Split the Cup
The Bushnell Cup is going to be a shared award for the second year in a row.
Dartmouth’s Nick Schwieger and Harvard’s Gino Gordon were named co-winners here in Manhattan earlier today.
Both are great players and deserving of may kudos.
But it’s hard not to take this news as the “third strike and its out” for this entire process.
Strike one was when major Columbia stars Sean Brackett and Alex Gross were both not on the list of four finalists for the Cup.
Strike two was when Princeton WR Trey Peacock, the 0-7 in the Ivies Princeton, DID make the list.
And I consider this strike three; splitting the award between a player like Schwieger, who absolutely made a bigger impact on his team, and Gordon, who had a solid, but not exactly remarkable, season on a Harvard team that dropped off in overall quality this season anyway.
Let’s hope the Cup goes to one clear cut winner next season, (and preferably one wearing light blue). Thia year though, Schwiegger should have won it alone.
Columbia held its own awards dinner last night.
Snubbed by the Bushnell voters, Gross won the prestigious Sid Luckman Award as MVP of the Columbia football team.
Brackett was the well-deserved offensive MVP award winner, and I particularly liked the Most Improved Player nod going to WR Kurt Williams.
But the highlight of these awards for me is the recognition some of the less well-known players finally get.
Guys like graduating seniors Nathan Lenz and Daniel Myers were great sparkplugs this season and in seasons’ past. So their awards mean a lot.
And on the other end of the spectrum, we have the Heisman Trophy race.
It would be absurd if the award goes to anyone other than Auburn’s Cam Newton.
But Newton represents everything that’s wrong about big-time college football right now, as it seems almost certain that one of his family members basically shopped him around to various BCS schools for cash.
Cam Newton seems like a decent enough person himself, and I have no idea whether his personal character or academic abilities are wanting in any way.
But this young man is setting himself up for a professional athletic career only.
That’s bad news, as most of us just how successful most recent Heisman winners have been in the NFL.
If you’re an Ivy recruited athlete or a parent of one reading this blog, pat yourself on the back for insisting that your son or daughter takes care of their future prospects first before opting for the ephemeral limelight of “big time college” athletics.
If more people like you followed your lead, the whole debate about whether college football is really just a pro sport would be moot.