Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Looking Back, Looking Ahead

From the day of the Green White game this spring:

Remember what it said in this space yesterday about the ancillary value of Dartmouth football coach Buddy Teevens' role in the Practice Like Pros movement? Check this from the Chicago Sun-Times:
Pro football Hall of Famer and former Bears coach Mike Ditka will address the Illinois High School Association about the need to reduce tackling in high school football practice on Wednesday in Oak Brook.
Ditka and Dartmouth coach Buddy Teevens are joining Practice Like Pros, a national movement to advocate less contact on high school practice fields. One study shows that 60-75 percent of head trauma in high school football is suffered in practice and not in games.
Lonestar Preps has another brief mention of the commitment of Texas wide receiver Hunter Hagdorn (with photo) HERE. The Hagdorn news first appeared on this site HERE.

The Ivy League football media day is one week from today. Last year this site had:

• Immediate poll results (LINK)
• Same-day audio of Buddy Teevens' comments (LINK)
• A "poll vs. actual" chart going back 10 years (LINK)
• Summary of strengths and weaknesses of each team (LINK)

Comments from the other seven Ivy League coaches were then rolled into the detailed previews on BGA Premium.

If you haven't yet renewed or signed up for BGA Premium, now is the time. And please note, if you sign up for the first time you need to choose a User Name and Password HERE to access the site.

Monday, August 03, 2015

Monday Musings

Name recognition is not a problem for Harvard, Yale or Princeton. When a football coach from HYP wants to stop by a high school or calls a home to talk with an Ivy League-calibre athlete, no one says, "Harvard, what's that?"

It's different at Darthmouth University. (sic)

Dartmouth College football coach Buddy Teevens isn't involved with the Practice Like Pros movement for name recognition. Not his and not Dartmouth's.

But make no mistake about it. That's a side benefit of his involvement with the movement. Consider this from the Tulsa World (LINK)
Terry O’Neil, a former successful television producer, has a simple message: Save the high-impact tackling for where it matters most — in games.
He visited the Oklahoma Coaches Association convention Wednesday and asked rhetorically, “You want to blow up your teammate? Who are you hurting? Us?”
O’Neil attributes the quote to Dartmouth College coach Buddy Teevens, who made a winner of the Big Green with safer techniques and by limiting practice contact.
“He’s one of the only (Division I) coaches who can say to a parent, ‘If your son comes to Dartmouth, he will never tackle or be tackled except for 10 days a year (during games),’” O’Neil said.
Teevens spoke at the Louisiana high school coaches convention a couple of weeks back. High school coaches in that state who didn't know of him or Dartmouth now do.

I don't think he was at the Oklahoma coaches convention but the next time he or one of his assistants calls a high school in Oklahoma where they might not have recruited previously, they may hear, "Oh yeah. Dartmouth. You're the school that started winning when it stopped tackling in practice. I'm looking forward to finding out how you did it."
Good news for That Certain Dartmouth '14, who graduated with an earth science major and an education minor. After working at Colorado National Monument last summer she has spent this summer as a season ranger in Yellowstone working with the park's youth conservation corps. She just learned that she'll be extended at the park from the end of her current assignment until late November.

She's had good indication that another season position will crop up after this one is finished, so . . . fingers crossed. Seasonal positions are the route into year-round careers in the National Park Service and hopefully That Certain '14 will make it all the way through that door in the not-too-distant future.

Sunday, August 02, 2015

First Person

Sharper eyes than mine have uncovered a newish site called Ivy on Vine, "Inside Access to Ivy League Student-Athletes." Think Derek Jeter's The Players' Tribune."

From the site's intro (LINK):
Ivy On Vine was created to give you an inside look into Ivy League athletics. All of our posts come from current and former Ivy student-athletes that want to share their experiences with those that are interested. Our goal is to show all sides of these well rounded students so that you can understand what it means to perform at the highest level in the classroom and in-between the lines.
Here you will read about more than grade point average and points per game. You will follow student-athlete’s experiences, stories, advice, and wisdom. So, whether you are a Harvard basketball player that wants to know what it’s like to be a student-athlete at Yale, a worrisome parent that wants to know more about the schools that are recruiting your child, or just a fan of Ivy League athletics… this is the place for you!
The first Dartmouth football player to post a story on Ivy on Vine is senior quarterback/wide receiver Ernest Evans. Find his first-person story HERE.
The Raleigh News & Observer writes about incoming Yale wide receiver Bo Hines, who led North Carolina State last fall with 45 catches for 616 yards – including eight grabs for 103 yards and a touchdown against Florida State when the Seminoles were top-ranked. The story's lede gets to the heart of his reason for transferring to Yale:
When Bo Hines says he has big political dreams, he's not kidding.
"Governor of North Carolina and the ultimate goal would be president," Hines said.
That's why, after a successful freshman football season at N.C. State, the Charlotte, N.C., native decided to transfer to Yale, where five U.S. presidents have passed through undergrad or law school.
Probably didn't hurt Yale's cause that quarterback Morgan Roberts is another Charlotte product who transferred in from Clemson and has had a pretty good run in New Haven so far ;-)
Nike Lalos is a 6-foot-5, 230-pound rising high school senior from St. Vincent-St. Mary in Ohio who can play tight end, defensive end or linebacker. Cleveland.com reports he has "offers" from Akron, Ball State, Brown, Buffalo, Colgate, Columbia, Dartmouth, Davidson and Kent State. It then gives his capsule impression of 11 schools he visited including Pitt, West Virginia, Northwestern, Harvard, Princeton and yes, Dartmouth. (LINK)

