GAMBIER — When the Kenyon College Lords take the field against The College of Wooster for their final home football game of the 2011 season today, they’ll be looking to break a streak.
A big, long, nasty streak.
The Lords will be looking to avoid their 22nd consecutive loss — a streak that dates back to Oct. 17, 2009.
That’s why Kenyon president S. Georgia Nugent organized a committee with the goal of finding ways to bolster the struggling football program.
“Football has become the most popular sport,” said Kenyon head football coach Ted Stanley. “People are drawn to football. It brings them together in many ways. It can enhance the college, and can bring all segments of a college together. It unites the college.”
It’s hard to draw people to football when you’re trying to break a 21-game losing streak. Especially when only four of those games were decided by six points or less. But the committee plans to tackle that issue as well.
“It starts with me,” said Stanley, a member of the committee. “It’s the coach’s job to find the right student for the right job. We need to bring in good football players.”
In that aspect, recruiting is key. Bringing in better players is the goal of every football program. For Kenyon, it can be more difficult, given the fact that students have to suit an academic standard as well as an athletic one.