Saturday, February 19, 2011

School of Choice

Percee Goings

There’s a good article out of Washington, DC that includes a note about incoming frosh QB Percee Goings.

I love the part where he talks about why he chose Columbia over Yale, but I was even more interested in his high school.

Percee attends a year-round charter school in DC.

It’s the kind of school teachers unions HATE.

It’s the kind of school lower-income parents pray for.

It’s the kind of school that the Ivy League admissions officers should mine for that diversity thing they say they’re so interested in achieving.


At Sat Feb 19, 10:20:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who is going to play TE for us this Fall?

At Sat Feb 19, 11:24:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Up for grabs. Hold the question until mid-April.

At Sun Feb 20, 06:44:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shouldn't we have more than 23 fb commits? Is this a low year for us or are there a few more expected?

At Sun Feb 20, 08:03:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There have to be some RB recruits, perhaps some early decisions who are being cloaked in secrecy to help avoid poaching. Would be very unusual and a disaster if there aren't any.

Jake espousing his conservative political views re teacher unions, definitely not in the great Columbia liberal tradition, and out of place on this board. Print this, Jake?

At Sun Feb 20, 08:35:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I say let Jake lob in some conservative jabs now and then...I like them. As long as Jake prints all responses and does not do a Faux News thing, I say it's fair game. Anyway, in the off season we need something to fill the air

Chen 82
(Fiscally Conservative, Socially Moderate to Liberal, Football all BLUE)

At Sun Feb 20, 09:39:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We really fell on our faces tonight in men's BB. We bomb at home against H and P. I hate to say it, but I think we choked. Teams we have beaten play those two tough, and we just collapse at home. We need tougher players.

At Sun Feb 20, 12:44:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's a shame. The basketball game tonight had a great crowd--our loyal fans deserve better. The Lions were never in it this game. We'll be extremely lucky if we escape this season with a .500 record. New coach (albeit not his recruiting class), new players, new expectations, but same result. CU always seems to have some great individual players-like Agho-but the overall team is obviously lacking. Not sure what the answer is. Guess we'll have to give Smith a chance with his own players that he brings up.

At Sun Feb 20, 01:06:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

unfair previous post about mbb.

Two best big men (Daniels/Cisco) DNP because of injury. Hard to say that Columbia choked against a team that has beaten everyone except Princeton...

and the loss by Princeton to Brown makes the Columbia loss in Providence earlier look less bad...

I don't think anyone who really follows Ivy hoops thought that this team was going to compete with Harvard and Princeton this year.

At Sun Feb 20, 09:29:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone who has closely followed Columbia Basketball knows that our new Head Coach, Kyle Smith, and the Associate Head Coach Colin Hartmann have both done a terrific job in their first season. All of the returning players have improved significantly this year. For example, senior Asenso Ampim has gone from a non-factor to one of the best overall players in the Ivy League. Under Smith's guidance, the two senior seven foot centers-Craig and Crimmins--have quickly evolved into decent players. We can only imagine how good Asenso, Max and Zach would have been if Kyle Smith had coached them for more than one year. Brian Barbour, John Daniels and Mark Cisco are three others who are much improved. Unfortunately, injuries have hurt the Lions this year, particularly up front. Finally, keep in mind that Columbia has played by the rules in recruiting whereas Harvard has not. Maybe some of the readers of this blog are unaware that Harvard was slapped with an "inadvertent recruiting violation" by the NCAA for illegally recruiting their now best basketball player. "Inadvertent recruiting violation" is a fancy term for "cheating."

At Sun Feb 20, 09:37:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Harvard's recruting of their top basketball player, Wright, was just plain wrong.

At Sun Feb 20, 09:42:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any word on the new DC?

At Sun Feb 20, 10:11:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think that Coach Smith and his staff have done a great job, but they can't be blamed for absolutely horrific shooting. Sure we had two key guys out, but I think it is discouraging that we don't play our best ball against Harvard and Princeton. in fact, we play our worst ball against them. We played better against teams at that level earlier in the year. And lesser Ivy teams which we have beaten have given H and P better games.

At Sun Feb 20, 11:35:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

DId Harvard suffer any concrete consequences from their recruiting violations in Mens BB or was it just noted in some obscure NCAA logbook that no one knows about. If it was indeed a violation, it would have been fair if there was some reprecussion of some sort

At Sun Feb 20, 11:37:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad to hear that previous poster thinks Kyle Smith has been able to vastly improve some key players. That bodes well for next season. Go Lions!

