Scholars and Schedules
Are the Colonials coming to town in 2010?
(The top 10 best games of the 2000's resumes next Tuesday)
Academic All Ivy
Special kudos to seniors Lou Miller and Andy Shalbrack for grabbing spots on the Academic All Ivy team for the fall. I can't remember another Columbia football team that had two players make Academic All Ivy the same season.
I know I've written a lot about Miller and Shalbrack over the years. But I am always finding out more or realizing I've left out an important accolade.
On Shalbrack, fans need to realize that he is clearly one of the greatest four-year players in Columbia history. Because he was a crucial contributor from day one he deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as guys like Gene Rossides and Lou Kusserow. I'm taking it as a personal challenge to make sure Shalbrack gets his due in Columbia lore despite only getting an Honorable Mention All Ivy nod and nothing more in his four years. Luckily, he's the only major starter to graduate from the Lion secondary this spring, but that's one huge spot to fill.
On Miller, suffice it to say that he was much more sought after as a wrestler coming out of high school than a football recruit. He had to fight his way into the mix everywhere he went. I'll take a player like Lou, who had something he needed to prove, over the highly-touted recruits we keep hearing about these days.
Now throw in the fact that both of these guys maintained excellent academic records through it all, and you have to be impressed no matter who you are. I'm happy to say both Andy and Lou have procured gainful employment for next year.
A blogger who covers football news for Robert Morris University believes Columbia could play the Colonials next year or soon after that. He also lists Brown, Penn and Fordham as potential new opponents. The Lions have never played Robert Morris, but RMU is in the same conference as recent CU opponents, Central Connecticut and Duquesne. Robert Morris is located just outside Pittsburgh.
The official schedule for the upcoming football season is usually released in January. We will be watching.
With Virginia axing Al Groh last weekend, there may be some overlap in the coaching searches for both the Cavaliers and the Princeton Tigers. Both are top academic schools, and while they may not be interviewing the same candidates for the top spot, I can see some up-and-coming Ivy assistants vying for spots on the UVA staff as opposed to taking the top spot at Princeton.
I will say this about the Princeton search: they better hurry. The Tigers have been surprisingly thin at some positions due to some dubious recruiting in recent years. The small number of QB's ready to go the last two seasons says a lot. Some of it was because of injury, but look at the deep bench Columbia had at QB during the same period as a comparison. Princeton had better get that head coach job filled to avoid future holes like that.