03-08-12 12:46 PM - Post#124993 In response to Chet Forte
I would say with Agho and Frankowski, Columbia might have been 10-4 or 11-3, and also that the exhuberance may not be entirely justified. Tom Penders, in an autobiography, said that his judgment of Columbia was that the best it could hope for was consistent second and third place finishes. He left when he got to that level and thought he could go no further. That was quite a while ago, but I'm not convinced the same isn't true now. At least until Amaker leaves and we see who his successor will be, Harvard is a recruiting juggernaut that has outstripped the rest of the Ivies and is getting nationally ranked classes. Lin's NBA success will increase the H advantage (and admittedly might bring others in the league a few ballplayers who otherwise would not consider Ivy). I hope Smith can build CU to the Harvard level, but it will take a while while the bar may keep rising. It would require some strong winning seasons, improving the schedule, better press coverage and maybe a couple of games a year at the Garden or the Barclay's Center. It was hard enough trying to claw up to top with the P's to overcome, but Harvard's rise has made it substantially more difficult.