In Kentucky, where football has always played second fiddle to college basketball, how could anyone be surprised at Bill Curry's lack of success (Currying No Favor, Oct. 7)? Indeed, this man has not had much success anywhere except at Alabama, where he coached players recruited by Bear Bryant. It is sad that Tim Couch has been going to a school where he has been forced to pass while lying on his back.
MICHAEL BROOKS, Laurel, Miss.
Bill Curry has had some disappointing seasons at Kentucky, but despite the adversity he has faced, he has always been a model of integrity and sportsmanship. In 1991 he was honored by the Institute for International Sport as a Sports Ethics Fellow. While Kentucky may not make it to a bowl game this year, Curry represents everything that is right about college athletics. William F. Reed would be well advised to redraw his definition of a good coach to include things other than won-lost records.
DAVID S. BRENNAN, Kingston, R.I.
Each year, on his own time, Bill Curry comes to Hammond School, where I am chairman of the math department, and speaks to young people about what's really important: family, education, good health and hard work. Through his work as a coach and teacher, Curry has been a significant, positive influence on the lives of many. Sadly, you failed to mention this.
ROBERT W. WOLPERT, Columbia, S.C.