O.J. Mayo should be a top player this year, but the basketball-related decisions that he makes in consultation with his advisers raise a red flag. I'm not sure what is worse: going against your family's recommendation that you attend a college closer to home or taking advice from Kobe Bryant on when to share the ball with your teammates.
Eric Michalko, Toronto
O.J. Mayo and Kevin Love (A Fight Between Friends, Nov.�19) might be the next two superstars of college basketball, but they are also examples of what is wrong with sports today. Mayo has been in the spotlight since seventh grade while fighting, missing class, bumping a referee and being cited for marijuana possession. (The charge was dismissed when another passenger in the car claimed responsibility.) Love's parents, while capturing every moment of his career on tape, complained that Kevin didn't receive respect from his hometown or school for his accomplishments, petitioned to get the coach fired after butting heads with him about playing time and ultimately filed a restraining order against the entire coaching staff.
Mike Fink, Media, Pa.
In your feature on college basketball rivalries (The Best of Enemies, Nov.�19) I found it interesting that Kentucky and Louisville were both featured but not against each other. While Florida, the rival you named for Kentucky, has enjoyed some recent success, any blue-blooded Wildcat can tell you that our archrival is Louisville--which Adolph Rupp disdained so thoroughly that we didn't play them for nearly 25�years!
Chaim Schramm, Philadelphia
There is a basketball feud between Florida and Kentucky only in the overactive imagination of your writer and Gators fans born after the year 2000. Since that year, there have been 10 Kentucky wins and eight Florida wins, a respectable rivalry. Before that, Kentucky had won 74 of 96 meetings, including one stretch of 18 straight.
David Rust, Merritt Island, Fla.