Nowadays Joe Philbin can be seen roaming the sidelines of Lambeau, coaching a team many New Englanders still haven't forgiven for Super Bowl XXXI.
But before the Springfield, Mass. alum became a Super Bowl-bound offensive coordinator, he was an assistant coach for Northeastern and then Harvard.
A graduate of Worcestor Academy, Philbin coached the Huskies from 1995-1996 followed by a stint with the Crimson from 1997-1998.
“I think in terms of him becoming a high-level coach, his success is no surprise,” Harvard coach Tim Murphy told Christopher Price of WEEI. “The guy was always fundamentally sound, he was always prepared and he was always very easy going and a great teacher. You put all those things together and it’s not a major leap of faith to think that he’s going to be a success at the highest level.”
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The schools Philbin left behind have gone in opposite directions following his departure. The Crimson has emerged as a perennial title contender and won the Ivies in 2001, 2004, 2007, and 2008.
Northeastern won the Atlantic 10 in 2002 but had struggled ever since, prompting the university to cut the program following the 2009 season.
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Though (thankfully) midterm season is not yet upon us, the Harvard men’s squash team is about to face some big tests.
With only 3.5 seconds on the clock, Harvard freshman Christine Clark had the ball. She could pass to teammate Brogan Berry, or she could shoot. So she did this. With that shot, Clark helped the women’s basketball team maintain an undefeated Ivy League record. So, who is this rookie from Arizona? This week The Full-Court Press questions the Apley Court resident on her likes, dislikes, and the dancing that goes on behind the scenes.
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Name: Christine Clark
Stats: The Tucson rookie entered Harvard ranked No. 57 nationally by ESPN, and she hasn’t disappointed. Clark notched her first double-double against Dartmouth with 18 points and 10 rebounds two weeks before the last second shot against Columbia. Recently, Clark led the Crimson in rebounds against Cornell with eight.
In a highly anticipated weekend, Harvard men’s basketball did exactly what it needed to do, riding to victories over Columbia and Cornell by an average margin of 16 points. In doing so, the Crimson has run it winning streak to eight games and remains atop the Ivy League standings with a 4-0 conference record.
But the Crimson wasn’t the only squad that made a splash over the weekend. In fact, each of the Ancient Eight's clubs played on both Friday and Saturday. And after the dust settled, three teams are undefeated in league play: Harvard and perennial Ivy League powerhouses Penn (8-8, 2-0 Ivy) and Princeton (14-4, 2-0).