I strongly disagree with the college football rankings in your scouting reports. Northern Illinois is definitely a top 105 team this season.
—DOUG KEITH, St. Petersburg, Fla.
The Big Kat
Your cover story about Ohio State omnibacker Andy Katzenmoyer reminds me of another break-the-mold, once-in-a-lifetime linebacker of yesteryear (Kataclysm, Aug. 31). No, not Dick Butkus, not Jack Lambert, not Lawrence Taylor. I'm afraid it's Brian Bosworth.
JOHN ACREE, Cheverly, Md.
I've got three words for Katzenmoyer (and his mother): career-ending injury. Even if he survives his junior year and signs a rich contract, will he have the intellectual and emotional resources to build a new life if—god forbid—he becomes unable to play football?
JOYCE MACDONALD, Louisville
Katzenmoyer describes himself as a "new breed" of athlete. But with his low grades and DWI arrest, he sounds like the same old breed of college football player to me.
DEAN DUANE, Highlands, N.J.
Coach John Cooper should spend more time counseling his players on the importance of an education and on ways to contribute to society other than on the football field.
CHRISTIE KELLY, Los Alamos, N.Mex.
I'm not sure which disgusted me more—the fact that Katzenmoyer's parents couldn't care less that he is academically deficient or that you chose to put him on your cover.
NICK ARMSTRONG, Naperville, Ill.
Nice picture of Katzenmoyer on the cover. Hope he can find someone to read him the article.
RUSS EMELANDER, Hudsonville, Mich.
Perhaps in your next issue we should read about Rick Reilly's and Austin Murphy's college course loads and their respective academic averages. Leave Katzenmoyer alone.
THOMAS ORR, Ridgefield, Conn.
Running the Option
Tim Layden overlooked one of the nation's most proficient option attacks (Back to the Option, Aug. 31). Last year Rice, which runs the spread option, finished second in the nation in rushing, behind Nebraska.
JASON R. WILLIAMS, Houston
In 1994 Ohio University was 0-11. In '97, three years after coach Jim Grobe took over and installed the option, the Bobcats were 8-3. It has brought hope of a bowl-game bid back to Athens.
BRIAN AYRES, Albany, Ga.