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February 24, 1997
Mariucci had an opportunity to show character by postponing for a short time the money and fame that will certainly be his in the NFL.MICHAEL E. ANZIS, ALAMEDA, CALIF.
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Mariucci had an opportunity to show character by postponing for a short time the money and fame that will certainly be his in the NFL.

49ers Coaches
Fourteen months ago Steve Mariucci came to Cal with a lot of noise about how coaching there was the perfect job for him, how happy he was to be back, etc. Now he's gone after one year (Whiz Kid, Jan. 27). You chose not to mention those people to whom he broke a promise—Cal, its fans and alums, and most important, the players he recruited. Plus he left at the height of the recruiting season. Mariucci and the 49ers have lost at least one fan over this one.

Did 49ers owner Edward DeBartolo really say George Seifert embarrassed the organization? Sure, Seifert won a higher percentage of games than any coach in NFL history. Sure, he won two Super Bowls. Sure, he carried himself with dignity and aplomb. I am not a 49ers fan, but I think Seifert is as good as they come. Before DeBartolo accuses Seifert of any "embarrassment," he should reflect upon his own boorish behavior, or doesn't he consider assaulting a Packers fan after a 49ers loss at Lambeau Field to be embarrassing?
SAM FLEISCHER, Santa Clara, Calif.

I hope Kevin Garnett and Stephon Marbury, the talented young Minnesota stars who have not yet developed the egos of NBA superstars, will stay the way they are, thus setting an example for future pro basketball players (Feel the Warmth, Jan. 20). These two Timberwolves, along with All-Star Tom Gugliotta, have transformed the Timberpuppies into playoff contenders in the Western Conference.
AARON DAVIS, Minnetonka, Minn.

I was disappointed to learn that Stephon Marbury is being pursued by the mother of his 22-month-old daughter for child support. It's too bad that Marbury the unselfish basketball player can't be more generous with his nearly $2 million salary.
DAVID HAWK, Allentown, Pa.

More Than Basketball
Thanks for noting Rutgers-Camden's big win and the end of our men's basketball team's five-year losing streak (SCORECARD, Jan. 20). You're right, a lot occurred between our Pioneers' victories on the court. We would like to make a few additions to your list of noteworthy events:

?4,542 students earned diplomas from Rutgers-Camden in 25 undergraduate majors and 10 graduate programs.

?100% of the graduates of our master's of physical therapy and undergraduate nursing programs have passed their professional examinations on the first try for five and three consecutive years, respectively.

?Dozens of Rutgers-Camden professors won national and international recognition for their work from the White House, the Nobel Institute, Carnegie Hall, the Fulbright Foundation and the American Council of Learned Societies.
Acting Provost, Rutgers University
Camden, N.J.

Because he punched a referee in the face, 17-year-old Larry Nicholson must give up a dream and confront life without basketball (POINT AFTER, Jan. 20). Although his action was foolish, his acceptance of responsibility is heartening.

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