Your reporting of the Andros-Milton affair was noteworthy for a number of reasons. In my mind the most prominent of these was the presentation of Andros' statement of the principles around which he organizes and conducts his life and work.
Though Coach Andros apparently does not feel that he directs his football team in a very democratic way, I respectfully beg to differ with him. From what I read, it does seem that Oregon State football is oriented toward explicitly stated rules and goals. Within this framework there are apparently open channels for communication and the redress of grievances. By joining such a team/society (take your pick), a person agrees to accept at least the foundation on which this structure rests. Change in The system is promoted by constructive means and majority vote. Those who break the rules must bear the responsibility for their actions. Each member of the team is expected to "do his own thing," be it block, pass, teach or whatever, to the very best of his ability. The individual does this, not for self-aggrandizement, but for the attainment of mutually agreed upon goals. If a person cannot function within this matrix, then he is free to leave. Forgive my simplifying things, but the foregoing sounds very much like a democracy to me.
MARTIN R. ADAMS
Kent State University
John Underwood does a terrible disservice to the trackmen of Providence College, to the college itself and, most importantly, to its progressive and distinguished president, Father William Haas.
Coach Hanlon's cross-country teams have been strong, it is true. However, no small part of that success is due to the outstanding financial and moral support that the coach has received from Father Haas. Providence has always been able to attract outstanding runners, most of whom did not develop under Coach Hanlon. The one restriction Father Haas has placed on his coach is that the recruited trackmen be bona fide college students—and, unfortunately, there has been the rub. The coach has been unable to adjust to the outstanding athlete who is also an outstanding student with a real interest in his education.
To say that the hassle over the TV set was inspired by the coach's concern for the studies of the athletes involved is to misstate the case. The four athletes involved, had, at the time of the incident, a combined academic average above B. The coach's pique was really based on the athletes' refusal to confine their thinking and interests exclusively to track when not engaged in study.
Providence College track under Coach Hanlon was not, as implied by Mr. Underwood's article, an example of modern athletes quitting under pressure, unwilling to pay the price. Rather, it was a procession of runners, usually seniors, being fired from the team shortly after the cross-country season ended. Whatever their sins, they were not grievous enough to warrant expulsion until after they had provided Coach Hanlon with his personally coveted cross-country championships. The indoor and outdoor seasons offered only individual prizes and personal satisfactions to trackmen. These were the only rewards sought by the runners for years of practice and self-denial, but they did not appeal very strongly to the coach. This was but one of the ingredients in a long-simmering problem with Providence College track.
H. A. CROOKE
East Northport, N.Y.
I cannot begin to describe my feelings toward Ray Hanlon as I ran his famous "guts" practices through the Providence snows. However, I can describe the feeling of anchoring a winning relay in the Boston Athletic Association meet. Grudgingly, I must admit that Coach Hanlon's practices were probably better preparation for the marathon of medical internship.
Now, as then, I question the man's methods. Now, as then, I respect his standards and achievements.
HARRY W. SMITH, M.D.
A FEW KIND WORDS
We at Las Colinas Country Club who became acquainted with many great golfers during the Women's Amateur Championship were disappointed in your rather slanted story concerning Catherine Lacoste and her outstanding championship effort (A Super Keen-o Show by La Grande Catherine, Aug. 25). Miss Lacoste came to this country alone, without a traveling companion, and displayed not only the greatest accomplishment ever seen in the Women's Amateur (one over par in eight rounds on a very difficult course) but a truly charming and ladylike personality throughout the tournament.
Miss Shelley Hamlin, who is certainly an all-American girl, was naturally the crowd favorite since it was the U.S. against France, but it was not because of any action or words by Miss Lacoste.