Saturday, February 17, 2018

View From Davis Varsity House


On assignment Friday afternoon I had reason to visit the top floor of Davis Varsity House and snapped this picture (which I wish I had centered).

Two people who went on to great renown actually lived in a little room in the Davis eaves for a short while.

One was Hall of Fame basketball coach Al McGuire. From a story originally in the Milwaukee Journal – italics are mine (LINK):
All those nights, those wet jocks, all the years in Belmont Abbey, two years living by myself in the gym at Dartmouth College, trying to explain why. 
 The other was Joe Moglia, who left Dartmouth and coaching behind to eventually become CEO of AmeriTrade, only to return to coaching at Coastal Carolina. From USA Today – again, italics are mine (LINK):
How did a self-described New York street kid born to immigrant parents go from coaching football at Dartmouth, where he was living in a storage room above the football offices, to a Wall Street job at age 34 for which he had almost no traditional qualifications?

Someone with great familiarity with Moglia and the old weight room atop Davis Varsity House has a new job although I have to admit the headline in the Dispatch-Argus fooled me. It reads:
Vikings hire veteran Dick Maloney
As it turns out, onetime Dartmouth assistant Dick Maloney isn't going to Minneapolis, but rather to Rock Island, Ill., where he will coach the Augustana Vikings' linebackers. A post on the Augustana football page details his hiring.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Old Names, New Places

A couple of coaching changes. How's that for a tease?

A pair of former Dartmouth defensive line coaches have found new homes.

Gary Emanuel, who coached at Dartmouth from 1988-91, is the new defensive line coach for the New York Giants. Emanuel coached the DL with the Indianapolis Colts from 2012-17. (LINK)

A graduate of New Hampshire's Plymouth State College – where he did a stint as head basketball coach – Emanuel left Dartmouth for a position at Syracuse. From there he went to Washington State and Purdue before getting his first taste of the NFL with the 49ers.

Also landing a new position is Cedric Calhoun, who coached at Dartmouth from 2006-09 and will join the staff at Rice. He spent the last four seasons at Vanderbilt, most recently in a defensive quality control position.

At Rice he'll be on staff with onetime Dartmouth assistant Pete Lembo, the Owls' first-year assistant head coach, and will connect with former Dartmouth quarterback Brian Mann '02, associate athletics director for development at the Houston school.
The New York Times has a story under the headline, Concussions Can Be Detected With New Blood Test Approved by F.D.A. That could, literally, be a game-changer for football.
The Dartmouth follows up on the college appointing a golf course advisory committee to consider three options from Hanover Country Club. From the story (LINK):
The first would be to keep the course operating essentially as is, while attempting to make small adjustments to minimize the course’s losses. The second would be to make a variety of major changes to the course to make it more financially viable, while trying to keep as many constituents as possible happy. The third option would be to shut down the golf course entirely.
Green Alert Take: The next serious golfer I talk to who thinks moving the clubhouse to Lyme Road, reconfiguring the layout to make it easier to play nine holes, and building a facility capable of hosting gatherings including weddings is a bad idea may well be the first.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

________________D ________________

Clearing out a few photos from last week I came across this one. The "D" disappeared with the last snowfall but was on full display on the last recruiting weekend.
College football is celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2019 and recently introduced the logo it will use for the celebration. What do you think?

It isn't often that letters to the editor make me laugh, but when I woke up this morning and read that Mikaela Shiffrin won gold yesterday I smiled thinking about a letter to the editor in last month's local daily. It ended this way:
Now that the skiing season is in full swing and the Winter Olympics will be upon us soon, I’ve now discovered that Olympic gold medalist Mikaela Shiffrin’s middle name is “Former Lyme Resident.” 
And yup, googling the newspaper website to pull up that letter to the editor revealed mention after mention mention of the gifted Olympic skier as "former Lyme resident."

In fact, she did live in the town just north of Hanover for five years or so while her father Jeff '76, worked as an anesthesiologist at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Jeff Shiffrin was a skier at Dartmouth.

