Hurrah for Steve Cauthen! Your SCORECARD item (March 1) on his achievement of earning his high-school diploma was exemplary. What better role model for our young athletes than this young man who has attained the heights of athletics but made a point of continuing his education? The U.S. should be proud of him as an ambassador of our better qualities.
MARK E. JOYCE
I very much enjoyed reading that the University of New Mexico has made great strides in reconstructing its basketball program and that the basketball team led all Lobo men's teams last semester with a 2.8 grade-point average (SCORECARD, March 1). SI is to be commended for reporting this encouraging news. However, don't you think the institution and people involved in the revitalization deserve as much space as that given to the sensational scandal? I, for one, do.
RICHARD G. GRANT
Pocono Pines, Pa.
Your article Jackie Hits the Jackpot (Feb. 1) on the Texas A&M situation and the large salary being paid Coach Jackie Sherrill correctly pointed out the generosity of Aggie gifts to the athletic department and that the coach's salary would be paid from these contributions. In defense of academics at A&M, however, allow me to point out that contributions made through The Association of Former Students totaled more than $2 million in 1981. None of this money is used for athletics. It is used only to promote academic excellence at the university.
GLENN D. HUDSON