To Myles Brand and his statement that "uncivil and embarrassing behavior will not be tolerated"—it just was.
—KEVIN WESTERVELT, Modesto, Calif.
The General's Jury
I've been a subscriber for 43 years, and your treatment of Indiana basketball coach Bob Knight ranks as a big disappointment (General Amnesty, May 22). You took a strong anti-Knight position on an issue that has two sides. Knight is guilty of bad behavior but has good values. I'd rather have him coaching my kid than 90% of the major-college coaches.
PATRICK G. BROWN, Wilton, Conn.
I must need an anger management program too. Your cover headline and picture of Knight made me want to strangle writer Alexander Wolff, kick your editor, throw the magazine across the floor and cancel my subscription.
BETSEY VONDERHEIDE, Madison, Ind.
For years I've wondered what the meaning of the word Hoosier is. Is it an animal, a greeting, a mythical being? Now, thanks to Indiana University president Myles Brand, I finally know. Hoosier means spineless.
MARK LAUWASSER, Milwaukee
How dare you suggest that obtaining a degree from Indiana is something to be ashamed of. Most students select their university because of its academic reputation—not for its basketball program. Do not offend the 6,000-plus students who graduated from Indiana on May 6 because of a coach who can't control his temper.
BARBARA MANDICH, Westlake Village, Calif.
I have one question for the president and trustees at Indiana: What's it like to work for Bob Knight?
CRIS HOEL, Wexford, Pa.
One point that Wolff missed is the odd reverse sexism in Brand's decision. Try to picture Knight grabbing the throat of a young Rebecca Lobo or Sheryl Swoopes. The public outcry would be deafening, and loss of employment would be the least of his problems. So why is this man allowed to treat young men like this?
JULIE HANRAHAN, Coral Gables, Fla.
What officials at Indiana did was shrewd. You can't fire a state icon, so you let him fire himself. With the mandates handed down for Knight to follow, the school can't lose. Either Knight follows them and there are no more incidents to rationalize, or he blows up and earns a dishonorable discharge. Even Knight's supporters won't be able to argue with that.
ANDY WILSON, Atlanta
Pinball Not Baseball
In your story about Enron you say Astros owner Drayton McLane envisioned "real baseball" when he built the stadium. Why, then, did he create a park crammed with every contrivance imaginable? Why not plant trees in centerfield and put a sand trap in left? The game played in Houston seems more like pinball than baseball.
DAVID CHAPUS, Rochester, N.Y.
What Do Voters Know?
Steve Rushin spends a column berating Fred Hickman over his vote for Allen Iverson as the NBA's MVP (AIR AND SPACE, May 22). He makes the point that all Iverson did was make "a bad team adequate." Just a few weeks earlier Doc Rivers was selected as the NBA Coach of the Year, receiving 60 out of 121 votes. Where was the ridicule for those 60 voters? Perhaps Rushin can explain why it's O.K. for a coach to receive an award for making a bad team adequate but not for a player to be so honored?
RICHMOND CHESTER, Suisun City, Calif.