Wednesday Quick Hits
Nick Cox's speed would look great on a football field too (CREDIT: Columbia Athletics/John Forthun)
First off, good luck to the Columbia baseball team as it attempts to wrap up the Ivy baseball championship this afternoon after splitting a thrilling doubleheader at Dartmouth yesterday. Columbia won the first game 11-7 and came all the way back from 14-3 down to tie game 2 before falling 16-15. The deciding game of the series will again be streamed live on the Columbia athletics website.
Two Ivy schools have published their lists of incoming football freshmen. Cornell's list includes a nice bio for each player. None of the incoming Big Red were publicly known potential recruits for Columbia. But WR Jon Scheidler is from the recent bastion of Columbia talent, St. Xavier high school in Cincinnati. Another wide receiver, Tom Randall, is from New Jersey power and frequent Ivy feeder Bergen Catholic.
Dartmouth's list is also devoid of any publicly known Columbia targets. The 12 early decision recruits were profiled in more detail back in January.
Columbia still has not named captains for the 2008 football team. I have to say that worries me a bit, since younger college players need as much mentoring and leadership as possible. But perhaps this is a new strategy that will work out.