Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Are You Shocked?

Athlon has projected the 2017 FCS playoff field. Reading down the list and finding no Ivy League team I felt like Captain Renault, AKA Claude Rains:

(For the half dozen of you who don't know, the Ivy League allows every sport it conducts to compete for a national championship except football. Ask your school president for the explanation of how that is fair. If the explanation makes any sense, please send it along. Like Linus in the pumpkin patch, I'll be waiting. And waiting. And waiting.)
STATS has a story about ". . . (F)ive under-the-radar coaches who are doing as good a job as any other on the lower half of Division I college football."

From the story:
Ray Priore, Penn - Although it's difficult to succeed a coaching legend, Priore, who first became a Penn assistant in 1987, has done that admirably in his two seasons following Al Bagnoli's 23-season run with the Quakers. In fact, they struggled in Bagnoli's final two seasons, but Priore is the second coach in Ivy League history to win titles in each of his first two seasons. He has a 14-6 record.
Left out of the story? The name of the other coach to win Ivy League titles in each of his first two seasons. That would be Dartmouth's Jake Crouthamel.

Also left out of the story? Crouthamel actually won Ivy League titles in each of his first three seasons, 1971, '72 and '73.