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Steele Issue Stands Out
The first ever Phil Steele FCS College Football Preview issue arrived in my mailbox on Saturday, and I haven’t been able to put it down since.
Instead of relegating the entire FCS preview to just a few pages at the back of the magazine, or just one page like some other publications, Steele has a 240-page masterpiece so jammed full of information that I have never felt more confident about scouting Columbia’s opponents coming into a season.
Every school gets at least a full page of analysis and stats.
Every conference is analyzed and previewed.
Every top player is flagged and given special recognition.
I know some Columbia fans are a little bummed that the magazine picked Columbia for 6th and only two of our players made Steel’s preseason 1st Team All Ivy. But it also picks Jeff Adams as being on the entire FCS preseason 1st Team and considers him perhaps the best LT in all the nation at this level. There is also good recognition of the fact that Columbia has a true star in QB Sean Brackett.
There’s also fantastic information available from Columbia’s new opponents for 2011, Albany and Sacred Heart. Unlike the other pundits that chose Albany to come in the middle of the pack in the NEC, the Steele issue expects the Great Danes to win the NEC thanks to Head Coach Bob Ford.
But the take on Sacred Heart in the Steel issue is the same as it is everywhere else: bad.
The Pioneers are picked 7th out of eight.
There’s lots more to find out Don’t take my word for it alone, just click the link above and order the issue for yourself!
Ivy Media Day Set for Tomorrow!
All eight Ivy head coaches will be on the call tomorrow starting at 11am for the annual media day teleconference.
Due to a death in my family and a funeral I need to attend, I will not be able to participate for very long but I will do my best.
The IvyLeagueSports.com website will have an MPEG file of the event available for everyone to hear sometime in the late afternoon or early evening.
Big Green Podcast
Speaking of prime audio files, Bruce Wood at Big Green Alert has put together a 25 minute podcast previewing all of Dartmouth’s 10 opponents for 2011.
Since seven of Dartmouth’s opponents are also Columbia opponents this fall, this is a very informative podcast that every Lion fan should check out.
Top 100 Moments of 2010
#40: Big Conversion #1
After Columbia came all the way back to grab a 21-17 lead midway through the 4th quarter of the Homecoming game against Dartmouth, the Big Green began their ensuing drive at their own 31.
After two straight incomplete passes, Dartmouth faced a tough 3rd and 10 and the Lions looked like they might have their opponents badly on the ropes.
But in that super pressure situation, someone on the Columbia defense went too soft on their coverage and QB Connor Kempe found a very open Scott Tanner for a 16 yard first down pass.
It would be the first of many artful dodges by the Big Green offense on what would turn out to be a nightmare of a drive for the Lions and the huge Homecoming crowd.