Many of you already knew that Denauld Brown is no longer with the Columbia coaching staff. We wish him well.
Brown had a tough act to follow, replacing the very popular Aaron Kelton as defensive coordinator.
A top priority for Brown’s replacement will have to be improving the Lions’ numbers against the run, but replacing some very effective veterans in the secondary and improving the pass rush are also up there.
We’ll keep an eye on the process to replace Brown but the last two times the DC job came free, the replacement came from within the existing coaching staff. So we may already be quite familiar with our next defensive coordinator.
Talk about serendipity…
Just as Columbia’s defensive coordinator position becomes vacant, the entire college football world is learning just how far being an assistant coach for this Lions program can take you.
How far is that?
Try the BCS championship game and the odyssey of former Columbia assistant Chip Kelly. Kelly is now the head coach of the Oregon Ducks who take on Auburn for the whole thing on January 10th.
Kelly was only with the Lions for two years, 1990 and 1991 coaching secondary and special teams, but it was his first coaching job. From Columbia, he moved on to his alma mater of New Hampshire and the rest is history.
Columbia has a connection to a number of other interesting football story lines, mostly in the NFL:
-Has anyone noticed how former Fordham QB John Skelton is playing pretty well for the Arizona Cardinals right now? That’s the same Skelton the Lions were picking off and beating less than 16 months ago in Rose Hill.
-Michael Singletary is out as head coach of the San Francisco 49ers. Back in 2002, Singletary made it known he was interested in being the head coach of the Columbia Lions. That would have been interesting… no?
Levin us Alone?
I know a lot of Yale alums and Ivy football fans who are praying Richard Levin is tapped by President Obama to be the new head of the White House economic advising team. In an odd twist, if he is picked, Levin would be replacing former Harvard President Larry Summers. So we'd be going from Harvard to Yale. That's change we can all believe in?
Levin has long been identified as the leading power among the Ivy presidents fighting against postseason play for football and in favor of fewer grid recruits.
In short, Levin is a major roadblock, who could possibly be replaced at Yale with someone more favorable to common sense upgrades for the sport.
Keep your eyes open on this one.