NEW YORK—Columbia hosts Dartmouth (3-2, 0-2 Ivy League) for its 2016 Homecoming Game on Saturday, Oct. 22 at Robert K. Kraft Field at Lawrence A. Wien Stadium. Kickoff is at 1:30 p.m. ET. Columbia faces Dartmouth for the 87th time in series history.
WHERE TO LISTEN/WATCH
OneWorld Sports will televise the game simulcast live on the Ivy League Digital Network with Bill Spaulding (play-by-play) and Ken Dunek (color analyst) calling action. Mike Dressman will produce. Lance Medow and Sal Licata will broadcast live on the Columbia Online Radio Network. WKCR-Radio (89.9 FM), Columbia’s student radio station will also broadcast the game live from Robert K. Kraft Field.
BAGNOLI ENTERS SECOND SEASON
Patricia & Shepard Alexander Head Coach of Football Al Bagnoli is in his second season guiding the Columbia Football program. In his 35th year as a head coach, Bagnoli owns a 237-111 overall record and led Penn to nine Ivy League titles. He has turned football programs around at both Union College and Penn, where he guided the Quakers to nine Ivy League championships. The Lions last went 5-5 in 2006.
COLUMBIA HOMECOMING INFORMATION
Columbia Athletics and Columbia University will host a variety of events surrounding its 2016 Homecoming football game. For a complete schedule click here. On Thursday night, Columbia Athletics will host its Athletics Hall of Fame Dinner at Low Memorial Library where 20 individuals and three teams will be inducted. On Friday, Columbia will host a pep rally beginning on the South Lawn at 3:30 p.m. and will cheer on the football team as it goes through its final walk through at approximately 5 p.m. Columbia Athletics will host a Night Before Homecoming Party for Young Alumni from 9-11 p.m. at Ainsworth Park, a restaurant in midtown. Along with its normal game day fan activities, Roar-ee’s Fan Zone and Mel’s Burger Bar Pre-Game Picnic Area, the Columbia Alumni Association will sponsor its annual event, Lunch Under the Big Tent and Homecoming Carnival on the softball field from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. prior to kickoff. Following the football game, Columbia will host Dartmouth in both women’s soccer (4 p.m.) and men’s soccer (7:30 p.m.) at Rocco Commisso Soccer Stadium.
Columbia will honor a variety of special guests today during halftime and quarter breaks of the football game. 2016 Olympic Gold/Bronze medalist Katie Meili ‘13 CC will be in attendance, along with 2016 Columbia Athletic Hall of Fame inductees Rocco B. Commisso ‘71 SEAS and football players Howard Hansen ‘52CC, Paul Kaliades ‘73CC and Johnathan Reese ‘02CC. A complete list of Hall of Fame inductees is available on www.gocolumbialions.com.
In addition, Columbia will honor its 2016 national and Ivy League champions. The Lions won national championships in fencing and lightweight rowing and Ivy League titles in men’s cross country and men’s tennis.
ABOUT THE LIONS
Columbia (1-4, 0-2 Ivy League) plays its sixth game of the 2016 season after falling 35-10 at Penn on Saturday, Oct. 15 at Franklin Field. The Lions registered their first victory of the season, a 15-13 win at Wagner on a rainy Oct. 8. The Lions dropped their first three games: a 13-9 decision to Saint Francis U (Pa.) in its season opener on Sept. 17 and a 17-14 contest on a come-from-behind effort at Georgetown on Sept. 24. Columbia uncharacteristically lost a 48-13 decision to Princeton in its Ivy League opener on Oct. 1.
The youthful Lions return two 2015 All-Ivy League picks in defensive back Jared Katz and punter Cameron Nizialek, along with eight starters on offense and six on defense. Seventy-five letterwinners return to the squad. Columbia also added 41 newcomers to the team, the No. 3 ranked recruiting class in the nation at the FCS level. Those newcomers account for 37 percent of its 2016 roster. Columbia traveled 17 of those newcomers to Penn last weekend.
