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October, 1933 Stanley Woodward of the New York Herald Tribune first uses the phrase "Ivy colleges" in print to describe the eight current Ivy schools (plus Army). On February 8, 1935, AP Sports editor Alan Gould first uses the exact term "Ivy League". [From Mark Bernstein, Football: The Ivy League Origins of an American Obsession, University of Pennsylvania, 2001]

1945 The first "Ivy Group Agreement" is signed, applying only to football. It affirms the observance of common practices in academic standards and eligibility requirements and the administration of need-based financial aid, with no athletic scholarships. The agreement creates the Presidents Policy Committee, including the eight Presidents; the Coordination and Eligibility Committee, made up of one senior non-athletic administrator from each school; and the committee on Administration, comprised of the eight directors of athletics.

February, 1954 The Ivy Presidents extend the Ivy Group Agreement to all intercollegiate sports. Their statement also focuses on presidential governance of the league, the importance of intra-League competition, and a desire that recruited athletes be academically "representative" of each institution’s overall student body. Although this is the League’s official founding date, the first year of competition is 1956-57.

December, 1969 Clayton Chapman, Assistant Athletic Director at Cornell, becomes Executive Secretary of the Council, providing its first staff assistance.

March, 1971 The Ivy League becomes the last conference in the country to endorse the national change to freshman eligibility on varsity teams. Although the Ivy Presidents do not permit the change in all team sports, by 1980 the change is complete in all team sports except in football and men’s rowing.

December, 1971 With women now enrolled as undergraduates at all eight Ivy institutions, the Presidents unanimously approve the proposal of the Coordination and Administration Committees that "The Ivy Group rules of eligibility shall not be construed to discriminate on grounds of sex."

July, 1973 The Presidents agree to appoint a full-time coordinator for the Ivy Group, and in December Ricardo Mestres, a Vice President at Princeton, attends his first Presidents meeting as the Ivy Group’s permanent Executive Director.

May, 1974 The Ivy Group officially begins League championships in women’s sports, as the Radcliffe-Harvard women crew wins the first official women’s Ivy championship.

March, 1976 James Litvack, a Princeton faculty member, becomes the second Executive Director. A joint committee is formed to make specific recommendations for applying rules equitably to both men and women, and to consider rules for the number of contests, length of seasons, etc., in women’s sports.

February, 1977 The Ivy Presidents approve a 10th game for football, previously limited to nine games.

August, 1977 The Ivy Presidents adopt the name Council of Ivy Group Presidents, and the Coordination and Eligibility Committee becomes the Policy Committee.

June, 1979 On the 25th anniversary of the 1954 Agreement, the Council of Presidents issues a 10-point Statement of Principles, reaffirming basic goals with regard to admissions, financial aid, and the role of athletics in the undergraduate educational experience.

May, 1980 On recommendations of the Athletic Directors and Policy Committee, the Council of Presidents unanimously adopts the "Parry-Ryan" report, a comprehensive approach to assuring that the scope of scheduling, competition and practice opportunities will be consistent with athletes’ academic priorities. This basic structure remains in effect today.

Fall/Winter, 1981 Marking the 25th anniversary of the first Ivy season, sportswriters covering the League select all-time Silver Anniversary Football and Men’s Basketball teams.

December, 1981 A special NCAA convention creates a "I-AA" football division and Ivy League members begin play in that division the following September.

September, 1984 Jeffrey Orleans, a Yale graduate and lawyer and author of the federal Title IX regulation, is appointed the third Executive Director of the Council of Ivy Group Presidents. He is authorized to hire other professional staff to create an Ivy League Office to more effectively coordinate and serve institutional’ activities, represent the League nationally, and engage in League-wide sports information and championship administration.

June, 1985 The Council formally adopts a structure, which remains in effect currently, for monitoring the academic qualifications of recruited athletes.

July, 1986 Constance Huston Hurlbut becomes the League’s first Assistant Director, assuming responsibility for Ivy League sports publicity from the institutional sports information offices. In 1993, Hurlbut becomes Executive Director of the Patriot League.

June, 1989 The Council approves a third professional position, dividing the functions of rules compliance and sports information; Charles Yrigoyen III becomes Assistant Director for public information.

June and December, 1991 Coincident with reducing the permitted number of recruited football players, the Council agrees to freshman eligibility in football and to 12 sessions of spring practice for football rather than one spring "media day."

