Alumni Wanderings (& A Coach We Agree With)


Mary Boggs went in search of the alumni news from the big college championships weekend and came up with some nuggets:

• Former Yale coach Dan Ireland made his Atlantic 10 Conference Championships debut outside of Charlotte, N.C., and his Explorer women won the A-10 title. In the process, Coach Ireland was named the league’s Coach of the Year.

• Princeton graduate Mark Amirault, now running for the Virginia Cavaliers, called his third-place finish at the ACCs his “best cross country race ever.” Amirault finished the 8k race in Clemson, S.C., in just 23:10.8. He also added, “The race went by really fast today and the guys were getting after it … As a team, we could have had a better day, but we’ll be ready for regionals.”

• Cornell graduate Adrien Dannemiller earned second-team All-Big 10 status by taking 14th at the conference championships in Champaign, Ill. His Indiana Hoosiers had their best Big 10 Champs showing in more than 25 years.

• And finally, off the cross country trails, Harvard graduate Sean Barrett placed eighth at the Marine Corps Marathon, finishing the trek in 2:32:10. Last year he finished third in 2:24:08. Click here for results from the Washington Post.

• And then there’s this — After winning the Pac-12 Conference Championships, Colorado Coach Mark Wetmore was asked to grade his team’s performance and he opted to take a dig at Harvard, of all places. “I would give it an A and an A and that’s as high as I get. This isn’t Harvard,” he said. We respectfully agree.

4 Responses to “Alumni Wanderings (& A Coach We Agree With)”

  1. anon says:

    That’s a bit tasteless don’t you think Brett?  If you’re going to represent the Ivy League, do it with class.

  2. Brett Hoover says:

    Yesterday I added the final item to this post as well as a link to a 2009 NPR story about the behavior of those associated with the athletic department at Colorado. What I was tried to convey was that the athletic department played a role in promoting bad behavior among its players and recruits, as evidenced by this ESPN story http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=1738547. 

    I was not trying to make light of any kind of assault or allegations. Upon reflection, I understand that I left that open for interpretation. I apologize for doing so. I am aware that sexual assaults happen, most unfortunately, at every campus. I believe that one of the responsibilities of every person working in an athletic department is to work with student-athletes in addressing expectations, including respect for others, particularly how young men view and treat women. That isn’t done enough.