With six recruits already committed to coming to Columbia Football for 2016, (we all realize that's committing to report 13 months from now, right?), it's clear we have something new and different going on right now in the program.
The reason for all of this is a very motivated new staff that has the unimpeachable and impression name of Al Bagnoli to carry around with them.
But they need more than that, and one of the tools this staff is using and using quite well it Twitter.
Twitter is indeed a great recruiting tool and we've seen it in action just over the last few days.
When Columbia offers a recruit a spot, he Tweets his excitement and gratitude and then all of his peers. (who often happen to be recruits), see it. The excitement gets infectious and I strongly believe that infectious excitement prompts other recruits to commit.
The Columbia staff is also Tweeting out strong and positive messages about the program and the school at every opportunity. The existing commits tend to retweet those messages and the advertising base grows exponentially.
Talk about a 180-degree change from two years ago when Twitter was generally a tool that was embarrassing and hindering the program.
I would encourage all fans to follow the Twitter accounts of the assistant coaches and other staffers. They're a great source of info, but I'm beginning to believe fans can actually help things along by retweeting and replying to some of these messages.
I know that the previous staff Tweeted too, but not with this kind of effectiveness or frequency.
The days of radio silence are over. Let's spread the word.
Gibson was just named to the 2016 Eastern PA High School football watch list.
This news comes just a few days after Gibson's teammate DE/OL Lamine Nouck-A-Nwal announced he was coming to Columbia next year.
Kudos to Tight Ends Coach Joe D'Orazio, who recruits this area for getting two players from a competitive, high quality football program that had never sent any players to Columbia before.
But D'Orazio knows a lot about Doylestown. One of his best teammates at St. Joe's Prep in Philly was Doylestown native Andy Shalbrack '10. Shalbrack went on to be a four year impact player at safety at Columbia and the man who scored the TD on the best play of the decade, (2000-2009), for the Lions.
It seems crazy to start a list of 2016 commits so early, but it's time to start keeping track as we have five names already:
It turns out Columbia will have not one, but TWO Friday night games on its schedule this fall to accommodate an more ambitious slate of coverage from NBC Sports Network, (NBSN)
We already guessed the week 3 Ivy opener at Princeton would be on a Friday night, but the season finale at home against Brown is also now a Friday night game on NBCSN, moved from Saturday November, 21 to November 20th.
Also, the day game against Yale will be televised by FOX College Sports.
And here's an additional surprise: despite no TV coverage that we know of yet, the week four home game against Wagner is now a night game. It will kick off at 6pm on October 10th.
Since the start time for the week six game against Dartmouth is now officially 3pm, I think there's a still a good chance that game will be televised.
Columbia's Homecoming game against Penn will begin at 3:30, thus accommodating all the Homecoming Day festivities.
-I can't remember the last time I looked at Columbia's or any Ivy team's upcoming schedule and times and really noticed this many changes. This is the kind of change that's good. It shakes up a brand that needs shaking up.
-I really like adding two night games on weeks where Columbia will probably need some help getting some new fans into the seats. The first-ever game against fellow NYC team Wagner is a great game to move to 6pm. The game will still end early enough to ease the noise fears from the Inwood. And it will start late enough to allow for Wagner fans to get in from Staten Island and everyone to get a chance for a nice late lunch/early dinner tailgate or picnic going.
-The season finale against Brown could be a chilly affair, but the week 10 games can often be a big problem attendance-wise since they're up against Harvard-Yale. Putting this game on Friday night avoids that problem while also showing NBCSN's unique commitment to the league by airing two Ivy games on the same weekend. (When was the last time that happened?). And one BIG DEAL is that those of us who have always wanted to go to the Harvard-Yale game but didn't want to miss Columbia's season finale now have the best ever option to do so.
-The newbie in all of this for the Ivies is the American Sports Network. It is not televising any Columbia games this fall, but it is doing seven games including what looks like a few marquee match ups. They include the Princeton-Dartmouth game in the final week of the season, the Princeton-Harvard game, and the Penn-Harvard game. That's some very good real estate for a newcomer, but all the ASN games will also still be available on the Ivy League Digital Network.