Tuesday, October 18, 2011

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This is proof Columbia has one of the best fan bases in the Ivies.

We all want better because we care.

Some of the other schools have no vocal fans at all.

The Man We Need

After Saturday's Homecoming debacle, there are hardly any Columbia fans, alums or even administration officials who don't know that we have to replace Head Coach Norries Wilson at least by the end of the season.

Last week, I made a call to go after Holy Cross Head Coach Tom Gilmore and I stand by that.

But you know who would make an even more fantastic choice?

You know how the administration could prove it's serious about winning and not worrying about keeping up appearances?

The fantastic choice would be current Brown Head Coach Phil Estes and hiring him away from the Bears would prove Columbia means business.



But even Columbia has much better fan and alumni support than Brown. The Bears are a solid winning program and an exciting one too.

So guess how many fans showed up on a nice day to see Brown's 34-0 throttling of Princeton Saturday?


That's it!

Surely Estes could do wonders here in New York City, which makes Providence look like er... Providence.

Think about it people!

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At Tue Oct 18, 05:58:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jake, you're dreamin' about Estes, a Brownie all the way.

At Tue Oct 18, 06:13:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Write-up of JV game from Bridgton website.


At Tue Oct 18, 06:47:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We should learn from Penn and not hire a head coach from Brown. We should try to find a succesfull division 3 (or I-AA) who has proven game management skills.

At Tue Oct 18, 09:55:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bridgton's write-up of the junior varsity games doesn't mention any player names, but suggests that it was a tight well-played game with plenty of offense on both sides. With all the scoring that occured, it would seem that Columbia must have some talented young players who might be able to help us in the second half of the season. If I remember correctly, Brackett saw his first varsity action in the seventh game of his freshman year, which was against Yale. I assume that if we have any playmakers of his caliber, they will be on the field in the next game or two.

At Tue Oct 18, 11:07:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brown jump started its football program under Coach Whipple by installing a very exciting West Coast offense with strong-armed quarterbacks from the West Coast and a group of speedy wide receivers. Estes has been smart enough to stay the course bringing in similarly talented players at the skills positions as well as some very fine linemen. Estes does a great job of identifying the kids he wants relatively early in the recruiting cycle and then successfully recruiting a good number of those players. I agree with the poster who said that Estes is unlikely to jump ship at this time, and certainly not for another Ivy League school.

However, from what I've heard and believe there are other equally fine, if not better coaches than Estes who would be very interested in becoming the head coach at Columbia. Say what you wish about Coach Wilson's game managing skills, the fact is that he has achieved a remarkable reduction in the attrition rate on the team so that a new head coach would have a solid base of 75+ players to begin with before taking into account the incoming class. Then, bear in mind that the head football coach will be working out of a beautiful new facility at Baker Field that is expected to have a huge positive impact on every aspect of Columbia Football, including, of course, recruiting. Also, as construction proceeds on the new Manhattanville campus, the movement of some of the graduate schools to Manhattanville, will make the Morningside Heights campus that much more desirable for all Columbia undergraduates and certainly the student-athletes as improvements are made to the recreational facilities.

Finally, while there are some great ideas being suggested by the posters on this blog, I don't make it makes sense to hire an assistant coach from the Naval Academy primarily to install a triple option offense. The triple option might be fun, but you need to recruit athletes with the speed to make that offense work. Right now Columbia doesn't have that type of speed, so if we want to win games immediately we need to stay with our type of offense, but execute it better. Also, as some posters have mentioned, it would be a no-brainer to hire Gilmour or any other successful head coach of a Division 1-AA program who knows Columbia and the Ivy League. Of course, everything will change if the Lions win their next four or five games.

At Tue Oct 18, 11:19:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jake- Loose the"stealadiamond.com" guy. creepy! Get Intuit to sponsor your site! :O)

At Wed Oct 19, 01:32:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Someoen on Voy says Jake's sources on Wilson's handling of the team are disgruntled parents whose kids don't like their playing time. True?

At Wed Oct 19, 02:40:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sure that's an exaggeration.

That said, it's important to keep in mind that ALL sources have agendas. They don't reveal sensitive information on a whim, or because they think Jake is a nice guy (which I'm sure he is!)

They do so because they have an interest in the information becoming public. Sometimes those interests will be noble, sometimes not. What readers want to infer from that about the reliability of the information is up to them.

At Wed Oct 19, 03:11:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Completely untrue. Jake would not sanction that kind of behavior from a parent nor would he call for this kind of change over playing time. Ridiculous!


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