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George H. W. Bush
February 8, [19]97. Autograph Letter Signed, "Gg Bush," 1 page, 6.25" x 8.5", Houston, Texas, February 8, [19]97 to Louisiana State University men's basketball coach Dale Brown (b. 1935) on the occasion of his retirement. Just a faint hint of toning along top margin from previous mounting, else very fine condition.Bush writes, in full: "Dear Coach Brown, There was something very special about this article. 'Class' is one word that clearly applies to you; but it's even more.You have done so much to help set proper priorities for your athletes, sometimes putting education ahead of victory on the court — a truly great example for all. Well done, sir. Tell your beloved Robyn that there are a lot of people out here who admire an respect her Dad. I'm certainly one of them— Sincerely, Gg Bush P.S. I happily recall my campaign visit to LSU years ago with you at my side."Bush alludes to one of the major issues facing college athletics in the 1980s: balancing sports and academics. Many collegiate sports programs were notorious for allowing their athletes to "breeze" through school, leading to a movement for reform—one that continues to this day.Dale Brown had a long and largely successful career coaching men's basketball at LSU—his finest years were in the late 1970s. During the 1980s Brown became a vocal critic of the NCAA, calling them, during an expletive-heavy 1986 press conference, "hypocrites," and even likening them to the notorious Nazi-era Gestapo for their strict policy prohibiting compensation for student-athletes. Brown announced his retir … [Click Below for Full Description]
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