Wednesday, May 07, 2008

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.


At Wed May 07, 08:56:00 PM GMT+7, Blogger snowy said...

I wouldn't worry about the captains. The older players are definitely mentoring the younger ones. The team seems really in sync this year.

-from a parent

At Wed May 07, 09:17:00 PM GMT+7, Blogger ibmuloca said...

I agree with snowy. The team isn't doing without leadership. This team is already pulling the incoming freshman into their fold.

At Wed May 07, 09:56:00 PM GMT+7, Blogger 4th n Ten said...

Sorry,I disagree. In last yrs. pre season video N.W. and L.F. stressed the importance and the work load placed on the captains' handling of the freshmen. How can the team already be " pulling them into the fold" when most have only spent one recruiting weekend at C.U. I know that Coach Wilson wouldn't break hundreds of years of Ivy tradition by refusing to have captains, but to not vote for captains until the middle of Sept.would be, in this bloggers opinion, a huge disservice not only to the current players but to the incoming frosh.Let's hope this isn't part of the "let's keep everything a secret campaign now in force at Lions football.

At Wed May 07, 10:13:00 PM GMT+7, Blogger Jake said...

Yeah, I have to say it;s unsettling in my view. That said, it's possible that several players have been tapped to do the kind of mentoring captains usually do with possibly better results.

In 1947 and 1948, Columbia did not have season-long captains, but rotated week by week. Those were pretty good years for CU... so maybe history will repeat itself.

At Thu May 08, 02:51:00 AM GMT+7, Blogger dabull said...

I just don't see it as a big deal. Quinn was a capt. last year so I'll assume he'll be one this year. Maybe they want to see who steps up in preseason camp before another is named. I don't think younger guys run to team capts. to get mentoring as much seeing guys who go all out on the field at all times and to guys in their class that they've shared alot of friendship with.


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