April, 1993 The Ivy League receives its first automatic bid to the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball championship, for 1994. In the next few years the Ivy League will become the only conference to attain automatic bids in every women’s sport.

July, 1993 Carolyn Campbell McGovern succeeds Connie Hurlbut as Senior Associate Director. While extending and formalizing Ivy rules compliance activities, and assisting the eight Ivy institutions through the first NCAA "certification" reviews, she also will chair both the Olympic Sports and Women’s Ice Hockey Committees of the NCAA.

June, 1994 The Council of Presidents approves the appointment of a Senior Women’s Athletic Administrator to the Policy Committee, a position complementing the long-standing representation of a Director of Athletics.

August, 1996 Associate Director Chuck Yrigoyen oversees the inauguaration of the Ivy League website (, and begins the League’s transition to electronically-focused sports information.

May, 1998-April, 1999 The Ivy League holds a year-long celebration of the 25th Anniversary of Ivy League Women’s Championships, including events at each campus, a traveling photo-history mural, timeline exhibit, selection of the women’s Silver Anniversary Team in all sports and a two-day symposium in April 1999, in New York City with 300 alumnae and other participants. The League’s Silver Anniversary is remembered in print with the November, 1999 publication of Silver Era, Golden Moments, an authoritative 200-page narrative and photographic history.

July, 2000 The Council approves a fourth professional position to provide for the first time a focus on championships, officiating, scheduling, and other aspects of sport administration. Brett A. Hoover becomes the new Assistant Director for Public Information, focusing on web-based communication with the media and all Ivy constituencies.

September, 2002 The Ivy League redesigned website draws more than one million visitors in its first full year.

October, 2002 Harvard beats Cornell in football in the first YES Network broadcast of Ivy League sports. YES broadcasted Ivy football games for six seasons (2002-07).

November, 2002 The Ivy League hosted the first ESPN College GameDay football show to draw more than 1.5 million households (November 16, 2002, Harvard-Penn at Franklin Field).
July, 2004 The Ivy League produces the largest and most complete compilation of athletes from the eight schools who have competed in the Olympic Games, The celebration of the Athens Games that summer would later spin off a book — Ivies In Athens — written by summer intern Jay Bavishi.

September, 2005 The Ivy League and SIRIUS Satellite Radio announce a four-year agreement for an Ivy Game of the Week broadcast package for football and basketball.

2006-07 The Ivy League celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the formal agreement with a year-long online feature known as Ivy@50. There were nearly 200 features written about former athletes, the likes of Bill Bradley, Ken Dryden, Calvin Hill, Allison Feaster, Meredith Rainey, Steve Jordan, Marcellus Wiley, Chick Igaya, Reggie Williams and Christina Teuscher. Stephen Eschenbach served as the primary writer for the ground-breaking series.

The Ivy League boasted an all-time high 18 Academic All-Americans during the 2006-07 season.

February, 2008 Jeffrey H. Orleans announced his retirement, effective June 30, 2009, as the third Executive Director of the Council of Ivy Group Presidents. Orleans served as Executive Director for 25 years.

July, 2008 The Ivy League Office’s three internships were upgraded to Assistant Director positions, one in Compliance and Governance and two in Communications, effective July 1, 2008. The new positions were filled by the current interns, Megan McHugo, Wesley Harris and Alex Searle, respectively, who were entering their third years with the League office.

Scottie Rodgers was named Associate Director, Communications, succeeding Brett Hoover, effective July 1, 2008.

August, 2008 The Ivy League The Ivy League and VERSUS announced unprecedented national television coverage for the 2008 football season. VERSUS televised five Ivy League football games under the title “The Ivy League Game of the Week, Presented by TIAA-CREF.” The agreement marks the first time since the early 1990s that Ivy League football games have been packaged together nationally. The games reached more than 73 million U.S. homes, the widest reach of Ivy football games in League history.

September, 2008 The Ivy League blog for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing,, drew 53,581 viewers since its inception on July 30, 2008. The blog featured 216 stories, including a daily feature for all 16 days of competition, 40 Ivy@50 Olympic stories, daily recaps of individual and team performances and special video features.

February, 2009 Robin Harris, Senior Counsel and Co-Chair in the Collegiate Sports Practice at Ice Miller, LLP, named the fourth Executive Director of the Council of Ivy Group Presidents, effective July 1, 2009.