Taylor Harwin's column today in the Columbia Spectator is an excellent survey of the Ivy head football coaches and their personalities.
Let me give more credit where credit is due. Harwin and the Spectator writers did a lot of the tough work I was unable to do this season as they covered the team. After each game, as I rushed out to save my job and my wife from having to juggle the home situation on her own, Harwin and his compadres braved the postgame press conferences and interviews. So in other words, his insights on the demeanors of the Ivy coaches are going to be better than mine.
And, let's be clear: the commenters on this blog and I have bashed the Spec on a number of occasions. It didn't come from malice; I was a Spec columnist myself my senior year. So I think it's important to say that I think they did a much better job this year, even as we still wish they had more football content.
One major issue for the Spec and WKCR sports is the fact that fewer and fewer current Columbia students that I talk to have any interest in going into journalism after graduation. I think the $45k annual college costs at places like Columbia and the resulting student loan debts have a lot to do with that. Starting salaries for employees at newspapers and TV/Radio stations are laughable. So, I don't blame these kids one bit. We should keep that in mind when we demand more from them. To them, this is their hobby, not a profession.