Establishment media seem to have an aversion to using authorities other than those "old boys" they anoint and/or have on their own payrolls.
HECTOR MENDOZA ERICKSEN
Hispanic Link News Service
In response to a request from SI special correspondent Connie Lepore, this office issued, on Feb. 17, 1983, a comment by Governor Carlos Romero-Barceló concerning a letter he received in 1979 from Bobby Knight. Nevertheless, in its recent SCORECARD item on Knight, SI omitted all reference to the governor's statement, reporting only that he had "confirmed" receipt of Knight's letter and that Knight had never received a reply.
In the interest of fairness, I request that you publish Governor Romero-Barceló's brief statement, which is as follows:
"Bobby Knight's letter of September 7, 1979, constituted an incomplete apology for his behavior during and after the Eighth Pan American Games.
"Mr. Knight denigrated Puerto Rico's system of justice without proof and without cause. This is inexcusable, especially since our system of justice conforms fully to the Constitution and pertinent laws of the United States.
"Mr. Knight also defied our system of justice, by refusing to appear for sentencing in our courts. This too is inexcusable.
"Finally, Mr. Knight has made a mockery of his own letter, by continuing for more than three years to make derogatory public statements about the people of Puerto Rico and about the institutions of Puerto Rican society. Accordingly, whatever sincere sentiments may have prompted his 1979 letter have long since been contradicted and ridiculed by his personal conduct."
Special Aide to the Governor
San Juan, Puerto Rico
In his article on the University of Houston basketball team (The Big Brothers of Phi Slamma Jamma, March 7), Curry Kirkpatrick stated that "except for a 79-78 squeaker over Southwest Louisiana and a game against Arkansas, which turned out to be a 76-60 rout...the Cougars haven't been tested seriously since December." Not true! The Cougars were seriously tested twice more after December—three times, now, counting their 74-66 victory over Arkansas on March 3. On Jan. 12 at TCU they won 54-51. Only clutch free throws by Akeem Olajuwon saved them. On Feb. 12, in Houston, TCU led by seven points at halftime but couldn't stop Michael Young, who led the Cougars to a 74-66 victory. If TCU hadn't lost star sixth-man Jeff Baker the week before, it might have held on for the win. Furthermore, in the two games against TCU, Olajuwon was held to fewer than 10 points and rode the pine most of the game. Before the Cougars can win the NCAA tournament, which is probable, they face one more obstacle: The Killer Frogs are looking to waylay them in Reunion Arena during the Southwest Conference tournament.
•The Frogs came mighty close to achieving their goal in the tournament, but the Cougars won 62-59 (page 66).—ED.
Concerning Curry Kirkpatrick's statement about the number (131) of dunks made by Houston: "Lock up the women and children and take that, Louisville," Louisville can take Houston anytime. We'll see which team goes farther in the NCAAs.
Red Lion, Pa.