Saturday, November 28, 2009

Gilmore leads the Crusaders vs. Villanova today

Outmatched Upstate

The Lions men's basketball team put on a good show in the first half against Syracuse at the Carrier Dome, but then the #9 team in the nation pulled away for a 85-60 victory. There were some bright spots, especially the play of sophomore Noruwa Agho who continues to shoot well. Columbia's prospects in the Ivies seem pretty decent despite this loss.

Second Season

Today begins the FCS playoffs, once again without any Ivy participants as the league still does not allow postseason play, (insert your favorite grumble about that here). It will be interesting to see how Holy Cross fares in the playoffs. Remember that Holy Cross fell to the same Brown team that the Lions defeated one week ago.

And will it be Coach Tom Gilmore's last game with the Crusaders? Gilmore could be headed to Princeton to replace the fired Roger Hughes.

And one week after the season ended for the Ivies, Cornell Head Coach Jim Knowles still has his job. I guess he wasn't in as much trouble as some people thought.

Waiting on Recruiting News

The coming weeks should start to bring more solid and reportable football recruiting news. Right now, all I have are a few names and reports of "offers" from the standard and websites. Because I really can't verify any of that stuff, I won't republish the info here, but everyone is welcome to check those sites for themselves. On this blog, I only publish names and other info about recruits after they have publicly committed to Columbia... and even then, it's not a sure thing as we do not use binding letters of intent in the Ivies.


At Sun Nov 29, 12:19:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Noruwa Agho showed he could play with the Big Boys last night. He's already a standout player, although only a sophomore. If Coach Jones can find another consistent double digit scorer on this year's roster, the Lions could have a shot at winning the Ivy League Championship

At Sun Nov 29, 09:58:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tom ultimately wants the Penn job as he is a Philly kid and Penn alum. I really don't see him leaving HC for the hated Tiggas unless they throw ridiculous money at him which isn't their style. I could be wrong but I would be surprised.Great effort by HC to hang with a good Nova squad.

At Mon Nov 30, 04:43:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gilmore has said that he can't recruit in the Ivies because he thinks the academic standards are too difficult.

At Mon Nov 30, 04:44:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Re Agho--what about Grimes as the second option? I liked what I saw of him at the Bucknell game, despite the obvious rust.

At Mon Nov 30, 09:33:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jake, how about projecting the starters for 2010. Despite the loss of a great senior class, I actually ecpect us to be much improved and in fact in the running for the championship. while our OL has suffered the most in terms of losses, we have excellent underclassmen along with our all Lieague left tackle Jeff Adams. Our biggest losses are, of course, Lou Miller and Austin Knowlin, but I think we will be a more balanced team next year.


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