As an alumnus and faculty member for 27 years, I have had a love affair with Wofford College and our beloved Terriers for half a century and have seen nearly all our home games for over 30 years. We do often make the big play. I recall one in my student days when one of our backs caught an opening kickoff five yards behind the goal line and went 105 yards for the score.
If you could have seen our last two games this year, you could have added a few notes to your list in the Nov. 13 SCORECARD. Playing Gardner-Webb, we scored early in the second quarter and they caught up with us in the last few minutes of the first half. It looked as if we were going into halftime with a 7-7 tie, but wait a minute. There were 19 seconds left on the clock. We took the kickoff at about the 20-yard line and returned it to the 40, with the seconds ticking away. Time for a pass play, and a G-W man tipped it into the arms of our split end, Skip Corn, who holds our alltime records for receiving yardage. He headed down-field like nobody's business with the G-W team in hot pursuit, but he outran them—all but one man who caught him on the five and was dragged over the goal line. Nineteen seconds, 80 yards to go, two plays and a score, and we went into the halftime ahead 14-7 and were never behind.
You may recall our 1969-70 season when we had a 20-game winning streak, won the Eastern NAIA title but had the misfortune to run into Texas A&I in the finals and they just overwhelmed us. Their quarterback went on to the Baltimore Colts; ours made Phi Beta Kappa and went to graduate school.
There is another unsung hero on our team this year: Tom Bower, a candidate for Little All-America, a defensive end who is all over the field tackling and blocking, intercepting passes and wreaking havoc in the enemy backfield. He has just made Phi Beta Kappa. Our freshman tailback, Ricky Satterfield, has just set a school record for rushing in one game, 212 yards.
Maybe we do not have too many athletic records, though we did have another undefeated season back in '49, but we have many grads who do so well in graduate and professional schools that we are better known for our academics—else what's a college for?
CHARLES F. NESBITT
NO ROOM AT THE TOP
I eagerly awaited the arrival of the Nov. 27 issue with your college basketball preview for the 1972-73 season. I enjoyed the introductory article by Curry Kirkpatrick with its three distinct references to the basketball triumphs (Paul Arizin and George Raveling) and tragedies (Howard Porter, vacated—1971) of my alma mater (Villanova, class of 1967). I searched in vain, however, through the entire scouting report section for a single reference to or assessment of the current edition of the Wildcats, and I must protest most vigorously this glaring oversight.
Villanova finished 15th in the nation in both wire service polls last year, went to a major tournament for the 11th straight year (not even UCLA can make that claim) and perennially plays one of the toughest schedules in the nation. Any team coached by Jack Kraft deserves some mention, and senior guard and floor leader Tom Inglesby (18.8 points per game last year) is worthy of a passing tip of the old fedora. Sophomore Billy Harris is also going to be heard from.
Where is Ohio State? You have the absolute gall to place two Big Ten teams, Minnesota and Michigan, in your Top 20 while leaving out Ohio State. No one can operate around the basket like Luke Witte or bring the ball up the court and shoot like Allan Hornyak, at least not in the Big Ten. If you think that Ohio State won't have a vengeful year after its team was so wrongfully assaulted at Minnesota last year, you're crazy! Besides, with the possible exception of John Wooden, the Buckeyes have the best coach in the nation in Fred Taylor.
Since Kentucky's basketball team placed in the top eight at the end of last season (defeating Marquette, whom you ranked No. 5), and its freshman team was undefeated last year, you owe Kentucky basketball fans an explanation of your process of selection for your Top 20. Thank goodness other polls don't agree with you. Certainly everyone agrees with your first choice, UCLA, but what happened to you after that?
GLORIA J. GRIFFITH
I am not only confused about your failure to rank Pennsylvania in your Top 20, I am quite annoyed. Most of the polls show that the Quakers are the eighth or ninth best team in the nation. Why not you?