Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Go With The Flo

Chosen for the Ivy League? Dartmouth senior Folarin "Flo" Orimolade, a 5-foot-11, 240-pound whirling dervish of a pass rusher who made the All-Ivy League first team last fall.

From the text (LINK):
With terrific quickness, Orimolade gets into opposing backfields. He finished second in the Ivy League in both sacks (eight) and tackles for a loss (12) and led the league in forced fumbles (four) last season, when Dartmouth earned a share of its first Ivy title since 1996.
The 1970 Dartmouth baseball team advanced to the College World Series and a loyal reader has shared a tip that a member of the 1970 football team is in Omaha for the CWS right now.

Former linebacker Joe Jarrett '71 is the orthopedic surgeon for the Coastal Carolina baseball team that is down 1-0 in a best-of-three with Arizona for the national championship.

A West Virginia native, Jarrett earned All-New England recognition as a senior, pulling in two interceptions for an undefeated Big Green that used a stifling defense to finish 14th in the nation and win the Lambert Trophy over Penn State, symbolic of supremacy in the East.

Find Jarrett's bio with Strand Orthopaedics in Myrtle Beach HERE and his Dartmouth football bio below:

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Thoughtless postings on social media have cost recruits scholarships at powerhouse schools and doubtless have caused Ivy League schools to back off the odd potential recruit. But could thoughtful posting have the opposite effect?

Nothing terribly surprising here but FootballScoop takes a look at what a high schooler might want to post to differentiate himself from other players with similar playing backgrounds. (LINK)

Monday, June 27, 2016

Monday Musing

Dartmouth is featured in one of a series of videos under the banner Go Beyond The Brochure. It is ridiculously easy to quibble with this video – or several of the others that I watched from the series – but so be it.

An Alabama media group has produced a story headlined, Here's why college football recruitment comes at a price. (LINK) The story is built around a high school quarterback named JaCure' Jackson, who, along with his parents is  . . .
. . . in the midst of a four-stop, 2,800-mile Ivy League tour. The family football trip began Thursday afternoon as they departed Birmingham in a rented minivan. Next stop: Princeton – early Friday morning. Stops at Penn, Brown and Dartmouth are on the Northeast itinerary before Tuesday's return home. 
Estimated cost: $1,500. Even that price tag is for football camps and unofficial visits . . . supplemented by overnight stays with family in New Jersey.   
For as helpful as it is for the player and his family to see the schools, coaches and towns on their tour, it's just as helpful for the coaches to see the player. Here's why: Jackson is listed on various websites as 6-foot-3, 206 pounds, 6-4, 219, 6-4 1/2, 222 and 6-5 222. He's listed as pro style on one site and as dual threat in another. One site has him running a 5.14 in the 40 – which isn't exactly blazing for a lineman – and undoubtedly there will be another somewhere that has him running a 4.75.

Check out Jackson's six-game highlight video HERE.
When the list of former Dartmouth coaches who have enjoyed tremendous success in their sport after leaving Hanover is compiled Vin Lananna, the Big Green's cross country and track and field coach in the '80s and early '90s, will be at or near the top of the list.

A Register-Guard story about Oregon's Hayward Field hosting its third Olympic Trials in a row begins with a mention of the role played by Lananna, who left Dartmouth for Stanford and later essentially rebuilt the Oregon program – and Historic Hayward Field. Find his Oregon bio HERE.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Worth Your Time

Not sure who posted this or how long it will stay up but in case you missed it on Public Televsion, take some time out today and watch 8: Ivy League Football & America. You'll develop a new appreciation of the Ancient Eight, learn a lot and even get a few laughs. It is the definitive history of Ivy League football.

Read about the film or buy a DVD of it HERE.

The National Football Foundation wrote about the film HERE.

Editor's Note: If you happen to watch all the way through to the credits, you'll see a familiar name and website listed ;-)

Maryland's Carroll County Times has a story about a presentation Dartmouth coach Buddy Teevens made earlier this month under the headline:
Football: Teevens' seminar helping spread awareness for football safety in Carroll

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Pro Days

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers kicked off their CFL season with a loss to Montreal last night. If you watched the game on ESPN2 you might have spotted former Dartmouth captain Garrett Waggoner '13 playing special teams for Winnepeg. Check out his Blue Bombers bio HERE.
Colts.com has a story about Indianapolis defensive line coach Gary Emanuel, a Dartmouth assistant under Buddy Teevens from 1988-91. Find the story HERE.

This is his old Dartmouth bio:
Dartmouth already has one pitcher on the Chicago Cubs' staff. Could it have two in a few years? Looking to join Kyle Hendricks '12  is Duncan Robinson '16, a 6-foot-6, 220-pound right-hander selected by the Cubbies in the ninth round of the Major League Baseball Draft.

A loyal BGA reader from away shared this Wrigleyville "Catching Up With" feature on the lanky Texan.

