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Ex-Seminole should have been kicked out

Letters to the Editor
© St. Petersburg Times
published September 14, 2003

Your article on Laveranues Coles' bitterness toward FSU (Coles expresses bitterness at FSU, Tuesday) correctly noted that both he and Peter Warrick were charged with felonies while at Florida State but that only Coles was cut from the team - Warrick, the Heisman candidate, wasn't. You left out that it was Coles' second serious black mark.

As your coverage from then showed, you knew that, and you should have mentioned it.


-- Ernest Lane, New Port Richey

I am totally thrilled by the whining interview with Laveranues Coles.

He is upset because FSU yanked him because he is a criminal. Furthermore, he is probably upset because Peter Warrick got to stay when he was banished from the team. Bobby Bowden made probably the best call he has made as coach of a national caliber college team.

In their last national championship season, Coles had several criminal problems and Bowden gave him another chance. Warrick was only involved in one problem. Big-time college football has always had a double standard. Most big-time football high schools in Florida have the same standard. Coles is the perfect player for a whiner coach like Steve Spurrier.


-- Rande Ricketts, Seminole

Don't penalize players for getting excited

It didn't really matter to me who won the exciting Florida-Miami college football game (Sept. 6), but what upset me was the referees' calls on two plays could have affected the outcome of the game and potentially the season of these two fine teams.

I can understand the rule about taking off your helmet on the field. It's pretty clear. But Miami's Devin Hester, after scoring on the opening kickoff, didn't even take his off on the field. He was clearly off the field. And to penalize another teenager, Miami receiver Ryan Moore, for simply bowing after scoring the biggest touchdown of his short career was ludicrous, considering players tackle one another, butt helmets and always seem to run around in circles pointing to the sky. Isn't this "excessive celebration"?

Let the kids play and have fun, too.


-- David Lubin, Tampa

Busch needs to continue learning lessons

After reading the story about Kurt Busch (Busch is learning fast from mistakes, Saturday) I now realize what his problem is. He says, "If you look at it, you have a group of fans who like one driver, but then there's 42 groups of fans who don't like that driver."

I am a Jeff Gordon fan, but I also respect and like many other drivers. Even though I wear Gordon shirt, it doesn't mean he's the only driver I like to see win a race or be successful. I think that's the way most NASCAR fans feel.

Busch has some talent as a driver, but he also has a lot to learn. Every time he speaks, he reveals more of his personality, and it's that that people don't like. He should've learned from his experience with Jimmy Spencer. He needs to shut up and drive and stop trying to stir the pot because he's the one getting burned.


-- Donald Noll, Riverview

Network makes watching tennis easier

Hallelujah! Give the USA Network a gold medal. It has pioneered a constant display on the screen with real-time info at the U.S. Open tennis tournament, with the players' names, player serving, point score, game score and set score.

This is a godsend for viewers who are distracted or leave during play and now can be instantly updated on their return. Other sports have displayed this luxury for some time, and now we no longer have to shout, "What's the score?" at the TV during tennis matches.

Hopefully, all networks will get the picture.


-- John Stafford, Largo


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