Hitting The Rhodes

Jan. 2, 2006

Nick Hartigan of Brown has a habit of packing a lot into a short time, but his schedule for the final weekend of the season is ridiculous. He will be shuttling to and from Providence, Pittsburgh and New York, trying to wrap up an Ivy title, the Walter Payton Award and a Rhodes Scholarship all at the same time.

The senior running back has made the finals in the Rhodes selection process and will have to interview Nov. 18 in Pittsburgh for the scholarship. Then he'll have to jump on a plane for New York, where Brown plays Columbia in its season finale the following day; at least a share of the Ivy League title could be on the line.

Afterward, he might have to fly back to Pittsburgh for another round of interviews that night. But missing the game is not an option, even for a chance at Oxford.

"These kids are my brothers," said Hartigan, who leads the nation in rushing. "I've spent four years killing myself -- we all have -- to get this Ivy League title. It's not something I can skip."

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