Williams football won last week, to avoid going 0-3 for the first time since 1987.

“The first three quarters, we were still on our heels, still questioning what we were doing, not believing in what we’re doing or in each other,” said Whalen. “In the fourth quarter, something good happened for us, and all of a sudden we came together and 75 guys were on the same page believing in themselves and their teammates.”

There are 75 Ephs on the football team? What is this, Nebraska? Back in the day, the football team was large but included a JV, I think, which played some Saturday morning games. Is there still a JV? Do all 75 players travel to away games?

Lest the members of the Quarterback Club start to complain that Coach Whalen is not doing as well as legendary coach Dick Farley, it should be noted that this is only the beginning of the era of fewer tips, especially of the “low-band” type that the football team thrived on. The reason that Williams football did so much better in the 1990’s then it will going forward is not that Farley is a much better coach than Whalen (although he might be). The key fact is that Williams used to let in a lot of big, fast guys with sub-1200 SATs who knew how to play. Without that admissions advantage, Williams football will not do nearly as well.

For the record, I am a fan of the changes that Morty has made with regards to tips and admissions. See previous discussion here, here, and here.

By the way, did you know that Williams has a “Football Recruiting Coordinator”? Your tuition dollars at work.

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