Now and Forever
Back to Lehigh in '12?
Lehigh football blogger Chuck Burton reports that Columbia is tentatively expected to play at the defending Patriot League champ Mountainhawks in Bethlehem in 2012.
Columbia hasn't played Lehigh since a 63-13 loss at Goodman Stadium in
Patriot League in Peril
Speaking of the Patriot League, Lafayette’s president has come out against football scholarships just four days before the full Patriot
League votes on the issue.
The vote was forced last year by Fordham’s decision to go to athletic
scholarships for football. The temporary solution for the rest of the
Patriot League teams was to keep the immediate future schedules intact while
barring the Rams from being able to win the Patriot championship.
If all the other Patriot schools follow Lafayette’s lead, then Fordham will
simply have to find a new conference home.
But if there is a significant split, the league may dissolve and the
residual effect that would have on the Ivies would be profound.
Mystery of the “C” Explained
A good catch by the folks at the athletic department for linking to this great story explaining how that magnificent “C” painted on the rocks behind the Baker Athletics Complex came to be.
The Difference between “Now” and “Forever”
December is recruiting weekend time for the Columbia football team, and this
was one theme I couldn’t get out of my head all weekend:
Cam Newton ran away with the Heisman voting and grabbed the trophy Saturday
Newton is, no doubt, a superior athlete.
So were Matt Leinart, Jason White, Chris Weinke, Danny Wuerffel, Gino
Toretta, Andre Ware, etc.
You get the picture.
Maybe Cam Newton will be a star in the NFL and remain in the league long
enough to build a huge fortune and cultivate other financial opportunities.
But even after winning the Heisman, the odds that he’ll still be in the NFL
five years from now aren’t great. And even if he remains in the league, the
financial hardships endured by the overwhelming majority of NFL retirees is
I know we’ve been arguing lately about the things that need to be done to
get Columbia winning more football games in the immediate future.
But the most important reason to play football at Columbia or any Ivy school
is to do what’s best for your long term future.
The facts don’t lie: the average Columbia football alum has a better
personal and financial success rate than the average Heisman Trophy winner!
All the Ivy schools can boast tremendous post-graduation success for their
athletes. But my own research shows that Columbia’s athletes tend to far
outpace non-athlete alums at our school by a mind boggling degree.
In other words, the decision to come to Columbia to play varsity sports is
all about the next 40 years of your life, not the next four.
It’s also important to focus on long term thinking at a time like this in
the face of what’s been a pretty bad, but ephemeral, week of PR for our
The bad PR will pass, the prestige of a Columbia degree coupled with the
special career opportunities for alumni athletes won’t.