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Subject: Re: Ivy League Improvement

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Date Posted: 11:19:48 10/03/18 Wed
In reply to: Ted 's message, "Ivy League Improvement" on 10:33:38 10/03/18 Wed

While I always appreciate LFN's hard work and reporting, it would have helped if he had spoken to someone in the Ivy League office for this story.

It's disingenuous of him to refer to Harvard has having 113 scholarship football players. It's a certainty that there are a lot of players on Ivy League teams who are receiving generous financial aid, but there are many of the 113 whose families are either paying the full cost of a Harvard education or who are paying a lot more money than they would have had to pay to attend Lehigh or Colgate on a football scholarship.

As for the redshirt rule, you can only petition to return for a fifth season if you miss school for a legitimate medical or personal reason. Every case is looked at by the Ivy League office and a ruling made about eligibility.

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Date Posted: 11:27:11 10/03/18 Wed

I've pointed out before how our increased financial aid policies over the last decade or two have turned our lack of scholarships from a disadvantage into an advantage.

We now can blow away FCS programs with their limit of 85 scholarships.

It's even more pronounced in other sports where the scholarship limits are lower. Think about lacrosse, where Duke, Syracuse, and Johns Hopkins have to allocate 14.5 scholarships in half- and quarter-scholarships across a roster which can have 50 players. Meanwhile, Ivy programs can have essentially all 50 guys on full "scholarship" depending upon each family's finances.

The advantage is less pronounced in sports where the scholarship is nearly the same as the roster size. But it's still a potential advantage. Division I basketball teams can offer 14 scholarships plus walk-on's who pay their own freight. Meanwhile, we can carry 19-21 guys on a full ride. Think about how much more margin for error that creates for our coaches.

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