Re "Football drains UC prestige" (Forum, Dec. 1): I am a University of California, Davis, grad, and my daughter is a senior there and works in the recruiting center for the football team. My son and daughter were both Elk Grove High graduates, and my son earned a scholarship to Lehigh University in Pennsylvania and played football there. Elk Grove High School is doing great this year, but my daughter said that there isn't one player who qualifies to attend UC Davis. Davis will not bend the rules for anyone. Their coach says football is for four years, but a UC Davis degree is for a lifetime. I admire the student athletes at UC Davis who can find the time to practice their sports and keep up with their studies, which, I can tell you from personal experience, is no easy task. Not all UCs are equal.
-- Carol McElheney, Elk Grove