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Coach Sydney Johnson - 3/4/10.

Tigers head coach Sydney Johnson and editor Jon Solomon sat down on Thursday morning at Jadwin Gym for their final regular season one-on-one interview of 2009-10. This Q&A is 19:00+ in length.

Johnson and Solomon break down Princeton's close loss at Cornell, talk about the difference Jeff Foote makes for the Big Red and discuss how and why the Tigers bounced back on Saturday against Columbia. The pair also preview this final three games of Ivy play against Dartmouth, Harvard and Penn before Coach Johnson finished the interview talking about each of the four members of Princeton's senior class.

Randy Bergmann said,

March 4, 2010 @ 10:12 pm

If Princeton wins out, what do you think the odds are of an NIT bid? Do you think Johnson and the players are talking about that?

Jon Solomon said,

March 4, 2010 @ 10:21 pm

If Princeton wins out, the odds are extremely decent that they'll play a postseason game.

It may be cliche, but I think the only topic Coach Johnson and the players are talking about right now is Dartmouth.

R.W. Enoch, Jr. said,

March 5, 2010 @ 12:17 pm

Heh, "extremely decent." Trying to cover all your bases there?

In his post-Columbia game interview, Doug Davis said something along the lines of, "Coach has said that even though we lost to Cornell, we still need to win the rest of our games for a couple of reasons," or something like that. The last five words of that stood out to me, and made it seem like they have probably talked about 1) beating Harvard for 2nd place, 2) a 20-win season, and 3) a possible post-season. While Coach J is definitely a game-by-game kind of guy, I'm sure he also realizes that student-athletes will play better if there are real, tangible goals in mind other than just winning for the sake of winning.

Jon Solomon said,

March 5, 2010 @ 12:23 pm

I'll qualify: If Princeton wins their last three games, I would personally be surprised if they didn't earn a bid to one of the postseason tournaments.

This is not something the program would turn down, if offered.


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