THOSE SMALL LOANS
As an avid reader of SI I can find no better place to vent my feelings concerning the recent action Tug Wilson has taken against Ohio State and Woody Hayes (SI, May 7).
To keep the record straight, I am not attending nor have I ever attended Ohio State, but I have had the distinct honor and privilege of having Woody and members of his staff consult with me in seeking positions for either players or their wives (SI, Oct. 24, '55). In every instance it was soundly legitimate and with no favors asked, only a position to help the family get ahead.
What would Commissioner Wilson do if he had a worthy boy ask him for a lift, with a small loan, which could mean the difference between finishing school or dropping out?
Woody is a tough taskmaster with one attribute that is outstanding, character and trust in his fellow man.
A word of caution to "Smug" Wilson. Don't let the Ivy League influence creep into the Big Ten. If you do, it will disintegrate to the same level of has-beens. As a former Pennsylvanian, I watched with sadness the decline of a great institution in sports, and it happened only because of their adoption of a holier-than-thou program.
If a boy can hold his scholastic average legitimately and can also represent his school on the athletic field with honor, he should be granted every consideration for whatever financial assistance he may need.
STANLEY T. HARVEY
OUR IOWA FRIENDS
Gripe letters generally amuse me, but when your editor adds support to the gripers, I'm disgusted (19th HOLE, April 30).
Willie Naulls is a fine basketball player, but so is Carl Cain. He can do everything on a court and make it look easy. And most important of all, Cain is one of the greatest defensive players in the country.
Our California friends scream that Naulls outscored Cain in the Olympic tryouts. So what? For the tournament Cain outscored his opponents, which is more than you can say for Naulls.
Naulls scored 14 points against the Buchan Bakers, but Boushka got 20. Cain had only three, but his man didn't score any. Cain didn't score against the Phillips Oilers, it's true, but neither did his man Burdy Haldorson, the Oilers' best scorer, while Cain was in the game.