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Counting How Bad It Is

I'm working on the year-end table of the win loss records to figure prominently on our little site and it may find it's way onto Twitter with the #rollpards hashtag but I'm hoping my less PO'd side will win out. Right now Bruce and the staff may want to find me and block me - because if I start the blasting it won't be pretty.

But that's a secondary issue. The question du jour is how bad did we actually suck this year?

- 32% overall win percentage.

- 21% league win percentage.

- ONE team with an overall winning record and that was only by a hair as Women's Soccer went 8-7-1.

- NO team with a winning record in league play.  At 3-4, field hockey came the closest, followed by the 7-13 performance in baseball. They are the "elite" right now.

- Combined league record of Football, Volleyball, Men's basketball, Women's basketball, softball, men's lacrosse and women's tennis: 13-75.

- Men's cross country and men's swimming finished 8th out of 10 at the league championships. Their female counterparts in those sports finished 9th.

Maybe this was the absolute perfect storm of injuries, rebuilding, and just bad luck. I'm willing to entertain that. I can virtually guarantee it won't be this dismal next year. But what's the standard? What's teh goal? I'm making this up - but wouldn't a 40% league win% and two championships be the standard we judge ourselves by?

Just so frustrated.
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Lafalum

One thing the athletic program will expose for anyone to see is the management style of Lafayette's leadership. They may leave the department to continue to struggle and reveal that dealing with underperformance is just not in their DNA. The academe is used to tenure and papering over bad teaching. I have a very good friend who is a tenured professor at an Ivy League school who candidly said, "Higher education is all about feeding professorial need to pursue their discipline, students are the means to get there and sometimes they inconveniently get in the way."
So are they protecting their own or will they service the student who puts in hours and is not getting a fair chance. Nothing is learned from losing all the time. In the end, how long will alumni support that management style??
BPard

President Byerly is wrapping her third year. This is about the time that we should be able to see the results of her leadership and the changes she is putting into place.

Overall for the College, I think she has done very well and provided leadership of the entire College, including the fickle faculty, on core institutional issues that we have mightily struggled with (see social life, residential college, and size of the college).

Unfortunately, athletics have not benefited or turned around on the field. Although she has been not just present, but more visible and tacitly supportive of athletics than her predecessors (admittedly, a low bar to clear), its not clear how much she has attempted to influence the course of the athletics department.

Hopefully with her major initiatives underway with the backing of the Trustees and the faculty, she can and will spend the attention needed on varsity athletics.
Lafalum

I think she has benefited from 150 and PL championship and NCAA appearance.Time to invest and give back to that which has helped her. I do not think it's ALL about the money to be successful
bison137

LC finished 5th (out of eight) in the PL golf tournament over the weekend - but beat Lehigh by 10 strokes.
pardfan

It would have been so simple.  Get rid of Bruce and you buy tons of time to fix things. Morale goes sky high. The forum's off your back.  Donations aren't trimmed.

As long as the money rolls in, why change anything?  Yes, it IS about the money.
Lafalum

pardfan wrote:
It would have been so simple.  Get rid of Bruce and you buy tons of time to fix things. Morale goes sky high. The forum's off your back.  Donations aren't trimmed.

As long as the money rolls in, why change anything?  Yes, it IS about the money.


I agree. But perhaps I wasn't clear. Some have postulated that we don't have enough money to be successful. I do not think that is true. Sadly, I hope you are wrong by stating as long as the money keeps coming in everything is OK. I would like to think doing right by the student athletes and giving alums is first.
pardfan

The "money rolling in" is part of their thought process, I think.  It's not mine.  If it's "broke", you fix it.  This thing is "broke."
Lafalum

pardfan wrote:
It would have been so simple.  Get rid of Bruce and you buy tons of time to fix things. Morale goes sky high. The forum's off your back.  Donations aren't trimmed.



That's assuming they don't appointed a current insider to the job.... so the beat will go on!! And they will have no leverage. My bet is on the insider, what do you think??1
pardfan

Lafalum wrote:
pardfan wrote:
It would have been so simple.  Get rid of Bruce and you buy tons of time to fix things. Morale goes sky high. The forum's off your back.  Donations aren't trimmed.



That's assuming they don't appointed a current insider to the job.... so the beat will go on!! And they will have no leverage. My bet is on the insider, what do you think??1


I think Lafayette himself would be totally embarrassed by our institutional lack of boldness.
Lafayette could have handled himself quite well around the old water-cooler, I think; yet, he desperately wanted to win and do well.  What happened to that spirit as it pertains to this College?

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