HOW COULD YOU?
I've just finished reading this article on Woody Hayes (The Ohio State Story, Oct. 24), and I am absolutely disgusted. I just don't see how you could print such utter trash about one of the greatest coaches. It's downright malicious.
I've been with this man now for two football seasons and have found him to be a hard-working and determined coach. Of course he might lose his temper once in a while, but who doesn't?
I think a rhetorical letter should be written immediately and also I think apologies are in order for misinterpreting Mr. Hayes's private and public life.
As the sports editor of the Ohio State campus daily newspaper and as a charter subscriber to SI, I feel I have the right to criticize The Ohio State Story.
We agree that 8 million fans do not have the right to demand the kind of football team that they want, but we do not think that there is one single answer to that kind of demand anyway.
If you call this article (which I believe was well written) revealingly reported, I have to disagree. I hate to say this, but SI has dropped a notch in our book because of it. I think I can say as much for many Columbusites, including the downtown second guessers.
I would like to congratulate Mr. Shaplen on a fine piece of journalism, even though we can't completely see eye to eye.
Ohio State Lantern
WHAT IS THERE TO BE ASHAMED OF?
I see nothing to be ashamed of in the fact that people want to attend Ohio State football games in numbers bettering 80,000 every Saturday. That is a tribute to the type of play consistently exhibited and, I might add, in lean or good years the fans turn out. We do not need a winner to have that interest.
Coach Hayes, although too frank at times, is a hard-working, sincere and dedicated man whom any organization would be proud to have as an executive.
The football players your writer chose to quote never had enough time on the playing fields at OSU to talk authoritatively on the subject—sour grapes always come from those. Better listen to a satisfied customer like the scrappy little redhead, Mr. Cassady. Ohio State has won, and probably always will win, their share of football games due to the fact that our high school football teams turn out the finest material in the country. That is why Ohio State fans think we should win them all.
JOHN E. CRISS JR.