Fortunately other writers present related to Coach Devaney what I had actually said, and our friendship was not damaged.
In your College Football Issue one of your writers said that I believe Coach Dan Devine of Missouri "has a tendency to choke in the big games."
I have never said such a thing. I do not entertain such a thought, and if I did I most certainly would not say such a thing because it would only tarnish a friendship with a great coach and rile up our oldest rival both on the field and on the recruiting circuit.
A lot of people said I was crazy when I failed to kick a field goal in the Orange Bowl last January. I may be crazy, but not this crazy.
Head Football Coach
University of Kansas
If your No. 1 prediction for Ohio State holds true and Woody Hayes' forces win another national championship, your next task should be to start advocating the termination of the Big Ten policy prohibiting repeat Rose Bowl appearances by conference champions. This policy will eventually lead to the complacency that Hayes fears.
PATRICK DE STEFANO
New York City
It's gonna take a heap of complacency for the Nittany Lions to wind up behind the Buckeyes and the Longhorns.
HAROLD K. WILLIAMS
USC is washed up. Cal, UCLA and Washington have as much chance as USC does.
My prediction: Stanford vs. Indiana.
I take offense at your mention of the Air Force Academy as one of the "laughers" on Notre Dame's schedule. Need I remind you that the "laughers" beat your 17th-ranked team, SMU, 26-22 on national television in the first game of the season? The Cadet Wing expects to go to the Cotton Bowl on New Year's Day with a 10-0 record intact.
GARY J. BUTSON
U.S. Air Force Academy
Colorado Springs, Colo.
For a football team with "no depth, no passer, no defense and no hope" Wake Forest University performed a miracle Saturday night, Sept. 13, when it upset the Atlantic Coast Conference's No. 1 team, North Carolina State University, 22-21 at Raleigh.