Higher admission standards and a new administration have been instituted since Lou Holtz came to Notre Dame in 1985 (INSIDE COLLEGE FOOTBALL, NOV. 25). Notre Dame can recruit about one third of the high school All-Americas ready to enter college. As a result, we saw an increasing number of disputes between Holtz and the administration. How can a school maintain such high expectations for a football program when its coach is not given access to the resources needed to achieve them? While Holtz may not have been fired, it's fair to say he was pushed. As the new bumper sticker being sold on campus goes, DON'T BLAME ME, I VOTED FOR HOLTZ.
BEN MAGNANO, South Bend
Some say it's unfair to judge any coach by the number of national championships won, but it's interesting to note that Lou Holtz's single national title places him even with Dan Devine and one ahead of Gerry Faust, his two most recent predecessors at Notre Dame.
J.J. MARKS, Homewood, Ill.
Finally someone has given a break to an athlete who is not a superstar millionaire (SCORECARD, Nov. 25). Why do former college athletes have to suffer financially after they have paid their dues to society?
Christian Peter has paid his fines and served his time. The New England Patriots wouldn't take him. The New York Giants intend to have a "one strike" clause in his contract. Did Steve Howe have such a clause? Or Vida Blue? Or Darryl Strawberry? No. These guys were stars, and the owners needed them to make more money. Until rookies prove that they can make the money for the owners, they suffer.
FREDERICK W. VAN HECKE
Yes, Christian Peter deserves the opportunity to "get on with his life," but it shouldn't be a life of pro football, in which his aggressive tendencies will be encouraged and rewarded with dollars and publicity. People like Peter should get the message that offenders, although they earn a second chance, should not be allowed to pick up where they left off as if nothing had happened.
JOAN MIGTON, Clark, N.J.