Saturday, December 10, 2011

Mangurian Newser Now Available

Pete Mangurian

Kudos to the athletic department for getting the Pete Mangurian news conference archived and readily available now on the website. Yes, I was frustrated earlier today, but they fixed it and I appreciate it.

So here's what I can say after seeing the full video:

1. It's Man-Gurian with a hard "G"

2. Coach Mangurian gave a decent reasoning for why he is coming back to the Ivies. After 11 years of the NFL, I can see why getting back to a team with no thugs, head cases, etc. could be very refreshing.

3. That said, he certainly made the case that he won't take this job as a break from the pressure to win.

4. Mangurian focused on something many of us have called for at Columbia for decades: we need an identity. CU needs a team identity, (it could be a certain type of offense, defense, or an attitude). This will help us focus our recruiting and helping the team to prepare week after week.

5. He promised to re-evaluate every aspect of the Lions training and practice philosophies and schedules. That's essential.

Yes, it's all talk right now but Mangurian passed an important first test today.


At Sat Dec 10, 09:54:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Two comments following the story on the NYT website were typically snide. One said players travel 40 minutes on the subway to/from Baker Field.
At least that one should be answered by someone who's registered with the oage.

At Sat Dec 10, 10:26:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jake has done a 180. How does it feel to be on the Dark side Jake?

At Sat Dec 10, 07:39:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The NYT hates Columbia, Republicans and Israel. So why are you surprised that it puts a negative spin on its "reporting" of our football program?

At Sat Dec 10, 11:49:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

While the "snide" comment could have been posted by someone at the Times, I assumed it was a reader's. If we respond to such and our comments do not appear, we'll know the NYT's bias.

At Tue Dec 13, 01:35:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was impressed and look forward to seeing what he does.

Fri Dec 09, 07:26:00 PM PST I am not sure where you get the dark side comment from. He is one of the most loyal fans the school has and if anything waited too long to speak freely.

Karl Groth

At Wed Dec 14, 07:11:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Alum who opposes a B-School said...

Look, I live near Chicago and I have witnessed the loyalty of the Cubs fans who have seen team after team go nowhere. Best fans in the world, except CU fans. Who have seen adversity and overcome it.

To cite one example of unexpected (by some) team spirit, the SDS put a full page ad in the Spec that read in big letters: Go Lions, beat Princeton!

Which they did, in spring 1968, before the historic events, winning the Ivy b-ball title in a one game playoff.

I gather that Jake is a rather conservative fellow. I just want to remind him that pride in Columbia is not exclusively the province of the right.


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