At Mon Feb 21, 03:42:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Jake,

I hope Percee Goings starts a trend!

I know this is not the correct forum, but how about extending a warm welcome to CU Freshman Anthony Maschek. A vocal minority at CU treated their seriously wounded veteran classmate disgracefully.


At Mon Feb 21, 06:21:00 AM GMT+7, Blogger Chick said...

Someone objected to Jake's conservative views. I was a union activist all my life, but in unions that fortunately did not cater to union bosses nor to political parties.There are unions and unions. It's Jake's blog so I say let him say what he feels especially when it touches on CU and Ivy sports, so long as we don't veer off into politics and I don't think he has. I'll be happy to stay off non-sports topics entirely after I point something out in the interest of historical truth: "The great Columbia liberal tradition" the poster referred to is not at all the same Columbia tradition of my day in the 1950s, and earlier. Then we had the genuine definition of "liberal" education--the perpetual pursuit of knowledge through free, full and unbiased intellectual inquiry, not today's liberalism which is constricted by ideology.
Now back to football, basketball,
soccer, tennis, etc., men's and women's and to some Columbia championships.
Football coach Wilson has been given a requisite period of time to get it together, and this is the year for him to show it. Smith is in the midst of his first season and of course deserves more time. Eventually, he'll be judged too.

At Mon Feb 21, 09:14:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alec Fisher, RB, Bishop's (LaJolla, CA), 5'10" 195, Div. IV (smallest schools) POY; school undefeated and state champs at 14-0; 5 TDs in championship game; 1,766 yds and 30 TDs.


At Mon Feb 21, 11:05:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fisher played in the same league in San Diego that has sent some outstanding players to Ivy League Schools in recent years. Runs like the Lions' Nick Gerst, which, of course, is a huge compliment.

At Mon Feb 21, 01:36:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats to Dr. V. for providing info on our first (finally!) RB recruit. Gonna look Alec Fisher up now. Anybody else know about him?

At Mon Feb 21, 09:04:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's a mentionof Fisher in his championship game: (

It was the perfect ending to a perfect season, even if the weather was far from that.

Senior running back Alec Fisher scored five touchdowns Friday evening to carry The Bishop's School to a 40-14 victory over Brookside Christian of Stockton in the state CIF Division IV championship game at the Home Depot Center in Carson.

The Knights complete a 14-0 season with a league, section and state title, and second-year coach Joel Allen gave all the credit to his players and staff.

Fisher scored on runs of 3, 1, 7, and 8 yards and caught a 5-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Joey Moreno. The four rushing touchdowns tied Fisher with John Murayama of St. Margaret's (2008) for the most in a Division IV game. He finished with167 yards on 23 carries.

At Mon Feb 21, 10:19:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great youtube video interview with Alec Fisher, Columbia's new running back recruit, after scoring five touchdowns in championship game:

At Mon Feb 21, 11:48:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Would you have any idea who we would consider the top recruit this year? Also, any idea how good of a class is this compared to the other Ivies?

At Tue Feb 22, 12:52:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Difficult to evaluate the incoming class without knowing the names of all the members. Let's wait until we get some more names.

At Tue Feb 22, 12:58:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's newcomer Alec Fisher's highlight reel:

At Tue Feb 22, 02:56:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Date of spring game?

At Tue Feb 22, 03:14:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Columbia University: Our sources tell us that Bryant University defensive line coach Chris Woods has accepted the defensive coordinator / defensive line job at Columbia.

At Tue Feb 22, 03:23:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alec Fisher apparently has an identical twin brother who is a between the tackles RB. This is the second twin in the recruiting class (we have the DL from Dallas with the brother who unwisely chose Penn).

At Tue Feb 22, 04:45:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

For an earlier poster who inquired about Columbia players who have made it to the NFL, here is is a partial list (Jeff Otis made it to the practice squad of a few NFL teams):