Of Dartmouth the paper notes he . . .
Thought the campus was beautiful and likes the prospect of an Ivy League education. Feels it offers a nice family feeling being a little bit smaller than some schools and away from the city. 
Over recent years Dartmouth and the Ivy League have been fashioning a scheduling relationship with the Pioneer Football League, which bills itself as "the nation’s only non-scholarship, football-only NCAA Football Championship Subdivision conference." (LINK)

I can hear Ivy Leaguers already saying, "Wait a minute. What about us?"

Read the PFL description carefully. It says it is the lone "football-only" conference not providing athletic scholarships. The Ivy League is not a football-only conference and the PFL schools do indeed offer athletic scholarships, but in men's and women's basketball and other sports that play in other conferences. It's semantics, folks. ;-)

All of which brings us around to a Florida Times-Union story that goes into great detail about why Jacksonville University found itself in trouble with the Pioneer Football League over so-called "leadership" scholarships. From the story:
On average, football players received nearly four times the amount of financial assistance annually ($18,000) as a regular student ($5,000). Even more skewed were the frequency of those — 70 percent of the available scholarships were going to those athletes, some of whom the coaching staff didn’t even recruit.
The school’s own internal investigation found that a total of 95.8 percent of JU football players in 2013 were on leadership scholarships (23 of 24 starters), while just 6 percent of the student body was receiving the same package.
The PFL's University of San Diego had its own issues with the scholarship rules in 2013. (LINK)

Saturday, August 01, 2015

More Stadium

In town yesterday I stopped by to grab a few snaps of the work at Memorial Field only to realize I'd left the memory card for my camera on my desk. Oops. These pictures were taken with my iPod Touch.

Click photos to supersize.

The classic outside of the stadium has been preserved, topped off with the addition of the brick-sided press box.

Even some of the Ivy has returned alongside the main entrance.
It's not dramatic but a lot of you have asked about rest rooms so here you go.
Not exactly sure what the long, narrow windows are for. At one point I believe they might have been  ticket windows.
NorthJersey.com has a story about incoming linebacker Harris Farber, who will miss this season because of injury. (LINK)
Dartmouth will have a new radio/streaming digital video play-by-play caller this fall. Dick Lutsk has been selected to replace Bob Fouracre as the football and basketball voice at Holy Cross. (LINK)
Wayne Young '72 will return to the booth return as color commentator and an announcement of his broadcast partner should be forthcoming.

Green Alert Take: Dick Lutsk will be missed. He was always well-prepared and professional. I did the pregame show with him each week and he made it easy, even for someone more comfortable with the printed word. Best of luck, Dick.
The Shrine-Maple Sugar Bowl game pitting the top graduated seniors from New Hampshire against their counterparts from Vermont has traditionally been held at Dartmouth's Memorial Field. With the stadium construction project making Memorial unavailable, this summer's game will be played tonight at Castleton State College on the west side of Vermont. (LINK)

The only player on the current Dartmouth roster to play in the game is senior wide receiver Daniel Gorman, who played for the New Hampshire team. A receiver/punter/place kicker for New Hampshire, he set the Shrine Game record with eight extra point kicks in the 2012 game.

New Hampshire leads the all-time series, 46-13-2. The Granite Staters have won the past 14 games, outscoring Vermont along the way, 518-151. New Hampshire has won 24 of the past 26 meetings despite the Shrine board tweaking the rules every few years to try to make the games more competitive.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Another Day, Another Name

According to his Twitter feed, Texas wide receiver Hunter Hagdorn will be heading to Dartmouth in another year. (LINK)

The 6-foot, 175-pound Hagdorn, who goes to Manvel High School south of Houston, had offers from Illinois, Colorado State, Harvard and Lamar according to 247 Sports. (LINK)

Rivals adds Cornell to the list. (LINK)

Hagdorn caught 16 passes for 339 yards and three touchdowns last fall, averaging 21.2 yards per reception as the Mavericks went 14-1 overall and 8-0 in District 22-6A. His quarterback, by the way, threw 47 touchdown passes to just three interceptions ;-)

Here are his highlights:

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Heading This Way

A couple of stadium photos shot Wednesday show the brickwork on the front of the press box apparently nearing completion. Click the photos to enlarge.

