Administrators in women's athletics have chosen the wrong role model. Many aspire to equality with men's college sports. I, for one, have higher aspirations.
Yale Women's Basketball Team
New Haven, Conn.
In his review (MOVIES, Feb. 8) Frank Deford said, "There is a tendency in movies like Personal Best to overemphasize the seamy side of competition so that promoters can advertise that it isn't just a sports movie." It would appear filmmakers aren't the only ones guilty of preying on the seamy side of competition. In that same issue, SI devoted six pages to an expos� of the recruiting violations and problems associated with one person involved in women's basketball. If you're going to cover women's collegiate basketball, cover all aspects of the sport, not just one event.
Women's basketball has never been more exciting and competitive, with genuine interest filtering through to girls in grammar schools and on playgrounds across the country. But, rather than focus on any of the positive aspects of the game, such as the California high school player, Cheryl Miller, who recently scored more than 100 points in one game, or Louisiana Tech's 54-game winning streak, SI chose to dwell on one issue. I am sorry that SI has traded fair journalism for sensationalism and hope that in the future you will do justice to women's basketball.
Former Basketball Coach
Immaculata College/U.S. Women's Team
I ask you to reflect on the placement, in the same issue as your annual swimsuit feature, of the article exposing alleged lesbianism in a college basketball program. An accident? Regardless of its merits, the article on South Carolina sends an extra message because of the issue in which it appears: Be like the bathing beauties, or else.
Your article concerning the "trouble" at South Carolina is a perfect reflection of the quality of your periodical. It stinks!
Director of Women's Basketball
I enjoyed Robert H. Boyle's article concerning the National Football League Establishment vs. the NFL Players Association (The 55% Solution, Feb. 1). In the article Boyle quoted Stan White as saying that the guy who wrote the strike insurance for the baseball owners "is on a deserted island somewhere." Stan is a heck of a linebacker, but he's offside on his facts. The "guy" and his associates, Jasper Marino and Ted Dipple, aren't on a deserted island, but doing business daily at the same old marketplace.
LAWRENCE V. RHEA
Reed Stenhouse Inc.
Kansas City, Mo.