I think that Mr. Dietzel has learned a great deal about breaking contracts from his various job transfers during the last five years, but it would appear that he needs a little law-school training in what they mean.
EDWARD M. COHEN
Dietzel has said that when the challenge is gone, he loses interest. Well and good. Why not, then, sign only one-year contracts and simply leave when that time comes?
Good luck to South Carolina, but I'm betting they'll be shopping for another coach before half of that 10-year contract is completed.
Stevens Point, Wis.
Now that Paul Dietzel has spoken on "I Have Never Broken a Contract" (Sept. 19), I await the following: "I Never Kissed a Man" by Elizabeth Taylor; "I Never Pitched in the Majors" by Sandy Koufax; and "I Don't Want to Be President," by Bobby Kennedy.
JAMES R. ROOS
The article by Mark Mulvoy, They Are Almost Too Tired to Walk to the Bank (Sept. 26), is very interesting. Unfortunately you failed to red-check R. H. Sikes, who not only played in the 1966 Cleveland Open, but won it.
PAUL C. WARREN
?A printing error resulted in a few copies of the September 26 issue being run off without the red check that Dick Sikes richly deserved.—ED.
Re your October 3 SCORECARD item on football players whose names best fit them for an All-America team, I simply must put in a nomination for a big defensive left tackle at North Carolina. His name is Battle Wall. So help me.
DEBIT AND CREDIT
I think Mark Kram's article on Norbert Schemansky (Looking for a Lift, Sept. 12) is one of the most important pieces you have ever published. It is certainly a moving portrait of one of our greatest champions (unknown though he may be). I am proud that I knew of him before your article, having seen him once in an American competition on television for all too short a time and on the telecasts of two Olympics.
His complaints concerning AAU officialdom are well taken. To the competitor, the hordes of officials and supernumeraries are not only in the way but they often seem hostile to the very aims of the competitors. I have competed only in swimming and have never ceased to be amazed at the numbers of officials around with no visible function. I also followed with horror the NCAA-AAU quarrel, with its unpleasant scenes of athletes caught in the middle, either unable to compete or. like Mr. Schemansky, crushed almost to starvation for lack of a definition of the word amateur.
If simple altruism is not strong enough to remedy such a situation, perhaps a little enlightened self-interest will make it possible for us to exploit the resources of this great man. Basketball teams are sent around the world. Why should not Norbert Schemansky be similarly recognized—and rewarded?