ABOUT THE BIG GREEN
Dartmouth enters its matchup against Columbia after registering a 20-17 home win over Towson. In the win, Dartmouth built a lead, then held off Towson in the second half for the victory. The win snapped a two-game losing streak to Ivy League opponents Penn (37-24 on Sept. 30) and Yale (21-13 on Oct. 8). Dartmouth defeated No. 22 ranked New Hampshire 22-21 in its season opener and defeated Holy Cross 35-10 on Sept. 24. Coached by Buddy Teevens, Dartmouth is led by quarterback Jack Heneghan, who has completed 57.7 percent of his passes (113 of 196) for 1,202 yards and seven touchdowns. Five players have caught 10 or passes for the Big Green led by Drew Hunnicutt (19 receptions for 228 yards and two touchdowns), Hunter Hagdorn (18-188) and Houston Brown (15-187). Ryder Stone leads the Dartmouth rushing attack with 44 carries for 239 yards and two touchdowns and a 5.4 yards per carry, while Miles Smith has carried just 28 times for 213 yards for a whopping 7.4 yards per carry average. Folarin Orimolade leads the defense with 40 tackles (24 solo), 5.0 sacks and three forced fumbles, Lucas Bavaro has totaled 33 tackles.
Columbia and Dartmouth meet for the 87th time in series history. Dartmouth leads the all-time series with a 68-17-1 advantage. The Big Green currently owns a seven-game win streak against Columbia dating back to a 21-13 Lion win on Oct. 25, 2008. Dartmouth has claimed 12 of the last 14 overall meetings with Columbia. The Lions have lost three straight to Dartmouth at Robert K. Kraft Field.
Last week, Columbia head coach Al Bagnoli made his first competitive return to the University of Pennsylvania since he was hired as Columbia’s head football coach on February 23, 2015. In 23 seasons from 1992-2014, Bagnoli guided Penn to nine Ivy League championships (1993, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2009, 2010 and 2012), a 148-89 overall record and 112-49 Ivy League record. He also led Penn to three undefeated seasons (10-0 in 1993, 9-0 in 1994 and 10-0 in 2003), 12 years of seven or more victories and six perfect 7-0 Ivy League slates. Bagnoli also guided Penn on the longest winning streak in FCS history (24 wins from 1993-95).
Since Al Bagnoli took over as head coach, Columbia has been competitive in almost every game. Of Columbia’s last 12 losses, eight have been decided by 10 points or fewer. Oct. 1st’s 35-point loss to Princeton and Oct. 15th’s 25-point loss at Penn was uncharacteristic of Bagnoli’s teams at Columbia. Columbia’s first two losses in 2016 were decided by an average of 3.5 points per game. The Lions were competitive in every game in 2015 as six of their eight losses were decided by 10 points or less. In contrast, during its 10 losses in 2014, Columbia lost all 10 games by a combined 28.6 points per loss.
COLUMBIA BRINGS THE DEFENSE
Through five games, Columbia has been strong on defense. It ranks No. 32 nationally in total defense (353.6 yards per game), No. 6 in first downs defense (85.0), No. 34 in passing yards allowed (190.0) and No. 23 in third down conversion defense (0.329). In addition, the Lions rank No. 17 in team tackles for loss (7.4 per game).
Columbia’s defense is anchored by its three senior linebackers, Gianmarco Rea, Christian Conway and Keith Brady, who account for 36 percent of the Lions’ total tackles. The trio is extremely talented at getting to plays and making tackles. Rea ranks No. 17 nationally in tackles per game (10.2), while Conway and safety Brock Kenyon both currently rank No. 60 (8.6). Rea leads the Ivy League in tackles, while Kenyon is sixth (8.6), Conway is seventh (8.4) and Brady is eighth (7.8). The Lions have four of the Ivy League’s top-10 ranked tacklers.
