To the editor:
I am not writing to suggest coaching techniques. I am sure that sports writers, callers and other writers have emphasized the importance of the trey. I am writing to relieve my frustration and to prevent ulcers.
Before I elaborate, I hereby present my credentials: I was at Emporia when Emporia State defeated Kansas University; I observed the coaching of Phog Allen and Gus Fish; and once I listened to Dick Vitale one whole game without turning off the sound.
With these experiences, I make the following observations: 1. The trey is an integral part of the modern game of basketball; 2. Unless someone on the KU staff recognizes the value of the trey, unless the anointed few who play most of the game gain confidence in their ability to shoot the trey, or unless some of those on the bench that the paper claims can shoot treys are given playing time, we can expect to lose more games.
In fact, if we don't improve in that area, a trey-shooting team will probably beat us in the first or second round of the Big Tournament.
Orvel A. Criqui,