Re "Football Drains UC Prestige" (Viewpoints, Dec. 1): Peter Schrag is doing the University of California a favor by advocating the de-emphasizing of football at Berkeley. In 1946, Robert Hutchins had the guts to pull the University of Chicago out of the Big Ten, despite cries that he was going to ruin the school. He went ahead and, despite the naysayers, Chicago is still one of the most outstanding schools in the country. My son went there in the 1970s, when two Nobel laureates were faculty members, Milton Friedman and Saul Bellow. My son received a superb education and hardly noticed that there was not a big-time football team. My grandson has applied to the UC system, and the subject of football never entered his mind. As a California taxpayer, I see no reason why I have to support football programs at public universities. There is plenty of football around with the San Francisco Forty-Niners and the Oakland Raiders.
-- Eugene Elzufon, Davis