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Save your ink if you feel that exposing the mess the NCAA enforcement division has become is going to change anything. The division would be hard-pressed to take any serious action against top athletic programs with any level of consistency because the money generated by TV contracts with athletic conferences and universities is far too lucrative. Why kill the goose that lays the golden egg?
John Larkin, Chicago
You assert that the Division I reform agenda has failed (The Institution Has Lost Control). However, out of 49 proposals sent forward for action, 34 were adopted, 11 are in progress and only four were unsuccessful.
Bob Williams Vice President of Communications National Collegiate Athletic Association
While your story on the NCAA effectively paints a picture of an organization that is in disarray and is desperately coping with change, it failed to note how the media is also partially responsible for the professionalization of college athletics. It too sensationalizes athletes and profits from the constant coverage—so the NCAA is not the only one at fault.
Lance Melching, Independence, Ky.
It's ironic how in your photo essay on Julius Erving (Doctor, Reveal Thyself), Dr. J refers to Moses Malone as being "underappreciated" by the media, while your headline saying Erving led the Sixers to the NBA title in 1983 appears to do just that. Malone, who coined the phrase Fo', Fo', Fo', was far and away the leader of that '83 team, winning the MVP award for both the NBA regular season and the Finals.
David Machlowitz, Westfield, N.J.