I must say that your 1973-74 Top 20, with Syracuse placed No. 12, is an accurate and fair presentation. But I feel I should remind you that Syracuse will settle for nothing less than No. 1 in the East, while No. 10 Providence will fall from the top spot it occupied last year. They've lost Ernie D, but we've still got Sweet D (Dennis DuVal)—and more.
With All-America candidates Marvin Barnes and Kevin Stacom, and Dave Gavitt, the best coach in the nation, the Providence College Friars are going all the way.
I was astonished when I read the scouting report on the small colleges. The article mainly concerns Assumption, which "would like to become a small-college power." If you are going to write an article about a small-college team it should be about Kentucky Wesleyan.
In postseason play Assumption has only once finished in the top four. That was last season when it came in third. On the other hand, Kentucky Wesleyan, which was not even mentioned, has won the NCAA small-college championship four times in the last eight years, including last season. It has also won more tournament games than any other small-college team in history.
THE BEST PLAYERS
Robert H. Boyle's fine article Only Senior Backs Need Apply (Nov. 26) not only points out the absurdity of the Heisman Trophy awards but the thick-skulled mentality of most sportswriters. The trophy supposedly goes to the best college player in the land for one season's performance. But sports-writers, looking first for hometown or regional favorites and secondly for the player who will make it big in the pros, make a mockery of what the trophy really stands for. Now it is only a popularity contest, where the sleek, the fast and the beautiful win. Maybe someday Bert Parks will get a chance to hand out the trophy. The sportswriters would no doubt like that.
Your article on the formula voting for the Heisman Trophy was right on target, especially since you mentioned the biggest travesty of all—Paul Hornung in 1956. Jim Brown of Syracuse should have won that year, but prejudice prevailed. It remained for Ernie Davis of Syracuse—in 1961—to become the first black Heisman winner.
R. WILSON VIVIAN
Rancho Mirage, Calif.
Robert H. Boyle says that Anthony Davis of Southern Cal has been a comparative bust this season. Davis has gained more than 1,000 yards for the second year in a row, even though everyone was out to get him and he was rotated with Rod McNeill and Allen Carter at the tailback slot. Davis is only the second man in USC history to gain 1,000 yards or more in two seasons; the other was O. J. Simpson. If he is considered a bust in 1973 because he couldn't score six touchdowns in one game as he did last year, something is wrong.
Santa Barbara, Calif.
Not only was San Diego State (9-1-1) snubbed again this year in the bowl bids, Robert Boyle stripped Aztec Quarterback Jesse Freitas of one of his national statistics. Boyle stated that Arizona State Quarterback Danny White led the nation in total offense. Freitas passed White on Nov. 17 to take over the national lead, and also widened his statistics as the nation's leading passer.
In that Nov. 17 game against Fresno State, Jesse completed 33 of 42 passes for 450 yards and four touchdowns in just three quarters. He also has surpassed former Aztec Dennis Shaw's record of 199 completions in one season with a 1973 total of 227.
Chula Vista, Calif.
At the time your article was written Mark Kellar of Northern Illinois University had become the leading rusher in the nation, and he is now the fifth alltime career rusher in NCAA history. Kellar probably won't win the Heisman Trophy, but he deserves it.