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After reading your story on Sooners star walk-on Dominique Whaley (Walk-On Home Run, Oct. 17), all I can say is, what an amazing person! Still, the article made me wonder about coach Bob Stoops and his thinking that it's fair to not give scholarships to walk-ons until they have started a whole year and are expected to start the following year. So what if that policy has been in place for 13 years at Oklahoma? As a coach, when your old plays stop working, you make adjustments and try something new.
I hate the idea that Coach Stoops is made to look like the bad guy because he has yet to offer Whaley a scholarship. Stoops has a set of rules that he goes by, and all walk-ons know this when they agree to play Sooners football. Compared to the scandals we see with so many other schools in college sports, we should be applauding a coach like Stoops, who doesn't compromise his strict code in favor of popular opinion.
Jay Cook, Cabot, Ark.
East Coast Bias
As a sports fan who has lived in both Chicago and Dallas for a number of years, I got a kick out of Phil Taylor's The Ballad of East and West column (POINT AFTER, Oct. 17). After reading, watching and listening to the incessant reporting on East Coast teams, no matter what sport they play and where they are in the standings, I am of the firm belief that ESPN stands for Eastern Sports Programming Network. It becomes even more obvious when there are no East Coast teams in the playoffs, because you see the apparent disappointment from the national reporters who cover the games.