Columbia’s defensive success is a carryover from the 2015 season, which saw a tremendous leap in defensive efficiency, as Columbia went from the 115th best team in total defense in 2014, to the No. 8 ranked team at 291.1 yards per game a season ago. Columbia also yielded just 19.8 points per game, which ranked as the FCS’s No. 17 best tally, while holding opponents to 13 points or less four times. It also ranked No. 2 in the Ivy League in total defense and led the conference in pass defense (186.9 yards per game).
In addition, Columbia ranked No. 8 nationally in rushing defense (103.4 yards per game), No. 5 in third down conversion defense (.265) and No. 3 in first down conversion defense (148). The defense also accumulated 23 sacks for 140 yards, which ranked No. 4 in the Ivy League.
Defensive coordinator Paul Ferraro returned six starters from the 2015 team, including one defensive lineman (Dominic Perkovic), all three linebackers (Gianmarco Rea, Christian Conway and Keith Brady) and two defensive backs (Jared Katz, Brock Kenyon).
FRESHMAN KICKER OREN MILSTEIN EARNS IVY LEAGUE SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK/ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
After converting a school-record five field goals in Columbia’s 15-13 come-from-behind football win at Wagner, freshman placekicker Oren Milstein was named the Ivy League Special Teams Player of the Week and co-Rookie of the Week, the conference office announced on October 10.
With Columbia trailing 13-12, Milstein converted his fifth and final field goal of the game, a 36-yarder with 2:42 left, to give the Lions a 15-13 fourth quarter lead. The record-breaking field goal proved to be the game-winner as Columbia won its first game of the 2016 season.
Milstein, whose field goals came at 18, 33, 39, 18 and 36 yards, set school records for field goals made (five) and most points scored by kicking (15). His five field goals surpassed the previous record of four set by Nick Rudd (vs. Princeton, 2003) and Howard Miller (vs. Wesleyan, 1915) and his 15 points surpassed Rudd’s kick scoring record of 13 points set in 2003 vs. Princeton.
Milstein was a perfect 5-5 on field goals for the game. He converted his first career field goal in the first quarter on an 18-yard kick.
Milstein added a career-long 42-yard field goal at Penn last weekend.
After only four games played, Milstein currently ranks No. 1 nationally in field goal percentage (1.000) and No. 7 nationally in field goals per game (1.5). He leads the Ivy League in field goals made (6), ranks third in kick scoring (5.2 points per game) and 10th in overall scoring (5.2 ppg.).
SPEEDY WATSON EMERGES AT RUNNING BACK
Senior running back Alan Watson had a breakout performance at Wagner on Oct. 8, rushing for a career-high 107 yards in 23 carries. He became the first Columbia player to rush for 100 yards or more since Cameron Molina ran for 174 yards vs. Brown on Nov. 20, 2015. It was his first career start. He has started at tailback in each of the last two games.
Watson, Columbia’s rushing leader with 217 yards on 55 carries for a 3.9 average and senior Chris Schroer (34 carries for 142 yards) give the Lions two different types of backs. Schroer is a between the tackles player, while Watson excels in the open field. Freshmen Tanner Thomas and Lynnard Rose are also key contributors and are the future of the Columbia running game.
COLUMBIA FALLS AT PENN, 35-10
Penn quarterback Alek Torgersen sparked a 28-point second half as he passed for 241 yards and three touchdowns in leading the Quakers to a 35-10 Ivy League football win over Columbia before 6,044 fans Saturday at Franklin Field.
Torgersen led an explosive Penn offense that scored three touchdowns on plays of 20 yards or more and totaled 463 yards, 313 of those coming in the second half. Torgersen had help in running back Tre Solomon, who rushed for 127 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries, receiver Justin Watson, who caught six passes for 114 yards and a touchdown and receiver Christian Pearson, who finished with six receptions for 97 yards and two touchdowns.
