Lucky Notre Dame! Gerry Faust will bring a new honesty and freshness to the ranks of college football coaches. He's almost enough to make a Notre Dame fan out of me.
CARLOS H. RODR�GUEZ, M.D.
So Notre Dame was the runaway winner in the 1981 recruiting wars? What else is new. Notre Dame annually attracts top high school talent from all over the country, but you can't tell that by its record. In my opinion, no other team, amateur or professional, does so little with so much. Until the Irish secure a coach and some players who can perform up to their ability, they will continue to be nothing but an overpublicized football team.
I very much enjoyed your article about Gerry Faust, but I take issue with your comment that he is "the only head coach Notre Dame has ever selected from the high school ranks." During the 1950s, Notre Dame selected Terry Brennan from Chicago's Mount Carmel High.
Notre Dame '52
? Brennan was hired as freshman coach the year before he succeeded Frank Leahy as head man.—ED.
It may not be "that big of an issue" for Sister Clarice Faltus of St. Frederick Catholic High in Monroe, La. that the school's golf team went on to play on a course from which its black members had been excluded. But for many of us Catholics it is a very big issue. I'm willing to wager more was said about Christianity by this incident than in many of the religion classes held at St. Frederick's this year. Sister, the coaches and the school missed a very "teachable" moment.
FATHER MICHAEL EWERT, O.F.M.
St. Francis Solanus Church
The item on former(?) Vanderbilt Basketball Coach Richard Schmidt in FOR THE RECORD (April 13) reminded me of the ambiguities of our language. It was headed RESIGNED. My first notion was that Vanderbilt had chosen to hire Schmidt again, had in fact re-signed him. Then I thought perhaps he had quit his post. Finally, I wondered if he had simply accepted his 28-27 record stoically; it is, after all, a winning record.
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED appears to like playing with the language, and seldom falls unconsciously into the traps that await us all. Keep it up. It gives us pleasure as surely as the events you cover.
Congratulations to Sam Moses, Bob Shapiro and Geoff Tabin for climbing New Guinea's Carstensz Pyramid by a new route (Mountain of the Mists, March 2 and 9). Moses writes that in 1936 "an 11-man party led by A.H. Colijn of the Netherlands hacked a trail from the southern coast to the mountain in four weeks, but failed in three attempts to reach its summit."
Yes, foul weather forced my father and two climbing partners to give up on the Carstensz Pyramid. But the week before they had made a first ascent of Ngga Pulu. In his book Naar de Eeuwige Sneew van Tropisch Nederland (To the Eternal Snow of the Tropical Netherlands), Father gives Ngga Pulu an altitude of 5,040 meters (16,536 feet). He hoped it would be the highest summit of the Carstensz massif. The altitude of the Pyramid was not yet known.