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Why would the head men’s basketball coach at Princeton leave to coach Fairfield, you ask?

It may come as a surprise that Sydney Johnson, head coach of the men’s basketball team at Princeton University, has left Princeton to take the post of head coach of men’s basketball at Fairfield University. Why would Johnson leave his alma mater, a university he led to a share of the Ivy League title this year as well as a berth in the NCAA tournament (before falling 59-57 to an eventual Final Four team in the University of Kentucky)?

The answer is twofold. Johnson was making between $200,000 to $250,000 and the new job could pay him double that figure but speculation is he also left because while Harvard University has lowered its admissions standards for its men’s basketball team, Princeton University has failed to follow suit. Will Johnson’s departure inspire Princeton to lower its admissions standards for its men’s basketball recruits? Only time will tell.

Check out our posts on applicants to Princeton, college admissions and March Madness, and Princeton’s tournament berth.


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