Considering that SI ran a multipage article on a football team ( Columbia) that hasn't won a game in three years (The Lions Go Out Like Lambs, Dec. 1), I am dismayed that you failed to follow up on a team that has not lost in four years. Augustana (SPOTLIGHT, Sept. 2, 1985) has a 49-0-1 record over that same span and has now won four consecutive NCAA Division III championships. What's more, coach Bob Reade has an 81-8-1 mark (.905) over eight years.
Like a number of other NCAA schools, Augustana successfully combines academic and athletic excellence. You missed a fine opportunity to reemphasize that point.
Kansas City, Kans.
I am disappointed that you didn't recognize Georgia Southern College as repeat champion of NCAA Division I-AA football. Surely the fact that this team included a player, quarterback Tracy Ham, who passed for more than 5,000 career yards (5,757) and rushed for more than 3,000 (3,212), makes it worthy of special note. In fact, the Georgia Southern football program did not even exist six seasons ago and only began competing at the Division I-AA level three seasons ago.
?For a look at Ham holding the Eagles' Division I-AA championship trophy, see left.—ED.