October 15, 2001

Football Contimues Downward Spiral

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Following the football team’s 26-6 debacle against Harvard on Saturday, head coach Tim Pendergast held an impromptu intervention in Cornell’s locker room, looking to see whether his player’s characters could withstand the heartache that the loss would obviously bring about.

“We have some choices to make,” Pendergast told his team, “where we want to go and how we want to get there.

Pendergast was forced into his informal therapy session because during Saturday’s homecoming game against Harvard (4-0, 2-0 Ivy League), instead of showcasing an improved, balanced offensive attack to the 14,148 fans on hand, both Cornell’s offense and defense appeared to take a step backward.

“We just didn’t play well as a team,” Pendergast admitted. “When you play against a good football team, you have to be better than we are. Right now we’re not playing near our potential.”

Harvard also should be afforded a large share of the credit for the victory —