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The Light Blue football team heads to Harvard this weekend to take on the defending Ancient Eight champs at 1 p.m. And what better way to prepare for the matchup than to read some alum-written poetry?
Alvin M. Fountain, MA ’71, Ph.D ’76, recently sent Spectrum a couple of poems he penned in the late 80s, during the Lions’ infamous 44-game losing streak. Curious about his backstory, as well as his basis for writing the poetry, Spectrum decided to reach out to Fountain to find out more. More »
When you’re a current student, it’s really easy to only associate homecoming with
football booze, booze, and more booze. And despite how truly awesome booze might be (I wouldn’t know, I’m just a wee lass of 20 years), it completely disregards the importance of welcoming back alumni and examining at old traditions along with the rich history of our school.
Spectator recently launched an awesome way to access our archives—well, a fraction of them. And, to be honest, some parts of our history are pretty cool. Even the ones that involve school spirit (which Columbia once had, evidently) and sports.
Back in 1958, to celebrate Columbia’s 11th annual Homecoming, there was not only a super fancy ball, but also a Homecoming carnival. Apparently, the steep price of $3.75 was enough to drive people away from buying tickets to the carnival and made the idea of bringing a date quite unappealing. More »
Spectator’s three football beat writers—Spencer Gyory, Eli Schultz, and Myles Simmons—are back again to discuss football’s Ivy League opener, a heartbreaking 33-6 loss to Princeton.
Check out the in-depth analysis, footage of the game, and a clip of Pete Mangurian in the post-game press conference in the video above.
A little over a month ago, the Ivy League and the NBC Sports Network announced that between six and ten Ivy League football games would be televised, including ‘The Game’, the ever-famous matchup between Harvard and Yale.
Well, a few days ago, NBC released its lineup. And Columbia was nowhere to be found. Not only that, but it was the only Ivy to not have a single game televised. Check out a statement from NBC and the lineup after the jump. More »
Although senior offensive tackle Jeff Adams didn’t get drafted this weekend, he was apparently signed by the Dallas Cowboys on Saturday night.
Based on the strength of his past workouts, which included one for the Jets at their private facility, it was thought possible that Adams could have been a late-round pick.
If Adams had been drafted, he would have been the first to do so in the NFL since Marcellus Wiley, who was selected by the Buffalo Bills in the second round in 1997. Still, getting signed by the Cowboys, even if it wasn’t during the draft?
Not a bad graduation present.
Big news for those of you who are both Jets and Lions fans: This past Monday senior offensive tackle Jeff Adams had a private workout at the New York Jets’ facility.
Over the past few months, Adams has been working hard to convince NFL scouts he is worth drafting. On March 8, he participated in Northwestern’s pro day. He later tried to improve his scores at the Baker Athletics Complex in front of scouts from the Jets.
According to NFL.com, based on the strength of these workouts, Adams may have become a sixth- or seventh-round draft pick—not bad for an Ivy League o-linean.
And hey, if he does get picked by the Jets, not only would you be able to go check him out at MetLife Stadium (albiet for a pretty penny), but Adams might also get his TV debut on Hard Knocks. Plus, who wouldn’t want to play on a team with Jesus on your side? (Thank you Tim Tebow!)
NFL Draft will be held on April 26-28 at Radio City Music Hall. If you so choose to watch the draft on ESPN or the NFL Network, look for Adams’ name to be called on Sunday, April 28, somewhere between 4 and 7 p.m.
According to a press release, Columbia’s new head football coach Pete Mangurian has selected the rest of his staff.
Mangurian now has seven coaches on staff, including Ben McDaniels as the offensive coordinator and Kevin Lempa as the defensive coordinator.
Both coordinators bring NFL experience to the table. McDaniels was the former Denver Broncos quarterbacks coach and Lempa served as the defensive line coach while with the San Diego Chargers between 1997 and 1999. Lempa also has experience in the Ancient Eight as he was the defensive coordinator and cornerback coach at Dartmouth between 1991 and 1996.
Here’s a look at the rest of the staff:
- Ed Argast, offensive line coach. He has been the offensive line coach at Columbia since 2009 and will stay on staff.
- Aaron Smith, wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator. Smith has been the wide receivers coach at Columbia since 2007 and will remain on staff, adding the position of recruiting coordinator to his role.
- Alvin Smith, defensive line coach.
- Chad Nice, running backs coach.
- Gordie Sammis, tight ends coach and assistant offensive lines coach.
Mangurian still has two coaching positions to fill at this time.
See the full press release after the jump. More »
The athletic department confirmed that Pete Mangurian, head coach at Cornell from 1998-2000, will be the new man in charge of Columbia’s football team. Mangurian has additional college coaching experience with powerhouses Stanford and LSU, and he has coached in the NFL with the New England Patriots, Atlanta Falcons, New York Giants, Denver Broncos, and, most recently, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
M. Dianne Murphy, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education, said in a press release:
Pete Mangurian is an outstanding football coach. He brings tremendous experience with a plethora of impressive mentors, including Bill Arnsparger, Dan Reeves and Bill Belichick. He has worked in great organizations under Pat Bowlen, owner of the Denver Broncos, and Robert K. Kraft ’63CC, owner of the New England Patriots. Pete’s experience speaks for itself.
Check after the jump for more information on his background, including details of his time with the Big Red. More »
For the last time this season, the Columbia Lions (0-9, 0-6 Ivy) will take the field today looking for their first win of the season. Today’s game is special, not only as the last game of the season, but as Columbia’s Senior Day, when all seniors will be honored in a ceremony before the game. Standing in the way of a win however are the Brown Bears (7-2, 4-2) looking to secure a win and at least a share of second place in the Ivy League. The game is set to start at 12:30pm at Baker. Check below the jump for coverage of today’s matchup. More »
The Lions are once again back at Baker Field, this time to take on the Harvard Crimson (6-1, 4-0 Ivy). The Crimson is undefeated in Ivy play while the 0-7 Lions are still looking for their first win of the season. Check below the jump for coverage of today’s matchup. More »