Columbia trailed just 7-0 at halftime after a stellar first half performance from its defense, which entered the game ranked No. 21 nationally in total defense. In the first half, the Lions limited Penn to just six first downs, 72 rushing yards and 78 passing yards. Junior Landon Baty intercepted his first career pass and senior Gianmarco Rea registered a key sack in the Lions’ effort. Penn’s lone touchdown came just six minutes into the game when the Quakers took advantage of a Columbia turnover to take a 7-0 lead on a one-yard run by Solomon. The touchdown was setup by a Nick Miller interception off a deflected Columbia pass, which put Penn at Columbia’s 10-yard line.
Penn (3-2, 2-0 Ivy League) made it 14-0 with 12:27 left in the third quarter when Justin Watson caught a screen from quarterback Alek Torgersen, broke a tackle and ran 46 yards for a touchdown. The scoring drive went six plays for 80 yards. The Quakers used a 12-yard reception to Tre Solomon, 11-yard Karekin Brooks run and nine-yard Watson run to setup the score.
Columbia battled back to cut Penn’s margin to 14-7 in the third quarter on a one-yard touchdown run by freshman Hunter Petlansky. Freshman Lynnard Rose gave Columbia possession at the Penn 30-yard line with a career-long 31-yard punt return. Senior Cameron Dunn caught an Anders Hill pass and raced past the Penn defense for a 28-yard reception. Petlansky scampered in for his first career touchdown.
Penn came back with a touchdown on a 50-yard pass from Torgersen to Pearson to take a 21-7 lead with 3:10 left in the third quarter. Solomon setup the play with a 29-yard run to put Penn at the 50-yard line.
Freshman placekicker Oren Milstein cut Penn’s margin to 21-10 on a career-long 42-yard field goal with 11:05 left in the game. The score was set up by freshman Ronald Smith, who blocked a Penn punt which was recovered by freshman Michael Murphy at Penn’s 33-yard line.
The Quakers made it 28-10 in the fourth quarter on an eight-yard Torgersen pass to Pearson. Torgersen found Pearson for a 30-yard completion and Solomon ran for 25 yard gain to setup the score.
Columbia junior quarterback Anders Hill completed 17 of 34 passes for 179 yards, senior Cameron Dunn led Columbia with five catches for 56 yards, senior tight end John Hunton caught four passes for 51 yards and senior running back Alan Watson rushed for 49 yards on 18 carries. Senior Brock Kenyon led the Lions’ defense with nine tackles and senior Keith Brady added eight.
Bagnoli was also making a competitive return to Penn after he coached the Quakers for 23 years from 1992-2014, led the program to nine Ivy League Championships, a 140-89 overall record and 112-49 Ivy League record.
COLUMBIA-PENN POST-GAME NOTES
• Head Coach Al Bagnoli was coaching in his first game at Franklin Field as an opponent. Bagnoli spent 23 years (1992-2014) as the head football coach at Penn and guided the Quakers to nine Ivy League Championships, a 140-89 overall record and 112-49 Ivy League record. Bagnoli is not the only Columbia coaching staff member with Penn ties as Associate Head Coach Mark Fabish won two Ivy League titles as a player at Penn in 1993 and 1994 before spending 2009-14 on the Penn staff. Offensive Line Coach/Run Game Coordinator Jon McLaughlin spent nine years in Philadelphia from 2006-14 as the offensive coordinator and coach of the offensive line.
• Columbia and Penn met for the 96th time in series history. Penn leads the all-time series with a 74-21-1 advantage. The Quakers extended their win streak to 20 victories against Columbia dating back to a 20-19 Lion win at Franklin Field on Oct. 12, 1996. The Lions have lost 10 straight to Penn in Philadelphia and are 5-46-1 all-time in games played at Penn. The series began in 1878.
• Freshman wide receiver Christian Everett made his first career start today. He finished the day with a career-high two receptions for 21 yards.
• In the first half, Columbia strung together a 15-play, 59-yard drive which saw it complete three first downs on passes to John Hunton (two) and Scooter Hollis and convert its fourth straight fourth down in two games. The drive went deep into territory but Columbia was forced to punt. The 15-play drive marked Columbia’s longest in terms of plays on the season.
