Former baseball star Jackie Jensen's fear of flying (SI, April 12), which haunted his career as a major-leaguer, has precipitated another crisis in his crisis-filled life. He is now the baseball coach at the University of California, and the players say they are distressed because Jensen's phobia kept them from a trip to Hawaii to play. Not so, says Jensen, the reason was that it cost too much.
Anyway, the players protested and Athletic Director Dave Maggard, who will review Jensen's status later this month, said, "It was not a request to fire Jack but it came close."
The players (22 of the top 25 signed a petition) also complained about Jensen's lack of communication, along with his failure, they said, to teach them fundamentals and make them work hard enough. Jensen countered, "I consider college baseball an activity for the students to have fun."