Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Two More Names & Midseason Bushnell

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Joe Moglia

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.

Mike Donnelly

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.

Midseason Awards

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.


At Wed Oct 19, 02:58:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just surfed the internet a bit looking for background on Joe Moglia. He's a crazy story, isn't he? It would take an athletic director very secure in both his own judgment and his job to hire somebody like Moglia, but you know what? I would be very surprised if Moglia isn't a successful coach somewhere someday.

A head coach today really is a combination CEO/ salesman.

Many of us on this board think that we can handle the game day coaching. It's the administrative/ managerial/ motivational aspect of the position which is the hard part of the job. I don't see why a highly successful CEO who obviously knows his football and works crazy hours wouldn't be a good head coach.

At Wed Oct 19, 05:01:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Mitch '68 said...

Vince Lombardi coached hs ball in New Jersey (also taught physics and Latin), was an assistant at Army, and you know the rest of the story. Absolutely one of the best football men ever except in one respect -- he was very weak on the sideline. This has been pointed out by many who played and worked with Lombardi. Mostly he walked back and forth grumbling, "What the hell's going on out there?" And maybe this wasn't just a rhetorical question. Maybe he was really puzzled!

On the other hand, John Madden has described attending a clinic where Lombardi spoke. Madden said he thought he knew something about football until he saw Lombardi. When Lombardi described a play on stage, he started with some x's and o's of course, but then he actually acted out -- with tremendous fervor -- the full range of techniques and responsibilities of every player on both sides of the ball.

I agree that the main role of a head coach today is administration and "sales." All coaches have strengths and weaknesses. It's a hard job to define and it's hard to know beforehand who will really be good in a specific situation. But with certain people, you just know it when you see it. I have not seen it at Columbia. But "wait til next year!"

At Wed Oct 19, 05:03:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, where is the Hot Dog Committee (AKA Football Committee) on all of this? Can someone please find out where they stand? We have four new members. Will they be in charge of condiments, or will they actually do something?

Jake, please list the current HDC so that we can contact them. Also, as alums/fans, we should be contacting Diane directly (just in case she is on cloud 9 and doesn't see the issue in front of her).her assess as well please.

At Wed Oct 19, 05:20:00 AM GMT+7, Blogger cathar said...

Jake, respectfully, you run a fine blog here and do great service to and for Columbia athletics in general.

But really, your suggestions for who should be appointed the next Columbia coach also make it sound as if you're verging on megalomania lately. They might just be a case of your going too far, and they really do you no true credit. (They also interfere with the real apparent business of this blog, become an unfortunate diversion - if you think Norries should go, fine, but your opinion is just one man's even though you do possess this bully pulpit.)

Nor do your coaching suggestions reflect, if it has to come to that (regrettably, I suppose it has to), any real understanding of who else is "out there," if we define out there as the rest of America beyond a very small part of the East coast. Do you even know for sure how much the head football coach job at Columbia goes for, and how much else is in the budget for assistant coaches?

At Wed Oct 19, 05:56:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...


You are the 1% right now.

The 99%

At Wed Oct 19, 06:04:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

TO 3:03 blogger, please have a little respect for the University and protocol. Calling the FB advisory committee by another name may make you feel superior (in your own mind) but it does not advance thoughtful dialog.
We are all very disappointed and depressed!
Doc /jock

At Wed Oct 19, 06:05:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a funny post due to the fact that if the program did hire any of these men. As soon as they don't win or do something that " the fans" or " the alum" don't agree with you'll be asking for their heads also. Just because they are doing well at another program doesn't mean they would do well at Columbia ...smh

At Wed Oct 19, 06:42:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jake- Cathar is right to a point. Please include a new AD search list as well.

At Wed Oct 19, 06:47:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jake- Cathar is right to a point. Please include a new AD search list as well.

At Wed Oct 19, 07:33:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Doc/Jock - I would agree, to some extent, about the Football Advisory Committee. However, we have not heard anything from them? Clearly, there is an issue! I KNOW some of them read this Blog, and yet we don't know where they stand on several issues. I am sure that they have something to say. As far as University protocol, we wouldn't we in this mess if they (Diane too) were doing their jobs. I also understand that there is really only ONE vote that counts, so let's all not pretend otherwise. If the poster makes light of the FAC's (in)ability to make some/any decisions, I believe that he is highlighting another flaw in the system.

At Wed Oct 19, 07:37:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe Jake will come back to earth, maybe he won't. But the blog now looks like a car wreck. You know you should look away as a matter of good taste, but the somehow it's fascinating. As for caring about the program, Jake's ego appears to have left that long behind. hard to imagine anyone taking him seriously at this point. Sad really.

At Wed Oct 19, 07:52:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

One man's megalomania is another's cause.

At Wed Oct 19, 11:35:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not sure if we're talking about the actual football team here any more, but does anyone have an idea about Brackett's condition? He was hurt badly enough at the end of the Penn game that he couldn't run. Will he be back against Dartmouth?

At Wed Oct 19, 01:03:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As soon as someone decides not to swallow political correctness anymore, he's "a megalomaniac"?

Sorry but I find the most honest attitudes, not merely in sports but on ANY issue, are those that are the opposite of political correctness.

I say hooray for Jake for going bananas on our crummy football program--not the players but the
responsible adults from the University President to the AD to the Coach. Sixty years of losing. You wouldn't accept that from the guy who mows your lawn. Why should we take it from CU football?

