In his battle against ALS. Waters displays the same traits that he instills in his players. I played for him at Western Carolina from 1968 to '71, and I came away from his influence a much better person and better equipped for life. He is truly one of the giants of the coaching profession.
UCLA VS. USC
Regarding the letters you published (Aug. 3 and Sept. 7) on UCLA and USC covers, I count only 20 different Bruins among UCLA's 67 SI covers. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has been featured 25 times. Bill Walton 14 times, etc. On the other hand, I count 29 different Trojans among the 46 covers of current or former USC athletes. I hate to be picky, but 29 Trojans beats 20 Bruins.
The UCLA people have shortchanged themselves in their count of the number of times a current or former Bruin player or coach has been featured on your cover. Jimmy Connors made an additional appearance after winning his third U.S. Open title (Sept. 18, 1978). This would raise the UCLA tally to 68.
My curiosity is killing me! Who gets credit for the skimboarder on your Southern California cover (Sept. 7), USC or UCLA?
?Neither one. The skimboarder pictured on our Sept. 7 cover, Tom Trager, of Laguna Beach, Calif., is a sophomore at UC-Irvine.—ED.
ERK & CO.
I enjoyed your article about Georgia Southern coach Erk Russell (Head Man, Aug. 31). but I think the statement in your subhead that he "has no peer in Division I-AA" is a little strong. Take Eastern Kentucky's Roy Kidd. In 1979 Kidd won his first national championship. In '80 and '81 his Colonels were the runners-up. In '82 he guided Eastern to a perfect 13-0 record and a second championship. Since then, Kidd and the Colonels have finished in the top 10 regularly.
BRIAN D. DICKENS
Grand Rapids, Mich.
ANOTHER BRIGHT ONE
What! No placekicker among "The Best and the Brightest" (Aug. 31)? Try Mike Wood of Furman, Division I-AA. He came to the Paladins in 1986 as a walk-on with a full academic scholarship. He kicked a 51-yarder in his first game, against South Carolina State. For the season, he was 19 for 30 in field goals, 37 for 37 on extra points and 16th in the nation in scoring. Mike carries a 3.63 grade point average (highest on the team) in business, is 5'6" and 155 pounds and bench-presses 335 pounds. Here is your man!
My commendations to William Taaffe for recognizing Mary Carillo and her superb work as a tennis commentator (TELEVISION, Sept. 14). Over the past year I have become an avid fan of her incisive, passionate commentary, which consistently gets to the heart of what makes the best tennis players as good as they are. Carillo makes the game much more interesting because of her intimate knowledge of the various players' techniques and personalities. I once turned on the TV without the sound and found myself fascinated by her facial expressions as she talked. Her love of tennis was clearly evident.
Endicott, N. Y.
NOW, THAT'S THE IDEA
I took particular note of this question posed by Leigh Montville concerning Southern Californians (Everything Under the Sun, Sept. 7): "Doesn't anyone simply bring a book to the beach for vacation, simply sit down with Shogun for 800 pages, then return to work when the book is finished?" Here is a photo that appeared in the Sept. 6 Los Angeles Times Magazine of long-distance swimmer Lynne Cox, who is not just anyone and who is not quite at the beach but who is definitely a Southern Californian and definitely reading Shogun. A delightful coincidence that I thought you would appreciate.
Santa Monica, Calif.
In your photo essay (California Dream-in') you passed up one license plate (left) that would have been the icing on the cake of a double-decker article.
Newport Beach, Calif.