There are a ton of stories online about Mikaela Shiffrin but one in the Nov. 27 New Yorker goes into detail about Jeff and the family's time in Lyme.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

This And That

Twitter comes through again with a photo of kicker Connor Davis of Forest High School in Ocala, Fla., "signing" with Dartmouth. Read more about him in an earlier BGA Daily post.
From a (Minnesota) Star Tribune story about the Vikings’ new offensive coordinator:
Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson allows two voices in his headset during games that perhaps aren’t in the ears of many of his colleagues.
It’s not the devil and angel sitting on his shoulders. It’s two of his “analytics guys”: Dartmouth graduate Ryan Paganetti and director of football compliance Jon Ferrari, according to an ESPN article.
Find Paganetti's Dartmouth football bio HERE.
Former Dartmouth wide receivers coach Cortez Hankton has moved on from Vanderbilt to Georgia, where he also will coach receivers. Why go from Dartmouth to Vandy to Georgia? A 247Sports posting gives one reason:
According to information obtained by Dawgs247 via open records request on Tuesday, Hankton is set to make $375,000.
The MVP "smart dummy" shows up in unusual places and can be used for more than tackling.

Here's the MVP being a target for Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles on the Ellen Show:
CLICK HERE to watch.
And here it is being used for "Simunition" training (meaning the bullets heading its way aren't being thrown ;-):

When I started as the beat writer covering Dartmouth sports there was no spell check. I take that back. There was a person who checked spelling. Even spell check might get nervous checking to make sure the name of the new Dartmouth men's soccer coach is spelled correctly: Adegboyega Oshoniyi. Fortunately, he goes by "Bo." Unfortunately, he's not (yet) like Ichiro and Cher and known by just one name.

The former MLS goalie takes over for Chad Riley as the coach of Dartmouth's most successful team after a stint as head coach at East Tennessee State University. (LINK)

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Of Quarterbacks And Coaches

A STATS story out today notes that in the FCS:
 . . . "(P)lenty of top signal callers will return in 2018. In fact, nearly two-thirds of the teams in the final Top 25 rankings can make that claim."
And in the Ivy League? That was true a year ago but not in 2018.

When the Ivies kicked off the 2017 season every team but Penn was returning its leading passer from the year before. (The Quakers' Alek Torgersen was the only graduated starting quarterback.)

2016 starting QBs back in 2017 (in order of most passing yards the year before): 
Dartmouth Jack Heneghan
Cornell Dalton Banks
Harvard Joe Viviano
Princeton Chad Kanoff
Columbia Anders Hill
Brown Thomas Linta
Yale Kurt Rawlings

The 2018 picture will be entirely different.

2017 starting QBs back in 2018 (in order of most passing yards):
Yale Rawlings (2,320 yards and 19 touchdowns last year)
Cornell Banks (1,994/6)
Harvard Jake Smith (1,154/5)
Teams that had senior starters last fall:
Princeton (Kanoff 3,474 yards, 29 TD)
Columbia (Hill 2,407/16)
Dartmouth (Heneghan 2,136/17)
Penn (Will Fischer-Colbrie 1,524/13)
Brown (Linta 1,320/8)
Of course, Princeton is expected to return John Lovett, the Ivy League player of the year in 2016 when he passed for 10 touchdowns (582 yards) and ran for 20 touchdowns and 411 yards.
Cornell has announced that head coach David Archer has received a contract extension. (LINK)

It has been speculated that the Big Red took a hard look at how Dartmouth resurrected its program in part by having patience with alum Buddy Teevens at the helm, and decided go the same route.

Records after five years:
Archer 12-38 overall, 9-26 Ivy League
Teevens 9-41 overall, 8-27 Ivy League

The Big Green came alive in Teevens' sixth year, going 6-4, and it hasn't looked back. Since the sluggish five-year start Dartmouth has gone 52-28 overall and 34-22 in conference.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Something Old, Something New

Even during the offseason the past couple of years videographer Alex Dodds turned out interesting, well-edited pieces showing off the best of the Big Green.

