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Subject: Coaching makes the biggest difference

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Date Posted: 17:55:18 08/28/17 Mon
In reply to: Observer 's message, "Ivy Leaguers currently on NFL rosters - per BGA" on 11:15:52 08/25/17 Fri

While it is very helpful to have university administration and athletic director support, I have found that the quality of the coach seems to make the biggest difference over time in the Ivy League. The very best coaches can produce outstanding results and in turn attract superior recruits. They do not need to overly bend the rules to get great results.

The four best football coaches since formation of the Ivy League are Murphy, Bagnoli, Cozza and Blackman. Three of them achieved their outstanding results after taking over a program in serious decline. Only Carm Cozza taking over a program in relatively good shape under the prior two Yale coaches (Jordan Olivar and John Pont). Yet, Coach Cozza clearly took Yale to another level. Murphy was been a huge improvement over Joe Restic, who struggled toward the end of his coaching career with a 4-16 record in his last two years. Al Bagnoli took over from Gary Steele who had a record of 9-21 with only 2-8 in his last year. Blackman took over for DeOrmond McLaughry who had a 7-20 record in his last three years. It will be interesting to see of Al Bagnoli can work in his magic at Columbia, which was an extremely tough task.

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Date Posted: 18:00:44 08/28/17 Mon

Patently false.

College football has always been about Jimmies and Joes more than Xs and Os. In the Ivies, a good coach that knows how to work the admit/finaid/administrative/campus politics/ai system helps - but game planning and play calling is secondary to talent put on the field.

There are few reasons to believe that Tim Murphy's w-l record would be the same with Joe Restic's talent relative to the league.

To borrow a phrase, there are very few coaches that can beat your'n with his'n - and then turn around and beat his'n with your'n. Bill Belichicks aren't a dime a dozen.

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