Most of Shug’s letters are paired with form-letter replies. There wasn’t a form-letter reply to the Felds, of course, because you obviously don’t send form-letter replies to kids named Tiger, you send honorary scholarships.
Nor was there a form-letter reply to the Presidente De La Comisión Técnica De Foot Ball Americana De La U.N.A.M. Because you have no idea whether the pleasantries that might normally allow the recipient the possibility that you had read it and been moved to whatcouldbe a personal reply will do that, or whether it will start an international incident. Because you haven’t read the letter from the Presidente De La Comisión Técnica De Foot Ball Americana De La U.N.A.M.. Because it’s in Spanish.
UPDATE: Ask and you shall recibir. TWER reader jrob1324 has our translation, and its pretty cool:
Technical Commission of Football of the National Autonomous University of Mexico
University City, Mexico, D.F. May 4th, 1972
Coach Ralph Jordon.
Attention: Assistant to the athletics director Lee Haley.
Allow me to bring to your attention four members of the staff of football coaches from the National Autonomous University of Mexico, Hilario Canseco, Raymundo Labra, Manuel Vazquez, and Gilberto Chaves, who will attend, thanks to your good will, the spring practices of your magnificent football team, and, likewise, the clinics that you give.
We are sure that with your guidance, help, and enthusiasm, our coaches will assimilate to your beneficial teachings, so that Mexican football in general and that of the university in particular will improve.
May this introduction be the start of excellent sports relationships between Auburn University and our institution.
Lic. Mario Ruiz Moreno
President of the Technical Commission of Football of U.N.A.M.
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