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Date Posted: 11:08:36 12/31/17 Sun
Happy New Year to all posters on this board, the discussion of our beloved League's proper place in the college football universe illustrates why we all find participation in these discussions stimulating and enlightening.
In my humble opinion, I think one unifying thread can be distilled out of all the above comments, and that is that the student athletes who play for our alma maters deserve better than the present circumstances of low attendance at games and little or no way to prove their status in the universe referred to above.
Robin Harris is a quantum improvement over Jeff Orleans as our conference leader--the latter played the role of undertaker, not commissioner. She is a skilled lawyer, used to navigating the corridors of the NCAA offices in Indianapolis, so she can be a useful ally in representing our interests at that organization.
Long term, I think post season play is still DOA with Ivy presidents, so the emphasis should be on gaining an 11th game, and assuring the flexibility that would allow the scheduling of a game each year with selected academic peers in different parts of the country. Presently, we have the jarring disconnect of eight institutions proudly proclaiming national and even international preeminence, and yet passing up a clear opportunity to connect with our increasingly geographically dispersed alumni by matches with those peer institutions in Durham, Houston, Evanstown, etc. The West Coast is not a fertile ground for such matchups, but this could be handled by scheduling mutually beneficial contests with the Service Academies at a neutral site in San Francisco or LA.
Some may think the above thoughts are idle dreams, but I feel that facts on the ground support me. HYPP, and probably Dartmouth and Columbia have the resources in place to achieve what is described above, as each (with the exception of D) has a huge endowment, and football backers with immense resources and open check books. From what I can see, Brown is in the process of mobilizing along the lines of its rivals, and Cornell has the resources, it simply needs to find the will.
When one sees the ferment throughout college football, I foresee a future in which the Ivies can resume the role they played in the first twenty five years of the League's existence, as Mid Majors playing a competitive brand of football that demonstrates, by producing future leaders, the way the sport ought to be played.
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