LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Re: Cornell Polo Coach Retires as University Vows to Investigate Misconduct Claims

To the Editor:

The article by Dylan McDevitt in September 13’s Sun is, in my opinion, unbalanced, gleefully disparaging and extremely disrespectful of Cornell’s winningest coach and his many successes. The fact that the article has nothing to say about the “misconduct investigation” suggests that the Athletics Department is thankfully handling its investigation following proper privacy protocols. With nothing new to say, the author of the article instead dredges up some truck driving issue from 10 years ago of which Coach Eldredge was cleared and an instance, also from ten years ago, for which Coach Eldredge apologized, where he was simply teaching sportsmanship and players how to be respectful of umpires no matter how inflammatory those umpires might be on a given day.  There is a reason the law has a principle called double jeopardy. Don’t conduct a trial by media for something the coach was cleared of ten years ago!

Men’s and Women’s Polo Focus on Regionals

This Friday marks the first day of the men’s and women’s USPA Northeastern Intercollegiate Regional Polo Tournament, held at Cornell’s Oxley Equestrian Center. This event and the USPA National Intercollegiate Championships on April 4 are the only two tournaments the men’s and women’s teams will compete in together. The women’s team plays first — on Saturday — against the winner of the Harvard-Skidmore game. Depending on the outcome, they will also possibly play on Sunday against the winner of the UConn-Alfred State game. “Going into the weekend, we will really be trying to keep up our communication to effectively execute team plays,” said senior captain Anna Winslow.

Women Defeat Skidmore; Men Fall to Roger Williams

Cornell polo was off to the races last weekend as the men’s and women’s team each led by six points after their first chukker. The women (5-1) would go on to beat Skidmore Polo Club 16-3 at home on Friday, while the men (4-2) could not hold their lead and lost to Roger Williams 17-16 in a shootout at home on Saturday. Head coach of both teams David Eldredge said the women’s team had worked on improving their start after having spotted their opponent an early lead in previous weeks. “When they came out on the field they were pretty well geared up,” Eldredge said. Senior captain Anna Winslow agreed that Cornell had a strong start.