I really cannot understand how you can rank Florida State No. 2 or Maryland No. 3 or even place Marquette in the No. 5 slot. With the best coach in basketball history and the finest center since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, UCLA should be rated Nos. 1 through 5.
Scotch Plains, N.J.
Thanks for further fine coverage of college basketball. It's about time that the University of Cincinnati Bearcats (No. 12) got the recognition they so richly deserve. They may not be as big as some teams, but they make up for it in speed, determination, desire and all-out hustle. Derrek Dickey and Lloyd Batts are as good a scoring combination as any.
Give a gold star to Curry Kirkpatrick for his article on freshmen playing in the varsity ranks of college basketball this season (A Time To Bless the Beasts and Freshmen, Nov. 27). I was only sorry that he didn't mention another of the freshman stars who came out of New York City. To overlook an athlete of the caliber of Rick Marsh, who is now playing for Nebraska, is to overlook one of the most talented freshmen in the nation. After all, when it comes to basketball, no town compares with New York.
It may be a time to bless the freshmen, but it is a little too late for "Get UCLA Time." To have altered the course of UCLA's basketball domination, the frosh should have been made eligible seven years ago, before the dynasty began. This would have changed UCLA's NCAA championship record from six to nine in a row. The myopic rule makers must have forgotten that Lew Alcindor also was a freshman once—in 1966, to be exact!
L. N. PUMPHREY
Harbor City, Calif.
We were extremely pleased with the credit given to Wally (Wonder) Walker of Virginia. Coming from the same high school league as Wally, we have confidence that he will live up to your expectations.
NAMES WORTH MENTIONING
Your article on the Miami Dolphins (No Losses, No Ties and No Names, Nov. 27) sure was a long time in coming. Since you last featured the Dolphins in the Aug. 7 issue, a mere 17 weeks ago, they have won 12 games and remain the only undefeated team in professional football. They also lead the NFL in defense and in least points allowed. They sewed up a place in the playoffs at the earliest point since 1961. They changed quarterbacks so smoothly, the team didn't feel the difference. They formed a three-back offense that leads the NFL in rushing and put their head coach into immortal ranks by giving him his last 30 victories for a record of 100 in less than 10 years of coaching.
As one of those "rude people waving handkerchiefs," as Tex Maule put it, I hope you won't be as slow to cover the Super Bowl when the Dolphins mop up their NFC opponent.
JOHN J. SPARKS JR.
I feel that the logic concerning the Dolphins is all messed up. There is no way to justify their supposed greatness, because they have indeed only whipped teams that have "won-loss records that would not qualify them for the Fiesta Bowl." Being undefeated in this year's low-class AFC is no reason to rate the Dolphins with the classic teams of the past. And the teams they play from the NFC (e.g., the Cardinals) are no better. When the Dolphins prove they can win against teams like the Redskins, Cowboys, Packers, Lions or Vikings, then I'll believe they're a great team.
STEPHEN J. SCHMID
•The Dolphins beat the Vikings 16-14 on Oct. 1.—ED.