Jake didn't say those two men are the only possible coaching possibilities for us. They seem interesting to me, but I'm sure he'll find many more....a lot more than the AD does every five or ten years after we've suffered through another .250 "winning" percentage.
The AD's "intensive nationwide search" for a football coach always seems to turn up a stiff
who's an assistant at a school 40 miles from Morningside Heights.
Columbia deserves a coach with head coaching experience, even at a lower level. The last HC we had with any measure of success, Ray Tellier, was the head coach at New Haven. No, I wouldn't rule out anybody, but HC experience sounds like a good practical yardstick unless the best assistant in America pops out of the woodwork. Just be serious next time. I can't really believe they have been.

At Wed Oct 19, 08:00:00 PM GMT+7, Blogger cathar said...

I would think thst the point of this blog was to be SUPPORTIVE of Columbia athletics. Yet putting forth one's personal choices for the next football coach (or even the next AD) at this point is unseemly, to say the least. Awfully arrogant, too.

How far do you want to go with this demand for a new coach? Offering up specific names, after all, none of whom have even expressed interest in the Columbia job, is a bit much. (And a former business exec who currently labors in the UFL is so implausible as to be the product of wishing on moonbeams.) The season isn't even over yet but this site is becoming a vehicle for the worst sort of backbiting and open sniping. And probably not by anyone who actually sits on that Football Committee, either.

We suffer, we attend games, we hope for better thingss. We should probably also keep praying. Norries for a few years gave us genuine hope. Even Jake's own pre-season posts were rosily written. (Excessively so, I suspected then.) But there turned out to be a real gap between how good the team looked on paper and how well it actually played.

It is getting decidedly nasty on this site lately, which is scary. Just the thought of bringing a smile to some truly obnoxious jerk like "Foehi" (remember him?) should dissuade us all from our current path, make us all more cautionary. Do we really all wish to sound as angry as John T. Reed did at such interminable, futile length?

At Wed Oct 19, 08:12:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just clicked on Moglia's link.

He was Exec Advisor to Bo Pellini at Nebraska for a time.

Bo played at Ohio State, but he has two older brothers who played for CU.

Vince was all Ivy LB, Carl played with us on the class of '87 team for two years and then transferred to Youngstown State. Carl was Captain Riga's best friend and was quite intense.

Jake, if you want to do more investigative work, give Carl a call and see what he thinks about your candidate.

At Wed Oct 19, 08:14:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

forgot to add that Carl is the D coordinator at Nebraska working under Bo.

My guess is he might not be a good fit with the admin at CU. He was intense as hell, but a pure football guy, not a schmoozer.

At Wed Oct 19, 08:55:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My two cents...

We are 0-5...we shouldn't be and we've had our vent about the coaches/administration.

The powers that be either will or will not do something, but whatever it is it will be at the end of the season. Any more belaboring, belittling, denigrating and replacing dialogue we have at this stage is more for the emotional benefit of the posters and will really have no positive impact now.

There will be time for that after Thanksgiving.

Right now I think we should refocus our energies around the players, the remaining games, getting up support and attendance, etc.

We can beat Dartmouth this weekend.

Chen 82

At Wed Oct 19, 09:54:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chen- Obviously, jet lag has set in. I think that discussing these options will only HELP the process. Clearly, we didn't have Jak's Blog when Shoop, or Norries, got the job. They obviously could have been vetted better. Look, the reality is that Jake is just offering suggestions, no different than suggesting that Gerst run OUTSIDE and not on 3rd and 2 up the middle. Don't we have fullbacks for that sort of thing? Or why are the defense running on and off the field with personnel that don't know where they are going? Steve Grassa's head was on a swivel have the time looking for missing players or identifying players that were out of position. We cannot have that!

At Wed Oct 19, 10:44:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree in part with posters on both sides of the issues Jake brings forth. Speculating on who would be a good coach is futile at this point in my opinion and actually may diminish their chances of landing the job, or wanting to take the job if they read what is being said about NW. Occasionally we forget that the person and the coach are two different people. Is NW a good head coach? The record says no. Does he have a low atttrition rate and graduate players - yes. Now, about playing Dartmouth. They appear to be underachieving this year. Jake, is the Big Green Alert blog calling for Coach Teeven's job?

At Wed Oct 19, 11:15:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you want the blog and the comments section to be more about the game on the field, then why are NONE of you commentating on Jake's section about his midseason Bushnell Cup winners? You're ignoring the content that's there so you can complain about it not being there!

At Thu Oct 20, 02:10:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Donnelly, "the Duke", ever got the job...all his players would ever hear is the word "donnybrook" a lot. If you were an ex-LB or defensive player during his tenure you will know what this word means...

At Thu Oct 20, 03:12:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Donelly" too close to "Donelli" - spooky.

Let's try to stem the negativity and get behind the team and Norries for the remainder of the season, the rest will take care of itself.

At Thu Oct 20, 05:55:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No Jetlag...

Have not yet boarded my flight, so my comments ate made with lucidity. My main point is that all the vitriol about replacing coaches serves little positive purpose RIGHT NOW and has the downside of giving our players the impression we have written the season and all their remaining practices and games off. I don't want to do that.

Come late November, we'll all have a chance to renew this debate and call to action and I'll be right there with you guys.

As to the game, my clan of fans will number about 12 and we will be cheering the lads on from the opening whistle. Hope to see some of you all there.

Question for the football Brackett gonna play? He looked all used up by the end of the game last week. I hope he is healthy and ready to go>

Chen 82


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