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Josh Luchs isn't an agent. He's merely a fan who used whatever connections he could find and his own money to get close to the college athletes he looked up to. His "confessions" reek of hypocrisy and jealousy. Unfortunately there are plenty more leeches out there like him.

Nate Peterson, Longmont, Colo.

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While some of the things Luchs (Confessions of an Agent, Oct. 18) did were wrong, I feel he was sincerely trying to help kids but was led astray by the world he had become a part of. I also couldn't help noticing that some of these "poor kids" he was trying to help were just as calculating and dishonest and had a me-first attitude that made them hard to feel sorry for.

Todd Stein, Chicago

We shouldn't ignore the riches the NCAA and universities earn using the talents of student athletes. A portion of revenue from college athletics should be divided equally among college athletes as a scholarship supplement for living expenses. This would decrease the need to take outside money.

David Martinez, Apalachin, N.Y.

For only the second time in the history of baseball a no-hitter is thrown in a postseason game, and it's done in the long-awaited postseason debut of one of the greatest pitchers of this generation, but instead of Roy Halladay you have a quote from a sports agent on the cover?

David Drinnan Woodbridge, N.J.

War of Wages

At a time when the nation is witnessing record home foreclosures and millions can't even find minimum-wage jobs, isn't the impending NFL labor battle (The Gathering Storm, Oct. 18) pitting millionaires against billionaires, well, obscene?

Jim Wilken, Marion, N.C.

While the NFL and the players battle over how to divvy up billions of dollars, Hall of Famer Leroy Kelly is receiving a monthly pension of $176. That's greed and arrogance taken to a new level, with enough shame to go around on both sides.

Bob Southard, Salem, Va.

Brotherly Love

The story on Jim and John Harbaugh shows how good parents "grow" great children (Beat, Play, Love, Oct. 18). Life is a game, and it is all about winning, so you should never settle for less. There should be no such thing as "good enough." These two brothers' lives prove that.

Donna J. Smith, Indianapolis

Thank you for including in this story the lament of Jim and John's mother, Jackie, about the educational establishment's seeming commitment to mediocrity. As an educator with 35 years of experience teaching high school and college, I feel that her assessment is correct. De-emphasis of SAT scores and other exams, along with grade inflation, are indications that the race to mediocrity is accelerating.

Marc Rubin, Greenville, N.H.

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