Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Hot Stove Football

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Do you spend a lot of time speculating on who our next head coach will or should be on this blog?

Of course we do.

It's called, "being a fan" and having some fun in a "hot stove league" of sorts as we wait out an offseason that is somewhere between 300 days and the gestation period of an elephant.

Is such speculation helpful to the search process?

Who knows? And frankly, I don't think it matters. It's almost like asking if booing the other team or the refs during a game helps the Lion cause.

We're fans and this is what fans do.

On my end, I'll repsonsibly report anything that's true out there about the search. There's not much right now and that's a testament to the professionalism of everyone involved in this process right now.

Until then, the fans will continue to discuss potential candidates... because we're fans.

Did We Fumble on Kelly?

Speaking of speculating...

My sources tell me that current Oregon Head Coach Chip Kelly was indeed a candidate for the Columbia job the last time it was available in late 2005.

In all fairness, it's not like Kelly was such an obvious catch back then as this article detailing Kelly's amazing and quick rise documents.

But it's a good case study to prove that Columbia DOES and IS getting top notch applicants for this job.

It's also encouraging that Ray Tellier, who was not as intimately involved in the coaching search last time, is now such an integral part of the process.

I know I have reported on Tellier's ties to possible candidates like Hopkins Head Coach Jim Margraff, but he is not the only successful coach out there with a positive connection to Tellier.

Considering Tellier's active role in landing a super coach like Brett Boretti for Columbia baseball, there's good reason to be more optimistic about the football coaching seatch this time around.

That said, anything the fans can do to keep the decision-makers honest is useful.

... and I'm sure you will all continue to do so. ;)

Recruiting News

News about incoming freshmen commits has been more scarce this year than it has been at any time since I started this blog.

But some of the recruiting web sites do have a few names of players who has been offered spots on the team... at least according to them.

Here are some names:

Jonathan Ford

Elijah St. Hilaire

Jordan Bronowitz

Brandtly Wilson

Tanner Thexton

Luke Longinotti

Lavondre Nelson

John Buchanan

Braden Meador

Dalton Stogner

Max Keefe


At Thu Dec 01, 05:18:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is Nick Gertz's brother still in the mix as a recruit, or does the coaching situation work to our detriment there?

At Thu Dec 01, 05:32:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tennessee and Kentucky has sent some outstanding student-athletes to Columbia over the years. One of out top prospects this year is All-State Center, John Heile of Trinity High School in Louisville, Kentucky.

At Thu Dec 01, 05:33:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The write-up on St. Hillaire says that he has already committed to Akron.

At Thu Dec 01, 08:41:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope that it does not come down to hiring an assistant coach from the NFL but there is a likely prospect extremely close to home, namely, Sean Ryan, assistant coach for the NY Giants for the last five years. Prior to that, he was an assistant coach (recruiting coordinator) at Harvard (2006) and an assistant coach at Columbia (2003-2005). He also spent time at Siena, Colgate, Albany and BC. He was born in Hudson Falls NY and played at Hamilton. He's only 40.

At Thu Dec 01, 09:46:00 AM GMT+7, Blogger cathar said...

Interestingly, given the post above, Kyle Smith in fact played his own college basketball at Hamilton. (And he is doing the best he can with a reshuffled lineup following Agho's season-ending injury. No, Swarthmore had no business playing us, but Manhattan is always a competitive program.)

At Thu Dec 01, 11:08:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

What does Sean Ryan have in common with Bob Naso, Larry McElreavy, Bob Shoop and Norries Wilson?


The only one with prior head coaching experience was Larry McElreavy who was 12 & 18 at New Haven prior to getting hired.

We do not have time for learning on the job. Hire a coach with 5+ years of successful head coaching experience under his belt.

At Thu Dec 01, 11:09:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gersts brother is listed on many sites with more than 25 offers and one if them is Columbia and many of the Ivies, D1's etc..He's highlighted in the national high school game of the week Friday nite at Giants Stadium against the #1 ranked high school in the country Don Bosco.

At Thu Dec 01, 09:26:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good story in today's Spec on the search. About 100 applications and a deep pool of quality people.

At Thu Dec 01, 09:56:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

from Spec article: “The president [Lee Bollinger] will be involved, of course,” Murphy said. “As we get more involved in the decision I will be asking others in the industry, such as Robert Kraft and Bill Campbell, for their advice and counsel.” Three current players who will be involved are senior cornerback Ross Morand, junior quarterback Sean Brackett, and sophomore running back Marcorus Garrett.

At Thu Dec 01, 10:59:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Encouraging article -- Sounds like Dr. Murphy is doing everything right.

At Thu Dec 01, 11:09:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...


If we can get Nick Gerst healthy(I hear doc is finally giving him same PRP medical treatment for NFL players with hammy injuries) and grab his brother that could be one heck of a back field...

Keep the faith

At Thu Dec 01, 11:10:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...


If we can get Nick Gerst healthy(I hear doc is finally giving him same PRP medical treatment for NFL players with hammy injuries) and grab his brother that could be one heck of a back field...

Keep the faith

At Thu Dec 01, 11:11:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow--100 applicants for a job that was just posted last week!!! That's impressive. With so many applicants, I suspect we haven't even come close to naming the new coach on this blog.

At Fri Dec 02, 12:19:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If what is out there is correct I don't think you will see Gertz's brother at any Ivy League school. He appears to have the talent to be a major player at a D1 school and beyond which among other things means a free ride.

At Fri Dec 02, 12:20:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If what I hear is true, Gerst's brother will go to Yale... which is too bad for him because Columbia will probably be better than Yale next year at least. Major talent loss at Yale due to graduation and Williams is on the brink.

At Fri Dec 02, 01:07:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yale? I'm surprised he wouldn't want CU, but that's just me. I'll take a healthy Nick Gerst running for us next season and having his best season as a senior.
Naturally, they can't name names but an initial 100 applicants is encouraging for the coach search. Dianne said she's talked to 20 on the phone already...maybe that's the apparent top of the heap. Maybe there are more to come. Has to be one coach who fits very well in that large field.
I'm encouraged by her attitude. I wish her success with this really important task.

At Fri Dec 02, 01:25:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

One bad mistake in the Spec story-- says Lions have only one winning season since the lone championsip year of 1961. Actually, post-1961 there have been four winning seasons: 1962, 1971, 1994, 1996. Four in the past 50 years, none in the last 15 years...horrible enough.
There was also a 5-5 season in 2006.

At Fri Dec 02, 02:11:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hear Penn may also be in the running for Gerst the Younger. Huge mistake in light of the way Bags treats RBs.

At Fri Dec 02, 02:22:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Couple names I hadn't noticed on lists (apologies if they were already spoken about), thoughts?
John Donovan, offensive coordinator at Vanderbilt, ridge field park, nj native. Probably about 40 yrs old.
Bob benson, def coordinator at Colorado school of mines DII, former HC at Georgetown for about 14 years. I saw his wife commentating for NYC marathon last month. Must be some connection.
Kevin Morris, former HC at umass. Williams grad.

Gilmore and Margraff are names that keep coming up, they clearly recruit against us (quick look at hopkins starters, qb fr TN, wr's fr IN and TX), why doesn't murphy at least talk to them and get their thoughts on program. I see they were both assistants under tellier, so I assume they would at very least have an idea of things that could be done to better the program even if they didn't want the job. And who knows, maybe they do.

What do former alums Marcellus Wiley and Marty domres have to say? Are they involved in search? Seems to me domres would be great one to talk to, successful finance guy, nfl, etc... Wiley is obvious.


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