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Subject: Re: Evan Boudreau leaving Dartmouth

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Date Posted: 08:56:06 11/13/17 Mon
In reply to: YAGreen 's message, "Evan Boudreau leaving Dartmouth" on 15:49:28 11/10/17 Fri

I do empathize with the disappointment of losing a superstar player from one's Ivy team. That said, I disagree that Evan will be generally given the cold shoulder on campus.

One of the greatest joys of being an Ivy League student-athlete is the respect that fellow student athletes and the student body treat each other. It is a humbling experience to be surrounded by so many talented students in so many different areas. Likewise, it is not uncommon for athletes to quit their teams for a variety of reasons knowing it will have no bearing on their financial aid status. In every case, their fellow students and fellow student athletes treat them with respect. Everyone knows that we are all non-scholarship athletes who play for their teams for the love of the game. Every year, there are dozens of Ivy athletes who quit their teams to focus on their academics or to pursue another extracurricular interest. While Evan is an amazing athlete, his decision to leave his team is not that unusual (other than his All-Ivy status and decision to graduate early to transfer).

Those of us who over the years have conducted hundreds of admissions interviews with amazing students and have closely followed their progress during their college years have seen how it is common for many of them to make a significant pivot in their primary interests after they settle into to their Ivy campus. Evan's fellow Dartmouth students and teammates may tease him at times about his decision, but they will always treat him with the same respect as they do to the other athletes who elect to also leave their teams.

This is another reason why so many of the Ivy student athlete alums fondly look back on their experiences and prefer that the Ivy League keep its unique student athlete model from changing too much.

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Date Posted: 10:01:36 11/13/17 Mon

I respect his decision to leave, but not his timing on when he announced it. In the local paper, the father of his former roommate didn't know he left the team until he saw that he was missing during warmups! So it doesn't look like he let the team know of his intentions earlier, and I feel for those players on Dartmouth. They practice all off-season with him, and he drops the bomb on the season like this? Ivy league or no Ivy league, this was handled poorly. Also surprised with the head coach's remarks that he simply wished him luck and wasn't planning to coach anyone that's not interested in the process. Maybe the coach was the only one not surprised.

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