My reaction to the pictures of Oregon's palatial Hatfield-Dowlin Complex (LEADING OFF) was to simply shake my head. It's a strong yet sad commentary on our country's entire education system. With hundreds of millions of dollars being spent on this type of excess, in the face of horrendous budget cuts in education, it's easy to see how misplaced our priorities have become.
Nicholas Noel III, Easton, Pa.
When is the NCAA going to start acknowledging the disparity in amenities and resources in college athletics? To think that it's not an unfair advantage for schools like Oregon to have access to Phil Knight and Nike's lavish spending, while others do not, is naive at best.
Joe Doney, Jacksonville
S.L. Price's feature on Alex Rodriguez (The Last Days of A-Rod) is one of the best articles I have ever read. People often forget about Rodriguez's talent and that he was once one of the best players in baseball. Unfortunately, he let his desire to be the it guy get the best of him.
O. Adam Cruz, St. Louis
I have no doubt that A-Rod looked at himself on your cover, read the article and thought, "SPORTS ILLUSTRATED thinks I'm still all kinds of gorgeous, even at 38." The guy is so obviously in love with himself that nothing else truly matters to him, not even the game of baseball, his legacy or his own integrity. Given all that, his behavior is not surprising.
Jack Kindred, Seattle
A-Rod makes me realize how much respect I have for the guys who played fairly, without the use of PEDs.