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Date Posted: 18:05:58 12/15/17 Fri
Let’s be clear, I want the Ivy League to put the best product it can on the field, for both the athletes and fans. I just don’t think we are close to that level yet.
Upgrades to facilities may have been made, but are still not on par with most D1 programs. Which stadiums, locker rooms, weight rooms and practice faciities in the Ivy do you think are comparable to the top 50% of D1 football programs? Harvard may get there with renovations, Princeton, Penn? Please don’t put Yale in that category....seat comfort, bathrooms, concessions, scoreboard and appropriateness of size put the stadium in the are all bottom 25%. Other aspects bring that ranking down further. People on this board know more about the facilities at other Ivy schools,I’ve only seen about 1/2. I have really only seen the stadiums for the others, but I have seen the full compliment of facilities at more than 30. Good facilities help attract recruits.
Same holds true about quality of play. Being the best team in a subpar league still means you are subpar. Only really way to know how good you are is to play the top teams and I don’t think the Patriot and Ivy League teams qualify as being the best in the FCS. Maybe you disagree. Again, the only way to really know is to play them. We won’t be in the playoffs, so the only alternative I could come up with was OOC games against top teams. Forget about Army and Georgia, How would HYPPD do against James Madison, Youngstown State, N Dakota State? That would give us a true benchmark. We can’t just compare ourselves against non-scholarship schools, there are not enough of them left and recruits weigh all options/factors.
Let’s focus on how to get attendance and fan interest up or we will be playing in front of 5,000, (less than many high schools) and recruiting/football product will suffer. I stand corrected that D3 is a possibible outcome. However I would argue being irrelevant in DI is an even worse fate.
I am not looking for FBS football here, but to attract talent and have competitive play( relative to an external benchmark) we need to recruit the 3* and 2* players. Not a handful on each team, the whole team. Maybe a league commissioner focus on marketing is not the right answer, but at least it’s a suggestion. Let’s come up with better ones and get moving.
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