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April 12, 1999
You finally do a feature on UConn basketball, and you focus on the fact that the men's and the women's coaches don't go bowling together?—Paul Knopick, Laguna Hills, Conn.
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April 12, 1999


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You finally do a feature on UConn basketball, and you focus on the fact that the men's and the women's coaches don't go bowling together?
—Paul Knopick, Laguna Hills, Conn.

Just Kidding
Within two weeks of your articles on them in your March 8 issue, Dennis Rodman took a leave of absence from the Lakers, and Albert Belle made the Orioles' locker room look like a South Florida trailer park after Hurricane Andrew blew through. Belle will always be a nuisance, and Dennis is still a menace.
Chris Jones, Alexandria, Va.

I loved your recent April Fools' cover. You know, the one that said Rodman "brings discipline, maturity and stability to the Lakers." Then there was the article on Albert Belle and his new and improved attitude. You guys crack me up. Uh, that was the April Fools' edition, wasn't it?
Bill Helwig, Summerville, S.C.

I was amused by your Merger Mania piece in the March 8 STORECARD. I thought of pairing several more teams that would make interesting combinations: CardSharks ( St. Louis Cardinals and San Jose Sharks), RockStars ( Colorado Rockies and Dallas Stars) and the BackPackers ( Arizona Diamondbacks and Green Bay Packers).
Steve Bower, Clovis, Calif.

UConn Coaches
As an alumnus of Connecticut, I enjoyed your article about the Huskies' men's basketball coach, Jim Calhoun, and their women's basketball coach, Geno Auriemma (Dynamic Tension, March 8). Both have put UConn basketball on the map, and in a perfect world they would be friends. But as your article pointed out, in many high-profile programs that have two teams sharing the same court and competing for fan support and publicity, the men's coach and the women's coach do not get along.
Robert Lieb, Grayson, Ga.

Instead of rehashing old reports of a possible rivalry between Auriemma and Calhoun, why not focus on the great job the University of Connecticut has done helping the men's and the women's teams to flourish?
Michelle Brand, Hamden, Conn.

How can you put together a list of Division I colleges whose men and women have won national titles in the same sport during the same school year and leave out perhaps the most dominant combo? Harvard won national championships in men's and women's squash in 1987, '88, '92, '93, '94, '95, '96 and '97.
Jacob Berlin and James Cha, Cambridge, Mass.

Upset City, Baby
Not to include Richmond on your list of the 10 greatest NCAA basketball tournament upsets is ludicrous (Anatomy of an Upset, March 15). The Spiders' defeat of the Orangemen of Syracuse in 1991 was the first time a No. 15 seed beat a No. 2.
Jeff Davenhall, Richmond

In 1978 Miami of Ohio was paired against defending national champion Marquette in the opening round. The Warriors were comfortably ahead most of the game. Then the Redskins went on a run and tied the game. A disallowed last-second basket by the Warriors sent the game to overtime. Miami then won in OT.
Mike Grodhaus, Dublin, Ohio

Missing Men
Your choice of Jason Terry for player of the year in college basketball is as baffling as a Sherlock Holmes mystery (INSIDE COLLEGE BASKETBALL, March 8). Your reason for selecting Terry is that "no other player in the country is as crucial to his team's success." If that is your primary clue, you are sloppy detectives, because without Wally Szczerbiak. Miami ( Ohio) would have fared worse than Arizona. The Redhawks were good, but they wouldn't have made the Sweet 16 without him.
Jay Kimiecik, Oxford, Ohio

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