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Posted: Sun Mar 19, 2017 1:14 pm

Leopard LoyalistView user's profile

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That's the headline in the June 5, 1964 issue of The Lafayette. The column  begins:

"Tomorrow's baseball game at Fisher Field will mark the culmination of an obviously unsuccessful athletic year at Lafayette. In only one sport, tennis, did a Leopard team challenge for league supremacy, and in only three others did Lafayette representatives even achieve mediocrity."

It concludes by saying, " Clearly if the sports program at Lafayette is to achieve its objectives, and these are not necessarily having a winning season in every sport but at least a competitive one, a drastic reappraisal of the program must be undertaken. Either the administration must give something more than lip service to the importance of sports on a campus such as ours or the athletic department must face the situation and base its scheduling on the present Lafayette athletic situation and not that of a decade ago."

Every few years there is a random bright spot in one program or another, but more than a half century of mediocrity or worse across the board makes one weary (especially at my age). Will the consultants' report be the reappraisal we've been waiting for since 1964?

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Posted: Sun Mar 19, 2017 5:45 pm

LC FanView user's profile

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Don't count on it. No one needs a study to know what has to be done!

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Posted: Mon Mar 27, 2017 4:49 pm

bethlehempardView user's profile

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The sad truth is, a lot of sports should be cut. Lafayette is not attracting D1 athletes in most sports regardless of funding. This is the scholarship era but a lot of people including some coaches don't understand that.
It's time to be ruthless.
It's just too damn boring to see the relentless futility.

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