Last Saturday, football returned to Harvard Stadium when the Crimson convened for the annual spring game. More important than the result were the offseason headlines that the game revealed.
Most players believe that football should make a space for both safety and zeal.
Following Ivy League coaches’ unanimous vote in February to prohibit all regular-season full tackle practices, concussion experts praised the proposal.
Thursday is a big day for Harvard’s Athletic Department. ESPN will likely be on campus, as will NFL.com. A horde of scouts will start their day across the river at the athletic facilities at 9 a.m.—all for the football team’s “Pro Day.”
For the first time since the Ivy League was founded in 1956, the Crimson will play three consecutive road games, at Holy Cross, Princeton, and Dartmouth respectively. This mid-year gauntlet looms as a serious test for Harvard as it pushes for a fourth consecutive league title.
At the heart of the excitement and drama lies a rivalry that stretches back a century and a half. Although football may be the most salient part of this competition, the rivalry is a tradition between Harvard and Yale that runs deeper than the gridiron.