INBOX

December 14, 2015

FOR NOV. 30, 2015

While Secretary of Education Arne Duncan fixes the entire blame for graduation rates on the universities (SCORECARD), I wonder what's happened to personal responsibility. Are these young men and women doing everything they can to ensure their own success? We laud these students for their athletic accomplishments, but we do not hold them accountable for any academic shortcomings.

Kevin Druckenmiller, Fremont, Ohio

Secretary Duncan gets it. The exploitation of young athletes, many of them African-Americans, by institutions of higher education is morally unacceptable. They are students first: If a school is going to reap the financial rewards from what they do on the field, it needs to educate them.

James O'Reilly, Portsmouth, R.I.

I found the past and present psychological bullying of Jalen Brunson at the hands of his father, Rick, reprehensible. And now Jalen feels that he deserves his dad's abuse. Bob Hurley's advice—finding the balance as parent and as coach—seems to have been worthless.

Ron Luchini

Bay Village, Ohio

Thank you for the article on Holly Holm (Ain't That a Kick in the Head?). Interestingly enough, Ronda Rousey had a sense of how the fight would end when she told Jimmy Fallon in October that "she'll try to kick me in the head, but it's not going to go like that." In fact, it did.

Troy Harvey, Grand Rapids.

COVER

Kudos to Austin Murphy for his extraordinarily well-written and insightful piece about Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (Why So Serious?). It has been a long time since a sportswriter has made me simultaneously think and laugh out loud.

Ashley Oliphant

Denver, N.C.

So which version of Newton are you selling? The one who's driving the NFC-leading 12--0 Panthers, or the one who got into a fight with his teammate, cornerback Josh Norman, over an interception in training camp (above)? Newton carries a lot of baggage that MVP statistics aren't going to wipe out.

Tom Deitz

San Diego

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