Thanks for the great article on the Texas Tech Red Raiders (A Real Lulu in Lubbock
, Nov. 8). The line describing the Lubbock air as "clear as Steuben glass" evoked severe pangs of homesickness.
The only thing that stuck in the craw of this exiled Tech fan was ABC's failure to telecast the super-exciting Tech-Texas encounter. Instead, we in the Southwest got the 36-0 A&M-SMU thriller.
Ron Reid's fine article caught the mood of the crowd, the city and the game, and it gave Tech the credit that is due the No. 5 team in the nation.
Lake Charles, La.
At the conclusion of your story you quote Texas Tech Defensive End Howard Buell as saying. "I don't know how this came about—it's a psychological kind of thing—but we've got something here that's exciting." That exciting something is probably Coach Steve Sloan. We were fortunate to have him at Vanderbilt for a couple of years and he created excitement and good football even for us.
JEAN Y. DEAN
BIG EIGHT BOASTS
If Maryland's Mark Manges doesn't believe the boasts of Big Eight coaches (FOOTBALL'S WEEK, Nov. 8), he should consider the results of the past three NFL drafts. By my count, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Colorado totaled 82 draftees; the entire ACC had only 46. Kansas and Iowa State have each had more NFL draftees than Alabama, Arizona State, Arkansas, Houston, LSU, Maryland, Tennessee, Texas or Texas A&M. Only two or three squads could beat all the Big Eight teams in one season—but they play in the NFL.
Council Bluffs, Iowa
I am glad that you picked Eastern Montana Fullback Duke Williams as one of your Players of the Week (FOOTBALL'S WEEK, NOV. 8). People forget that some of the best pro football players come from small colleges.
THE BLACK 14
John Underwood's statement that the 14 black players on the University of Wyoming football team "insisted" on a protest of the racial policies of the Mormon Church before the 1969 game with Brigham Young is incorrect (Seldom Is Heard a Discouraging Word, Oct. 25).
As one of the 14 players dismissed from the team, I feel the article gives the reader the wrong impression. The 14 players went to Coach Lloyd Eaton to ask permission to protest the game in some way or form. Eaton's first words were, "You're all off the team." Not one of the 14 had the opportunity to express what was really on his mind.
We wanted to play the game. If Eaton had listened to us and said "No protest." we would have played the game regardless of our feelings about the Mormon Church. We had decided that before seeing Eaton. The 14 were denied the opportunity to speak, never mind insisting on the protest.
As the article states, " Eaton was recognized for his strong principles and iron discipline," but those qualities are also what ruined a top-ranked team.