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Subject: Eldo Bagnoli is Recruiting Against Surace and Murphy, But They Ain't Recruiting Against Him

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Date Posted: 16:40:22 11/15/21 Mon
In reply to: Ghost of 1961 's message, "Re: In other words..." on 12:25:51 11/15/21 Mon

I guess you guys don't believe in grading on a curve.

When Bagnoli arrived in Morningside Heights, the situation was, as hinted in the other thread by noted master of understatement Calvin, like Hiroshima in 1945.

C'mon, Columbia immediately post-Mangurian? Forget about leaving it bare, there was no cupboard.

Before you become champion, you must first become mediocre.

Ivy League football, especially in the middle and back of the pack, has never been better. HYP have never put more pressure on the rest of the conference with their generous financial aid packages. After Al Bagnoli visits a young man who can run a 4.4, Bob Surace and Tim Murphy walk into his living room to ask his parents and him, "How would you like to attend Princeton or Harvard for free?"

How would you like to be competing against that?

I would take Bagnoli at his current age straight up against every other Ivy League coach at their respective current ages, with the exception of Teevens and Surace.

Give the guy the benefit of context. Let's put it this way. Whatever Bagnoli does or does not win on Robert K. Kraft Field at Lawrence A. Wien Stadium in the City of New York in the way of championships over the next decade, that's the ceiling at Columbia, right now and probably forever. That's the ceiling at Columbia given the strength elsewhere up and down Ivy football, especially the realities of HYP financial aid policies.

Al Bagnoli is recruiting against Bob Surace and Tim Murphy. But guess what? Bob Surace and Tim Murphy are competing against middle of the pack and lower FBS programs. That's what Bags is up against. Plus, you know, that damned subway ride up to Baker Field.

The Little Sicilian is doing great.

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