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Date Posted: 12:21:29 04/18/17 Tue
In reply to: PennLB 's message, "Re: Penn Spring Football Game" on 11:28:14 04/18/17 Tue

I totally agree with you, but the staff was divided and ineffective and there were powerful forces lobbying for a major shake up. But look more behind the scenes to understand where the real power lies. That is not to say that Priore didn't have ambitions and wasn't part of the overall dysfunction that ultimately evidenced itself on the field. Winning football requires all cylinders to be firing properly and Penn was in disarray. The talent was not 2-5 talent, yet that's where we ended up.

Over and over you see teams misfire both on the college level and the pro level when everyone isn't on the same page or have competing agendas. Penn ultimately took action to correct that problem. The result of those actions to date have been very positive and the impact of changes made hard to dismiss.

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Date Posted: 15:58:49 04/18/17 Tue

This is fascinating stuff. We fans who simply watch from the outside do not usually hear or see about the internal dynamics of a coaching staff. To learn of a coordinator and/or other coaches actively working to undermine their head coach -- especially one with the tenure and success of Bagnoli -- rises to the level of gripping drama.

Asia, I thought that the 28-0 score in the P-P game overstated Princeton's margin of superiority on the field. The Tigers blocked a punt on Penn's first series and scored on the play. The entire second half, Penn was "chasing:" throwing more than they should have, going for it on fourth down, etc. Despite the lopsided margin, I did not think Penn was manhandled.

That's not to say Princeton wasn't the best team in the Ivies last season. They were. Indeed, Penn was very lucky that Princeton was tripped up by Harvard mid-season. By the end of the year, the Tigers had continued to improve, while Harvard had merely tread water or worse. Had Princeton played Harvard later than game six, I think the Tigers would have been outright champs.

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Date Posted: 17:12:58 04/18/17 Tue

Farmington - I didn't say anyone was actively trying to undermine anybody else. I said the staff was dysfunctional. A lot goes into winning and there were components normally needed to win consistently that just weren't there in 2014.

As for the Princeton game last year, perhaps manhandled was an overstatement. It felt like the Tigers were in our huddle on all those missed 3rd and 4th down drive killers. So many passes got knocked down at the line of scrimmage by their DLs who sensed where Torgersen was going every time. They were very well prepared and anticipated plays based on our tendencies. I knew what was coming. Obviously they did as well. They played a great game against us, perhaps not as lopsided as the 28-0 score would indicate.

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