Saturday, December 05, 2009

Hoops on Display

Stony Brook Campus

According to Newsday, any potential Hofstra transfers who want to play at a new school in 2010 MUST be enrolled in that new school in time for the spring semester!

I don't know if any Ivy school can turn around transfers that fast academically, but I believe Harvard did it several years ago when Boston U. canceled football.

Newsday is also reporting that Stony Brook has already made formal offers to a number of top Hofstra players.

Speaking of Stony Brook, Columbia men's basketball is back in action today at Stony Brook in what's become a very hard-fought and close rivalry over the last few years. The game will be televised on MSG+ and you can hear the game on

I would not be surprised if some Hofstra football players were in attendance today as Stony Brook may be trying to carry out some quickie campus visits. Perhaps Columbia and the cheers from the Lions fans in attendance can make a nice impression as well.

I have been remiss in not mentioning the greatest Columbia-Hofstra football link of all: the John Witkowski-led Lions played a thrilling tie against Bucknell during the 1983 season at Shuart Stadium when Wien Stadium was being built. That game featured the still-longest Columbia pass completion in Lions history, a 93-yard TD catch and run to tight end Mark Milam.


At Mon Dec 07, 03:50:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Hofstra administration made the right decision in dropping football.

1. Football is very expensive.
2. Not many people came to the games.

Hofstra would have been better off it dropped football long time ago, and tried to establish varsity-level judo or Brazilian Jiu Jitsu squads.

At Tue Dec 08, 06:56:00 AM GMT+7, Blogger dabull said...

Football is really not meant to be a money-maker at most schools outside of the BCS. Schools choose to incorporate it into the budget because it is believed to make for a more developed and enriched campus life. It also adds to campus diversity by adding more atheletes to the student body. I don't see why they would drop football and add judo or Jiu Jitsu that virtually nobody outside the atheltes participating would care about. At least Hofstra football still attracted a few thousand people to the games.

At Tue Dec 08, 08:17:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Poster 1 here.

You make good points. But football (running, throwing, blocking, tackling) has nothing to do with academics.

Also, UFC is really popular these days. It may be the fastest growing spectator sport. And as a result, more people are interested in watching Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and/or Judo.

I personally find BJJ and Judo (and UFC) to be a lot more entertaining to watch than football. Football is too specialized. There are no longer two way players. Football linemen even at I-AA level now weigh in at 280-300. They carry too much body weight. In way too many games, the place kicker, who usually is involved in 4-7 plays at most, often determine the outcome of the game. Also, after every play, there is a break in action. Towards the end of the game, bizzare actions are allowed, such as spiking to stop the clock, throwing the ball out of bounds, taking multiple time outs.

If colleges had varsity level BJJ and Judo clubs, may be the USA would do better in Olympic judo. Not a single gold medalist yet in judo for the USA.

While we are at it, high schools should have varsity judo or BJJ teams instead of football.
Having said that, I feel bad for the kids. They got shafted. The school admin must have mulled over this decision for a while, yet they kept mum. Then right after the season ended, they dropped the bomb.

Should Hofstra stayed at Division III. They had considerable success and won lots of games.


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