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When I was growing up in Ogden, my father, a proud Utah graduate and rabid Utes fan, would tell me the story of how they were in two tournaments during the same season and of the remarkable players on that team during a stressful and complicated time in our history. The Utes' success after college was just as outstanding as their success on the court. During high school I had the pleasure of having forward Vern Gardner teach me math for two years. He was a gentle giant of a man, with a quick wit and a commanding classroom presence. I, too, became a Utah graduate and fan. Their story was both nostalgic and a reminder of why college sports can be so much more than a game.
Anna Lea Kantor
The Right Call
Austin Murphy was way off base in describing Oregon coach Chip Kelly's season-long suspension of quarterback Jeremiah Masoli—who pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of second-degree burglary on March 12—as "draconian punishment" (INSIDE COLLEGE FOOTBALL, March 22). Rather than being exceedingly harsh or severe, the punishment was enlightened, given the too-frequent tendency of coaches and managers to look the other way when good players get into bad trouble. Kudos to Coach Kelly.
Steven Wallace, Glendale, Utah
When athletes such as Mark McGwire hire professional apologists like former George W. Bush press secretary Ari Fleischer (SCORECARD, March 22) what they are teaching our children is that you no longer have to atone or feel remorse when you commit a wrong—you only need to come up with a well-crafted apology.