Sport: How to Pick a Coach

The men in the examination room looked too rugged for a class of Ph.D. candidates. As they rumpled their hair and scribbled, some of them kept referring to textbooks. (A favorite: How to Play Football.) This was the College of the City of New York's unique way of selecting a new football coach.

C.C.N.Y. is the seventh largest U.S. college, but it has never had the seventh best football team. Its subway-riding students and alumni are much more interested in basketball. Last fall, having lost all its football games since 1943, C.C.N.Y celebrated its 100th anniversary by beating Wagner Memorial Lutheran College...

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