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Subject: Re: Should Ivy Basketball be Ivy Hockey/Lacrosse/Soccer or Ivy Football? Tough Row To Hoe


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Date Posted: 15:53:35 03/13/17 Mon
In reply to: Diogenes 's message, "Re: Should Ivy Basketball be Ivy Hockey/Lacrosse/Soccer or Ivy Football?" on 13:22:00 03/13/17 Mon

The reason that the Ivies can compete on a national level in lacrosse especially, hockey to an extent, and somewhat less in soccer is that the best players in those sports are closer to the natural demographic of the Ivy student body.

I'm not just talking race, although obviously that is the elephant in the room which everybody wants to avoid. It's also the urban/suburban divide and what middle-class and upper income largely white families have their kids do relentlessly in middle school and high school.

Competing with the big boys in football or basketball requires a completely different institutional commitment to recruiting a large (football) or small (basketball) number of kids who otherwise would be less inclined to wind up on an Ivy campus.

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