, Oklahoma and Texas A&M (Coach and fury, Sept. 25). Osborne tries to toughen his image by suspending players from meaningless games, but he wouldn't teach them a lesson if it meant they would miss the Colorado or Oklahoma game or a bowl date.
JIM WALTER II, Grove City, Pa.
In condemning Osborne, you chose to take one side of the story and run with it. The actions of a few young men out of more than a hundred should not be taken lightly, but to suggest that the football program at Nebraska has run amok and become a renegade group that wants to win at all costs is ludicrous. Osborne coaches with grace, dignity and true sportsmanship. Let's stop trying to bring down the champions of college football, and let's focus instead on the events that take place on Saturday afternoons.
SCOTT CHRISTENSEN, Omaha
A few Miami players get in trouble, and you want their football program abolished. Now several Nebraska players are in trouble and all you do is criticize the coach?
RICH BAKER, Coral Gables, Fla.
Did it ever occur to you that Osborne looks for the good in his players?
MARTIN BATTERMAN, Bridgeport, Neb.
When was the last time a college football team began the season by earning mention in SI's Players of the Week item three out of the first four weeks—as the losing team? The South Carolina Gamecocks achieved that unenviable distinction this year by having the defense that helped to produce the offensive Player of the Week three times. In your Sept. 11 issue, you recognized Georgia's Robert Edwards, a defensive back converted to running back, for scoring five touchdowns against South Carolina, setting a Bulldog single-game record. The following week you noted that the Gamecock defense allowed Arkansas sophomore tailback Madre Hill to score six touchdowns in a 51-21 Razorback victory. Two weeks later, in the Oct. 2 issue, you cited Kentucky running back Moe Williams for his 429 all-purpose yards in a 35-30 Wildcat win over the Gamecocks.
TODD O'QUINN, Surfside Beach, S.C.