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Edited by Gay Flood
March 15, 1982
COLLEGE OR THE PROS? Sir:As your article Does Herschel Have Georgia on His Mind? (March 1) indicates, Herschel Walker is one athlete in a million, perhaps one in a billion. He has superior athletic ability, fine academic credentials and an extraordinary temperament. This is all the more reason why Walker should stay at Georgia until he gets his degree. If Walker were to challenge the NFL eligibility rule and win, it would not only set a legal precedent, but also an attitudinal precedent, opening the floodgates for every unscrupulous agent and every ego-inflated athlete who thinks he can make it in the pros. Granted, it would be a shame to deny Walker the opportunity to play in the pros now. But it just may be a sacrifice he has to make so that others won't have to experience strife and anguish.ROBERT W. DEFLIESEHempstead, N.Y.
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March 15, 1982

19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

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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.
Rockland, Maine

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.
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.
Kilgore, Texas

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