As for Oregon's star forward, Greg Ballard, ask Marques Johnson and Richard Washington who was the best big man in the West last year.
DOUGLAS B. SCHNTDER
It might be of interest to your readers to learn that Greg Ballard is the alltime leading scorer among forwards in Pacific Eight Conference history and the only Oregon player to exceed 1,000 in both points (1,758) and rebounds (1,090).
Also, the UCLA game was the 68th consecutive sellout of "the Pit."
I was shocked that Larry Keith called John Wooden's UCLA teams arrogant. The greatest coach in collegiate history proved that discipline and pride are what make a team great. Describing these qualities as arrogance is definitely a poor choice of words. There is only one word to explain UCLA's attitude and accomplishments: class.
As a 1971 VMI graduate. I can remember all too well the disastrous 1970-71 Keydet basketball season. Unfortunately, because of a current Army assignment to Germany, I have been unable to share in the glory of the 1975-76 and 1976-77 Keydets. Your article on VMI (Winning Is the Order of the Day, Feb. 14) let me know that all is well in Lexington, Va. Thanks for a tremendous morale-booster.
JAMES C. CAUL
The SI jinx lives on. VMI got recognition in a national poll, won 21 straight games, was featured in SPORTS ILLUSTRATED—and then lost twice in three days! Please, pick on the guys who have dominated the polls for years and leave us deserving newcomers alone, at least until the end of the season.
David Thompson is certainly an extraordinary athlete (SCORECARD, Feb. 21), but his record triple jump as a North Carolina State freshman was not his first attempt at that event. Performing as a senior at Crest High School in Shelby, N.C. in the spring of 1971, Thompson set a Western North Carolina High School Athletic Association record in the triple jump with a leap of 45'5�". This record was erased three years later by sophomore Pete Hardin of Salisbury, who jumped 46' even.
As one who ran behind Duncan Macdonald at Stanford for four years, I was pleased to see your article about an athlete with a most unusual outlook on life (Dormant No More, Duncan Is Erupting, Feb. 14). I was a little disappointed that Kenny Moore did not relate Duncan's most distinguishing character trait—his extraordinary, if somewhat offbeat, sense of humor. Then I looked at the photographs accompanying the article. That is definitely Duncan carefully examining a 72-pound elephant heart.
I was pleased to read your article on Lee Kemp of the University of Wisconsin (The Suppression of His Aggression, Feb. 21). Wisconsin has been struggling to be recognized as one of the best and, finally, with the likes of Kemp it has happened.
CHRISTOPHER S. STEIN
Corpus Christi, Texas
I found the article off base on several counts. How would Lee Kemp's supposed lack of aggression explain the fact that he has now pinned 18 opponents this year, some of them in the first period? Additionally, in the East-West All-Star Classic in Corvallis, Ore., Kemp annihilated his Western opponent, Kevin Kramer, by a score of 8-2. At the time Kramer, the top-ranked wrestler west of the Mississippi, had a 20-2 record.