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Evan Takes it!
What a way for senior Evan Miller to end his collegiate career!
Miller was just named Ivy Defensive Player of the Week for his 19 tackle performance in the big 35-28 double OT win over Brown Saturday.
Buddy Teevens job is secure
Perhaps the "race" for Ivy head coaching talent won't have as many horses on the track as many once thought.
It looks all clear for Buddy Teevens at Dartmouth; local supporters tell me they'd be shocked if he's suddenly going to be fired in the coming days.
It didn't look good for Buddy after the 1-4 start, but winning three in a row to end the season looked good.
At Yale, everything is QUIET. We know the whole Tom Williams Rhodes Scholar claim is still being "investigated," but we still don't know if this will end with Williams losing his job.
The many anti-President Richard Levin sports fans at Yale are already thinking this could be a great way for Levin to kill football for another few years, That is, by waiting several more weeks to fire Williams and putting an already seriously challenged Eli squad, (lots of graduating senior stars), further behind the pack in 2012.
The hapless Bob Surace at Princeton seems safe for now despite a 2-18 overall record and 1-13 Ivy mark. But it appears that everyone gets three years grace in the Ivies these days. Another 1-9 next season and he is probably gone.
So for now, it looks like Columbia is really only competing with Fordham... at least for those few candidates that could be considered real contenders for the job at both schools.
I don't mind that fight. I feel confident we can match or beat any salary Fordham offers and I know we beat the Rams hands down on facilities, stadium, and league prestige.
The only category I worry about is aggressiveness. Will Fordham out-effort us on this and grab the best man out there? Will its search committee somehow convice the best candidate that it is more serious about winning?
I do applaud Athletic Director Dianne Murphy for urging Columbia supporters to contact Ted Gregory, Don Jackson and Kevin Ward with their candidate suggestions. I am optimisitc that any outside the box names or just some people that never would have been considered will at least get a mention where it counts.
And while I do wish someone from completely free of administration ties would also join in this process, I believe anyone like that with real clout will certainly not be ignored by Gregory et al during the search.
Out of respect for their privacy, I won't publish Gregory, Jackson or Ward's email addresses here but I'll be happy to pass on any serious suggestions from readers who can't contact them on their own.
For those who have been asking, I haven't endorsed any candidate myself, and probably won't publicly out of fear that doing so migh DISQUALIFY his candidacy with a Columbia administration that doesn't quite know what to make of all this "blog stuff."
But my list of attractive candidates part 2 and part 1, plus my really outside the box call to make a call to Brown's Phil Estes, from a few weeks ago are still viable and I'd like to add one more names now:
Mark Whipple in his UMass days
Pros: Tremendous record of success at the Ivy and FCS level. A master with QB's at every level, including the NFL. Helped begin the big turnaround at Brown. Would be a great asset to assure we get the most out of Sean Brackett's final season.
Cons: After vying for much bigger jobs lately and failing to get them, would Whipple see the Columbia job as a step down? His teams at Brown were good, but never better than 4-3 in the Ivies.