A year ago, when SI did give recognition to Howard University's victory in the NCAA championship, I felt that the slight to the Billikens was almost unforgivable. Thank you for finally honoring St. Louis and its soccer heritage. Please continue coverage of at least the championship in the future; it's a nice change of pace from football.
DAVID W. BANGE
La Crosse, Wis.
The headline on your story should have read Nobody Kin Kick Like a Billiken, Except a Southern Illinois University (at Edwardsville) Cougar. The Cougars, the soccer team to beat on the East side of the Gateway Arch, also won their NCAA title (College Division). SIU-E, coached by U.S. Olympic Soccer Coach Bob Guelker, also met the Bills at Busch Memorial Stadium before a crowd more than twice the size of the one that turned out for the NCAA finals in Miami. The St. Louis press gave the game to Southern Illinois, even though the referees disallowed two Cougar goals resulting in a 1-1 tie.
By winning the College Division championship, Bob Guelker became the only soccer coach who will ever win both the College and University division titles the first year either was held (he did it in 1959 when he was coach at St. Louis U.). It seems a shame that when two teams are so equal in ability, so geographically close (both using St. Louis area talent) and both win their NCAA championships, only one wins recognition from SPORTS ILLUSTRATED.