Never have I been as moved by a story as I was by Thomas Lake's superb article on Pop Herring. The piece was touching and sad, and it allowed me to understand why Herring was right in his decision to place Michael Jordan on the jayvee team. I wish nothing but the best for Herring and hope that he can put his troubles behind him.
Robert Scholz, Elmo, Mo.
Your piece on Herring (Did This Man Really Cut Michael Jordan? Jan. 16) was one of the most poignant that I have read in any magazine. If nothing else, I hope it helps Jordan understand that he didn't become one of the greatest players of all time despite the actions of others, but because of them.
John Taylor, Superior, Colo.
I can't help but feel that the remarks Jordan has made regarding his old coach have contributed to Herring's woes. I don't understand how someone in Jordan's position could not show more compassion, even if he felt Herring had made a mistake.
Marshall Jackson, Lakeland, Fla.
Ties of Loyalty
Thank you for acknowledging the resurgence of Indiana basketball ("We're Back, Baby!" Jan. 16) and all the hurdles that coach Tom Crean had to overcome to rebuild the program. Still, I feel that there was one point missing: the loyalty of Hoosiers fans. While it's true that student-season-ticket orders fell over the past four years, Indiana still ranked as high as 11th in attendance from 2008--09 to '10--11, at a time when the team was enduring one of the worst losing stretches in the school's history. As SI.com's Seth Davis recently wrote, "I've never seen a fan base stand by its team through lean times like the Indiana fans did for their Hoosiers."
Todd Joseph, Denver
Over the Hump