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Yale head football Coach Jack Siedlecki retires

His tenure in New Haven lasted 12 years and resulted in two Ivy League championships. From AP-

Yale football coach Jack Siedlecki announced he is retiring after 12 years and two Ivy League championships, but he’ll be staying at the university to become assistant athletic director.

Siedlecki was 70-47 and 47-37 in the conference during his tenure in New Haven, which included sharing league championships with Brown in 1999 and Princeton in 2006.

The Bulldogs were 9-0 heading into last year’s final game and looking for their first perfect season since 1960, but lost to Harvard. Yale finished this season 6-4, including 4-3 in the conference and a 10-0 loss to Harvard in the 125th edition of “The Game.”

Siedlecki took the helm after Hall of Fame coach Carm Cozza retired in 1996 after 32 seasons. Only Cozza was head coach at Yale longer.

“I am extremely proud of what we have accomplished over 12 years,” Siedlecki said in a statement Wednesday. “I have been given an opportunity to stay affiliated with Yale Athletics for the balance of my career, and I deeply appreciate that.”

It wasn’t immediately clear Wednesday why Siedlecki was retiring.

So he can be assistant athletic director? Where did I read that before?

Happy trails coach.


No more fencing at Yale University?

The latest overreaction in the wake of the Virginia Tech slayings.

In the wake of Monday’s massacre at Virginia Tech in which a student killed 32 people, Dean of Student Affairs Betty Trachtenberg has limited the use of stage weapons in theatrical productions.

Students involved in this weekend’s production of “Red Noses” said they first learned of the new rules on Thursday morning, the same day the show was slated to open. They were subsequently forced to alter many of the scenes by swapping more realistic-looking stage swords for wooden ones, a change that many students said was neither a necessary nor a useful response to the tragedy at Virginia Tech.

According to students involved in the production, Trachtenberg has banned the use of some stage weapons in all of the University’s theatrical productions. While shows will be permitted to use obviously fake plastic weapons, students said, those that hoped to stage more realistic scenes of stage violence have had to make changes to their props.

Trachtenberg could not be reached for comment Thursday night.

If theatrical swords are considered offensive to someone’s sensibilities, a commenter at The Volokh Conspiracy said- “I wonder if Dean Trachtenberg realizes that elsewhere, the university encourages sword-wielding psychos to practice their craft.”


Yes we mustn’t have this either. Go Dean Betty Trachtenberg!(Cue the sarcastic laughter)


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