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Columbia 37P6 
PhD Student
Posts: 1612

Reg: 02-14-06
08-09-18 02:47 PM - Post#260136    
    In response to Clyde

With all due respect, Clyde, how can you not criticize the current coaching staff for the attrition in the front court--five of our eight front court players have departed in the last year. And, the current coaching staff only recruited one front court player who is eligible next year. Also, your suggestion that Kyle Smith caused this problem makes little sense. Indeed, Eberle's recruitment did not work out, but Kyle did leave Engles two studs in Meisner and Tape, whereas Engles has only recruited two eligible frontcourt players (Brumant and Nweke) in two years who are still with the team. Finally, you might wish to reconsider your suggestion that anyone who is critical of the coaching staff does not support the program. Surely, you are aware of this team's disappointing record the past two years, and that the preseason projections are likely to have us finish in the Ivy League cellar. In my opinion, the amount of criticism of the coaching staff has been mild under the circumstances. Unless things improve, there is bound to be much more criticism.

 
Columbia 37P6 
PhD Student
Posts: 1612

Reg: 02-14-06
08-09-18 10:02 PM - Post#260144    
    In response to Columbia 37P6

Men's Basketball worries aside, the Barstool Columbia website is reporting the 2019 commitments to Columbia of a three-star football quarterback from California and a very highly rated catcher for our perennial championship baseball team. Also, Women 's Basketball Coach Megan Griffith has recruited a star-studded group of incoming Lions including a very talented point guard from Chet Forte's home state of New Jersey. Men's and women's soccer and women's softball are all expected to contend for the Ivy League Championship this year. Not to mention our outstanding men's tennis team and lightweight crew. In fact, we are seeing dramatic improvement with regards to all Columbia's athletic teams with only one exception. That of course is men's basketball. Why is that?

 
Chet Forte 
Postdoc
Posts: 2115

Reg: 03-02-08
08-10-18 04:32 AM - Post#260146    
    In response to Columbia 37P6

CADEN BELL is the three star QB from a California FB powerhouse who just committed. The Bagnoli recruiting magic is still strong. Eleven committed FB players and it isn’t even the end of August. The baseball team also nabbed a catcher whose name is now public but I don’t have it handy. So where are the early MBB recruits?


 
AntiUngvar 
Junior
Posts: 242

Age: 64
Loc: New York City
Reg: 07-23-18
08-10-18 10:19 AM - Post#260153    
    In response to Columbia 37P6

Don't know where the literary Chet is from; but THE Chet Forte, in fact, came out of Hackensack High. We also had Steve Pellino, a pretty good player from Ridgefield, New Jersey in the 70s.


 
AntiUngvar 
Junior
Posts: 242

Age: 64
Loc: New York City
Reg: 07-23-18
08-11-18 06:57 PM - Post#260192    
    In response to Chet Forte

Chet: You're right at the heart of the matter with respect to the men's basketball program. Whether or not the current coaching staff has had something or nothing to do with 5 non-graduating players having recently left the program, their ability to recruit has been and will continue to be sorely impacted by this attrition rate.


 
AntiUngvar 
Junior
Posts: 242

Age: 64
Loc: New York City
Reg: 07-23-18
08-23-18 11:09 AM - Post#260636    
    In response to Chet Forte

Chet:
Combo football/baskets may have ended at CU with the Head Hog, but, as you probably know, there been a few combo athletes in other sports since George:
Most notably, Mike Wilhite '78; an Isaac Cohen type player for Tommy Penders in the mid 1970s and a starting centerfielder/baseball player on a team that competed well in the NCAA Baseball Tournament of 1976. Also John Baumann from Connecticut was an All-Ivy selection in BOTH baseball and basketball, just ten. years ago.
And just before the turn of the 20th century, legend had it that the great Ungvar, himself, flirted with two sports stardom- his sports of choice being Chinese Checkers and competitive Goulash Eating; supposedly, he went so far as petitioning the University and then President Nicholas Murray Butler to have both such perversions declared fully sanctioned and funded University sports.
Unfortunately for the BlueBooster, Butler had his own political ambitions to focus on at the time; not to mention getting the spelling of those Greek names right, as they'd appear atop the proposed library; not to mention, that on. a national level, Butler was a staunch Republican, and as such demonstrated little patience with Hungarian Jews or even a hint of interest in their food intake.
Although his NCAA athletic career came to a premature halt, Ungvar's never been one to be so quickly deterred; and just before the application of legal remedies, he was able to reach an out of court settlement with the University, allowing him to sit on the home team bench during men's basketball games into perpetuity- now that's become a perk Ungvar's taken full advantage of to this day, offering him a quiet place to drown his sorrows & catch some ZZZs without disturbing anyone!


 
Mike Valmas 
Freshman
Posts: 26

Age: 88
Reg: 07-30-18
08-23-18 11:33 AM - Post#260638    
    In response to AntiUngvar

Put down the crack pipe.

 
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