"Whether you believe it or not," Kutler told the team, referring to the dumb-jock slurs, "this year you are living in glass houses." But it's the team that has a right to throw stones. The average SAT score for incoming freshmen at Hartwick this year is 981. The 61 freshmen who came to play football average 995.
"Your soccer ball's all out of shape."
It is a Friday afternoon, the day before the Warriors' opening game, against King's College of Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Lennox, who is genuinely pleased with the advent of football at Hartwick, is kidding Stetson about the football he cradles in his right arm. The next afternoon Lennox's soccer team will defeat Fresno State 1-0. In the evening Stetson's Warriors will surrender a fourth-and-goal touchdown with :24 remaining and lose to King's College by the score of 20-17. Mottl will make the best catch of the game, and Anisimov will hit a 31-yard field goal, two PATs and quite a few of King's offensive backs. Afterward Stetson will have to explain to a newfound legion of fans why Anisimov is not in the offensive backfield himself. The Rushin' Russian. Stetson smiles.
"In 1991 we had 363 freshman," says Hartwick public relations director Bill Brophy, "and were told that we'd need to bring in a class of 415 in '92 to meet our budget. Was football a good idea? This year we have 453 freshman."
On Sept. 12 it seemed as if every one of them attended both the soccer and the football games. Oneonta may be a small town, but as Lennox and Stetson will tell you, it's big enough for both of them.