Columbia’s Surprising Football Success

Columbia’s Surprising Football Success
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YEARS THE FOOTBALL TEAM HAS BEEN AT THE BOTTOM BUT NOT THIS YEAR. STEVE OVERMYER TAKES US UPTOWN TO CAMPUS. Reporter: COLUMBIA IS A PROGRAM KNOWN FOR LOSING BUT THIS YEAR THEY KEEP ON WINNING. AND THE LIONS WALK OFF ON A MOB IN THE BACK OF THE END ZONE! Reporter: AT 6-1, THEY HAVE RISEN TO THE TOP OF THE IVY LEAGUE THANKS TO A RETIREE. YOU HAD A CUP OF COFFEE. 92 DAYS TO RETIREMENT. Reporter: AFTER COACHING PENN TO NINE CHAMPIONSHIPS, THE COACH RETIRED. HE COULDN’T STAY AWAY FROM FOOTBALL. I TRIED TO FOR THREE MONTHS AND IT JUST ISN’T WHAT I THOUGHT IT WAS GOING TO BE. Reporter: COLUMBIA OPENED ITS DOORS AND HE OPENED THEIR EYES TO A NEW WORLD OF SUCCESS. SCHEDULE AND CLASSES. Reporter: YOU PRACTICED IN THE MORNING? OH, YEAH. FRESHMAN YEAR WE PRACTICED AT 8 A.M. Reporter: HOW DO YOU PRACTICE FOOTBALL AT 8 A.M.? IT DIDN’T TURN OUT VERY WELL. Reporter: 0-10. THAT’S NOT THE WORST THIS PROGRAM HAS SEEN. IN THE ’80s, THEY LOST 44 STRAIGHT SETTING A RECORD IN FUTILITY. NOW THEY HAVE NEW PRACTICE TIMES, 3 P.M. NEW FACILITIES AND NEW-FOUND RESPECT. FRESHMAN YEAR YOU KIND OF KEPT YOUR HEAD DOWN AS A FOOTBALL PLAYER, EMBARRASSING ALMOST BUT NOW, I MEAN, I THINK WE WEAR THE BLUE WITH PRIDE. Reporter: THE SENIORS ARE LEADING A TEAM THAT NOW KNOWS HOW TO PRACTICE AND SCOUT AND SCORE. SINCE COACH BAGNOLI’S ARRIVAL, THE OFFENSE HAS DOUBLED AND HE HAS BETTER PLAYERS. YOU HAVE THE THIRD BEST RECRUITING CLASS IN THE NATION. I DON’T KNOW HOW PEOPLE JUDGE THAT. [ LAUGHTER ] I’LL BE HONEST. NOW, WE HAVE GOOD PLAYERS. BUT WE HAVE A GREAT PRODUCT. THAT’S WHAT I TELL EVERYBODY. Reporter: HOW DO YOU RECRUITED WHEN YOU DON’T HAVE TRADITION TO BUILD OFF OF? THAT’S THE ONLY THING WE DON’T HAVE. THE STRUCTURE HAD TO CHANGE. ONCE YOU HAVE THAT, THE PRODUCT IS GOOD ENOUGH WHERE YOU CAN ATTRACT SOME REALLY QUALITY KIDS. WHY WOULD A KID NOT WANT TO COME TO NEW YORK AND PLAY FOOTBALL IN THE CITY IN AN IVY LEAGUE INSTITUTION? IT’S A SLEEPING GIANT AND THE SLEEPING GIANT JUST WOKE UP. Reporter: A GIANT THAT INTENDS TO STAY AWAY. FROM THE UPPER WEST SIDE, STEVE OVERMYER, CBS 2 SPORTS. KEEP THAT GIANT UP IS RIGHT.

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