I don't know what Bible J.D. Drew is reading every night, but my
version has several warnings about greed.
--VASSILIS DALAKAS, Eugene, Ore.
This is an article from the Jan. 18, 1999 issue
JUDGING ANSON DORRANCE
Your story about North Carolina women's soccer coach Anson
Dorrance was fantastic (Anson Dorrance, Dec. 7). I'd back the
coach in this dispute. The letters he wrote to Debbie Keller
sound as if they were written by someone living up to the sign
in his office: PEOPLE DON'T CARE HOW MUCH YOU KNOW UNTIL THEY
KNOW HOW MUCH YOU CARE.
JACI HUGHES, Lexington, Ore.
Have we really come to the time when males in a position of
leadership are not allowed to have relationships with females
beyond strict surface interaction? Where do we draw the line? Is
a high five O.K. but a pat on the back questionable? Is a touch
on the shoulder to get a woman's attention going too far? How can
you lead without becoming involved?
JOHN LOWE, Raleigh, N.C.
As parents of a North Carolina woman soccer player, we were
happy to see the article. Dorrance treats all his players, from
those who walk on to those getting a full ride, like members of
his family. He shows that he cares for them. It is unfortunate
that his letters of encouragement were interpreted as sexual
harassment. We believe that this is more an indictment of our
society than it is an indictment of Dorrance.
LEE AND BETSY MORRISON
As for Santa Clara coach Jerry Smith, who wonders why Debbie
Keller would "go through this if it's not true," all I can tell
him is that there are 12 million reasons she's going through with
MIKE DUNLAP, Dallas
Dorrance should not be allowed to coach any girls' or women's
team. Those letters sent a chill down my spine.
WAYNE YOUNG, Battle Creek, Mich.
I am highly suspicious of any person who boasts that he is able
to understand half the world's population. Dorrance makes me feel
dirty just reading about him. Give me Pat Summit any day.
ELLEN COOPER, South Hadley, Mass.
S.L. Price calls North Carolina's new 6,600-square-foot soccer
complex Coach Dorrance's "latest creation." However, it was I
who found the dedicated donors and initiated the building of this
facility. I am proud of this soccer complex, which will serve two
great soccer programs at North Carolina.
Men's Soccer Coach
University of North Carolina
It's obvious that God is responsible for J.D. Drew's baseball
talent (Might Makes Right, Dec. 7). It's equally obvious that
God is fair and just. He gave Drew his incredible talent to
compensate for his incredible ignorance. As a Phillies fan I
want to thank God for making the sanctimonious, Bible-thumping
twerp a Cardinal.
JOE MALATESTA, Baltimore
What I'm really waiting for is to see how much courage Drew has
the first time he is scheduled to stand in the on-deck circle at
the Vet. If he is as religious as you paint him to be, he would
be wise to pray for a rainout.
DREW GALLAGHER, Media, Pa.
Throughout his bitter contract dispute, we knew Drew as Scott
Boras's client. We never met Drew the humble, Drew the pious or
Drew the big brother. Thanks for the proper introduction.
DANIEL R. RENAUD, Nassau, N.Y.
Stay strong in your beliefs, J.D. You now have one more converted
KEVIN D. LONG, Longview, Texas
Certainly Randall Cunningham is at peace with himself and has a
great supporting cast in Minnesota (Second Coming, Dec. 7), but
the most significant difference for him is that he and everyone
else in the Vikings' organization understand his role. In
Philadelphia he had to worry that he would be benched if he threw
an interception. Now he can focus on playing the game rather than
thinking about the game.
JESSE HOLDER, Torrance, Calif.
The best thing God did for Randall Cunningham was to place Randy
Moss on the receiving end of his bombs.
GENE RATNER, Carson City, Nev.
One good season cannot simply wipe away 11 incredibly selfish
ALEX LESYK, Mount Laurel, N.J.
FROM EAGLE TO FRIAR
Your list of once-and-future Boston College Eagles who flew the
basketball nest failed to include Sean Connolly (INSIDE COLLEGE
BASKETBALL, Dec. 14). Connolly gave an oral commitment to the
Eagles during his junior year in high school, the year of the BC
admissions controversy. When Jim O'Brien resigned as the Boston
College coach, Connolly changed his mind and signed with
Providence. He is now one of the starting forwards as a freshman
and is putting up solid numbers.
JUDITH KINNEY, Ipswich, Mass.