There have been many negative comments made about UNLV on everything from supposedly shady recruiting practices to unseemly behavior by its players on the court, but in winning the NCAA basketball championship the Runnin' Rebels overcame adversity and changed many people's views (Runaway!, April 9). They won in true Rebel style, with flash, flair, excitement and class. There were no taunts and no attitudes—just good basketball. Coach Jerry Tarkanian should be commended for the behavior of his team throughout the NCAAs.
Santa Rosa, Calif.
Eight pages on the UNLV Runnin' Rebels and three on the Stanford Lady Cardinals for winning their respective championships, and nothing on the NIT champion Vanderbilt Commodores, not even a mention in FOR THE RECORD? The NIT championship game, which Vanderbilt won 74-72 over St. Louis University, was far more interesting than the 30-point blowout in Denver. How about giving credit everywhere it is due?
JOHN W. HARVEY
Congratulations to staff writer Hank Hersch, who, in your College Basketball Preview issue (Nov. 20), correctly picked seven of the NCAA tournament's sweet 16 teams, two of the Final Four and the eventual champion, UNLV. Great job.
Douglas S. Looney's article on collegiate sports dynasties (Major Minors, March 26) was long overdue. Many student-athletes from these championship teams have not fully enjoyed the limelight. Arizona State has enjoyed Woodenesque success in two sports: archery and badminton. Sun Devil archers, coached for the past 14 years by Sheri Rhodes, won 28 of a possible 30 national collegiate team championships (10 mixed, nine men's and nine women's) in the 1980s. Three of the six members of the 1988 U.S. Olympic team were former Arizona State archers; Rhodes was the Olympic coach.
In badminton, the Sun Devils have won 23 straight national championships (eight mixed, eight men's and seven women's), including all three at the March meet in College Park, Md. Former Arizona State players make up a majority of the players on both the men's and the women's national teams.
Assistant Sports Information Director
Arizona State University
The Lady Captains of Christopher Newport College, in Newport News, Va., have won the last six NCAA Division III women's track and field championships (three indoor and three outdoor). Coach Vince Brown's squad is led by Sheila Trice, who will complete her career at the outdoor championships in May. She has already won 12 individual national titles, been a member of three national championship relay teams and earned All-America honors 28 times in 12 different events.
At last year's indoor championship, she won four individual titles: in the 55-meter dash, 55-meter hurdles, long jump and triple jump. Only one other athlete in the history of NCAA track and field has ever won that many individual titles in one meet: Jesse Owens of Ohio State, who did it in both 1935 and '36.
Sports Information Director
Christopher Newport College
The Memphis State men's racquetball team has just won its 15th consecutive title in the World Intercollegiate Championships, against 48 North and South American varsity teams.
In glancing through your special issue, 35 Years of Covers, I noticed that your April 7, 1969, cover featured Red Berenson of the St. Louis Blues, while the very next cover, April 14, 1969, showed Bill Freehan of the Detroit Tigers. Berenson and Freehan are both alumni of the University of Michigan, where one now coaches the hockey team, the other the baseball team.
Ann Arbor, Mich.