Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Shaking it Up!

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Earthquake Alert

The earthquake that hit the East Coast at 1:54pm took place about an hour before practice was scheduled to start at Kraft Field today.

I have no reason to believe practice was disrupted or delayed.

All other reports from campus are “all systems go” and all okay.

Roster Wait

We’re still waiting for the heights and weights to be updated on the Columbia roster, but I expect it all to be updated in the next two days or so.

Columbia Dean Ousted

A number of you have commented about the sudden resignation and then summary dismissal of Columbia College Dean Michelle Moody-Adams.

The full story is not yet known and may never be known… but issues regarding the College’s autonomy, similar to those that played out for former Dean Austin Quigley, seem to be rearing their ugly heads once again.

What this means for athletics, I have no idea. Anyone who says they really know is probably jumping the gun by a few months if not years.

But suffice it to say that the College and the University are still controlled by what are the true power sources at every elite school in America: the tenured faculty.

That’s the way it’s been for many decades.

Whether the tenured professors are friendly to athletics at Columbia is a question I’ll let you answer for yourselves.

But the answer should not be too hard to come by.

Top 100 Moments of 2010

#25: Cruel Fate

Midway through the 2nd quarter at Harvard, the Lions trailed the Crimson 3-0 and were playing extremely well.

The Columbia fortunes seemed to take a major turn for the better when on 4th and 10 from the Lion 35, QB Harvard Collier Winters threw an interception to Craig Hamilton at the Lion 18.

But cruel fate intervened and snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.

Hamilton attempted to make an INT return only to promptly lose the football on a fumble caused and recovered by Crimson receiver Mike Cook at the CU 19.

There wasn't a more deflating moment for the entire 2010 season than that takeaway turned into a giveaway.

It’s easy for fans to say it was 4th down and Hamilton should have just knocked the ball down… but that’s a bit too easy to say.

Four plays later, Harvard scored a TD to turn their turnover into a crushing score within seconds.


At Wed Aug 24, 04:21:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We have some faculty who are and always will be friendly to athletics. Take Ken Jackson, for example.

At Wed Aug 24, 07:59:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's not forget that the President of Columbia University and the Chairman of the Board of Trustees are huge supporters of Columbia Athletics.

At Thu Aug 25, 05:01:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jake, I'm not so quick to excuse Hamilton for not simply knocking away the Harvard pass on fourth down. Making an interception when the game conditions would warrant simply swatting the pass is the same as a baseball fielder not knowing which base to which he should throw a ball hit to him. Would you ever excuse that? No.

Before every play, every defender needs to get his head into the game in this way. Some fans will offer Hamilton the excuse of, "He's a defensive back. It's his instinct to intercept the ball." BS. These are Ivy League student-athletes, not trained dogs. Know the down and distance; know the game situation; get your head in the game, son.


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