Friday, December 09, 2011

Three Questions

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News Conference Tomorrow

I hope to be at the news conference introducing Head Coach Pete Mangurian at Faculty House tomorrow afternoon.

There will be a lot of questions to ask, and it will also be interesting to see how Mangurian handles himself in the spotlight.

In the past, I've noticed a lot of these news conferences focus on "coaching philosophy" and general strategies.

But I'd love to be able to focus on three main questions:

1) How do plan to get re-acclimated to college ball, and Ivy football in particular?

2) Do you have a good idea who will get the top coordinators jobs on your staff and will they be primarily from your NFL or college contacts?

3) What's the one area where you think the Lions need the most improvement for 2012?

I hope to be able to report back as best I can tomorrow.


At Fri Dec 09, 08:59:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jake, You mentioned the press conference may be streamed online. Do you know yet if it will be?

At Fri Dec 09, 09:09:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jake, will you be doing an in depth interview at some early stage?

At Fri Dec 09, 09:09:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jake, will you be doing an in depth interview at some early stage?

At Fri Dec 09, 09:23:00 AM GMT+7, Blogger cathar said...

If you type in error, you come to the website of the University of North Alabama (who are also, as it turns out, the Lions) Which probably explains why CU Athletics couldn't do the obvious in titling its own website.

And the UNA Lions sell t-shirts whih read "Think One - Team Goal Community Vision."

This exhortation might be nice to keep in mind when looking forward to Mangurian's upcoming first season as our new head coach. The naysayers frothing about Mangurian's hiring would do especially well to remember this slogan from a sort of "brother" school.

At Fri Dec 09, 10:49:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

from AD: A formal press conference will be held on Friday, December 9, 2011 at 2 p.m. at Faculty House on the campus of Columbia University. Fans can view the press conference for free online at!

At Fri Dec 09, 11:45:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jake, the one question i would have, given how much recruiting has been discussed here, is not only has he been successful recruiting and developing talent, but how does he grade himself on recruiting? i ask this because if you look at his Cornell record and you look at the following three years, once he left, which would be the classes he recruited, the following three classes went 7-22. obviously there are a lot more factors than recruiting that went into this, but it does allow for a question on his ability to recruit.

At Fri Dec 09, 11:56:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great thing about Pete Mangurian, is that you really do not have to ask him any tough football questions, because his record speaks for itself and he is obviously knowledgable in every aspect of the game of football. On top of that, you know from his level of experience in the pros that he must be a brilliant football mind, or he would not have worked for the likes of Dan Reeves or Bob Kraft. Surely, we won't have to worry any longer about inadequate game plans, faulty play calling, and the like. So what questions do you ask him? Probably, nothing other than general stuff, like how he intends to turn around the program, what type of offense and defense he expects to use, and that type of thing. After that, it all comes down to whether he can successfully recruit to Columbia the players he wants and needs to implement his overall plan and strategies. And since he is supposed to be a great recruiter, you should not have to question him on that subject either. If anything, the only question that you might reasonably ask him tomorrow is what type of support he expects to receive from the Columbia University Administration, and I doubt he would give specific answers to that question. Bottom line: Let Mangurian get started immediately on the only lingering uncertaintly, following his hire, namely, recruiting.

At Fri Dec 09, 05:58:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A little trivia, the QB of Northern Alabama last season is the older brother of Colton Chapple the backup QB for Harvard!.

At Fri Dec 09, 07:08:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

On the recruiting front I think he brings something to table that many of the other candidates didn't. His connection to the NFL. Going pro really for the most part in the Ivy League isn't realistic, but, having someone recruiting you with that type of background can be huge. For those that do come to Columbia and achieve the level to play in the NFL his connections to several teams can be a major factor also.

It will be interesting to see who he brings in as coaches particularly in the coordinator positions. I still think he may retain some of the existing coaches. There are a couple that would make sense especially when it comes to recruiting.

Based on what he has done I expect exciting things in the future for Columbia football.

At Fri Dec 09, 10:27:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jake, ask him for his assessment of our current talent, for his plans to jump into recruiting mid-stream, for his plans to hire corrdinators, for his general offensive and defensive philosophy, and for details about his palns to meet with the team and with individual players to discuss their goals.. Also, ask him about our injury plague and his plans to elevate strength and fitness training.

At Fri Dec 09, 10:46:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

in response and not meant in a demeaning way, he is not known as a great recruiter, he is known for being good with the game. if anything, i would focus on his recruiting ability, given he hasnt done it for a while and was not known for this at cornell.

At Sat Dec 10, 03:55:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mangurian looks like a very good hire, and he said the right things at the press conference. I wonder, though, why he was not able to rise to the level of coordinator in his NFL years and stay there.


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