The good-sport mama's boys may be sensitive and well-rounded in character in the opinion of some; nevertheless, I'll take the guy who fights to get ahead. I'll promise you that when the chips are down, the one whose desire to win is second nature to him will be the one who hauls them in, and is much the better man for it.
JEAN D. HANSFORD, USAF
This story was probably the most terrific "knock-the-man-down" article ever published regarding college football ethics.
Coach Forest Evashevski unveils his inner nature and seems to have captured the true spirit of football. Perhaps the reason for Iowa having such a successful team....
CHARLES F. KILLEBREW
Your recent article, A Heretic Speaks his Mind, purported to be the expression of Coach Forest Evashevski, football coach at the University of Iowa, borders on insane journalism. Just how far can an ambitious, but irrational, writer go in his effort to create sensational journalism?
For any coach to express himself as the article implied would mean professional suicide. I have known Coach Evashevski for some time, his coaching philosophies and all-round general standards in his association with young manhood are above reproach. There may be other coaches, not of Big Ten and Rose Bowl championship caliber, who might go along with the attitudes expressed in the warped article....
TOM E. KARPAN
West Des Moines, Iowa
Why do you detest the University of Iowa? SPORTS ILLUSTRATED always refers to the University of Iowa, its teams, and its personnel in a slurring manner.
The snide article after the Rose Bowl game attempted to give the impression that Iowa had won by spurious means and dubious ability.
Now comes the article concerning the coach of the University of Iowa. Evashevski has a television program during the season, so that the people of Iowa know that he has poise, a sense of humor and a surprising command of the English language. Your article does not give that same impression.
It is just as well that your readers do not know the true personality of Evashevski or they would get the impression that the integrity of your writers is open to question. Here is a young, capable coach with sincere intentions and you are trying to picture him as a despicable, profane demagogue....
CHARLES W. MAPLETHORPE JR., M.D.
AND WHERE ARE WE?
I imagine that you will receive several hundred letters from indignant alumni, from Fishkill State Teachers to Petrified Forest Tech. And you deserve the criticism.