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Date Posted: 12:10:19 08/04/17 Fri
Expanding on Unknown's comment, Calvin Hill has said that he found New Haven a very congenial place, coming from his background in Baltimore and New York. During the 60's, Yale was a real magnet for excellent African-American ballplayers--Princeton was anathema to them, Dartmouth was too rural, and Harvard had some strange problems with their complement of black ballplayers, several quit in the mid-60's, making political statements.
While it is true that from the mid-80's until the late 90's New Haven exhibited pretty extreme examples of urban decay, including crime, the city has been coming back, and it still has an atmosphere that appeals to its old line recruiting constituents, African Americans and blue collar rust belt types. Perhaps some of the recent problems in getting back into the forefront of Ivy contention relate to perceptions of recruits from the Sunbelt, where so much of today's high school football talent resides.
That being said, Yale has many advantages, and if the present coaching staff cannot present these properly and bring home an Ivy title soon, they soon will be looking for other employment.
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