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Ivy League Coaches, Players Express Excitement For 2021 Season

The Ivy League will announce plans for the fall sports season on Wednesday, July 8. (PHOTO COURTESY: IvyLeague.com)

By Matt Noonan

After having their season canceled due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic last summer, all eight Ivy League coaches, along with a few players shared their excitement for returning to the field this fall during this morning’s virtual media day.

“I think the 2021 Ivy League football season has the chance to be its best ever because of the collective effort of all these teams and all these amazing student-athletes,” said Cornell University coach Dave Archer.

“We finally get to showcase our football ability, (and) I’m really looking forward to that.”

While Archer’s excitement was echoed amongst his peers, so was the unknown: how good are these teams going to be this fall?  

Like many college football teams returning to campus this summer, there is a lot of unknowns about each squad considering so many rosters will feature a slew of sophomores and first years that yet to play a single down. But the uncertainty was overshadowed by enthusiasm to practice, and yes, compete again, too, later this year – most teams will begin their preseason later this week.

“We’re anxious and ready to go, and open up this Thursday,” said Dartmouth College coach Buddy Teevens.

Princeton University will enter the 2021 season as the favorite – the Tigers, who have accumulated 28 National Championships, along with 12 league titles since their initial campaign in 1869, return some key pieces from its 2019 squad that finished 8-2 overall. Princeton was unable to capture its second-straight Ivy League crown or at least share the title – Dartmouth and Yale University ended the season as co-champions.

But despite not finishing atop the Ancient Eight two years ago, Princeton coach Bob Surace told the media that his group has “worked really hard” over the last 17 to 18 months and will be ready to compete in a few weeks against Lehigh University.  

“We have a lot of guys who love football, who want to be with their teammates, and who want to see how good we can be,” said Surace.

While the Tigers should be pretty good this season, the same could be said for Dartmouth, Yale, and Harvard University — all four teams were picked to finish in the top half of last week’s preseason poll. And while Dartmouth and Yale maybe early favorites to challenge the Tigers for the top spot, one should not rule out the Crimson, who are returning a lot of seniors that coach Tim Murphy believes will help the squad be successful this year.

“It feels like Christmas is coming and we can’t wait for that day,” said Murphy, who will lead the Crimson into their first game next month against Georgetown University. “We have plenty of challenges ahead of us … we have a ton of work to do (and) we can’t wait to get started.”

The 2021 Ivy League season officially kicks off Saturday, September 18 with six games scheduled to appear on ESPN linear networks, according to the conference website.

Princeton Secures The Top Spot In The 2021 Ivy League Preseason Poll

The Ivy League unveiled its football preseason poll on Monday, August 9, 2021. (PHOTO COURTESY: IvyLeague.com)

By Matt Noonan

After a year away from the gridiron due to Covid-19, the Princeton University football team will enter the 2021 season as the team to beat in the Ivy League.

Picked to finish first in the Ivy League Preseason Poll, which was released earlier today, the Tigers secured eight first-place votes, along with a league-high 113 points “by a panel of 16 media members from across the league.”

Princeton earned a share of the Ancient Eight title in 2016 before winning the league outright in 2018 with a 10-0 record.

Yale University and Dartmouth College, who shared the conference title in 2019 checked in second and third, respectively — Yale garnered six first-place votes and 104 points while Dartmouth secured one first-place nod and 88 points.

Harvard University rounded out the top four spots with 87 points in the voting while the University of Pennsylvania checked in fifth. Brown University, Columbia University, and Cornell University rounded out the eight-team poll, securing the sixth, seventh, and eighth positions, respectively.

“It’s always nice to see our program held in high regards,” said Princeton football coach Bob Surace in a statement earlier today.

“It’s great to be the preseason pick, but every league team will start practice thinking they will be (number one) when the season ends. We have to work hard every day to reach out goals. I know every one of our guys is excited to get started.”

The 2021 Ivy League season kicks off Saturday, September 18 with eight intriguing matchups — Princeton will visit Lehigh University while Yale will host Holy Cross.

Ivy League Cancels Winter Sports

The Ivy League has canceled its 2020-21 winter sports season. (PHOTO COURTESY: IvyLeague.com)

By NoontimeSports.com

There will be no Ivy League athletic events taking place this winter.

The Ancient Eight called off winter sports this evening due to an uptick in cases of COVID-19, both locally and around the country, while announcing fall sports, including football, would not occur during the spring semester. As for spring sports, they have been paused until “at least the end of February 2021,” per this evening’s release, which can be found on the Ivy League’s website.

Similar to the Ivy League’s announcement about fall sports in July, health and safety for both the student-athletes and coaches, along with each campus and community was a major reason why the Council of Presidents unanimously decided to cancel winter sports. However, the league did confirm that student-athletes that will not be competing this winter, as well as those that did not play games this fall, will not lose a season of Ivy League or NCAA eligibility, whether they are currently or not enrolled.

Despite competition for the winter season being canceled, the Ivy League will permit each institution to offer training opportunities and practices for its student-athletes that are enrolled on campus, but each program must adhere to the guidance issued by their respective institution as well as state and local regulations.

It’s Time To Pull The Plug On College Football, Fall Sports

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Is it time to pull the plug on college football, as well as all fall sports? (PHOTO COURTESY: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com)

By Matt Noonan 

It’s time to pull the plug on the upcoming college football season. It is also time to call off any and all fall sports, including field hockey, soccer, and volleyball contests.

Canceling sporting events is no easy task. These are hard decisions, but we have to respect the conferences and schools that have already elected to forgo the upcoming fall sports season due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic so they can keep not just their student-athletes safe and healthy, but also their coaches, fans, and team representatives.

Playing football or any sport during a pandemic just doesn’t seem feasible at a time when various states across the country are experiencing an uptick in cases.

Sure, some may think conferences like the Ivy League or New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) should have waited an extra week or two, but remember, they were the ones leading the way back in March when everyone was ordered to shelter in place.

Today’s news of the Patriot League means more announcements are coming. And again, we need to be respectful to any and all decisions that are made.

This past weekend, perhaps the true voice of college football – that would be Greg Sankey, who is the commissioner of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) – acknowledged in an interview with Marty & McGee on ESPN Radio that “we are running out of time to correct and get things right.”

If Sankey is concerned about the upcoming college football season, then you should be, too. And if there is no SEC football this fall, then expect no other league to play, as well.

More decisions are coming. And again, we need to be respectful to whatever these colleges and conferences decide to do. But with so much uncertainty heading into the upcoming school year, it just seems unlikely that any of us will see a college sporting event take place either here in Massachusetts or around the country until next January. And that is fine with me. 

Daily Noontime: Thursday, July 9, 2020

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By Matt Noonan 

Welcome to Thursday, everyone.

It is going to be a HOT one today, so make sure to drink plenty of water and stay inside. If you do venture out, please continue to be safe and wear that face covering, too.

Let’s kick off a brand new day with the ‘Daily Noontime’ – have a great day, everyone!


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