Two More Names & Midseason Bushnell
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Two more people who should be considered to take the head coaching job at Columbia should it indeed become available are Joe Moglia and Mike Donnelly.
Moglia's current situation is the most tenuous as his UFL team gig is about to end because the UFL is going broke.
As some readers have already pointed out, Moglia could make a perfect fit for Columbia because of his Ivy coaching experience, his years as the CEO of TD/Ameritrade, and his burning desire to prove himself in football all over again.
Moglia's Wall Street connections especially stand out and many former Columbia fooball players worked with him at Merrill and liked him there.
I know Moglia is highly regarded at Dartmouth, where he once coached and where there may be a head coaching vacancy very, very soon as well.
My only reservation about Moglia is his relative lack of head coaching experience, but he does have some under his belt right now and thus, a lot more than the no head coaching experience the last two Columbia head coaches had before they were hired here.
Donnelly is a former Ray Tellier assistant I've written about here before. Some say he was the one who encouraged Marcellus Wiley to make the switch to defensive end and helped him flourish at that spot.
His success as the head man at Muhlenberg College is impressive and being in D-III football surely didn't stop people like Al Bagnoli from becoming even more successful in the Ivies.
The Mules are 3-3 this season, (one of the losses coming to Jim Margaff's Johns Hopkins squad), but Donenlly's tenure has been nothing short of great.
Half the 2011 Ivy football season is over, but five of the seven Ivy League games have yet to be played.
In other words, it's not really midseason because 71% of the games that actually determine the Ivy standings are coming up.
Nevertheless, here's who I would give the now split Bushnell Cup/Player of the Year awards to if the season were over today:
Offensive MVP: Colton Chapple, QB Harvard
An emergency replacement starter after #1 Crimson QB Collier Winters got injured again, Chapple has thrown for 12 TD's, completed 62% of his passes, and has just two interceptions. Chapple has Harvard in the driver's seat for the championship.
Defensive MVP: Josue Ortiz, DL Harvard
As much as I would hate to hand both Bushnells to Harvard, Ortiz is a sack demon and has the advantage of meeting expectations when so many players and teams have not so far this year.
Check back in a couple of weeks for an update on my picks to win the MVP awards. They are certainly subject to change.