Re "A relief for Vanderdoes, a great day for the Irish" (Sports, Feb. 7): I realize there are many who are enthralled with collegiate athletics. But is there overemphasis?
The high school football player student mentioned picked Notre Dame over UCLA, Washington, USC and Alabama in a well-publicized news conference. Are there articles trumpeting a valedictorian or other gifted student who has to make a choice between Harvard, Yale, or Princeton?
It is difficult not to sound sanctimonious but isn't the purpose of institutions of higher learning, higher learning? The very fact we use the term student-athletes rather than athletic students speaks volumes about our current culture. I have long believed that athletic scholarships should be abolished. Colleges should not be the minor leagues for professional sports. Perhaps we could then get back to the business of education.
-- Victor H. Jung, M.D., Davis