Jumping Through Hoops
I found your college basketball preview issue (Nov. 19) quite interesting. My alma mater, Purdue, is not listed in the men's top 65 (Scouting Reports), nor is the women's team—runner-up in last year's NCAA tournament—listed in the top 10 (Break Up the Huskies). Oh, ye writers of little faith (and knowledge).
MARY C. HERRMANN, Wheeling, Ill.
Where is Tulsa in your top 65? Don't tell me you forgot the Golden Hurricane's victories in the semis and finals of last season's NIT. It ripped Memphis and Alabama, ranked No. 11 and No. 26, respectively, in your preseason rankings, and has back three of its five starters. Maybe you should give yourselves a D for poor study habits.
LUKE FOSTER, Tahlequah, Okla.
Who is Kent State? Western Kentucky? Neither has done anything in college basketball, yet you rank them ahead of Michigan State, which has been to the last three Final Fours, won four straight regular season Big Ten championships and will contend for the conference title this year.
BRAD WILLIAMS, St. Charles, Mich.
Last year you left Syracuse out of your top 65. It quickly went into the top 20 and stayed there. Now, I believe, the Orangemen have less talent, and you slot them at 36. Never underestimate Jim Boeheim!
ROBERT DONABELLA, Camillus, N.Y.
What a surprise that Cincinnati gets an F on its report card! When will Bearcats coach Bob Huggins admit that he is running an upstart CBA franchise? No one goes to Cincinnati for an education, and no one goes there to win a championship.
CHRISTOPHER DROUIN, Troy, Mich.
The disgracefully low graduation rates prove once again that the colleges are farm clubs for the NBA.
MICHAEL G. VALENTE, Naples, Fla.
Other students at a school like Maryland (19% graduation rate) should be insulted. Most of them pay for an education while the athletes get a free ride and abuse the privilege. I graduated from a Big East school, but I'll follow the Patriot League and the Ivy League this year. At least the players are really students, not hired guns.
JOE MOFFA, Richmond Hill, N.Y.
Big Time? Big Mistake
As a college professor, SUNY Buffalo alumnus and a sports enthusiast, I read Welcome to the Big Time (Nov. 19) with mixed feelings. Though I empathize with Morris Brown coach Derek Thompson, who spent $1,500 out of his pocket earlier this year on a recruiting trip, I—and most of my untenured colleagues—spend several times that amount each year on work-related travel. However, I don't feel much sympathy for Rees Johnson, the former Northeastern Illinois coach who missed out on his dream of coaching "one game in the NCAA tournament." Sounds like the decision makers at Northeastern Illinois got that one right.
MITCHELL ROBINSON, Storrs, Conn.
You don't have to live in Minnesota to applaud Steve Rushin's column dealing with Major League Baseball's corporate assassination of the Twins (AIR AND SPACE, Nov. 19). What astonishes and sickens me the most is that the baseball geniuses responsible for the cancellation of a World Series are still in a position to decide the game's future.
GARY DRAKE, Stamford, Conn.
Washington has not had a major league baseball team since the "new" Senators left following the 1971 season—a testament to owners who care nothing about fan loyalty. Washington fans, who had watched 11 presidents throw out the Opening Day first pitch and had seen the great Walter Johnson pitch, were told to support the Baltimore Orioles as their home team. Sorry Steve, get over it. You should realize that baseball is a business run by greedy owners who care little about the fans who support their teams.
JONATHAN WOLIN, Laguna Beach, Calif.