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As a 1981 Notre Dame graduate, I have found it difficult to admire anything about the University of Miami, especially after the way its football players behaved during and after the Hurricanes' 24-0 shellacking of the Irish on Nov. 28. Apparently, the Miami players believed the score entitled them to brag and taunt, and compensated for their laughable collective academic performance.

Your article Time to Play Foote Ball? (Dec. 21) partially changed my impression. Miami president Tad Foote remembers what his school's athletic department and some trustees have forgotten: Athletes are also students, and a university best serves them by challenging them academically.
Monterey, Calif.

Do some Miami trustees and athletic director Sam Jankovich really value athletic supremacy over the academic reputation of their university? Are Rice and Northwestern to be looked down upon? Holy Hurricanes! May I remind them that three years ago Miami had a pretty fair football player, Bernie Kosar, who graduated in three years, with a major in finance and economics. If Miami would recruit more players like Kosar, both Jankovich and president Foote could fulfill their goals. It seems that Jankovich and his coaches are just too lazy to make the effort to reach this attainable achievement. Less power to them!

Regarding the comment that the Miami football players are not representative of the student body, I would like to see a football team that is. Perhaps Ivy League teams fit that description, but do they make for exciting reading? Miami has much to be proud of.

As a black man, I feel compelled to respond to Bryant Gumbel's unwarranted cheap shot at Curry Kirkpatrick, the University of Wyoming and Kirkpatrick's excellent piece on the basketball Cowboys (LETTERS, Dec. 28-Jan 4). I think Gumbel is one of television's most talented—and perhaps most egotistical—performers. But I also wonder how he feels he attained his exalted position if not, in part, because of his color.

Let's also understand that many, if not most, big-time schools are guilty of the same sins that Gumbel is so quick to indict Wyoming for. With the exception of the few predominantly black schools, one would be hard-pressed to find an American college or university competing at the higher levels of collegiate sport that has a significant number of black professors, administrators and athletic department officials. This is wrong, but it is also unfair to single out Wyoming for this failing.

It is incumbent on Wyoming's Fennis Dembo and the many other black athletes who are on scholarship at predominantly white colleges to make the most of their opportunities.
Laurel, Md.

William Nack's article on Denny McLain {Starting Over, Dec. 14) bothered me. I believe people should get a second chance. However, any attempt to make us feel sorry for McLain neglects the fact that McLain was convicted by a jury of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute it. [The conviction was overturned and McLain is awaiting possible retrial.] The hell he went through in prison pales in comparison with the hell gone through by parents whose children become addicted to cocaine, or that which the addict goes through when attempting to rehabilitate himself. I wish McLain luck, but I'm glad prison had an impact on him. And I hope the article scares all would-be drug distributors.
Long Valley, N.J.

SI readers might like an update on Rich Mount, son of Rick Mount, Lebanon, Ind., and Purdue basketball hero (A Grand and Heavy Legacy, Dec. 22-29, 1986). Rich, now a junior at Lebanon High, is averaging better than 20 points per game, even when he is double-and triple-teamed. On Dec. 19 he scored 43 points against Lafayette Jefferson High, hitting 14 of 18 shots from the field (including three three-pointers) and 12 of 12 from the line.

This is a postscript regarding Michael Currence, former football coach of Massillon (Ohio) Washington High School (A Mauling in Tiger Town, July 1, 1985). I was one of his attorneys in litigation challenging his firing. The case was pending for the better part of two years, during which time Currence received no meaningful coaching offers. He did, however, receive support from the coaching community, including Joe Paterno, Earle Bruce and Georgetown basketball coach John Thompson. Last summer the case was settled. Currence received $237,000 in the settlement and returned to coaching as head coach at Chamberlain High in Twinsburg, Ohio.

Currence's squad went 3-7 this past season, which at first blush would not seem a record of success. However, he has taken a team that lost all of its games in 1986 and had an overall record of 1-19 for '85 and '86 combined; he has created substantial enthusiasm and the prospect of a real turnaround.

In the three years since Currence's departure, Massillon has not qualified for the high school playoffs or beaten its archrival, Canton McKinley. The program is currently operating under sanctions imposed by the Ohio High School Athletic Association for rules violations that occurred after Currence left. On this past Election Day the three remaining members of the school board that voted to "buy out" his contract were voted out of office. All five board members who participated in that decision have lost their subsequent reelection attempts. In my opinion this fine man has fared better than his "maulers."

The stories of your eight Sportsmen and Sportswomen of the Year (Athletes Who Care, Dec. 21) helped put Christmas in perspective for me, especially when I read that Phyllis Keino was unable to offer biscuits to your writer because, she says, "Not every day we have money." I wish you had supplied addresses for causes supported by your honorees. I'm sure many readers felt as my family did—that most Christmas gifts could have been returned and the money spent better elsewhere.
Durand, Mich.

•Here are the addresses.—ED.

The New Interdisciplinary School for Handicapped Children
Claire Salant, Director
One Scouting Boulevard
Medford, N.Y. 11763

Kipchoge Keino
P.O. Box 2153
Eldoret, Kenya

Lane County Relief Nursery
Attention: Sister Agnes Bachmeier Children's Services Division
432 West 11th Street
Eugene, Ore. 97401

Huntington's Disease Society of America
140 West 22nd Street, Sixth Floor
New York, N.Y. 10011

Santa's Helper
P.O. Box 7154
Winston-Salem, N.C. 27109

Group Home Society
2941 Park Avenue #C
Soquel, Calif. 95073

The Rory Sparrow Foundation, Inc.
Mr. Cary Alleyne, Executive Director
125 Market Street, Suite 207
Paterson, N.J. 07505

Cincinnati Speech and Hearing Center
Dr. Carol Leslie, Director
3021 Vernon Place
Cincinnati, Ohio 45219

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