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Subject: Re: Weather in Northeast

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Date Posted: 11:41:15 01/15/22 Sat
In reply to: ivy guy 's message, "Weather in Northeast" on 09:46:17 01/15/22 Sat

I remember in high school when I was visiting colleges. Some places, I just got a pleasant vibe. Other places, no.

As I've thought about the process over the years, I have to acknowledge that part of the equation was weather.

Sometimes you show up on a college campus and kids are out playing frisbee in the courtyards, somebody has a speaker sitting in his or her windowsill blasting out music, coeds are walking around in cutoffs and sports bras, everybody seems happy. Other places, people are scurrying about with their heads down.

It's on these intangible assessments that college decisions are made. I now realize that, as silly as it sounds, weather made a difference.

I don't think it should, by the way. I've always held in low esteem high school students who say they are choosing Duke or Emory because of the nice climate. You'll have the rest of your life to live where it's sunny. Don't forego the one chance you'll ever have to take advantage of going to the best college which will admit you.

I wonder how much harder it will be to convince a three-star recruit from Florida or Georgia to go Ivy when he shows up on one of our campuses and cannot imagine fighting through the frigid winters. It's ten degrees outside as I type this.

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Date Posted: 12:54:50 01/15/22 Sat

Good points. Same holds true with teams like Notre Dame, Michigan, Penns State and Wisconsin going up against the SEC powers in recruiting 4 and 5 stars. Think if you were an 18 year old kid visiting cold and gray South Bend in January compared to Florida, Bama, Georgia or Texas AM. Not to mention the female population at the SEC schools, the generally lower academic standards and the booster inducements.

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Date Posted: 19:42:08 01/15/22 Sat

Yes, but then the ND recruits see the Four Horsemen outlined against a blue-gray sky…

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