Maybe coaches should recruit more intelligent players who can pass a remedial college writing class while also being able to shoot a layup.
—BECKIE FISHER, Champaign, Ill.
School for Scandal
As a university professor, I was appalled by your story on the ills of the Minnesota basketball program (The Passing Game, June 14). Clem Haskins's arrogance in approaching faculty to manipulate the grades of his players is made more unpalatable by his shameless race baiting. To accuse faculty of racism when they attempt to give a failing grade to a student who doesn't show up for class is political blackmail.
BRYAN GIBSON, Mt. Pleasant, Mich.
What bothers me most is that these players have no idea what they're throwing away. They are given a free education and free room and board. Above all, they are given an opportunity that most of them would not otherwise have had. Yet this is not enough. On top of that, they expect someone else to do their academic work.
GENNARO DeANGELIS, Springfield, Mass.
Meanwhile, at Ohio State
Although Don Yaeger didn't miss the point that Andy Katzenmoyer didn't care about an education or Ohio State (Black Eye for the Buckeyes, June 14), he failed to bring up the point that Katzenmoyer took an education away from someone who did.
JERRY MUZAR, Norman, Okla.
Last August our Office of Academic Affairs conducted a thorough inquiry into the academic eligibility of Andy Katzenmoyer, including allegations in the two unsigned letters you quoted. It found no university regulations broken and no privilege granted to Mr. Katzenmoyer that was not available to all other students. Mr. Katzenmoyer was within his rights to take only elective courses during the summer term.
Nevertheless, during this past academic year, our Colleges of Arts and Sciences—in which the majority of our undergraduates are enrolled—have strengthened regulations for progress toward a degree. Two thirds of credits each year must be earned in courses that count toward an identified degree. This will move our students more efficiently toward graduation. Also, all retroactive grade changes must be co-signed by the relevant dean.
Ohio State's academic requirements for its scholarship athletes already surpassed those of both the Big 10 and the NCAA before these adjustments. It is important, I believe, for your readers to know this and to understand that these new rules apply to all students whether or not they play a scholarship sport.
WILLIAM E. KIRWAN, President
Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
Forget About the NFL
Your article (Happy on the Inside, June 21) was the best you have published on arena football. I have been a fan of the league since the inaugural season in 1987.1 can still see coach Tim Marcum receiving the Hardee's Cup when the Denver Dynamite won the first league title. The trophy had been dropped before the game and was dented.
D.W. DONAHOO, Overland Park, Kans.
Although I'm a lifelong Packers fan, I've grown tired of spending a couple of hundred dollars watching millionaire ballplayers through binoculars from seats 200 yards from the action. I have given up my Packers tickets and now have season tickets to the Milwaukee Mustangs. I park 50 yards from the Bradley Center for $5 and spend three hours watching a game that seems to have a score on every other possession. Is it the NFL? No, and that's why we're there.
RANDALL C. PACK, Greenfield, Wis.
Telling It Like It Is
Finally, somebody said what I've been thinking (SI VIEW, June 14). We need Howard Cosell. I was a kid when he did the sports, so I couldn't truly appreciate him, but I always loved him.
JONATHAN SOLIN, Los Angeles