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How many recent players of relatively small stature would have survived the rigors of one-platoon ball? I am thinking of outstanding collegians like Mike Harkrader ( Indiana), Bill Marek ( Wisconsin), Eric Allen ( Michigan State), Rod Gerald ( Ohio State), Mike Adamle (Northwestern), etc.
I am the father of two budding young athletes, and I hope that if they are skilled as receivers, passers or kickers, but don't possess the talents to play defense, they won't be denied the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of playing football.
WEST CHESTER'S IMAGE
First, West Chester is not a physical education school, as one could easily infer from the article. We do have a School of Health. Physical Education and Recreation, but it is only one—and by no means the largest—of six schools. We have very strong programs in the liberal arts and in many professional fields, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Moreover, we do not "churn out hundreds of phys-ed teachers every year." On the average, we graduate only about 165 physical education majors every year out of a total of approximately 1,300 graduates.
Second, it is unlikely that many students are making cracks about the college library. Only last year, attitude surveys of both students and faculty revealed the library to be one of the most outstanding facilities on campus. The library contains 360,000 bound volumes, and its micromedia collection comprises an additional 350,000 volumes.
Finally, the overall impression created by the article is that we have little to do here but idolize a single athlete. That may be a cute way for a journalist to achieve focus, but it is unpleasant for several thousand of our students to read. I assure you that "the emotional well-being" of West Chester State College does not "hinge on the impending graduation of one football player."
LEFT AND RIGHT
? Koufax does indeed hold the National League record for strikeouts pitched in one season. Seaver's NL record, which has now been surpassed by Houston's J. R. Richard with 303, was for righthanded pitchers only. Koufax and Carlton are lefthanders.—ED.