The game was six-man football, and in 1949 half of our drum section was on the team as quarterback and center. Both played defense as well. At halftime these players took part in the band's show. The cooperation between coach and band director proved fruitful to both.
Some years later we had a student who was all-county center, all-county catcher (baseball), all-state baritone horn player and pianist for the school dance band. Upon graduation he went to MIT. Wow!
Your Nov. 10 issue contained two stories—on Holy Cross's Lockbaum and on the late Len Bias and Maryland (One Shock Wave After Another)—that demonstrate the enormous impact a coach's guidance can have on a college athletics program. By failing to recognize, or perhaps choosing to ignore, the drug problem involving some members of the Maryland basketball team, coach Lefty Driesell left the Terps' program vulnerable to the kind of tragedy that befell Bias. And by paying only lip service to his players' academic responsibilities, Driesell was apparently more concerned with his team's record than with its welfare. By contrast, Holy Cross football coach Mark Duffner's respectful handling of previous coach Rick Carter's suicide showed how much he genuinely cares about everyone involved with the Holy Cross team.
Last spring I had the privilege of hearing Coach Duffner speak at two separate high school awards banquets. His inspirational messages and the sincere, unpretentious way in which he delivered them impressed all who were in attendance. He is a credit to college athletics.
JOSEPH M. SAWYER
Len Bias died because he made a mistake and took cocaine. It was his mistake, not Lefty Driesell's. Not the University of Maryland's.
I'm tired of hearing universities and colleges accused of "using" athletes for profit and not providing them with an education. They provide these athletes with an opportunity to get, for free, an education that is worth some $10,000 a year. It is the athlete who decides whether or not to take full advantage of his scholarship and use it for an education. It was Driesell's responsibility to coach the basketball team the best way he knew how. It was Bias's responsibility to attend his classes and use his educational opportunity at college to its fullest.
Los Alamitos, Calif.
The futility of drug abuse is most dramatically illustrated by your photograph of Bias's grave. Its starkness could make it a centerpiece for the antidrug campaign.
ARTHUR F. MEYER
Let this be a lesson. No more drugs—please!
PENN STATE STYLE
Now that critics of Penn State's "easy schedule" have been silenced by the Nittany Lions' decisive 23-3 victory over Alabama on Oct. 25, it appears as if, lacking anything else to criticize, they'll now turn to picking on our team's uniforms (COLLEGE FOOTBALL, Nov. 10). It is interesting to note, however, that many of our opponents tend to wear our colors the day after they play us—white all over (from shock), with liberal amounts of black and blue scattered throughout.
CHRISTIAN S. BARLOW
The magazine that publishes the annual swimsuit issue should realize that it's what goes into any uniform that makes the difference, not whether or not the uniform has stripes.