• Junior Landon Baty intercepted the first pass of his career in the second quarter when he picked off Alek Torgersen and returned it 24 yards. It marked Columbia’s second interception of year.
• Freshman Lynnard Rose registered a career-long 31-yard punt return in the third quarter, which set up Columbia’s third quarter touchdown.
• Freshman Ronald Smith blocked his first career punt in the fourth quarter. The blocked kick was Columbia’s first since the 2015 season when the Lions blocked five kicks. Michael Murphy gathered the ball and Columbia had possession at the Penn 33-yard line.
• Freshman Oren Milstein converted his sixth straight field goal attempt on a career-long 42-yarder in the fourth quarter. He is a perfect 6-6 on the year.
• Freshman quarterback Hunter Petlansky registered the first two carries of his career. His second carry marked his first career touchdown.
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING ABOUT COLUMBIA
“Columbia fans should be very proud. That program is going in the right direction with a Hall of Fame coach. Their defense didn’t give us much. It was a hard-fought, physical game. That’s a good Columbia football team over there. The future is very bright and there’s a lot of victories ahead for that team.”
- Saint Francis head coach Chris Villarrial.
“I think Al Bagnoli was sort of the Division III version of Nick Saban 30 years ago. He had a program that was perfectly designed from top to bottom, and he had great players. I think that was because he had the entire college on board with what he was trying to do.”
-Tim Layden, Sports Illustrated
“I give Columbia credit. They did some nice things, particularly on the defensive side of the ball, and got out of here with a win. So, my hat’s off to them. We knew coming in they were a team that was better than their record.”
-Jason Houghtaling, Wagner Head Coach
NEW OFFENSIVE MINDSET
Columbia is looking to play a more up-tempo offensive game in 2016. Last year, Columbia led the Ivy League and ranked No. 5 nationally in time of possession (33:31 minutes per game). According to Coach Bagnoli and Offensive Coordinator Mark Fabish, the Lions plan to play at a faster pace with improved speed on the field, two second-year quarterbacks (Skyler Mornhinweg and Anders Hill) and returning experience on the offensive line. Last year, the Lions ranked No. 103 nationally in total offense (296.7 yards per game) and No. 111 (14.3 points per game).
WAINWRIGHT MAKES IMMEDIATE IMPACT
Freshman wide receiver Josh Wainwright has made an immediate impact. His speed and athleticism gives Columbia a big play threat. He ranks No. 48 nationally and No. 2 in the Ivy League in all purpose yardage (116.8), ranks No. 29 nationally and rates No. 1 in the Ivy League in punt return yardage (10.1) and ranks No. 11 nationally in kickoff return yardage (28.0). He has also caught 21 passes for 235 yards as both figures rank No. 3 in the Ivy League. He leads the team in receiving yards and also registered his first career touchdown, an 88-yard TD pass in the fourth quarter against Princeton.
Wainwright did not play last week at Penn.
NIZIALEK RANKS FIFTH NATIONALLY IN PUNTING
Senior Cameron Nizialek enters Saturday’s game ranked No. 5 nationally in punting with a 44.8 yards per punt average (18-806). He also leads the Ivy League by a wide margin. Last year, he was an All-Ivy League punter and placekicker. In addition, Matthew Panton also averages 40.7 yards per punt (21-854) and has placed 11 punts inside the 20-yard line. In addition, Panton ranks No. 41 nationally and No. 4 in the Ivy League in punting.
FRESHMAN IMPACT PLAYERS
Of Columbia’s freshman class, several will and have already made immediate contributions. At the skill positions, Tanner Thomas and Lynnard Rose will see action at running back, while Josh Wainwright and Christian Everett will play receiver.
Eleven freshmen are listed on the depth chart. Wainwright is the listed starter at one receiver position. He is the only offensive/defensive starter listed on the depth chart. Other freshmen listed on the depth chart include Wainwright (KR, PR), Jalen Williams (LB), Christian Everett (WR), Parker Coogan (C), Oren Milstein (PK), Tanner Thomas (RB), Lynnard Rose (PR/KR), Matt Tofano (LB), Michael Murphy (LB), Hunter Lunsford (SS) and Arman Samouk (DL). Defensive linemen Daniel DeLorenzi and Michael Geraghty have seen immediate playing time.
