I know that this is the year of the miracle hockey victory in the Olympics and that Jack Nicklaus, Steve Carlton, Miruts Yifter, Magic Johnson, etc., are deserving, but let's have a little respect for our elders. Frank McGuire, the recently retired coach at South Carolina, has done a great deal for college basketball, while exhibiting a special charm, class and style. If he isn't the Sportsman of this year, special recognition is due him from SI, whose pages he has graced so often and so well.
JAMES J. CORBETT
I nominate Bear Bryant.
John McEnroe. I think his behavior in the U.S. Open and Wimbledon finals was perfectly justified. For all the pleasure he gives us tennis fans, we can put up with his antics.
Olympia Fields, Ill.