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, FootballScoop.com 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.
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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.