My brother, Doug Martin, was a starting wide receiver on Vanderbilt's 1974 Peach Bowl team, having been selected to the All-SEC rookie team as a sophomore. He was also a member of Vandy's 400-yard freestyle relay team, which qualified for the 1972, 1973 and 1974 NCAA championships, and a school record holder in the freestyle sprints. He also was twice selected an academic All-America in football (once on the first team, once on the second) and was a 1975 recipient of the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete Award.
So, while the statement about Jackson may be true, I think there can be no argument that nobody has done the scholar/football player/swimmer triple as well as Doug Martin in a long, long time.
What do Georgetown, South Florida, Western Kentucky and Holy Cross have in common besides having been picked by you (Nov. 30) as four of the top 48 college basketball teams in the nation? Answer: All were defeated last year by the University of Connecticut, which for some inconceivable reason was left out of your top 48. During each of the last three seasons the Huskies have won 20 or more games. Now they have an even more experienced team.
JAMES F. J'ANTHONY
In your Best of the Rest section you didn't include the University of Mississippi, the 1980 SEC tournament champion. We beat Dominique Wilkins, your so-called "Top Dog of Dunk," and the rest of the Georgia team 68-62 in the final.
Ocean Springs, Miss.
After continually being snubbed by your "experts," I fully expected not to find Marquette ranked in your Top 20. But then when I didn't see them listed among the remaining 28, I nearly double-dribbled!
KEVIN J. GOLDEN
How can you ignore a team like Syracuse which has been in postseason play for 11 consecutive years?
THAT MAN McMAHON
Jim McMahon of Brigham Young deserves every word of praise he received in McMahon with a Golden Arm (Nov. 30).
Not only is he the best passing quarterback around, but he has also accomplished this despite having had his right eye punctured as a child, for which he now must wear special tinted lenses.
Ray Kennedy's fine piece on Joe Retton and his great basketball record (Why Is This Man Laughing? Because He Just Read His Obituary, Nov. 30) at Fairmont (W. Va.) State College elicits fond memories of my three years as sports publicity director there.
Joe was then a sore-armed, once-promising pitcher turned second baseman on the college baseball team. His arm was so bad that he occasionally had to underhand the ball to first base, but he more than made up for that defensive deficiency by hitting about everything opposing pitchers had to offer.