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Photo Credit: Sacramento Bee / Mel Evans

Princeton bestowed an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree to Pete Carril during yesterday's Commencement.

Far less momentous, but there's a brief, funny Carril anecdote in this piece on how social media has limited what contemporary coaches say and do.

It was an encouraging return to the major leagues for Chris Young. Making his first start in 13 months, Young allowed two earned runs on six hits in five innings for the Mets (75 pitches, 52 strikes), a small part of an odd 12 inning loss at Washington.

Will Venable is likely going to avoid the disabled list but remains out with a strained right oblique. Venable has been reunited with fellow Princetonian Ross Ohlendorf in San Diego.

Friend of the site Andy Glockner examines the rise of Harvard for Sports Illustrated.

Phil Belin said,

June 7, 2012 @ 12:14 am

What's wrong with Coach Carril's left pinky finger (look at the picture)?

Jon Solomon said,

June 7, 2012 @ 12:19 am

Unsure. Noticed it's odd shape a few months ago when I ran into him, but older photos (say from the Carril Court event) are inconclusive as to how long it has been that way.

John Poole said,

June 7, 2012 @ 4:44 pm


After reading the recent SI article on Harvard basketball, one might think that there is only one serious program in the league out there recruiting the big fish. Unfortunately, I was unable to make Reunions this year and attend the alumni basketball forum. Do you know if the coaches were asked if they have changed in any way our recruiting strategy based on Harvard's recent success in attracting higher profile recruits than the league has been accustomed to? It seems to me that, given our basketball traditions, Princeton and Penn should be, at least, on equal footing with Harvard if we can identify prospects as soon as Harvard does. Tiger prejudice aside, what the hell can Harvard possibly offer that we can't? If we go head to head with Harvard on 10 recruits, I would expect that we should get at least 6 of them. Penn is another matter since they have slightly different ground rules. Comments from anyone who attended Reunions this year?

Gregg Lange said,

June 7, 2012 @ 5:07 pm

Mel Evans' wonderful photo above, which will be a fond image for all of us for a very long time, has but one minor flaw (WE should talk....) in that it masks one of the day's other memorable aspects.

The bow tie.

God bless, Pete.

Jon Solomon said,

June 7, 2012 @ 7:19 pm

John, while that question was not raised I do believe Princeton has been trying to get involved with prospects earlier than in years past. I think that's one reason why you saw someone like Steven Cook commit when he did or T.J. Bray pledge Princeton comparatively early.

From what I have heard, one of the biggest differences between Harvard and Princeton (or Penn) is their staff's aggressive insistence to recruits that they "list Harvard" when talking about schools that have shown interest.


Jon Solomon said,

June 7, 2012 @ 7:21 pm

Gregg, Coach Carril told my father recently that one of the keys to tying your own bow tie properly is to do it slightly wrong so people know it isn't a clip-on!

Bart Kalkstein said,

June 11, 2012 @ 3:54 pm

Jon, did I miss a synopsis of what was discussed at the reunions update with the coaching staff this year? Anything interesting?

Jon Solomon said,

June 11, 2012 @ 5:49 pm


I didn't post a synopsis because I've considered what's shared at that event "off the record" in recent years (sort of like the banquet to me). If others felt like offering information on what they heard, they're welcome to as they may not hold themselves to similar restrictions.

The one thing I think I can mention is that Coach Henderson expected the schedule to be released very soon, like in the next week or so.



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