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Leopard Loyalist

"Needed: Reappraisal of Athletic Program"

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?
LC Fan

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

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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