Friday, June 05, 2009

One Stop Shopping

For your convenience, valued reader, the eight Ivy League football recruiting classes in one easy visit. As my English teachers used to say, "Compare and contrast:"
Speaking of recruiting, coaches are hard at work trying to shape the next recruiting class. Dartmouth has had a regular presence in Oklahoma the past few years and a note in the Tulsa World reminds us that's not changing. Wrote the paper: Jenks High safety Stephen Brown, "is being recruited in football by Harvard, Air Force, Navy, Brown, Princeton and Dartmouth. He also is being recruited by several major colleges in soccer."

There's quite a discussion going on over at the Any Given Saturday board regarding the Ivy League's non-conference schedule, and specifically the league's performance against teams from "automatic qualifier" conferences not named the Patriot League. Copied and pasted below is the research the original poster – a Central Connecticut State supporter – used to start the discussion. (Find the discussion here.)
-Cornell has played only 3 non-PL opponents. The Big Red lost to Towson (CAA) and beat 2 NEC teams (Albany and Wagner).

-Harvard has played only 4 non-PL opponents. The Crimson are 3-1 vs Notheastern, playing all 4 games in Cambridge.

-Princeton has played just 4 non-PL opponents. The Tigers lost both games vs AQ-conference teams (Hampton and The Citidel) and are 2-0 vs. San Diego of the non-scholly Pioneer League.

-Columbia has played just 4 non-PL opponents. The Lions lost to Towson (CAA) and beat 3 former MAAC teams (Iona, Marist, and Duquesne).

-Yale has played 7 non-PL opponents. The Bulldogs are 5-2 vs. non-scholly Pioneer schools (2-0 vs. Dayton; 2-2 vs. San Diego; 1-0 vs. Valpo).

-Dartmouth has played 9 non-PL opponents. The Big Green are 0-9 vs. in-state rival New Hampshire.

-Penn has played 10 games vs non-PL teams. The Quakers are 0-7 vs. cross-town rival 'Nova. They are 3-0 vs. non-scholly teams (Duquesne-MAAC and San Diego-PFL).

-Brown has played a whopping 15 games vs non-PL teams. The Bears are 4-6 vs. in-state rival URI and combined 5-0 vs. Albany, Duquesne, San Diego, and Stony Brook.
The kicker at the end of the post:
Consider this - In the past 10 YEARS, the 8 teams of the Ivy League have a TOTAL of 7 wins vs. AQ-conference teams not from the PL.

Harvard's 3 wins vs NU and Brown's 4 wins vs URI - that's it. Outside of some questionable PL wins, what can the Ivy League show for the past decade?
Green Alert Take: It's a little misleading to write, "Dartmouth has played 9 non-PL opponents." The Big Green has played one non-PL opponent nine times – and no one in the Ivy League, Patriot League or Central Connecticut's Northeast Conference would have much success against the Wildcats, certainly over the past five years.

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