mj3528 wrote: Rodney Farva wrote: Gregs Kite wrote:
Rodney Farva wrote:your tigers took the johnnys to OT, sorry they couldn't close the deal.
we had penn at home on Friday night. woke up early my Saturday morning to check the score, down 35-0 before the half with 4 TD throws for the penn QB. end up losing 42-7. can't wait for the weekly email from our coach, where i'll learn all about how we tied the second half. almost 9K showed up this time.
our guy better shitcan his defensive staff once the season ends or else he needs to be shown the door.
You think Tom Herman can turn this thing around?
we need better.
don't know if it's true or not, but the word is that when we were last hiring a coach it was going to be don brown. he was our D coordinator when i was there, had a run of some head jobs (kite state, northeastern, umass), then several stops as a D coordinator (maryland, uconn, bc). he said the money wasn't enough, the football booster group said they would make up the difference, done deal. the then-president of yale said no, no "special" deals, brown walked, and we got this guy, who had never been a coordinator anywhere. the whole thing made no sense because when i was there it was well known that the football boosters matched carm cozza's annual salary in order to save the school from having to pay the whole thing.
i'm glad we didn't hire brown because he was a colossal asshole and still is. even if he just moved to michigan this year and has them the number one defense in the country. yeah, i'm really glad. so, so glad.
Serious question, and I am not trying to be snarky. You seem to have more than a modicum of interest, but do people really care about Yale athletics and specifically the football program?
not as much as at big-time Div I schools by any means. like a lot of I-AA schools it's important only to those connected to the school. overall more so than a lot of the ivys but not more than a few like harvard and princeton. the students are usually front-runners, if a team does well (hockey and basketball recently) they'll support it. the connecticut people will know this better than i on a long-term basis, but football there used to reliably draw 20-25,000 and come close to selling out (then around 70,000) when we hosted harvard. we had a long stretch where we led I-AA in attendance every year.
the football program was a big deal in the state for a long time, probably through mid-80s, and i remember classmates who grew up in connecticut talking about coach cozza like he was some kind of an icon. they hosted navy in 1981 in an abc regional game. navy had almost upset michigan in the big house the week before, and had a pretty strong team which played a tough schedule
. yale made a monster comeback in an exciting game to get the upset. super corny, but i watched that game (i was in 10th grade) and it made me think it would be a fun place to go. through the 70s they ran through the ivies with no problem, then hit a dip in the mid 80s when the school put less money in and de-emphasized athletics for a while. carm and his staff stuck around too long (he and his offensive coordinator and RB coach were coaching there when i was born) and it took us a while to catch up while the rest of the league zoomed past us.
the alums are usually very loyal and donate heavily to all the sports programs, particularly former athletes, and there has been a lot of upgrading of facilities and new ones built over the past 10-15 years, all funded by alumni donations. now hockey has become the big draw, and the annual games with quinnipiac (in the next town over, both teams have been national powers recently) are hyuge. there are a total of 33 varsity sports, so a surprising large part of the student body is comprised of varsity athletes.
i think the others in ct can confirm, though, that the football program no longer has much of a profile at all, with uconn trying to go big time and college football fans who have no real ties to the team/school able to stay home and watch almost any team they want. i dunno, maybe if we could beat harvard and contend more regularly for the league we might get a little more attention, but for now it's snoozeville.
You coin contrarian bro and say shit nonsense like this.