LIONS RECRUITING CLASS EXPECTED TO MAKE IMPACT
Columbia brought in a large 41-member recruiting class this offseason. The 2020 class was ranked No. 3 in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) and No. 2 in the Ivy League (behind Yale) by 247Sports.com Saturday Blitz.
The class features 14 student-athletes who earned all-state honors and 10 that won state championships during their high school careers. According to national recruiting websites, six were three-star athletes and four were two-star players.
The Class of 2020 is comprised of student-athletes from 19 states. Florida and Pennsylvania each have four representatives, followed by California, Illinois, New Jersey and Texas with three each.
Columbia put an emphasis on the offensive line and the front seven on defense, bringing in six offensive linemen and eight defensive linemen to go with five linebackers. The new Lions’ “hogs” check in at an average height of 6-3 and weight of 275 pounds. The defensive linemen weigh-in at an average of 241 pounds and stand at 6-2. The Lions also brought in five defensive backs and five wide receivers to lead the positional breakdown.
IVY LEAGUE EXPERIMENTAL RULES
The Ivy League will use an experimental rule for the 2016 football season to move kickoffs to the 40-yard line and touchbacks to the 20-yard line in an effort to reduce concussions and further promote the safety and welfare of its student-athletes. These rules will only be used in Ivy League games.
The goal of the experimental rule is to limit kickoff returns, which account for 23.4 percent of concussions during games despite representing only 5.8 percent of overall plays. The League will evaluate the concussion and kickoff return data after the 2016 season.
The request was made to the NCAA as a part of The Ivy League’s overall review of concussions, which began with football in 2010 and has included eight other sports to date (men’s and women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s ice hockey, men’s and women’s soccer, wrestling and rugby).
As a result of this comprehensive review of concussions, the League began an all-sports concussion data collection and study in 2013. Data from this study prompted discussion of kickoffs, which led to The Ivy League head football coaches suggesting this experimental rule change. The NCAA granted The League’s request for conference games only.
This experimental rule is the latest in a series of Ivy policies and rules that are designed to limit the incidence of concussions. Most recently in May, The Ivy League formally adopted another policy originating with the League’s eight head football coaches to eliminate to-the-ground (“live”) tackling in practices during the regular season, which will also go into effect with the 2016 campaign. Changing practice rules does not require NCAA approval.
BILL CAMPBELL NO. 67 FEATURED ON JERSEYS
For all of its 31 varsity sports, Columbia will wear a No. 67 patch on its uniform in honor of former Lion player, coach, confidante and friend Bill Campbell, who passed away in April, 2016 at age 75. The Lion football team will also feature 67 stickers on helmets.
A four-year student-athlete, Campbell captained the 1961 Ivy League Championship football team, which was inducted into the Columbia Athletics Hall of Fame in 2010, and earned All-Ivy League accolades as a senior. In 1963, Bill and a group of football and rugby alumni founded the Old Blue Rugby Club. He returned to Columbia to coach the Columbia Football team for six seasons between 1974 and 1979.
Campbell made his mark in the business world and became known as the “Coach of Silicon Valley.” He was vice president at J. Walter Thompson, an advertising agency based in New York, and then moved on to become general manager of consumer products for Kodak Europe. After Kodak, he joined Apple Computer in 1983, and rose to the level of executive vice president; he went on to found and served as president and CEO of Claris Corporation, a spin-off software developing company created and owned by Apple in 1990. Campbell assumed his role as chairman of Intuit, the maker of Quicken, QuickBooks, and Turbo Tax, in 1998 and served as its CEO until 2000. As an executive, Campbell’s marketing and strategic acumen helped build Claris, Apple, and Intuit alike into remarkable Silicon Valley success stories.
