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This has not been a good year for the Columbia football team. It’s been a case of everything that could go wrong going wrong, usually at the worst possible time. Columbia has been plagued by injuries, and the team is relying on very young, inexperienced players. This week, I’m going to take a look at a play from the Yale game where youth really hurt the Lions.
Columbia is down 23-6, but they have the ball at the start of the third quarter and they’ve just picked up a first down. The game isn’t out of hand yet, and it’s a big chance for the Lions to make it a close game.
Open up Lionmail and check some of your most recent emails. Notice anything different? The display names for some Columbia emails now show the sender’s middle name. Just a fun observation to start off your Thursday.
Read this: If you don’t know who Emlyn Hughes is by now, then you’ve probably been living under a rock… or in Butler. The infamous physics and Frontiers of Science professor met with Columbia administration and expressed his regret over the last week’s FoS lecture.
Know this: Pressure’s on in men’s basketball as Columbia is set to face Yale. Austin Morgan, Yale’s guard, will face off against our own Brian Barbour this Friday.
Here’s more: Orchesis‘ spring show and Barnard Dances at Miller falls on the same day due to the process of pre-calendaring, but the real problem behind all this is the shortage of space for performances.
The Lions are back in action tonight at Yale. A few weeks ago, the Lions held a 21 point lead against the Bulldogs in the middle of the second half, but saw it evaporate as Yale came back to win. You can check out the preview here, catch the game on the YES Network, and follow along with the liveblog below.
It’s late. You’re up. But it’s Thursday! You must be ecstatic. Or maybe you have work—I know I do. Love Thursdays at Columbia.
Republican brawl:Bitterness between Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney took center stage during Thursday’s Republican debate. The two argued over immigrations policies and their own financial holdings. Things got a bit personal, seeing as Gingrich’s campaign released (and later pulled) an advertisement that accused Romney of being the most anti-immigrant candidate.
Other Ivies exist: Don’t feel bad that applications to Columbia dropped 8.9% this year. It appears that applications to Harvard went down 1.9%, even after they reinstated their early decision program. Penn also dropped 1.7%, whereas Yale saw an increase of 5.8%. More »
The news out of New Haven is Yale has found its newest head coach for their football program. Tony Reno has been hired as Yale’s 34th head coach, after serving as Harvard’s special teams coordinator and secondary coach for the past three seasons. Before that, Reno spent six years at Yale as a wide receivers coach in 2003, and then secondary coach from 2004-2008—so it’s technically not Yale going completely against the ideals of the Harvard-Yale rivalry. (I mean, c’mon, would the Yankees ever hire a coach who just worked for the Red Sox? I doubt it.)
Reno replaces the recently resigned Tom Williams, who left Yale after it came out in November that Williams lied about being a candidate for a Rhodes Scholarship. Williams’ claim of also playing on the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers practice squad in 1993 proved to be false as well. It probably was a really stupid idea to lie about things like that, but regardless Williams left Yale with a record of 16-14 in three seasons, including 5-5 in 2011.
Tom Williams, the Yale football coach whose claims about his academic record have recently drawn scrutiny, has resigned. Concerns that he had falsely claimed to be a Rhodes Scholar candidate, in interviews as well as on his résumé, were ultimately enough to push the embattled coach out.
One of Williams’ players, quarterback Patrick Witt, attracted national media attention earlier this year when he chose to play in his team’s last game against Harvard rather than attend his finalist interview for a Rhodes Scholarship. Williams found himself in hot water after commenting that he himself had been forced to make the same choice as a college football player at Stanford. “I followed my dream to play NFL football,” Williams said in an interview with Bloomberg News. “I have no regrets about it at all.”
Only two things were different about Williams’ decision. The first difference is that he missed his interview not to play against Harvard, but to try out for the San Francisco 49ers. The second difference is that he didn’t actually miss his interview, because he never applied for a Rhodes Scholarship. More »
Most deadlines for early decision passed a couple of weeks ago and Ivy League application numbers are out. Columbia’s pool of applicants stayed pretty steady, dropping 6%, while Yale saw a significant 18% decrease in its applications due to Harvard and Princeton reinstating their early decision programs.
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The New York Times has a detailed chart with more universities here.
It’s late. You’re up. For no reason. This isn’t a real week, so let the dulcet tones of Samuel L. lull you into a deep and deeply deserved slumber.
Best Part: The paltry showing of hands in every class in response to the professors’ “Who’s going to be here on Wednesday?”
Worst Part: Today we learned about birds in my biodiversity class. Ill-timed.
Yale’s senior quarterback, Patrick Witt, is in the enviable position of having to choose between the two, as he was recently selected as a finalist for the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship. As the football season winds down, The Game (Yale vs. Harvard, for those who live under a rock) will be played on November 19—the same day interviews are scheduled to be conducted in Witt’s hometown of Atlanta, Ga., at Emory University. Clearly, each one is a pretty big deal … so what’s he going to do?
Well, after being featured on SportsCenter last week, according to this article, Witt has asked for an early interview so that he’ll be able to “be the leader they selected” by playing quarterback in his final game with Yale. If this happens, he’d most likely have to ask the NCAA for permission to charter a plane to get back to New Haven, Conn., on time. (Gotta love that ol’ G6!)
Yet you’ve got to wonder what he’ll do if that request is declined. I mean, the guy has earned a 3.9 GPA since transferring from Nebraska in his sophomore year, and people don’t get the opportunity to study at Oxford every day.
So here’s the real question: if you were Witt, would you be able to pass up that opportunity to study at arguably the world’s most prestigious university to play quarterback one last time? Let us know in the comments.
Columbia (0-6, 0-3 Ivy) will take on Yale (3-3, 2-1 Ivy) today an noon. The Lions are feeling more and more pressure to produce as their still-winless season is falling apart at the seams. Junior quarterback Sean Brackett, the team’s starter , was unable to play in last weeks shutout loss to Dartmouth. Brackett should be back in the starting lineup. Yale’s electric offense is led by the quarterback-wide receiver combo of senior Patrick Witt and junior Chris Smith. Both teams will have difficulty in this game that appears to be plagued by snow throughout.