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October 14, 2010
October 11, 2010
Recent history has not been kind to the sprint football team: Princeton has not won a league game in more than a decade, and its last win of any kind came in October 2005 against Virginia Military Institute. The Tigers had a couple good chances this month to end that streak but fell short both times.
October 7, 2010
This week, the Tigers hope to restore order at home against a physical Colgate team. The game marks the first of three consecutive home games for Princeton and will be a huge test for Princeton’s defense, which struggled in the loss to Columbia. Last week, it was the passing defense that was shredded by Columbia’s aerial attack. This week, the running defense will be put to the test as Nate Eachus, one of the best running backs in the Football Championship Subdivision, comes to town. For the Tigers to stand a chance, they will need to make stops on third downs and make the most out of their offensive possessions.
September 30, 2010
After a thrilling 36-33 double-overtime victory over Lafayette in its home opener, the Princeton football team faces Columbia in its Ivy League opener Oct. 2. Through two games, the Tigers have looked like a very good team at times but also have made mental lapses. Staying sharp and keeping emotions in check will be key this week, as Princeton seeks revenge against a team that beat the Tigers 38-0 at home last season.
One of the keys to last week’s game was the play of senior linebacker Jon Olofsson, who shifted from outside linebacker to middle linebacker after senior co-captain and preseason All-American Steve Cody was lost with a broken leg in week one. Olofsson finished with 16 tackles. Junior outside linebacker Andrew Starks has transitioned smoothly from the secondary and also has looked good this season. Through two games, Starks leads the team with 11 unassisted tackles and two tackles for losses. Princeton’s defense will be tested by Columbia quarterback Sean Brackett, who is second in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) with a 155.7 quarterback efficiency rating.
September 23, 2010
Just one game into the Bob Surace ’90 era, the Princeton Tigers already have a lot to be excited about and a lot to worry about. First, the bad news: The team announced this week that middle linebacker Steve Cody, a preseason All-American and captain, is out for the season with a broken leg sustained late in the season opener, a 35-22 loss to Lehigh. Cody was perhaps the team’s best player, and filling his shoes will be a major challenge. Senior outside linebacker Jon Olofsson has been shifted to the middle to replace Cody, and sophomore Tim Kingsbury has been inserted into the starting lineup in Olofsson’s place.
September 21, 2010
September 17, 2010
The Sept. 22 issue of the Princeton Alumni Weekly features Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Ross Ohlendorf '05, one of three alumni currently in the major leagues. In all, there have been 25 Tigers to reach baseball's highest level. Some lasted only one game, while others played for a decade or more. Brief bios of each are included below.
September 16, 2010
September 13, 2010
At the end of spring practice, new Princeton football coach Bob Surace ’90 set conditioning as a high priority, and the team took it seriously, he said, working out in the summer months and returning to campus in prime shape. Surace promised to test that fitness on the final day of preseason camp, laying out a series of tasks that would serve as a grueling final exam.
September 8, 2010
The NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions has penalized Princeton University for a major violation involving impermissible payment for a women's tennis player's educational expenses. According to a Sept. 8 NCAA release, an alumnus provided approximately $33,000 for tuition and books for one varsity player over the course of three semesters in 2007-08. Neither the player nor the alumnus were named.
Two penalties were levied by the committee: public reprimand and censure; and vacation of the student-athlete's individual records for the three semesters in question -- fall 2007, spring 2008, and fall 2008. Because the violation was limited in scope and self-reported by the alumnus and the University, the committee "imposed only minimal penalties," the NCAA release said, and chose not to put the women's tennis team on probation. This was Princeton's first major infraction case, according to the Public Infractions Report.
President Tilghman responded to the ruling in a Princeton release. "We looked closely at the circumstances surrounding this isolated and inadvertent infraction and at the relationship between the alumnus and the student's family, and we are convinced that even though the alumnus is a long-time supporter of tennis at Princeton, he was acting only with the interest of helping a family friend pursue an educational opportunity for which her parents were not willing to provide financial support," Tilghman said. "We do not believe that this should have been characterized as a major violation, but we certainly regret the infraction and remain firmly committed to complying with all NCAA rules."
September 1, 2010
August 26, 2010
On Aug. 25, Princeton football kicked off practice for the 2010 season on campus, at the recently renovated Finney and Campbell fields. But previous generations of Tigers may remember a very different site for August workouts: Blairstown, N.J., near the Delaware Water Gap. The secluded retreat hosted football's preseason practices from 1949 to 1972, when new coach Bob Casciola '58 decided to work out on campus to accommodate a larger roster and provide indoor options on rainy days. In 1967, a few years before Blairstown's final football camp, PAW featured the training locale in the photo essay reprinted below.
From PAW, Nov. 14, 1967
A Blairstown Portfolio
Photographed by George Peterson '65
The Princeton Summer Camp is located three miles north of Blairstown, New Jersey, not far from the Delaware Water Gap. The Camp is owned by Princeton's Student Christian Association and financed, independent of the University, by charity.