More on Mangurian & What about Gilmore?
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One reporter for a small Ohio newspaper asks a good question: why pay Urban Meyer up to $40 million to coach Ohio State when coaching Columbia is a much tougher job?
Not a bad question. Although I think the answer is to pay Meyer less and our next head coach a little more.
More on Mangurian
Here are some of the highlights and lowlights of Columbia head coaching candidate Pete Mangurian's three years at the helm at Cornell:
-An overall W-L record of 16-14
-An Ivy record of 11-10, but 10-4 his last two seasons
-Best season overall was 1999 when the Big Red went 7-3, 5-2 Ivy and won games against Harvard, Penn and Brown. The wins against Penn and Brown came on the road and Brown was the eventual Ivy co-champion. The other co-champ, Yale, beat them handily at the Bowl, 37-20.
-Next best year was 2000 when the Big Red went 5-5, but also 5-2 in the Ivies and had they went into the final week of the season with a chance to win the title.
-Beat Harvard two out of three years.
-Record in games decided by three points or less: 7-1
-Record in games decided by 7 points or less: 9-4
-Developed some standout players like QB Rick Rahne and recruited the great Kevin Boothe who went on to the NFL.
-His recruits didn't perform all that well as the teams that followed his departure went 2-7, 4-6, and 1-9 and were 5-16 Ivy.
-His teams were strong on offense and emphasized the pass. His '99 team broke the 30-point mark four times.
-Defensively, the Big Red got progressively worse during his time; giving up 200 points in 1998, 235 points in '99 and 334 points in 2000.
-It's been 11 years since Mangurian coached in this league, but not much has changed. Harvard, Penn and Brown still pretty much dominate the league. But the recruiting and financial aid pictures are dramatically different and he'll need some brushing up there.
-Mangurian did not leave the Cornell program as late in the game as I thought. His resignation was announced in early January of 2001... not ideal, but not so terribly late that the Big Red couldn't possibly get a decent replacement.
Ever since I broke the Mangurian news last night, I'd say the #1 reaction from the fans and football alums who contact me personally is: "WHAT ABOUT GILMORE?!?"
Tom Gilmore remains the fan favorite and there will be real disappointment if he is not interviewed at the very least.
It's a delicate situation since he is still under contract at Holy Cross, but this is a base that needs to be covered ASAP.
Times Heads Up!
The New York Times' Andrew Keh, (a recent Columbia alum), is preparing a piece on the Columbia coaching search. It should be published tomorrow or possibly early next week.
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