Regarding spring-sport coaching assignments for three of our six football assistant coaches, these have been organized so as not to limit the coaches' off-campus recruitment. This practice, which is not unique within the Ivies, enhances the attractiveness of Yale for multisport student-athletes interested in football. Obviously, the poor season just past confronts Yale with an unusual recruitment challenge, and one response will be to relax these spring-sport coaching assignments somewhat this winter.
Regarding Yale's football alumni, the vast majority of them have been supportive and tolerant of this season's record. The report's characterization of their viewpoint does them a disservice, as they are not generally the sort to convert disappointment into unreasoned outcry.
Yale football is healthy in a fundamental sense, and I am confident that it will return to its winning tradition.
FRANK B. RYAN
Director of Athletics
New Haven, Conn.
MARY AND DEBBIE: UNSINKABLE SPIRITS?
As I looked at the picture of Mary Decker on the cover of your year-end issue (Dec. 26-Jan. 2), I had a sense of having seen a similar picture before. It was a photograph of Debbie Reynolds that appeared on the cover of LIFE more than 30 years ago (LIFE, Feb. 26, 1951). Same pose and expression. Is my memory playing tricks on me?
?For a comparison, see above.—ED.