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September 29, 1997
Regardless of his talent, Moss is a disaster waiting to happen, and Marshall deserves better.KIM NUTTER, CHARLOTTE
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Regardless of his talent, Moss is a disaster waiting to happen, and Marshall deserves better.

Marshall's Moss
I am stunned at the profundity and poignancy of S.L. Price's article about Randy Moss and Marshall football (Cut Off from the Herd, Aug. 25). I was a student at Marshall in November 1970 when the plane crash that killed almost everyone on the football team occurred, and I never thought anyone could encapsulate the trauma of those days, the enduring, pervasive effects on the school and the Huntington area, and the final redemption of the 1996 season when the best I-AA football team in history went 15-0. The article summarized it all and was a probing character study of the enigmatic Randy Moss as well.
South Point, Ohio

I am sure many Marshall fans were angered by Randy Moss's open indifference to the crash. But we should not expect him to feign loyalty to Marshall, nor should we be shocked by his lack of interest in his classes or his frequent misbehavior. No, the blame falls on Marshall for sending a clear message to Moss that his athletic talent will shield him from the consequences of his actions and that institutions of higher learning are willing to compromise their integrity to enlist the services of an athlete.
BRIAN PLATT, Charleston, W.Va.

Randy Moss claims that Notre Dame "didn't take me, because they see me as a thug." Given his criminal history, which includes two counts of battery, a probation violation due to marijuana use and domestic battery charges, I commend Notre Dame on its foresight.
JIM TANEY, Greensboro, N.C.

In a Sunday interview before playing the biggest round of golf in his career (At Long Last, Love, Aug. 25), Davis Love III did not talk about what it would mean to him to win a major championship. Instead, he took a moment to send his condolences to Corey Pavin, who was mourning the death of his father. Later that day Love waited for his playing partner, Justin Leonard, so that they could walk up to the 18th green together. He wanted to be sure that Leonard was not overlooked for his runner-up finish. Love knows what it is like to finish second, what it is like to lose a father. His empathy for those who are suffering similar fates reflects the class of this champion.
GRANT HAWKINS, College Station, Texas

College Rankings
How can you pick Penn State as the No. 1 football team (One to 112, Aug. 25) and leave Iowa in the middle at 31? Last season the Hawkeyes beat the Nittany Lions 21-20 and finished even with them in the Big Ten standings. This year Iowa has more returning starters than does Penn State.
JOSHUA KEEN, Nevada, Iowa

Will someone please explain why Arizona State, which finished 11-1 last season, isn't ranked in the top 10? And you had the nerve to rank the Arizona Wildcats (5-6 in 1996) 15th. Was that a misprint?
VITO BOCCUZZIO, Meriden, Conn.

Ranking Michigan State ahead of Michigan is a joke. Michigan has 14 starters back. Michigan State is still trying to figure out third-year coach Nick Saban's system. Plus, Ohio State will not finish in the top 15. Buckeyes coach John Cooper is on his way out. Get the plates ready. You'll be eating crow in November.
TONY COGGINS, Tawas City, Mich.

Thanks for disproving the thought that the car does all the work by displaying the endurance, strategy and skill that a NASCAR driver like Jeff Gordon must use in a race (Riding Shotgun with Jeff Gordon, Aug. 18).
MICHAEL BUNDY, Tacoma, Wash.

Memorable Errors
I was surprised not to see Scott Norwood's name in your list of athletes whose careers have been overshadowed by memorable errors (SCORECARD, Aug. 25). Norwood kicked five field goals in three playoff games in January 1991, three of them in one game, tying the Buffalo Bills' postseason record. His regular-season performance was anything but dismal. Yet he will always be remembered for missing a field goal in the final seconds of Super Bowl XXV, giving the Giants a 20-19 victory.