Mangurian Newser Now Available
Kudos to the athletic department for getting the Pete Mangurian news conference archived and readily available now on the GoColumbiaLions.com 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.