The Hanover native, who started as the Dartmouth football program's video coordinator in March of 2016, moved on last month to concentrate his attention on Something Blue Creative, the wedding videography concern he founded whose goal is to "produce truly personalized films focusing on your story as a couple using our unique cinematic style."

Check out the Something Blue Creative site HERE.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

How About That?

A local Vermont weekly has a story about a high school freshman announcing Woodstock Union basketball games. One of the boy's mentors is veteran NBC news correspondent Robert Hager, a Dartmouth '60.

Then the big aha about Hager, who spent time in front of a microphone as a Woodstock student himself:
Hager continued his sports broadcasting career at Dartmouth, where he became the news and sports director for the college’s radio station. “I wrote and broadcast a daily news show, and I was the play-by-play announcer for Dartmouth football, basketball and ice hockey. When our basketball team got to the NCAA tournament twice in two years, I got to broadcast back to Hanover from Madison Square Garden, New York. Quite a thrill!”
FCS guru Craig Haley has a piece on the Athlon magazine site under the headline, Which FCS Conference Champs are in Trouble in 2018? He breaks the league races down into three categories:
• Heavy Favorites
• Still Solid
• Change On The Way?
Where does he place 2017 Ivy League champion Yale, whose only loss was at Dartmouth? Under the Still Solid heading. He writes:
The Ivy League turned wacky in 2017 and it might stay that way this year with a number of legitimate title hopefuls. The Bulldogs will bring back a lot of their offensive weapons.
Congratulations to Dartmouth men's basketball and coach David McLaughlin for last night's resounding 72-56 win over Princeton at Leede Arena. (LINK)

While the Big Green is a disappointing 1-7 in conference, five of those losses have been nailbiters. One was in overtime to Harvard and four others were by 1, 2, 3 and 3 points. The most lopsided Ivy loss was by 10 points.

Princeton is 3-5 in the Ivy League, losing conference games in the last week by 15, 16 and 17 points.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

A Rant

It wasn't all that long ago that when their teams were losing Ivy League students and bands were known to join in a chorus of:
That's all right,
That's OK,
You're gonna work
For us some day.
I can also recall hearing it at Hanover High School when the children of the well-to-do Ivy League town were losing to nearby Lebanon. I didn't like it when I lived in Lebanon and I didn't find it funny after moving to Hanover.

Thankfully the chant has largely gone away, both on Ivy League campuses and at our local high school.

That came to mind yesterday when someone sent me an email about the Ivy League adding Porsche to its list of sponsors. Honestly, I thought it was a joke. At least I hoped it was a joke. It wasn't.

From a Bloomberg report (LINK):
Porsche will become the official car of the Ivy League, starting next month, with its logo on prominent display at league championships and across its media channels.
Talking about that yesterday with a former Ivy League athlete I greatly respect the term "tone deaf" was used.

Consider this. Central Connecticut State University has announced it is dropping its men's and women's golf teams and eliminating 35.5 scholarship as a cost-cutting move simply to be able to remain a Division I athletic program. At the same time the Ivy League, which is scheduling more and more contests against Central Connecticut and its brethren, is announcing it will join forces with a luxury automobile company and is crowing about it. From an Ivy League release (LINK):
“I am delighted to welcome Porsche as a partner of the Ivy League,” said Executive Director Robin Harris. “Our student-athletes thrive on challenge and push themselves to be the best they can be on and off the field. We are excited to work with an organization that shares our values."
I'm sure the athletes at Central Connecticut athletes thrive on challenge and push themselves to be the best they can be. Now imagine them squaring off against an Ivy League team and seeing that familiar Porsche gold, red and black logo staring back at them.

It brings to mind another once-popular variation of the old chant:
That's all right,
That's ok,
Your gonna pump
Our gas some day.
It's business and I understand. That doesn't mean I have to like it.

End rant.