I really enjoyed your article about Lee Corso (Don't Let 'em Wear You Down! Nov. 14). Corso definitely has what it takes to get Indiana fans rooting for something other than basketball. And thanks a lot for clearing up the picture on Big Ten football coaches. After hearing so much about Bo Schembechler and Woody Hayes, I expected the only way for the rest to survive was to wear a monocle and carry a whip. Corso is different. Who else would bring his team onto a playing field in a double-decker bus?
It was pointed out that, except for Bo Schembechler and Woody Hayes, the only coach who started the 1970s at a Big Ten school and still remains is John Jardine of Wisconsin. I think the pressures have finally gotten to Jardine. He has turned in his letter of resignation, effective at the end of the 1977 season. Long live Bo and Woody!
Corso's excuse for recent Big Ten Rose Bowl disasters puzzles me. He says, "Everybody wines and dines 'em and fattens 'em up, and then they feed 'em to a Coast team that's been hard at work since before Christmas—on its own field." From 1947, when the big rivalry started, through 1959 the West Coasters won a total of one game. Did they replace the original wine steward, chef and nutritionist?
I was astonished that John Underwood referred to North Carolina as a "patsy" for the "Little Eight." This year's team is 8-2-1, the two losses being to Kentucky and Texas Tech by a combined total of six points. Since 1970 North Carolina has played in the Peach Bowl (twice), the Gator Bowl and the Sun Bowl (twice). All patsies should have it so good.
Elizabeth City, N.C.
November 28, 1977
KRIS AND JILL
I enjoyed the article Semi-Tough Goes to the Movies (Nov. 7), but your cover was even more interesting. This may be the first time a major magazine has had a Rhodes scholar (Kris Kristofferson) and a Sarah Lawrence graduate (Jill Clayburgh) on its cover.
ANDREW L. HARRISON
Considering his great World Series performance despite the storms around him, there is no other choice for your Sportsman of the Year award than Reginald Martinez Jackson.
Spring Valley, N.Y.
Anyone but Reggie Jackson.
Who else but Billy Martin?
OWEN CANFIELD III
Monterey Park, Calif.
The man who gave the fans their money's worth and gave some of his money back to the fans: Greg Luzinski.
CHARLES GALLAGHER JR.
How about baseball's greatest home run hitter, Sadaharu Oh?
Bill Walton. He has taken more criticism in two years than some people take in a lifetime.
Hokes Bluff, Ala.
The most exciting pure runner in all of football, the Chicago Bears' Walter Payton.
Fort Wayne, Ind.
REED C. STEWART
Texas Football Coach Fred Akers.
Guillermo Vilas, not only for the longest winning streak on clay but also for putting up with Ion Tiriac.
How can you not pick marathon runner Bill Rodgers?
New York City
Marathon runner Miki Gorman.
Bobby Orr. He deserves the award just for having the courage to get back on skates and play again.
The fans of the New Jersey Nets, of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and of French 12-meter sailing.
EDWARD H. ROBBINS
Address editorial mail to SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, Time & Life Building, Rockefeller Center, New York, New York, 10020.