Bleeker, Mal (1930 - 1930)
Boyle, Jack (1926 - 1926)
Cargile, Steve (2006 - 2009)
Carpenter, Jack (1947 - 1949)
Chirico, John (1987 - 1987)
Cuneo, Ernie (1929 - 1930)
Dekdebrun, Al (1946 - 1948)
DeStefano, Fred (1924 - 1925)
Domres, Marty (1969 - 1977)
Feist, Lou (1924 - 1926)
Fischer, Eddie (1925 - 1925)
Garnjorst, Bill (1921 - 1921)
Garrett, Jason (1993 - 2003)
Garrett, John (1989 - 1989)
Gehrke, Bruce (1948 - 1948)
Governali, Paul (1946 - 1948)
Harris, Ken (1923 - 1923)
Johnson, Leon (1929 - 1929)
Kerrigan, Tom (1929 - 1930)
Kisiday, George (1948 - 1948)
Koppisch, Walt (1925 - 1926)
Kusserow, Lou (1949 - 1950)
Luckman, Sid (1939 - 1950) HOF
Maack, Herb (1946 - 1946)
Montgomery, Cliff (1934 - 1934)
Pease, George (1926 - 1929)
Robb, Harry (1921 - 1926)
Roberts, Archie (1967 - 1967)
Roderick, Ben (1923 - 1927)
Salemi, Sam (1928 - 1928)
Schimititisch, Steve (1926 - 1926)
Siegal, Johnny (1939 - 1943)
Starke, George (1973 - 1984)
Stephens, Bruce (1978 - 1978)
Swiacki, Bill (1948 - 1952)
Wagner, Ray (1929 - 1931)
Wiley, Marcellus (1997 - 2006)
Witkowski, John (1984 - 1988)
Yablonski, Vinnie (1948 - 1951)
Zawadzkas, Jerry (1967 - 1967)

At Tue Feb 22, 04:47:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Regarding the apparently newly hired DC from Bryant, do any posters know much about Bryant's football program, which they could share with us?

At Tue Feb 22, 04:57:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If the info re Chris Woods is accurate, some background on him:

A veteran collegiate coach, Chris Woods completed his second year at Bryant University in 2009 coaching the defensive line and serving as the team's recruiting coordinator. The Bryant defense was ranked first in the Northeast Conference in scoring defense with 17.3 points allowed per game and finished the season ranked second in both passing defense (141.5 yards allowed) and total defense (287.4 ypg).

Defensive end Don Smith earned All-Conference honors with eight sacks and was named All-New England in 2009 by the New England Football Writers Association.

In his first season at Bryant, the Bulldogs finished the year nationally ranked in several defensive categories, including rushing defense (16th - 100.82 yards per game) and sacks (tied for 15th wtih 2.64 sacks per game). The Bulldogs led the country through the first three weeks of the season in interceptions and finished tied for 17th with 17.

Prior to arriving at Bryant, Woods was an assistant at Harvard University in 2007, coaching the Crimson's special teams and linebackers.
Woods was the head coach at Stonehill College for three seasons where he recruited the school's three largest classes and guided the program to its best record since the formation of the league in 2004.

Woods also enjoyed a successful three-year term as head coach at Mansfield, where he was named the PSAC coach of the year and the AFCA Region II coach of the year in 2003. Woods led the Mountaineers to an 8-3 record in his third year, its first winning season since 1975.
Woods spent four years (1996-99) as an assistant head coach, defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Wittenberg, where he helped that program to a 40-4 record and two appearances in the NCAA playoffs.

He also served as interim head coach at Plymouth State in 1994-95 and was part of two teams that went undefeated in the regular season and advanced to the NCAA Division III tournament.

Originally from Milton, Mass., Woods attended Boston College High School before continuing his playing career at Davidson. Graduating in 1991, Woods served as captain of the football team. He was the Wildcats' team MVP as a senior and started in a school-record 41 games.

A member of the AFCA since 1994, Woods was a member of the NCAA Northeast Regional Advisory Committee and has been a regular speaker and clinician in New England and the Midwest.

Woods lives in Norton, Mass., with his wife, Stephanie, their son, Braden (8), and their daughter, Hannah (3).

At Wed Feb 23, 06:00:00 AM GMT+7, Blogger DOC said...

Thanks for that comprehensive list of Columbians in the NFL. Surprised to see that Archie Roberts didn't play past 1967.Thought he had more of a pro career than that (like Domres and Witkowski).

At Sat Feb 26, 11:56:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

More on Archie Roberts from Columbia Athetics Website:

Archie Roberts was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team, but chose pro football instead. A draft selection of the New York Jets in the AFL, he was signed by Cleveland Browns owner Art Modell to a unique contract. For four years, Roberts participated only in pre-season practice with the Browns; the rest of the time, he attended medical school at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, funded by the team.

Upon graduation, he joined the Browns on a fill-time basis and later played for the Miami Dolphins. He then went into the practice of medicine, becoming a nationally known cardiothoracic surgeon who performed more than 4,000 open-heart surgeries and trained dozens of young doctors in cardiothoracic surger


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