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November 17, 2008
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It takes a special player to play on the island. You need to have the footwork of a running back, the speed of a receiver and the vision of a QB—and hit like a linebacker. There shouldn't even be a debate: Cornerback is the most challenging position in football.
Joe Jacobs, Calgary

Bum Wrap

I've always liked Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher (INSIDE THE WEEK IN SPORTS, Oct. 27). After a close inspection of his photograph in your magazine, I can see the message written on his wristband ("Be an a------) during the Vikings game—and I like him a whole lot more.
Frank Lynch, Salt Lake City

Tiger Balm

It's true that Clemson's football program has problems (INSIDE COLLEGE FOOTBALL, Oct. 27), but opportunity awaits the next head coach. For all of outgoing coach Tommy Bowden's shortcomings on Saturdays, he did a wonderful job creating new facilities and recruiting. If the right man is hired, the Tigers could be very scary very soon.
Zach Calhoun, Greenwood, S.C.

Missing Persons

Regarding your story on Kevin Hart, the high school senior who fooled people into believing he was being recruited by top programs (POINT AFTER, Oct. 27), I can't help wondering: Where were the grown-ups? Hart surely bears blame for his lie, but why didn't his coach ever ask himself why he had never been visited by a representative of Cal or Oregon? Why didn't Hart's parents call Cal or Oregon to ask why no one had ever contacted them? How did this situation get to where the young man was allowed to conduct a selection ceremony while it appears that not a single adult in Fernley, Nev., had ever talked to a representative of Cal or Oregon?
Elizabeth G. Nichols, Springfield, Mo.

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