Thank you for the outstanding article by Barry McDermott on Ernie Grunfeld and Bernard King (It's the Bernie and Ernie Show, Feb. 9). That this "dynamic duo" should choose to play for the University of Tennessee is hardly surprising. The Volunteers have superb coaching, and the school itself is one of the nation's most respected. Furthermore, the gracious and wonderful people of Knoxville more than make up for the throngs in "Fun City," as this former New Yorker can testify.
JERRY B. LEMLER, M.D.
Although King and Grunfeld are great ballplayers, and we're proud of the job they have done, I feel that if it weren't for Mike Jackson, John Darden, Doug Ashworth and fine subs like Austin Clark and Terry Crosby—not to mention fine coaches and full-house crowds—Bernie and Ernie wouldn't be on top.
What a sad commentary on college basketball when you have two players who are designated shooters, while the rest are relegated to rebounding, passing, dribbling—and occasionally shooting. How could anyone but the designated shooters be happy playing on a team like that?
Basketball is designed to be a team game. Tennessee Coach Ray Mears may be enjoying some temporary success with his star system, but that is not likely to last for very long.
We attended the Auburn-Tennessee game in Knoxville on Jan. 19, we listened to the Alabama-Tennessee game in Knoxville on Jan. 31, we read the Bernie-Ernie article in SI the following week and we reached a few conclusions:
1) Bernard King is bush.
2) Ernie Grunfeld is bush.
3) Ray Mears is bush.
4) Tennessee fans are bush.
Your article showed just how good the Vols are. There was only one thing wrong. You said that Mike Jackson is from New York. He's not. He's from Nashville.
Jefferson City, Tenn.
As a 1972 graduate and longtime fan of Western Michigan University, I was ecstatic to see Kent Hannon's article on the Broncos (Who's Who in Kalamazoo, Feb. 9). As of this writing, WMU is still undefeated and has finally been recognized by both major polls as being among the nation's Top 20.
It was perceptive of you to give national exposure not only to Western Michigan, but to Kalamazoo as well. Most people don't know much about the city, either.
I thoroughly enjoyed the articles on Tennessee and Western Michigan, two apparently unrelated basketball teams. Like thousands of other Wittenberg University alumni, however, I immediately recognized the common bond between their highly successful coaches. Ray Mears of Tennessee and Eldon Miller of Western Michigan were equally successful as coaches at perennial small-college power Wittenberg. Moreover, Miller was a star player for Mears on Wittenberg's 1961 NCAA College Division championship team.
ROBERT E. RIDDLE, D.D.S.