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Scholarship Excuse Is Limit for Bruin Fan

May 23, 1987

To the dismay of Trojan fans, Bruin fans have been using Viewpoint to gloat over their recent victories in spring sports. According to a Viewpoint letter last week, the Bruins can recruit more athletes than USC because tuition costs less. That is a problem for USC because the NCAA limits the number of scholarships that can be given out. An athlete taking a half-scholarship at UCLA won't consider USC because paying half of a tuition at USC will cost more.

However, the real irony lies in the fact that UCLA tuition is subsidized by taxpayers, and Trojan fans pay taxes. I can see the headline now: "Trojan Fans Finance Bruin Athletics." Now that is one scandal the NCAA won't touch--with a 20-foot pole.

RICHARD R. LINDE

Los Angeles

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