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Subject: Re: Yale Football 79-81

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Date Posted: 22:00:41 08/03/17 Thu
In reply to: Son of Eli 's message, "Yale Football 79-81" on 20:08:14 08/03/17 Thu

That was a fun time. I saw every game home and away.

'67-'69 were pretty good years, too.

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Handsome Dan (Handsome Dan)
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Date Posted: 23:37:34 08/03/17 Thu

Yale has had a great tradition. What has happened? Do we recruit good players and fail to develop them? Do the players lose interest once they are in the current Yale system?

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Son of Eli
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Date Posted: 06:41:54 08/04/17 Fri

Cubs and Red Sox fans asked the same type of questions for a century. Answers are not easy to find, but I'll take a shot. The initiation of the academic index and the IAA downgrade coincided with Yale's decline, so that's certainly a big part of it. However, the biggest culprit is a lack of institutional support, starting with Giammatti's anti sports speech in 1981 and continued in spirit by Levin. Most recently this lack of institutional support is evidenced by the understaffed athletics trainers/physical therapists resources available to support Yale Football. It's encouraging that steps have finally been taken to remedy this. Time will tell if it's enough.

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Date Posted: 07:09:56 08/04/17 Fri

... which you certainly didn't (!), the reason for the decline in Yale football during this period has more to do with the steady decline in the attractiveness of New Haven as a place to spend four years. Cambridge has retained its appeal, Philadelphia, New York City, Princeton and other locales (with the possible exception of Ithaca) have experienced an enhanced quality of life, while New Haven has slid backward. This issue can, and should be addressed by the Yale leadership. There have been efforts made, but they have been inadequate..

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