In the interest of fair play and good sportsmanship I would like to thank you for publishing the article exposing the chain-gang tactics of those two mule drivers masquerading as college football coaches, namely Bear Bryant of Alabama and Charlie Bradshaw of Kentucky (The New Rage to Win, Oct. 8).
How a sport that produced men such as Walter Camp, Amos Alonzo Stagg and Knute Rockne can stomach such as these will always remain a mystery to me.
HERBERT R. DODD
I thought the reasons for playing football were mainly enjoyment and the building of one's character. At Kentucky I guess this concept is old-fashioned. It seems to me Coach Bradshaw's emphasis is being placed first on the killing and destruction of the opposing team and second on developing a player half human and half animal.
Football is a way of life and should be tough—but not sadistic.
Here are some local reactions to your article from one of those who quit the squad. One who didn't said the coaches told the boys they liked it and thought it was good for everyone to know, especially the prospects—"It'll let them know what they are in for." Bradshaw told the squad that the nationwide publicity was good, but this team didn't deserve it. Another man close to the team said that Bradshaw told him he wasn't going to let up on the boys now.
The students generally felt no degradation in the article. They said it was "just the plain truth about what was going on."
A local resident said the article gave some people something to jump on Charlie Bradshaw for, if they want to, but no letters were run in the paper pertaining to anything said in SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, and after the Auburn game you heard no more about it.
Things haven't changed much here since it came out. Bradshaw hasn't changed his style of play. The boys give a good effort but that's it. On October 1 Bradshaw criticized the team for not wanting to win. "Ken Bo-card is the only back to show any bounce. It's not so much that we're few in numbers as in people who want to win."
Things aren't getting any better but, from the boys' point of view, things can't get much worse.
What your story failed to mention was that of 44 freshmen gridders—who went through identical training this fall along with the varsity—only two found the going too tough. Of the men "Bradshaw recruited, only one has quit. The freshmen, many of them away from home for the first time, figured to have a harder time adjusting than the varsity players. But it appears that the freshmen want to play football, while some of the varsity men were going along just for a free education.