After spending the last two years of my undergraduate days at Arizona with the school under the specter of NCAA probation, I expected a different type of atmosphere in Baton Rouge as I prepared to start graduate school at LSU. However, judging from your special report in the Nov. 18 issue ("Isn't This Unbelievable?" by Curry Kirkpatrick and Hello, Trouble, I'm Dale Brown by Gary Smith), it seems as if I have gone from a school in the frying pan to one in the fire.
The situation only serves to amplify coach Dale Brown's criticisms of the NCAA. Changes need to be made, and they must be made now. I do not agree with all of Brown's proposals, but I am proud of the fact that someone connected with LSU is taking a stand on the issue. My only regret is that Brown, someone I have respected and admired for many years, is receiving such shoddy treatment when he is actually trying to accomplish some good.
PETER A. PETITO
I always did like Dale Brown, and I like him even more after reading Gary Smith's feature on him. However, I must point out that neither Brown nor athletic director Bob Brodhead is from Louisiana, so you can't add them to our state's list of embarrassments.
For the life of me, I can't figure out what Governor Edwards's trial, the Baton Rouge Department of Public Works and Tulane, for Pete's sake, have to do with LSU. What happened, did Curry get a bad batch of gumbo down here? Good grief!
As a former assistant to LSU athletic director Bob Brodhead during his days as a World Football League general manager, I must come to his defense. He deserves better than the cheap shots and insinuations found in your article about LSU's troubles.
Only grudgingly, and in a backhanded way, do you acknowledge that Brodhead inherited a projected department deficit of $1 million and that, through the application of sound business principles, he turned things around and produced a healthy surplus. Your pat explanation for this fiscal miracle was that it was done by raising ticket prices and by dropping wrestling and men's gymnastics. It might have been pointed out that wrestling is a sport not provided by the Southeastern Conference, and that Brodhead went so far as to approach other conferences for wrestling-only membership in hopes of saving it.
I am a diehard LSU fan, but Dale Brown's attitude makes me sick. I commend him for wanting to help the underprivileged and those who are not so lucky. But who is he to throw out the threats he did in that article? And where does he get off thinking college athletes should get paid?
Bob Brodhead bugs me too! All that he is concerned about is the bottom line. What about the good old LSU traditions? I want wrestling and men's gymnastics back!
NAME WITHHELD BY REQUEST
College coaches and administrators who insist on cheating to attract quality athletes should read very carefully Douglas S. Looney's article on the Air Force Academy football team (Soar, Falcons, Soar, Nov. 11). The story lends support to the notion that a school can attract good athletes who are also good students and have a winning season without resorting to cheating.
JUNE E. COOLEY
San Jose, Calif.
IN THE KNICK OF TIME?
I just loved Jack McCallum's article Horror Show In The Big Apple (Nov. 18). Patrick Ewing has the toughest task in the world: making the Knicks a winning team. But I think he will be all right; just give him time to develop.