Columbia hires first black head coach in Ivy League

NEW YORK -- Norries Wilson became the first black head
football coach in Ivy League history, taking over a Columbia
program that hasn't had a winning season since 1996.

The former Connecticut offensive coordinator was introduced at a
news conference Monday at Columbia's Manhattan campus, a day after
being hired by the Division I-AA program.

The Lions were 2-8 overall this season and winless in the Ivy

"I want to say that we're going to be successful in football
here at Columbia," Wilson said. "A lot of people don't believe
that. A lot of my friends call me and say, 'Coach, what are you
doing?' And I say, 'Well, we're going to go win some games.' We're
going to teach them how to win and leave them with a great
experience as far as playing football."

Columbia hasn't won a league title since sharing the crown in

Wilson replaces Bob Shoop, who was fired on Nov. 20, a day after
a 52-21 loss to Brown. Shoop was 7-23 in three seasons.

Wilson had spent the last seven season as an assistant at UConn
and the past four seasons as offensive coordinator for head coach
Randy Edsall.

In 2004, Wilson's offense led the Big East in scoring and
rushing. The Huskies slipped to second to last in total offense
this season with injuries forcing them to use three different