Jenkins makes predictions that say much about his personality. If he keeps writing like this, I predict that Dan will end up as the Best Water Boy.
JOHN NUEDLING JR.
The pro football articles were tremendous. You underestimated the Bills but, nevertheless, good work.
One question. After his story on the coaches (Ever See So Many Geniuses?, Sept. 16), for the sake of equal time will there be 26 viewpoints on Dan Jenkins?
I think your Sept. 16 issue featuring pro football was the best issue of SI I have ever received.
PAY FOR PLAY
In SCORECARD of your Sept. 16 issue you report that Charlie Schuhmann of UCLA says, "Within five years there will be some form of protest among college football players unless we get more money to live on." He goes on to say, "It's not so bad during the regular football season when we have a training table. But there is no training table during spring drills..." etc.
This attitude baffles me. Back in the "olden days" (I played under Bob Zuppke at Illinois in 1932-34) there was no training table, no grant-in-aid, no athletic scholarship. Most of us got a "meal job" at a fraternity, sorority or dormitory, plus whatever else was available, to earn a buck. I drove a cab, among other things.
We played football because we loved football, and we played both ways, too—defense and offense. Today these young men and their coaches seem to want it all on a silver platter. Lord knows, this country does not need or want another Depression, but if it happens, goodby pay for play and goofing off by the likes of Charlie Schuhmann.
BARTON A. CUMMINGS
New York City
I enjoyed your excellent coverage of College Football 1974 (Sept. 9) except there was no mention of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas among the NCAA Division II schools named. I would think Mike Thomas, last year's leading ground gainer in all football (1,741 yards in 11 games) would get a mention. Former Dallas Cowboy scout Ron Meyer, coach of the Rebels, has assembled a team that will merit SI's coverage at some time or other.
Radio Station KLAV
Your magazine is a very highly respected publication. However, a great deal of that respect is lost when you fail to mention the name of the AP and UPI small-college champion. In case you don't remember, Tennessee State University fielded a football team last year and it went undefeated and produced the No. 1 pro football draft pick, Ed Jones of Dallas.
I find it amazing that you repeatedly mention Louisiana Tech as having beaten some of your small-college favorites for this season but fail to give Tech a chance this year.