Friends in High Places
Browns Owner Randy Lerner, Class of 1984
With the news that Senator Judd Gregg will be taking the job as Commerce Secretary, we now have two Columbia College grads in the cabinet to go along with our Columbia College grad president.
Gregg has probably been the strongest alumni supporter of the school of the three and he was an athlete on the golf team while he was a student. He also reportedly wore the Lion mascot costume at several football games!
Attorney General Eric Holder is no slouch as he was a letterman on the lightweight football team in 1971 and 1972.
And then there are those possibly apocryphal stories of a young Barack Obama being lightly recruited to run track while he was at CU.
But with all the big names at the top, we can also expect some claims of elitism.
Some ugly innuendos reared their heads in this piece in today's National Football Post.
The author hints that maybe Eric Mangini was hired by the Browns because Browns owner, (and CU alumn), Randy Lerner felt like he had more in common with a Weslyan grad like Mangini as opposed to Romeo Crennel. Not exacly a claim that Lerner is a racist, but close. That's a nice thing to call someone you don't even know, isn't it?