SWITZER AND DUPREE
Having been born and raised in Oklahoma, I was surprised at Douglas S. Looney's article (New Philadelphia Story, June 20) about the "clash of wills" between Oklahoma Football Coach Barry Switzer and his star player, Marcus Dupree. The only accusation made against Switzer was that he is hard on his players. How else does one get an athlete to bring out his best and realize his potential? I attended junior high school in Oklahoma City, where I got to know the Oklahoma style of coaching: tough, authoritative, demanding, a little removed and effective as hell. And this was for boys entering their teens. It has been my experience that coaches in many other parts of the country, including Kentucky, where I attended high school, are less demanding, and the difference is reflected in the athletes and in the quality of competition.
Looney's article intrudes on the sacred relationship between athlete and coach and sounds like the complaints of a fretful, overly concerned Pop Warner League parent. If Switzer wants Dupree to lose a little weight and work hard in practice, so be it. Dupree stands to profit if he sticks it out, because star status is the least important—and often the most harmful—ingredient in a star's makeup. Besides, Switzer's 98-17-3 coaching record tells me he knows what he's doing.
PETER V. LINDEMAN
As the father of an Oklahoma player, I can honestly say that I prefer having my son associated with Barry Switzer than reading the drivel that Douglas S. Looney passes off as journalism. Based on the space allotted to the discussion of Switzer, it would have been more appropriate to have had his picture on the cover, rather than that of Marcus Dupree.
In the future, please keep Looney back East; we don't want or need him.
JAN C. TUPPER
While I agree that Marcus Dupree is an outstanding player, let's not presume that he has a lock on the Heisman. There is a tailback in Tallahassee, Greg Allen of the Florida State Seminoles, who not only performs well in game situations but also gives full effort during practice. Not coincidentally, Allen was the nation's leading scorer last year.
If anyone from the Big Eight is going to win the Heisman Trophy in 1983, it will be Mike Rozier of Nebraska.
BATTLES IN BOSTON
Steve Wulf helped me to understand what really happened in Boston recently (The Fight Is Over the Red Sox, Not in Them, June 20). As a Red Sox fan, I have lived through many disappointments. However, I must say the current Boston management has reached a new low. Buddy LeRoux's latest move was unbelievably tactless. June 6 was reserved for memories of some of the Sox' few triumphs—Tony C's amazing recoveries and the 1967 Impossible Dream Team. LeRoux's announcement of his intended takeover on that night only showed his lack of caring for anything except money and himself. If it were left up to the fans, LeRoux's interest in the Sox would have been bought out by now and he would be living in another town under an assumed name.
As a Detroit Tiger fan, I was disappointed with the article on the Red Sox. Steve Wulf seemed to think the Tigers' sweep of the Sox was a byproduct of Boston's owner arguments. The truth is Detroit has become as hot as its recent Player of the Week, Lou Whitaker (INSIDE PITCH, June 20). Let's give credit where it's due, not excuses for losing to a hot team.
JON J. LAWNICZAK JR.
Grand Blanc, Mich.
I am surprised at your poor coverage of the University of Texas' winning of the College World Series (FOR THE RECORD, June 20). If nothing else, SI should have noted that the state of Texas dominated college ball this past season. In addition to the Longhorns' victory, McLennan Community College of Waco won the national junior college title, Lubbock Christian was the NAIA champion and Texas A&M clinched the women's NCAA softball title.
Also, how about some recognition for the Southwest Conference's accomplishments in the 1982-1983 school year? In every major men's sport—football, baseball, basketball, tennis, golf, swimming and indoor and outdoor track—a Southwest Conference team finished first or second nationally.