In the article concerning the frightening situation in Tempe, Ariz., you mentioned that the Sun Devils carried Coach Frank Kush onto the field for the game against Washington in what was probably a college football first. At the 1976 Cal-Stanford "Big Game," the Stanford Cards carried Jack Christiansen, who had been fired as coach, onto the field. The situation was very different, however. Coach Chris never punched a player, but his 30-22-3 record and alumni and media pressure forced his firing. He was a coach who held the players' interests above his own. I know because I helped carry him onto the field.
Union City, Calif.
NO TEARS AT WAKE
As an ardent fan of Wake Forest University since 1964, I compliment you on your story about the Deacons (Never, Never, Never, Never, Never Give Up, Nov. 5). We fans think Wake epitomizes everything college sports should be: small school, small budget, great enthusiasm and the desire to educate our athletes. To us every victory is like 100 victories to the USCs, Notre Dames, Michigans and Alabamas. It appears at long last that the cream is starting to rise to the top.
Wake Forest Athletic Director Gene Hooks was quoted as saying that he kept waiting for the bubble to burst for his school's football team. Pop! Clemson 31, Wake Forest O.
In your article on Wake Forest's Deacons you refer to Appalachian State as "tiny." Appalachian State currently has more than 10,000 students enrolled. It boasts the nation's leading pass receiver, Rick Beasley, and one of the nation's leaders in total offense, Quarterback Steve Brown. At this writing, the Mountaineers are 2-7, but though their record might not be very good, they are not tiny.
ERIC PETER VERSCHUURE
Bowling Green, Ohio
I enjoyed reader Fred Ross' comments in the Oct. 29 issue about Florida A&M's victory over Miami. He compared the feat to a team like Lehigh beating Penn State, or Chico State beating USC. It is interesting to note that Lehigh holds the record for the most points ever scored against Penn State in a football game, having routed the Lions 106-0 in 1889.
Your readers might like to know that Gregg Jacobs, Lawrence University's barefoot soccer-style kicker, who mentally rehearses his kicking in a "sensory isolation" tank (SCORECARD, Oct. 15), missed a PAT on Oct. 27 under unusual conditions. On fourth down, with seven yards to go at the 23-yard line, Jacobs and Quarterback Jim Petran set up for a field goal. Instead of kicking the ball, Jacobs scampered around left end, caught a perfectly thrown pass from Petran and went into the end zone untouched. It was Jacobs' first pass reception and his first touchdown. Unfortunately, Jacobs followed with another first: his PAT attempt was wide to the left, making it his first miss since he began kicking for Lawrence last year and ending his string of consecutive PATs at 65.
It was a disappointment, of course, but it made no difference in the outcome of the game: Lawrence 36, Coe College 0.
LELAND D. ESTER
Director of Public Relations
Regarding Milt Hopwood's REMINISCENCE (Oct. 29) about his "road to riches—or (gulp!) to Tibet," the similarities with my experiences are too great to ignore. Approximately 20 years after he ran football parlay cards at Illinois, I was running them at a small college in southern Wisconsin. While I never suffered the anxiety of missing a Western Union deadline, I was apprehensive about offering the cards during a Dad's Day weekend when I learned that my customers included a judge, an FBI agent and a police officer (they all played).
I didn't quite make it to Tibet, but I did find a copy of your Oct. 29 issue lying on a table in a Peking hotel.
Congratulations to Bil Gilbert on his fine story Keeper of Something Unique (Nov. 5). Let us hope that those noble wolves, like the seldom-seen gyrfalcons and wolverines, will survive.