You probably do not pay much attention to the Ivy League, and that is probably understandable. However, on what is an otherwise slow day perhaps you might be intrigued by what is a very interesting coaching change within the Ivy League.
Columbia has officially introduced Al Bagnoli as head coach. Why is this significant, at least to the Ivy League faithful? Bagnoli is the long-time head coach of the Penn Quakers. Bagnoli announced his retirement from Penn before the start of the 2014 season and seemed to be calling it a career. But now he is jumping right back into the fray of the Ivy League by taking on what can probably best be described as the Wake Forest of the Ivy League.
Columbia has an all-time record of 373-633-43, although it should be noted one of those wins is a Rose Bowl victory in 1934 (take THAT Nebraska). If the program is aiming to improve its competitiveness in football, then Bagnoli may be the best possible hire it could land. Bagnoli knows the Ivy League like few other coaches can and he brings a winning pedigree with him. At Penn, Bagnoli led the Quakers to a 112-49 record in Ivy League play and nine Ivy League titles. Simply hiring Bagnoli is not going to change Columbia into a program that will rival Harvard for conference bragging rights, but it may help build something depending on how long Bagnoli puts up with the job.
So why did he leave Penn anyway?
As Mike Jensen of The Philadelphia Inquirer notes, Bagnoli appeared to be on good terms with the personnel at Penn and there did not seem to be a bitter taste as he left the program. If anything, the lack of a guarantee Bagnoli would be able to continue working with the athletic administration, but he did end up taking on some of those responsibilities. Jensen suggests Bagnoli likely realized he still wanted to coach. With the job in Philadelphia filled by his successor, Ray Priore, Bagnoli took advantage of an opportunity floated his way without much warning. Of course, at this stage in the football calendar, the coaching carousel has mostly come to a stop, at least among head coaching positions.
Not Columbia though.