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Subject: Re: The Source of The Problem is Finite Undergraduate Student Body Sizes

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Date Posted: 14:26:07 12/08/21 Wed
In reply to: An Observer 's message, "The Source of The Problem is Finite Undergraduate Student Body Sizes" on 14:07:14 12/08/21 Wed

On the contrary. Princeton has bloated the size of its undergraduate body and continues to do so. Before the advent of women, an overdue change, there were 3200 undergrads. That has steadily increased. Penn at one time within recent memory was at 7,800. isn't it around 10,000 undergrads now? And as I said, we used to have many more recruited football players within our lifetimes. There is no need for further cuts.

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Joe Friday
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Date Posted: 15:57:29 12/08/21 Wed

I just came off a zoom call with the TV detectives listed above, and I was able to get the following feedback from them prior to their naps which will be followed by their group attendance at the early bird special where they will all wear trench coats and pinky rings while loudly cursing and attempting to solve before anyone else the mystery of the the height and weight of the person who made the gravy for the grilled chicken to be served at exactly 5 PM:

Covid: some IL coaches will say out loud privately that 120 at this level was already borderline unmanageable/hard to keep newer players motivated, especially with JV play having gone away. Add the intermediate term roster bloat caused by Covid and you won’t/don’t see coaches howling in protest over modest roster reduction, which the TV sleuths say will, in fact, be permanent.
The bigger management problem there is with the transfer portal and the inability to be 100% confident of what your future actual need is, because you don’t really know with certainty who is coming back, what class are are they in, do they contribute, what kind of depth in that position group do you have if they don’t come back, etc…all of which is a good reason to NOT have roster reduction in order to allow programs some degree of flexibility/ability to pivot quickly. The recruiting boards will begin(?) to resemble pro draft boards to include the variables of “free agency” (the portal).

IL Presidents inexplicably caving to “pressure” from their respective faculties, separate and apart from their own closeted anti-athlete bias. You don’t need me to paint that picture, but I do wonder exactly what that “pressure” really amounts to other than the incessant whining like the army of snowflakes that they are. If some football and or basketball players are supposedly not up to the task academically (as per the nuances of the respective schools’ AI), then let them flunk out and those programs will think twice about throwing the dice on that kid in the lowest band. In the interim those outraged academics can always turn in their resignations and give it a shot in the real world….yeah, I didn’t think so…

The group had no strong feelings about the other sports mentioned, let alone whether they had any role in reducing the football numbers, which is highly doubtful. None of them make real money - if any - but their consensus was to live and let live. Expand away, but don’t weaken other programs to do so.

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Date Posted: 17:47:11 12/08/21 Wed

Joe: Retire that crew to the Home for Retired Detectives. Call in Sipowicz, Renko, Inspector Morse, and Poirot on the case. The coaches could not have initiated this, and besides, far easier just to take a few less yourself if you think there are too many footballers are on your own roster. Plus, some of these coaches seemed to have taken pretty close to the average of 30, covid or not.

I don't think it was Robin Harris, she is more implementer than initiator (unless directed by the Presidents to cook something up). There are faculty hostile to athletics, but also some who are favorable. Stay on the case. I don't think we have solved it. The game's afoot. Acob, where are you, old salt?

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Joe Friday
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Date Posted: 19:09:40 12/08/21 Wed

Coaches would not unilaterally disarm, and while no one has suggested that the coaches themselves initiated any of it, my sense is that they would privately acknowledge that it’s not a mountain to die on either if it were to be imposed on them, which seems to be the case….I like the variety of characters you’ve listed there, though I’d never list Sipowicz with Morse or Poirot, but it is still a free country for now. I will stick with the grittier characters from the 70s, though I may bring in Magnum so they can tease him about his hair and mustache - not sure.

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