Thank you for your in-depth look into the world of Tar Heels swingman Rashad McCants (Many Moves, Many Moods, Nov. 22). He has indeed gotten a lot of negative exposure and has taken big hits from writers. But McCants has done some work on dealing with his emotions, and now it appears the cloud is finally lifting from around him. He seems prepared, mentally and emotionally, to handle the pressures of leading a national champion-caliber team.
Drew Stal, Houston
What do you get if you have a lousy attitude, put yourself before the team, are uncoachable and blame others for your every problem--and have great talent? A national profile that allows you to question why everyone is against you. Meanwhile, your head coach gets the opportunity to make excuses for your bad behavior because you can, "play your butt off." We should not wonder why the NBA has become such a vast wasteland of head cases. I applaud the decision of Oklahoma's Kelvin Sampson to cut McCants from the U.S. junior national team.
Dan Welch, Champaign, Ill.
Life at the Top
I find it slightly amusing that at the same time I was watching ESPN highlights of North Carolina being humiliated by a lesser known, and more inspired, Santa Clara team, I held in my hand the very issue of SI (Nov. 22) in which you named North Carolina the No. 1 team in the country.
Matthew George, Tucson
Five ACC teams in the top 11? There is no possible way that many ACC teams can be in the top 11 once conference play begins and they begin to beat up on each other. Pollsters will drop teams who lose, regardless of how good they are and regardless of whom they lose to. The ACC is good enough to have six or seven ranked teams, but its depth assures that the schedules will be too difficult to have that many teams near the top.
Al Blesich Crown Point, Ind.