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Basketball correction

Letter to the Editor | Friday, March 3, 2006

I would like to correct two errors that I found in my prior letter to the editor in Viewpoint (“Higher standards for men’s basketball” March 1). Notre Dame has participated in men’s basketball in the Big East for 11 seasons, not 14, and if the team were to finish this season with 4 wins, it would only equal their worst win total in their conference history. I apologize for the errors, which derive from the fact that what has been 11 years of mostly forgettable basketball has seemed like at least 14 as measured by its agonizing nature. But here is a more important fact, it has been 20 years exactly since Notre Dame last finished in the top 10 nationally in this sport, and that has seemed like 50. The point remains the same, it has been too long since Notre Dame men’s basketball really mattered on the national stage and immediate changes are in order at all levels (institutional commitment, coaching and facilities) if success is to be obtained again.

John P. ChutealumnusClass of 1986March 1