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Subject: Cornell Football versus Wrestling, Lacrosse and Hockey

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Date Posted: 14:28:59 01/10/22 Mon
In reply to: jerrylh 's message, "Re: Cornell graduate transfer narrows his choices" on 12:52:22 01/10/22 Mon

I agree with JerryLH that, at Cornell, football is not comparable to wrestling, lacrosse or hockey. Cornell has made a long-term, sport-specific commitment to those latter three sports and most recruits are aware of it.

In wrestling, Cornell has its special relationship with the local community college which serves as a de facto prep school or red shirt way station for 18-year-old high school graduates to season and develop for a year.

In lacrosse, Cornell is sitting on top of one of the real recruiting hot beds in America. It's as if Cornell football were located in Texas while the rest of the Ivy League was in Nebraska. Cornell has a structural advantage in lacrosse.

In hockey, ditto. Cornell has a connection to Canadian feeder schools stronger than that at other Ivies.

Lastly, in all three sports, Cornell has a long-term, demonstrated commitment to each sport, which is known to high school recruits. That creates what accountants call "goodwill" and marketers call "brand equity."

None of that applies to Cornell football.

Building goodwill or brand equity is difficult. To do it in a short period of time, the institution needs to do something new and different, splashy and attention-getting. I am talking about hiring Tommy Amaker, spending millions on him and reallocating low academic band recruits from other sports. Or hiring Al Bagnoli and publicly signaling a sea change in attitude toward football. In either case, somebody will probably be opening his wallet in a way which was not done before.

Just swapping out Archer by itself does not reposition Cornell relative to the recruiting machines built by Surace, Murphy and Reno. And of course, those three guys have an edge in financial aid as well. I don't think it's huge, but I know they are playing from a position of strength, not weakness.

I'm not saying Cornell shouldn't aim high. That's Cornell's prerogative, just as it was Columbia's. But to think that firing Archer accomplishes much is a big oversimplification.

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Date Posted: 14:31:07 01/10/22 Mon

If you don't think facilities are a problem than ask why so many recruits went to another Ivy? I agree coaching has been a major issue, but Cornell has been through five head coaches since Jim Hofher (our last winning coach) left for greener pastures in 1998. Changes definitely need to be made with the coaching staff. It's very frustrating so many of our alumni have donated to Cornell football and the university could care less. Now the university is talking about breaking up graduation because Schoellkopf is no longer a suitable facility. Martha Pollack could care less about the Ivy League. She's more interested in her political agenda than serving as our president.

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Date Posted: 14:53:48 01/10/22 Mon

For the love of God, the term is "could not care less." It's self-evident and self-explanatory.

We're all Ivy League graduates. Talk like it.

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Date Posted: 15:13:28 01/10/22 Mon

Asking for a friend: should dance and prance be capitalized?

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Date Posted: 16:32:19 01/10/22 Mon

you forgot ™

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Date Posted: 21:31:26 01/10/22 Mon

OK Mr. English major.........but many of us posters are busy working, traveling through airports (yeah I spend a lot of time in them) and I usually post on my phone. I apologize for not being a "Trust Baby". However, despite my busy work schedule I still try to make it to many Ivy games when time permits.

Speaking of airports I recently sat next to another Cornell graduate, class of 2007. She was a former Big Red athlete (crew), lives in NYC, and has not been back to Ithaca since she graduated. Just confirms the Cornell admin does not care.

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