Twitter reports confirm two commitments to the Dartmouth football Class of 2020.

Headed this way if everything goes according to plan will be Jake Pallotta, a safety (and quarterback) from legendary football town Massillon, Ohio, and Davis Brief, a kicker-punter from Warwick, N.Y.
The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Pallotta will be a senior this fall at Jackson High School. Find his Twitter announcement with Dartmouth graphics HERE. There's a story about him playing quarterback HERE.

Find a headshot and statistics HERE.

Pallotta's highlight video from last fall:

Brief announced his commitment to Dartmouth HERE. His stats from a kicking camp are HERE and his high school career stats are HERE.

Find a story about Brief kicking as an eighth grader HERE and a 2013 story on him kicking in the Youth Eastbay All America Bowl in San Antonio HERE.

Here are his highlights:

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Pay Attention To Those Game Times . . . Or Else

Headed to a Dartmouth football game this fall? Better double-check the schedule. Make that triple-check.

With the announcement that the Oct. 3 game at Penn will be at 3:30, the Big Green schedule now features games at seven different game times, on two different days of the week:

Noon – Georgetown, Central Connecticut and Princeton
12:30 – Brown
1:30 – Yale
3 – Columbia
3:30 – Penn
7 – Sacred Heart
7:30 Harvard (Friday)
8 – Cornell (Friday)

Green Alert Take: Mark it down. Someone will show up for a game this fall and have a long wait on a Saturday afternoon. Or a r-e-a-l-l-y long wait if the game was played the night before.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Steelers blog writes about Dartmouth alum Dan Rooney '12 (LINK):
The son of Art II, Dan works as a scout for the Steelers. He was a quarterback and is a graduate from Dartmouth and interned in the NFL offices for a few years before joining the Steelers’ scouting department. He is intelligent, grew up around football, knows the game and looks to me to have all the qualifications to succeed his father in the job with more seasoning, if indeed that is how they want to go when that time comes.
Find Rooney's Dartmouth bio HERE.
Speaking of former Dartmouth quarterbacks in coaching, Dan Shula '06 is wide receivers coach at Florida Atlantic University after working at Alabama, Miami and Illinois State. Find his FAU bio HERE.

The latest college football team to join early adopter Dartmouth on the STRIVR virtual reality bandwagon is Rice University. (LINK)
Would it surprise you that there will be more colleges fielding football teams this fall than ever before? It's true.

With the addition of East Tennessee State University, Finlandia University, Lyon College and Kennesaw State (whose president is Dartmouth alum Daniel Papp) there will be an all-time high 773 college football teams this fall according to the National Football Foundation. There were 32 football teams added between 2011 and 2014. (LINK)

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

On The Flat Screen . . .

The Ivy League and Dartmouth announced the schedule of TV games yesterday and here are the Big Green games that will be nationally* televised:

Saturday, Oct. 10 vs. Yale, 1:30 p.m. Fox College Sports

Friday, Oct. 30 at Harvard,  7:30 p.m. NBCSports Network

Friday, Nov. 6 vs. Cornell, 8 p.m. NBCSports Network

Saturday, Nov. 21 vs. Princeton, noon, American Sports Network

* May not be available on all systems or in all locations.

In addition, five of the Big Green's seven Ivy League games and six games in total will be streamed live via the Ivy League Digital Network.

Find a Dartmouth release HERE and an Ivy League release with the full schedule of televised games around the league HERE.
In addition to his family, among those who saw former Dartmouth linebacker Matt Oh '11 help the United States win the International Federation of American Football World Championship in Canton, Ohio was Big Green teammate Timmy McManus.

Oh was chosen a defensive captain the team's second game against Japan and scored a touchdown on a fumble recovery against France.

Oh has enjoyed success of the field as well. Here's a mural he created for a Plano, Texas installation:

Went to the drive-in last night with Mrs. BGA and That Certain Nittany Lion senior. The Fairlee Motel & Drive-In Theater is about a 20-minute drive north of campus and absolutely worth a visit.

We saw Jurassic World, not because we wanted to see the movie, but because we try to go to the drive-in at least once a summer and this is our vacation week. Suffice it to say, the drive-in was great. The movie? Um, not so much.

If you are around this summer, by all means think about making a trip up I-91 to catch a show. They even have double-features on weekends!