Because of his tremendous leadership and passion for Columbia Athletics, the University dedicated the Campbell Sports Center in his honor in October 2013. In fall 2014, the athletics program retired uniform number 67 – the number Campbell wore as an offensive lineman and linebacker for the 1961 Ivy League Champions - for all 31 of Columbia’s varsity teams. At the 2015 Varsity C Celebration, the athletics program introduced a new award, the William V. Campbell Performer of the Year to be presented annually to the top male and female student-athletes of the academic year.
Columbia selected three captains for the 2016 season: wide receiver Scooter Hollis, quarterback Skyler Mornhinweg and linebacker Christian Conway. All three are seniors and two are transfers from the FBS level.
OFFENSIVE LINE IS TEAM’S MOST EXPERIENCED UNIT
Offensive line is one of Columbia’s most seasoned and experienced position groups. The Lions return four starters, including three starters from the 2015 season. Columbia’s four returning offensive line starters are senior left tackle Kendall Pace, junior right tackle Bewley Wales, senior right guard Nathan Gibbs and sophomore Charlie Flores. The four veterans have combined for 67 career starts.
A four-year starter and leader of the group, Pace is in his senior year after having played/started in 35 games at Columbia. Wales, who started all 10 games at center as a sophomore last year, is making the transition to right tackle. Gibbs started all 10 games last year at right guard. Flores is back at left guard after a one-year hiatus. As a freshman in 2014, he started in five of 10 games played at guard.
Sophomore Tyler Schonewolf has started all five games this year at center.
LIONS PICKED SEVENTH IN IVY LEAGUE
Columbia was picked to finish seventh out of eight teams in the Ivy League’s annual preseason poll, voted upon by media members covering the conference and announced on August 9, 2016.
Harvard was picked to win the league with seven first place votes and 126 total points, followed by Penn at No. 2 with nine first place votes and 119 total points and No. 3 Dartmouth with 83 points.
Here is a look at the predicted order:
1. Harvard (7 first place votes) 126 points; 2. Penn (9) 119; 3. Dartmouth 83; 4. Yale 81; 5. Princeton 79; 6. Brown (1) 61; 7. Columbia 43; 8. Cornell 20.
A total of nine Lions were named to the College Sports Madness preseason All-Ivy League team, headlined by cornerback Jared Katz, who was a first team selection. Wideout Scooter Hollis and linebacker Keith Brady picked up second team honors, while punter Cameron Nizialek, offensive linemen Kendall Pace and Bewley Wales, defensive lineman Dominic Perkovic and linebacker Gianmarco Rea were honorable mention picks.
Former Union College Head Coach and current Tight Ends Coach/Passing Game Coordinator John Audino will return to the sidelines at Columbia in the 2016 season. Audino spent the 1977-81 seasons with the Lions, before going on to post a 152-89 record as head coach at Union, leading the Dutchmen to four Liberty League titles and five trips to the D-III playoffs. He took over as head coach at Union after Al Bagnoli departed for Penn.
Ricky Santos takes over as the Quarterbacks Coach at Columbia for the 2016 season. Santos was the 2006 Walter Payton Award winner as the FCS Player of the Year at New Hampshire, before launching a career in the CFL. He then spent the 2013-15 seasons at his alma mater, guiding first team All-American R.J. Harris as the Wide Receiver Coach and Punt Return Coordinator.
Seniors Jackson and Christian Conway fall in a long line of brothers that were once teammates at Columbia. Junior Turner DeMuth spent two seasons alongside his brother Garrett DeMuth ‘15CC, while senior Keith Brady played on the same team as his brother John Brady ‘15CC.
SEASON NO. 126
This year marks the 145th anniversary of Columbia’s first intercollegiate football game against Rutgers in 1870, one year after the first college game between Rutgers and Princeton. Columbia’s first Ivy League game was against Princeton in 1874. 2016 is the 126th competitive season of Columbia football.
FRIDAY’S ON THE LAWN
Columbia continues its tradition of conducting a Friday walk-through on the university’s main campus lawn prior to home football games. The event is open to the public.