My rants and insight into Colgate athletics and Patriot League sports

Friday, October 14, 2005

That Wacky Ivory Tower

Sometimes, out of nowhere, a faculty member will show you just how out of touch with reality they are. Now, this faculty member isn't from Colgate (although I know we've got our share) but rather Rutgers. Seems this faculty member heads a group of interested Rutgers folk that want to get Rutgers out of the Big East and in to... hold your breath... The Patriot League!

(I'll give you a moment to compose yourself from laughing so hard.)

Man, that was a hoot, wasn't it? The good thing about this article is that it basically says what we all know: It would have to be a cold day in hell that the Patriot League takes in a public school of 26,000, much less a really cold day in hell when a BCS conference team leaves I-A for I-AA. Bottom line? We wouldn't want them and they wouldn't want us.

But this English professor William Dowling see our conference as the magic pill to ease the vile and dirty world of big time athletics. It's some nice press for our league and I know we've got a good thing going on here, but man, this guy is just clueless. He wants to turn Rutgers back to the way it was in 1961. This quote just might take the cake:

Dowling pointed to the Scarlet Knights' 1961 football season, arguably its most successful, as an example of what he believes should be the model for Rutgers. RU went undefeated, was nationally ranked and had consensus All-American Alex Kroll while facing mostly current Ivy League and Patriot League schools.

As Dowling continues to regroup his efforts and form a new Rutgers 1000, many of the former members continue to believe RU should forsake the lure of television contracts and national exposure and return to the model that worked so well for the university in 1961.
Clueless, absolutely clueless. College athletics of 1961 is nothing like college athletics of 2005. It's time for this man to retire.


  • Dowling and the RU1000 folks live in 1961, where all the players wear short cropped hair letter jackets and the most visible symbol of "dear old Rutgers" was a nearsighted cartoon character on Saturday morning.

    Rutgers is a comprehensive university of 35,000 students, not "Lafayette on the Raritan." Syracuse would be a better fit for the Patriot than the State University of New Jersey.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:37 PM  

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