BREAKING: MANGURIAN HIRED
Pete Mangurian in his days with the Patriots
Pete Mangurian has accepted an offer to be the new head football coach at Columbia University.
The deal was announced just after midnight.
A news conference has been announced for tomorrow, (Friday), at Faculty House to formally introduce Mangurian.
I am hoping that event will be streamed online.
Mangurian now joins that rare fraternity of Ivy coaches who have been the head coach of more than one Ivy team.
The last time Columbia got a head coach with previous Ivy head coaching experience it was the great Percy Haughton from Harvard in the 1920s.
The last two Ivy coaches who took new head jobs with new Ivy teams were Bob Blackman and Frank Navarro. Blackman improved Cornell but was never able to get them anywhere near the level of his great Dartmouth teams.
Navarro had some success at Columbia, especially in 1971. But his Princeton teams later in his career were forgettable.
In case anyone is wondering, I plan to let everyone here who wants to vent on this choice do so for the next 24 hours or so.
After that, I agree with those who say it's time for all of us to get behind Coach Mangurian. Whatever failings the search committee had, they were not Mangurian's fault.
When I first broke the news that he was a serious candidate for the job, I emphasized Mangurian's successful tenure at Cornell.
Make no mistake, he is a good coach.
Now, he'll need our help getting him back up to speed on college, and specifically Ivy ball.
And we also need to make sure he gets all the help he needs to promote NYC. Everyone in the news media here should be aware that he spent some successful years as an assistant with the NY Giants. As of now, the news radio sports reports are not yet even reporting the news of the hire.
I want to hear Mangurian on WFAN and ESPN Radio, and see him on NY1, SNY, etc. and lots of other local outlets early and often. We can help make that happen.
Final point: Columbia had better teams than Mangurian did all three years we faced him and Cornell. He won two of those games anyway. Let's hope he squeezes more out of our guys too. I know he has done it before.