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Subject: Re: Two Brown Ivy League Championships


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Grin and Bear it (Christina Paxson)
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Date Posted: 10:15:24 11/07/21 Sun
In reply to: ivy guy 's message, "Two Brown Ivy League Championships" on 09:54:55 11/07/21 Sun

As a Brown alum, and having suffered through nearly 20 years of athletic apathy, it is encouraging to know that with the right coach, and the proper support, Brown can achieve a high level of athletic success. President Paxson has spearheaded the movement to more respectability in intercollegiate sports, and I salute her. But Ms Paxson's presidency has gone far beyond her support of athletics, she has propelled Brown forward on many fronts. In every respect, she has been an outstanding university president and Brown is all the better for her efforts.

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ivy guy
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Date Posted: 12:22:04 11/07/21 Sun

Totally agree with Grin & Bear It
Support of University leadership is essential to athletic success.
Christine is not a charismatic speaker or personality, but she has surrounded herself with a strong leadership group for campus operations and academics, and elevated athletics to a cabinet-level position with the AD serving as a VP.

President Paxson is very visible on campus and athletic events, including the Ivy Championship clinching games for volleyball and women's soccer and football games.

I feel that the tide is turning toward a model than embraces and supports athletics as part of the campus experience at Brown.

The trajectory of men’s basketball is good. This year's squad will be very competitive in the league and should finish in the upper division.

Women’s basketball has a new coach, who an aggressive recruiter. Give them a few seasons to match the volleyball and soccer teams successes.

More to follow in future posts on the process of turning around the football program ...

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[> [> [> Subject: Re: Two Brown Ivy League Championships


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Moonbear
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Date Posted: 12:32:16 11/07/21 Sun

Ivy guy, you seem to be knowledgeable of some of the inner workings in the athletic department. Any idea if there’s hope for hockey (both men’s and women’s), which used to be marquee programs for Brown? It seems both programs have been neglected by several generations of administrators now, and it’s become hard to watch. I’d love for the hockey teams to even consistently be competitive within their respective conferences.

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ivy guy
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Date Posted: 12:57:23 11/07/21 Sun

honestly, my dialog with the athletic department is more limited since Grace Calhoun replaced Jack Hayes.
I do not have useful insight into the two hockey programs, other than the obvious dissatisfaction with the results on the ice. Stay tuned.

Jack Hayes started, and hopefully Grace will continue, the process of raising expectations and providing resources to each team. The HC's of these programs is the best place to start.

Jack made the tough calls on Phil Estes (football) and Sarah Behn (women's basketball).. Kia McNeill in soccer and Ahen Kim in volleyball were excellent hires. I am very confident that James Perry will achieve success with the football program, but it will take time.

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Moonbear
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Date Posted: 19:55:05 11/07/21 Sun

Thanks for the insight – it’s good to hear there is dissatisfaction with the product internally. I’m not in the business of calling for anyone’s job, but I can’t help but notice Brendan Whittier’s 3-year extension signed in 2019 is set to expire at the end of this season, and there’s a new AD in town. So I suppose that situation warrants keeping a close eye.

If nothing else, I’m pleased to see that Meehan received upgrades this past year. Recruiting at an old barn is very tough, especially given how empty it is all the time.

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[> [> Subject: Cornell needs a President Paxson


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Red Ivy
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Date Posted: 20:13:58 11/07/21 Sun

Cornell President Martha Pollack is certainly no Christine Paxon of Brown Martha Pollack does not attend athletic events and if she does only stays less than a quarter of a football game or basketball game. Very rarely is she seen on campus interacting with students. She has no interest in elevating Cornell sports especially football. She has undermined the Cornell Football Association, disciplined football players quite severely for minor infractions and basically has cast a cloud over the entire athletic department. Quite simply Cornell athletics and Cornell Football in particular will not flourish until she leaves. She offers no support, not even lip service. She operates in a vacuum and could care less whether Cornell competes in athletics. She has created an adversarial environment at Cornell.

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