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In your "Role Switch" photo (LEADING OFF, Nov. 17), you credit Alabama wide receiver Marquis Maze with breaking up an interception in the game against LSU. But your picture shows that Maze was blatantly grabbing the cornerback's face mask. Where was the ref?
Norman Miller, Farmington Hills, Mich.

The Debate Continues

I enjoyed your alltime college football team portrait, selected with the limit of one player per school (Big Men on Campus, Nov. 10). But the team is incomplete without specialists, and we can't ask Sammy Baugh and Doak Walker to do double duty at their age. At punter the choice is Southern Mississippi's Ray Guy. At placekicker I'd add either Jan Stenerud, who at Montana State kicked a then record 59-yard field goal, or Princeton's Charlie Gogolak, who set seven NCAA kicking records.
Doug Schneider, Binghamton, N.Y.

Lawrence Taylor, who made your team, may have been the best linebacker from North Carolina, but the greatest Tar Heel is still Charlie (Choo Choo) Justice, who played there from 1946 to '49. Why didn't Justice win the Heisman? Twice he was runner-up—to two men, Doak Walker and Leon Hart, who are in your portrait.
Frank Aycock, Charlotte

Shadowy Figure?

I had to chuckle at Dan Patrick's musings about the "mystery man" who runs college football's BCS, Johnny Swofford (JUST MY TYPE, Nov. 24). Johnny was North Carolina's quarterback in the early 1970s, but even though I was a Tar Heels fan, to me he was always overshadowed by his older brother, William "Oliver" Swofford, who had Top 10 hits with Good Morning Starshine and Jean.
Vickie Riggsbee, Raleigh

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