What a wonderful article about Ohio State quarterback Craig Krenzel in SI's College Football Preview 04 Beautiful Mind, Aug. 11). I was delighted to read about a young man who has his head on straight and is doing great things not only on the football field but also in the classroom. Last year's run to the national championship was a thrill every step of the way, and I am eager for this year to begin so I can watch Krenzel, coach Jim Tressel and the rest of the Buckeyes fight their way to another national championship. Let's go Bucks!
ERLINA MAE BOWERS
As a college athletic administrator, I found it refreshing to see features on guys like Craig Krenzel and Jonathan Vilma (All Business, Aug. 11). In a year when college sports have been marred by lying, cheating, drugs, immoral behavior and even homicide, SI deserves kudos for pointing out that there are still plenty of good values, good stories and, most important, good people in college athletics.
TIM McMURRAY, New Braunfels, Texas
Why does Krenzel, the poster boy for brain power, require a band on his arm with all the plays listed? Can't he remember them, or was that his grocery list?
LINDSAY BROWN, St. Simons Island, Ga.
While your lineup of top college coaches (Wise Guides, Aug. 11) was a fine one, it quacked me up that you left out Oregon's Mike Bellotti. During his tenure the Ducks have amassed one of the best records in the Pac-10 and won several bowl games, not to mention earning a No. 2 national ranking. Maybe we need another billboard in Times Square to get your attention.
NEAL ROSEN, San Mateo, Calif.
So let me get this straight. Your 2003 college football report contains no non-BCS teams in the Top 25, no non-BCS players in your Heisman Watch, no non-BCS players on your 2003 All-America team and no non-BCS Must-See Games. It's sad that the BCS has clouded your approach to reporting college football just as it has for the rest of our nation's sports media.
JAN R. HORSFALL, Colorado Springs
I was surprised SI did not have Northeastern ranked in the Division I-AA Top 10. The Huskies won their conference last year, and coach Don Brown has several returning lettermen.
I'm disappointed your D-III rankings did not include any teams from the Northwest Conference. Last year the Linfield Wildcats completed their regular season without a loss, their 47th consecutive winning year, and made it to the quarterfinals of the D-III playoffs. They look very ready to make it 48.
ALEX BAXTER, Boise, Idaho
Crime and Punishment
Thanks, Rick Reilly, for sticking up for Rick Majerus (THE LIFE OF REILLY, Aug. 11), one of the sports world's truly good men. Corrupting Our Utes may have been funny, but it was also right on target in its depiction of Majerus's compassion for his players and the absurdity of the NCAA's rules. The real crime here is that the NCAA spends time and money busting Majerus while neglecting serious problems that fester, ironically, because there simply aren't enough leaders of his caliber.
LAURA MARRAN, Kenosha, Wis.
We desperately need the NCAA to enforce important things central to the mission of a university, such as graduation rates and the integrity of the concept of the student-athlete. That a school can be penalized for buying players $20 worth of groceries, but not for graduating less than 30% of its athletes, shows exactly what's wrong with the NCAA.
ART MILLER, Lisle, Ill.
Your examples of nitpicking hit home. My niece was on a basketball scholarship at Fort Hays ( Kans.) State when her dad (my brother) died suddenly. The basketball coach and his wife had to tell my niece. Since the coach could not drive her home—it would have been a rules violation—he arranged for a senior player to drive my niece, while the coach and his wife followed them in his car. My family is forever grateful to the coach, but find it hard to believe these rules exist. Coaches who try to take care of their student-athletes in such situations deserve to be thanked, not punished, by the NCAA.
KATHRYN BUNNELL, Grand Lake, Okla.