Ivy Power Rankings, Week Six
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I think we have to give that title to Justin Nunez '07, the winner of The Decathlon held this Saturday at Wien Stadium.
Justin was an incredible plugger in his years with the Lions and was just a coach's dream. I never saw former Head Coach Bob Shoop cheer louder on the sidelines than he did when Nunez made plays.
Nunez remains a big supporter of the football program and a great salesman for season tickets!
Every once in a while, I fell compelled to reprint the comments from one of the readers right in the body of this blog so that every is sure to see it.
This morning, the following comment from a former player who was talking about what the Columbia football program was in the 1980's compared to how it is now:
"In fairness to Jim Garrett, he coached here one year and so he didn't really have any recruits to be responsible for. He inherited a ravaged program that had been run by a total incompetent, Bob Naso. Garrett was coach my senior year and I don't remember how big the roster was, but I do recall that we didn't have a lot of players. The QB was a converted safety. Not surprisingly, Garrett went 0-10, said some intemperate things in frustration, and got fired. He may have been a bad hire, but he didn't get a chance to recruit and develop his own players. I feel sure that if CU had kept Garrett that means his three sons would have played for him and we would've broken the streak a lot sooner.
NW has better players and better facilities to work with than Garrett had, and the Campbell Center is coming. Unfortunately, his game management and preparation is so poor as to render the team uncompetitive in most road games. Anyone who argues in favor of keeping him must ask how he is going to recruit this winter off of an 0-10 (or hopefully 1-9) season in his sixth year. He can't really say he's rebuilding. He can't say we're a piece or two away from contention. We start seven seniors on defense and we can't stop anyone. What does that say about NW's ability to develop players over four years? Worse, what is next year's D going to look like? I shudder to think.
NW's performance the past two weeks -- inept game management vs. Penn and a total lack of fire vs. Dartmouth -- have sealed his fate. Keeping him would be a statement that the administration doesn't care about providing a good experience for the players."
I really like the point about recruiting, but the final point is the most important one.
The PLAYERS, especially the seniors, deserve some immediate action.
Fans like us have been around, and God-willing we'll be around for many more years to wait for the Lions to finally win another Ivy championship.
But for the seniors, there are only four weeks left. I respect, but thoroughly reject, the notion that dumping Norries Wilson now would be too disruptive to make a positive difference. The biggest reason why is what the comment above says: it would show the PLAYERS that the administration is indeed committed to them.
Firing Norries now would also send the message to every player, that the administration is committed to winning.
Columbia last went 0-10 in 1987. There have been seasons since then where we've lived in fear that it would happen again, but this year is putting us at the greatest risk than ever before.
Columbia ranks 244th out of 246 college football teams in the latest Sagarin Ratings. None of the remaining four teams on the schedule are #245 or #246, so any victory now would be a real upset.
Ivy Power Rankings, Week Six
Harvard's defense seems to have had a bit of a lapse to say the least in a 56-39 win over Princeton Saturday.
But the Crimson still won the game by three scores and it does look like Tiger freshman RB Chuck Dibilio is going to be a star.
I expect Harvard to bounce back strong against Dartmouth this coming weekend.
Looking better and better. The Bears beat an up-and-coming Cornell team by two scores in Ithaca.
I think they'll hand Penn the Quakers' first Ivy loss in three years this weekend.
If any Brown fans actually decide to attend the game, well that would be nice.
... but the Quakers are still darn good.
The convincing offensive performance versus Yale Saturday was a nice bounceback after a not-so-convincing win over Columbia the previous week.
The Elis have some good talent, but there's just no evidence they can beat top teams, especially on the road.
If QB Jeff Matthews were a senior, I'd be worried about Cornell's future. But he's a sophomore and is clearly an aerial surgeon. Get him some running backs and the Big Red is a title contender.
Whipping Columbia on a day when the Lions are without Sean Brackett all day is not that impressive... sadly. Teevens is still on the hot seat.
Now the Tigers have something to build on: freshman RB Chuck Dibilio. But a 1-9 season is still very much in the cards.
The Lions performance Saturday was probably the worst game the Lions have played in over a decade. The stats didn't lie, so... don't look at the stats.