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Subject: Re: Columbia and Chicago Threads: Unraveling of HYP Hegemony


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Date Posted: 17:48:57 07/23/17 Sun
In reply to: Anthony 's message, "Columbia and Chicago Threads: Unraveling of HYP Hegemony" on 14:55:01 07/12/17 Wed

Excellent post and agree with vast majority of it. Have gone through recruiting experience recently w/two kids having mixed FBS and FCS (Ivy/Patriot) offers and can't AGREE MORE with the message of "don't pick a school because of minor football/sports program differences". More importantly, for kids with academic choices, DON'T PICK A SCHOOL FOR ANY FOOTBALL REASON! In a very short time, we've seen multiple kids in son's class leave programs (and schools) because football played too big a role in selection, and each case has been somewhat ugly for the entire family. Truth is, coaches are fickle, favorites constantly change, playtime depends on a lot of factors and injuries can change EVERYTHING in an instant. Parents and prospects should also know that the Ivy rosters are WAY too big (larger than FBS and most FCS schools), w/most kids never getting a valid shot to play just because of the numbers.
On another issue, must say that at this point, Stanford really is way ahead of Ivies right w/respect to a high value quality education especially for student/athletes. It's a shame, but the Ivies are too caught up various with "soft" issues like social justice and other arrogant attitudes that lead to a subtle but ever-present hostility toward athletes. As would be expected, these issues are ignored by admin, and generally "hidden" so prospective student/athletes and parents MUST ask candid and hard questions on visits. But having said this, the Ivies can still offer amazing experiences to the more "self-directed" students. Related, Stanford looks to be peaking, with many of the same issues creeping in along with stress from the excessive competition that comes with being the current "IT school". Must say, it's always shocking to see 4/5star athletes w/4+ GPAs leave Stanford because they can't get a shot.

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Date Posted: 23:31:56 07/24/17 Mon

Very insightful post. Thank you.

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