Here's to Al
Thanks for Rick Reilly's wonderful article on basketball coaching legend Al McGuire (THE LIFE OF REILLY, Sept. 18). In an era when self-absorbed sports figures are the norm, it's refreshing to read about a gentleman whose rise to the top of his profession was filled with dignity, honor and a remarkable sense of humor.
ROB ROCHHOLZ, San Francisco
I'm a longtime Marquette fan, and Reilly's piece brought a lump to my throat. As Reilly detailed so beautifully, Al has always marched to his own drummer. He pulled his 1970 Warriors out of the NCAA tournament ( Marquette went on to win the NIT tournament) simply because they weren't placed in their home Mideast Regional, where they were expecting to receive a bid. Now that is an original!
STEVE SCHMIDT, Menomonee Falls, Wis.
The threats toward Kent Harvey and the burning in effigy of Myles Brand (above) as a result of Bob Knight's firing created a distressing feeling of nausea. Some of the students should be escorted off the Indiana campus with their former coach.
DAVID HESSE, Eau Claire, Wis.