Last year, Columbia got a new football stadium in an attempt to bolster a 1-7-2 squad.
The Lions promptly went out and did the one thing nobody thought possible--played worse, finishing 0-9.
This year Columbia tried a new tact: it hired a tough, new coach.
Jim Garrett, with 15 years in the NFL, might just be hard-nosed enough to turn Columbia around. He will work his team harder than any Lion team has ever worked and recruit harder than any coach before him.
For now, however, Garrett faces an uphill battle, most of the returning Lions are slow and small and all the hard work in the world isn't going to make them contenders.
The Lions have had one winning season since 1962. The last time Columbia one more than a single game was 1978.
Garrett looks like he'll return the Lions to the land of multiple victories, but he's battling a 23-year legacy of mediocrity that will be tough to shake.
Head Coach: Jim Garrett (Utah State '52)
Record at Columbia: first year
Last Year: 0-9
Last Year Against Harvard: Harvard, 35-21
Series Record Against Harvard: 10-32-1
Captain: Bill Strack
Lettermen Lost: 20
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