Thursday, February 05, 2009

Juror #4

Mike Waller, right, signs up

I was shockingly picked to be a juror in a federal trail today, so my writing will be modified for the next week, maybe less.

Today was National Signing Day, but I did not see any articles featuring any new names coming to Columbia football today. Remember that signing day is mostly for BCS schools and it's actually the FIRST day student athletes can sign letters of intent, not the last.

Of course, the Ivies do not use letters of intent. So whatever they "sign" at a public ceremony is usually just a piece of paper.

That said, incoming freshman Mike Waller signed one of those pieces of paper today and answered some questions about how he made his college choice.

Polian Moves Up

Former Columbia football administrator Dennis Polian has been named Assistant General Manager and Coordinator of Player Personnel for the CFL's Hamilton Tiger Cats. Polian previously worked for the Indianapolis Colts.

Props to Holder

Some of my readers wrote to say that I shouldn't make it sound like new Attorney General Eric Holder isn't an enthsiastic alum. Apparently he is very active and I'm sorry if I didn't make that clear. No word yet on whether he's planning to pardon Jim Garrett.


At Thu Feb 05, 08:58:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Has anybody else had trouble logging onto Spectator on-line recently?

At Fri Feb 06, 01:15:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

From a size standpoint, the Waller recruitment makes more sense now given that he's listed in the Star-Ledger as 6'2" and 205.

At Fri Feb 06, 11:48:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Height is not everything. Columbia's Alex Gross is 5'11" and he is the best linebacker in the Ivy League.

At Fri Feb 06, 09:14:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alex Gross was less than 200 pounds as a freshman and as I recall was around 210 last year. Rory Wilfork -- our best linebacker ever -- was around 180 as a freshman. That's how we get some of these great players--too small for D 1 but they grow into the position. PS, I assume that Morretto will be healthy this year. He is also a player with all Ivy potential who isn't a huge LB.

At Fri Feb 06, 10:33:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jake, there's a very nice write-up on incoming freshman Price Pinkerton in this morning's Tulsa World. You can find the article at http// The article states that Price had 2,155 receiving yards and scored 37 TD's during his career at Cascia Hall Price's dad is a graduate of Columbia Law School.

At Fri Feb 06, 10:43:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jake, I just found two more articles in this morning's press on the incoming freshman. Phillyburbs has an interesting write-up on Ian Hillman, the big defensive end from Germantown Academy, and the Boston Globe has a photo of lineman, Xander Frantz, and defensive back, Steve Grassa, from Buckingham, Browne & Nichols. How is your jury duty going?

At Fri Feb 06, 10:54:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've seen the Jersey boys DeVeau, Gerst & Waller play this year, believe me they are all very talented players. With all the returning starters the Lions have this year the W's will be many while the L's will be slim. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

At Fri Feb 06, 11:01:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm glad to see CU is recruiting players from New Jersey. I've seen Gerst, Waller & DeVeau play. They are all very talented players. I believe this year will be the year of the Lion's. With many of the starters returnning the W's will be many while the L's will be few. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

At Sat Feb 07, 01:41:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous ungvar said...

Here's the Hillman link from above:

At Sat Feb 07, 10:06:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would like to thank Coach Joe Jones and his Columbia Men's Basketball team for a most memorable evening at the Palestra. The final score says it all: Columbia 74, Penn 63. Way to go, Lions!

At Sun Feb 08, 01:09:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jake: just to follow up on your comment recognizing Eric Holder's contributions to Columbia, we should note that he was serving as a Columbia University Trustee until his appointment as US Attorney General by President Obama.

In fact, Holder's appreciation for Stuyvesant HS, Columbia College, and Columbia Law School figured prominently in the remarks he made at his swearing as AG earlier this week:

"The distance from a very small house in Queens, New York to the fifth floor of the Department of Justice is not as long as many may think. Given the advantages of the best a public school education can afford, loving parents, and the opportunity to enroll in two of the nation’s premier institutions of higher learning- and with a lot of luck- the trip from East Elmhurst to DOJ is not all that improbable. And that is the wonder of America."



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