Mary Katherine Marion

A spectacular article! Should be required reading for all who are involved in youth athletics!

Dan Woog
via Internet, Westport, Connecticut

This Correspondent Is Not Part of the Conspiracy
There is no conspiracy here: If your child had been deserving of an athletic scholarship, he would have received one. Kyle was obviously a good high school athlete, of which there are millions across America. But not every average high school athlete receives a scholarship. Those are reserved for the exceptional athletes.

Mr. Rutherford, you were responsible for the verbiage of the senior will; what message were you sending to your son? Your actions were reprehensible, and your son deserved stiffer punishment than not being able to pitch in a baseball game.

Kyle, I'll clear up the "what-ifs" for you: If you would have been at another high school instead of Cy Falls, you still would be playing intramural sports in college.

P.S. I don't know Coach Hooks, and he did not instruct me to write this.
John V. Armstrong
via the Internet

No Guarantees
I was both amused and saddened by "The Trophy Son." I also had a bad experience with a coach in the Cy-Fair school district. My daughter was jerked around by the varsity basketball coach: In her junior year, she would get moved up to varsity, ride the pine and then after a week or so be sent back down to the JV team. This went on the entire season. At first I thought that the coach was prejudiced (we are black, she is white) but later I decided that she was just a bad coach. After the season was over, my daughter quit the team (her choice). She went on to graduate at the top of her class and is attending UT-Austin on an academic scholarship. They say the best revenge is to do well, and she is: My daughter is an honor student, captain of the mock trial team and plays club lacrosse.

My son played two sports as a freshman and concentrated on football the last three years. In the spring of his junior year, he began to receive "Dear Prospect" letters for schools in the Big 12, PAC-10, WAC and Conference USA. My son kept telling me that they didn't mean anything. I was sure that they did. Well, seven months and three shoeboxes full of letters later, I am agreeing with him that they didn't mean anything. My son has yet to receive a scholarship offer, but they're still writing and calling. There are no guarantees.

My advice to the Rutherfords is to spend less on attorney fees and use the money to get family counseling. And if they win their case (God forbid), I hope they don't appear on the Sally Jesse Raphael show.

Name withheld by request
via Internet

Let's Not Drag Wanda Holloway Into This!
What a sad commentary that the Rutherfords cannot just accept that sometimes life just isn't fair. Sounds like they'd become fast friends with Wanda Holloway, the "Pom-Pom Mom." One can't help but question their real motive, when even Kyle himself said he wished they would just drop the lawsuit. With all this vindictive energy, their perseverance could be channeled elsewhere, resulting in one less frivolous lawsuit disrupting our justice system.

Sheryl Mexic
via Internet

But Fellas, Do They Teach "Irony" at TCU?
As alumni of Texas Christian University, we must take exception to the line in Randall Patterson's "The Trophy Son" that reads: "As for Kyle, he had to settle for an academic scholarship at Texas Christian" (emphasis added).

TCU is not a university for which one "settles"; it is a great university that Kyle Rutherford should count himself fortunate to attend. TCU has always had a competitive baseball team as well as an excellent academic reputation.

Furthermore, the article says, "Though Kyle was cut with four other pitchers, his parents are sure TCU is part of the conspiracy." Perhaps they should look at who the TCU pitching coach is: Nolan Ryan. Yeah, baby, that's right -- The Man, The Legend, the pitcher before whom all others pale. Why the hell should Ryan cut some kid just to make some piddly high school coach happy? Here's an idea: Maybe the kid's just not good enough?! And if anybody is qualified to make that decision, Nolan Ryan is.

So the Rutherfords can pout all they want, but even without hearing the high school's side of things, it seems obvious the coaches did nothing wrong. And it seems equally obvious that these people need to 1) get a life, 2) stop living in the past, 3) realize there is more to life than sports (gasp!) and 4) stop blaming anybody and everybody else for their mistakes and misfortunes. Why should they be so-o-o-o important as to be the focus of such a huge "conspiracy"?

As for anybody else who wants to speak ill of Texas Christian University: Y'all can just kiss our happy Horned Frog asses!

Mike McCaffrey, Bob Turney,
Stephen Schmidt, Sean Beeman,
Hank Garakowski
via Internet

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