I enjoyed reading
about how Bruce Pearl (Oh Boy, Oct. 15) has resurrected his career in the face
of adversity. His metamorphosis from villain into savior parallels the
turnarounds he has led at Southern Indiana, Wisconsin- Milwaukee and now
Tennessee. It is good to see his name in a positive light for once—he has
Davis Oldham, Champaign, Ill.
I was sickened to
read Pearl's characterization of the 1989 Deon Thomas recruiting incident as
his "trying to right a wrong." (Pearl, then an assistant coach at Iowa,
secretly recorded a conversation with Thomas which seemed to confirm that
Thomas had been offered $80,000 and a Chevrolet Blazer to attend Illinois. The
NCAA found Illinois not guilty in the Thomas incident but sanctioned Illinois
for other unrelated violations.) While I view Pearl as an exceptional
basketball strategist and an aggressive recruiter, I also view him as unethical
and untruthful for unfairly accusing Thomas and Illinois. Pearl deserved his
years as a pariah within the coaching ranks. I wish him no success.
James T. Frakes, Rockford, Ill.
season-ticket waiting list is perhaps the best evidence of the neverending
devotion of sports fans. Rick Reilly's Be the 74,659th in Line! (LIFE OF
REILLY, Oct. 15) gives me a slight ray of hope.
Mike Risley, Number 65,663 Louisville
years for Packers season tickets—that's like waiting 10 minutes for a table at
your local steak house compared with the situation in Philadelphia. I got my
name on the Eagles' list last year, and my number is somewhere over 60,000.
Considering only 15 people received tickets last year, I will have to wait
4,000 years to get mine.
Ryan Coombs, Conshohocken, Pa.
Your story about
former quarterbacks who are now on the Rockies (PLAYERS, Oct. 15) should have
mentioned hitting coach Alan Cockrell. Like Todd Helton, he played for
Tennessee, leading them to the 1982 Peach Bowl and the '83 Citrus Bowl.
Bernadette Vielhaber, Cleveland
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