Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Coaches and Versus Making Big News!!! UPDATED

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There’s a tremendous amount of news to get to today, so let me do this “news flash” style with just a comment or two for each one:

First, is reporting that Lion Tight Ends Coach Tony Brinson has indeed taken the job as Defensive Coordinator at Wagner College on Staten Island.

So now, the Lions need to replace and All-Ivy TE in Andrew Kennedy and the man who coached him. Training camp begins in about 55 days.

Second, Columbia’s head wrestling coach Brendan Buckley has been named Head Wrestling Coach at California Polytechnic State University. This could be the opening football fans need to see if gridiron and grappling prodigy Wyatt Baker may at least consider playing both sports in the future at Columbia.

There are some other wrestlers on the roster who may also want to consider football now.

Finally, we’re going to have a late afternoon homecoming this year. The Versus Network has just announced that the October 15th Penn-Columbia game will be nationally televised and start at 3:30pm.

This makes the Penn game, a game where in recent years Columbia has found out just how good or bad it really is, will have even more excitement attached to it because of the national TV coverage.

It will also give fans lots more time to party before the game and get psyched!!!

The other interesting part of the Versus news is that the network will cover five, instead of just three, games in 2011.

Most of the games will feature Penn, in what looks like a calculated move to attract fans of the Ivy’s two-time defending champ and most dominant team in the last few years. And by grabbing the rights to the Penn-Harvard game and “The Game”, Harvard-Yale, Versus is really taking ownership of what are the best and most crucial individual games on the schedule.

I believe the YES Network will still broadcast three games this season, (a service Yale PAYS for, by the way), and the Columbia game may be included in that.


You only have a little more than a week to reserve season tickets for 2011 for the 2010 prices. June 30th is the last day.

Top 100 moments of 2010

#87: Eddy’s First Kick

After Columbia scored its first TD in the week two game against Towson, freshman Luke Eddy went a long way towards easing fans’ fears about the Lion kicking game when he nailed the ensuing PAT.

But even the most optimistic Columbia fan could not have predicted that that PAT would be the first of a team record-breaking 27 straight successful PAT’s until he finally missed one in the Brown game in week 10.

That earned Eddy the nickname, “Eddy Money.” (Although I can’t believe anyone young enough to play college football today can remember Eddie Money the rocker from the 70’s and very early 80’s).

Eddy enters his sophomore season with a lot of opportunities ahead of him in football.

He only started kicking in late 2009, making the switch from soccer at the great Worcester Academy in Massachusetts.

His booming leg and consistency as a raw freshmen last season have a lot of us talking about a possible future for Mr. Eddy in the NFL.


At Thu Jun 23, 01:17:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

... interesting post on the Big Green blog .... .... they list a scoring system for each Ivy team based on 2011 "personnel losses" due to graduation .... according to the scoring, Brown had the biggest personnel losses due to graduation, and Dartmouth had the least .... it would be interesting if we could have a ranking of incoming classes for each team ....

Frank F '70C

At Thu Jun 23, 03:58:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jake, a few of our players have told me that our defense is actually loaded with talented players and that we are very deep. I think that Childress and a healthy Fraser will make a huge difference in terms of taking some of the pressure off of our LBs and our DBs.

At Thu Jun 23, 08:17:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it fair to say that at this time Jeff Adams, Sean Brackett and Luke Eddy are Columbia's only three professional football prospects? Any other possibilities? Does anyone know how high Adams is rated by the pros? He appears to have the size and athletic ability to be drafted in the first few rounds.

At Thu Jun 23, 08:23:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It seems unlikely that the Wrestling Head Coaching change will affect any of the wrestlers' decisions to play a second sport at Columbia such as football.

At Thu Jun 23, 09:29:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

With all due respect to the players, they are usually not the best judges of talent. They always believe they're going to have a great year. As for NFL prospects, Eddy might be the best one. He gets tremendous height and plenty of distance.

At Thu Jun 23, 10:04:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Adams will have to have a dominating year to be a pro prospect. While he has made first team all Ivy twice, and has the height and athletic ability to play at a higher level, I don't know if he can carry much more weight than his currently listed 305. Realistically, he would need to get up to around 320 to play tackle in the NFL.

At Thu Jun 23, 10:51:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Players ARE the best judge of talent. They live with each other and know who has the skills required to succeed on the field. And, most importantly, they know who is committed to improving and who's going through the motions.

At Fri Jun 24, 03:15:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Players are indeed a good judge of how players on their team stack up talent-wise. But it would seem they often have blinders on when it comes to comparing their team against others. It's only natural.

At Fri Jun 24, 04:23:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Players always believe they will have a good year. I bet if you asked the players last year, they would have said they expected to go 10-0. that's there job as players to be confident in themselves and trust their teammates. But as fans we can't always take their word for it

At Sat Jun 25, 12:32:00 AM GMT+7, Blogger DOC said...

Thank you Columbia Athletics and Versus for a 3:30 pm starting time on Homecoming Saturday. The later start will allow alumni and students more time to connect with friends and, with a little luck in the weather dept, an opportunity for an attendance record. Come on people we can do this.

At Sat Jun 25, 01:17:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There were NFL scouts attending games last year who were VERY impressed with Eddy

At Sun Jun 26, 01:42:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What did the scouts think about Brackett and Adams?

At Sun Jun 26, 03:19:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Adams is currently ranked at #19 on's OT 2012 Draft Prospects...

At Mon Jun 27, 10:47:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I suspect all three, Eddy, Brackett, and Adams will make NFL camps. From there it's anyone's guess. I brought a friend to the Penn game last year, who happens to be a former assistant coach at a BCS school, and he was shocked Eddy had not been recruited more by the "big boys".


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