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June 27, 2011
Oh, the irony of NCAA football. In addition to revenue earned from football camps and speaking engagements, coaches like Jim Tressel can command a salary of $3.5 million per year. But the student-athletes, the ones who actually play the games, are prohibited from trading in their used, worn-out jerseys and team memorabilia for a little spending money.
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June 27, 2011


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Alex Harris, Galloway, Ohio

Other than the changing of names and dates, I fail to see how the circumstances surrounding Tressel and the lack of institutional control in the athletic department at Ohio State is any different from what Southern Methodist did to earn the NCAA death penalty in the late 1980s.

Matt Boettcher

Dunwoody, Ga.

Vision of Hope

I loved your inspirational story about Luis Salazar (Sight To Behold, June 6). My wife was recently hit in the eye while playing tennis and was temporarily blinded, requiring three surgeries. If a tennis ball can do that much damage, I can only imagine what a batted baseball could do.

Brady Dunn, Salt Lake City

Living Strong

Kudos to Michael Farber for pointing out that maybe, just maybe, Lance Armstrong isn't such a bad guy (SCORECARD, June 6). If every professional athlete cheated but then helped to raise $325 million for cancer research, the world would still be a much better place.

Matthew Schwartz

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