Bradshaw plays no favorites. The stars, like Tom Hutchinson and Jerry Woolum, have to work as hard as the third-stringers.
The ultimate absurdity in the American way of life will come when, inevitably, one of Charlie Bradshaw's trained killers joins the Peace Corps.
One almost hopes, for these boys' sake, that war really is inevitable. The "Christian virtues" being instilled by Coaches Bradshaw, Bear Bryant, et al. will prepare them nicely for the biggest football game of all—World War III—and for survival in what's left of the world afterward.
EDGAR F. KIEFER
In this day of conformity never did I expect that a university chancellor would have the temerity to violate the established union line by suggesting there is something good in college football. "But Pittsburgh's Dr. Edward H. Litchfield, the iconoclast, wrote most interestingly that, as old grads, by and large the former footballers of those great Pitt teams have distinguished themselves beyond the average graduate (Saturday's Hero Is Doing Fine, Oct. 8).
That old saw "the search for truth" may be the common denominator of college presidents' speeches, but it took the inquiring mind of Chancellor Litchfield to give recognition to a fact many have stated in a less conclusive way. Perhaps the chancellor himself was surprised to learn that the sweat and toil of Old Forbes Field is compatible with decent academic standards as well as future promise.
Few know better than I that this is a story long overdue. My coaching associates through the years included old Pitt greats, whom the chancellor saluted—Andy Gustafson, Joe Donchess, Eddie Hirshberg and Ave Daniell.
This all leads to the thought that Army meets Pitt in the Yankee Stadium in November. It will be a splendid laboratory demonstration of high IQs and hard nosed football.
And a cheer for Pittsburgh's Dr. Litchfield, a strong cutback runner against the conformists.
EARL H. BLAIK
New York City
? Red Blaik, a third-string All-America in 1919 and winner of the West Point saber as the outstanding athlete of the Class of 1920, spent 25 years coaching football, 18 of them for Army.—ED.
Dr. Litchfield's comments concerning the future success of student managers is significant to me because the student manager of the 1949 West Point football team was Frank Borman, one of America's nine new astronauts.