Where's the trouble then? Look at the Board of Trustees. The decision to fire Basketball Coach Frank McGuire came as no surprise, as he is the only winner we have left at Carolina. If the board would let Carlen and McGuire do their jobs without interference, maybe, just maybe, Carolina would succeed.
My father graduated from Carolina 21 years ago, and as he says, "Ain't nothing changed in Carolina football 'cept the coaches."
CLAYTON K. OWEN
The problem at the University of South Carolina would best be solved with the retirement of the Board of Trustees and the firing of President James Holderman. At least Carlen is trying, and this is the first time he has ever told us he had a good team.
WILLIAM E. BROWN JR.
You must have reached the bottom of the barrel. There are many positive things to write about college football, and it is unfortunate and unwarranted that your readers were subjected to a failure story such as this. At least the article indicates that, in this case, the coach and the institution very definitely deserve each other.
I think it is time that people were made aware of the situation at Carolina. Considering the nature of the administration, I feel Carlen has done an admirable job. Thank you for bringing out the facts; if I had to choose between Carolina and Carlen, I'd take Carlen.
Carswell AFB, Texas
I hope you will let Doug Looney come back and visit us here at the University of South Carolina when things have calmed down. Our fans are excellent, and I regret that your story didn't give them credit.
Athletic Director/Head Football Coach
University of South Carolina
I truly enjoyed your two-part article on Knute Rockne: Legend and Reality (Sept. 10 and 17). While it may have laid to rest once and for all some of the fictions surrounding the great coach (provided we can believe everything we read in SI!), it also enhanced, in my mind, his legendary stature.
Myths are not fancies or white lies, as Coles Phinizy obviously believes. Rather, they are a means by which we can come to know ourselves. The myth of George Washington and the cherry tree tells more about how a nation perceives itself than about the personality of the first President. The challenge in seeking to understand a myth is in trying to live according to its essential truth.
One need only visit Notre Dame to perceive that Knute Rockne's brilliance, and his faith and his dedication to that special place in Indiana—essential truths of his myth—are very much alive there still.
JAMES E. MCDONALD
Now that I have read your articles about Knute Rockne, I am anxiously awaiting next week's issue to have you inform me that there is no Santa Claus.