As for Hendricks, he is in the headlines for something he did last night (LINK):
Chicago Cubs right-hander Kyle Hendricks made history Friday, becoming the first starting pitcher since at least 1900 to allow one hit in a minimum of five innings, with that hit being a grand slam, according to ESPNChicago.com. . . .
Hendricks recorded five strikeouts but departed with the game tied, giving him his first no-decision since May 11 against the San Diego Padres. His record remained at 5-6 while his ERA improved from 2.94 to 2.76.
Chicago won, 5-4.

Friday, June 24, 2016

How About That

Because That Certain Dartmouth '14 has moved from Yellowstone to Everglades to Yellowstone and will next be stationed who-knows-where (Everglades again?) with the National Park Service ,she hasn't changed her mailing address.

That means her Dartmouth Alumni Magazine comes here, and paging through the latest edition of the magazine last night I stumbled across interesting news about a onetime Dartmouth football standout . . . 

Former linebacker Marshall Hyzdu '00 was announced in December as the president of legendary football power Archbishop Moeller High School in the Cincinnati suburbs. (LINK)

A former Moeller football captain, Hyzdu posted 82 tackles with two sacks in his senior season with the Big Green. He went on to his MBA at Michigan and came to Moeller after serving as Vice President of Commercial Marketing at Bridgestone. He previously served as Global Marketing Director at Valvoline and before that as Senior Brand Manager at Kraft.

For those of a certain age Moeller once defined high school football excellence. 

Under Gerry Faust, who started the Crusader program, Moeller went 178-23-2 between 1962 and 1980, winning four mythical national championships, posting seven undefeated seasons and capturing five Ohio state championships over his final six seasons. Overall, Moeller has had five national championships and produced 38 All-Americans according to its extensive game notes.

After having a 53-game winning streak in 1978 snapped Moeller set off on a 71-game streak between 1978 and '85. A Sports Illustrated story about Faust after he was hired away from Moeller by Notre Dame said that he had 18 assistant coaches, 25 student managers and could call on seven team doctors at the Cincinnati prep powerhouse. The Moeller game program at the time ran some 150 pages and average attendance was about 18,000 – even though the school did not have a home field under Faust.

Moeller won its last state title in 2013, went 10-4 in 2014 and slipped to an uncharacteristic 5-5 last fall. 

If the name Hyzdu rings a bell with baseball fans it's because his brother Adam – a former Moeller quarterback – played seven years in the big leagues including four years with the Pittsburgh Pirates and two short stints with the Boston Red Sox.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

The Dartmouth Way

Dartmouth has released a 20-minute video entitled The Dartmouth Way intended to help football teams around the country practice tackling safely, without ever tackling each other. Here's the video along with a few screen grabs to give you an abbreviated idea of what it includes.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Catching Up

A Newsy video put out back when the Ivy League announced its ban on in-season tackling in practices features Dartmouth prominently:

Former offensive guard Clay Adams '93 has been named President and CEO of the local Mascoma Savings Bank. (LINK) Adams, who holds an MBA from Tuck, had been CEO of Vermont handmade glassware manufacturer Simon Pearce. (Thanks for the tip ;-)
Onetime Dartmouth football player Dr. Richard "Dick" Hastings '55 was inducted posthumously into Groton (NY) High School's Distinguished Graduate Hall of Fame earlier this month according to the Ithaca Journal. (LINK) The story notes that Hastings, who had lived in Woodstock, Vt., since retirement in 2000, "mentored many Dartmouth football players, and helped encourage and guide them toward medical and other professional careers." Hastings passed away in January. (LINK)
There's a saying in sportswriting that the smaller the ball the better the story and after covering two Masters, two US Opens, several PGA and LPGA Tour events and more state and regional opens than you can count, I'm here to tell you there's some truth to that. This week I've been staffing the Vermont Open and the young pro I wrote about yesterday has one heckuva story. Mandatory football content: When I saw Athletic Director Harry Sheehy at the Friends of Football Golf Classic Saturday he told me to tell the kid hello. Wonder why? Check out the story HERE.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Trusty Trustee

Missed this earlier but an email alerted me to the fact that a prominent Dartmouth football alum has been named a trustee of the college.

Joining the ranks of Dartmouth trustees is Jeff Blackburn '91, once a 6-foot-3, 225-pound outside linebacker from Concord, Mass.  Find the story on Dartmouth Now.

Blackburn, who had 60 tackles and an interception as a senior, is today Vice President of Business Development at Amazon. Blackburn has been labeled one of Amazon's all-stars by Fortune Magazine (link) and is on the short list of potential successors to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos (link).

Blackburn went on to earn his MBA from Stanford's Graduate School of business after graduating from Dartmouth.
One of Blackburn's teammates and classmates is also in the news.

The Boston Globe reports that former defensive tackle Mike O'Flynn '91, a product of Ipswich, Mass., was a featured speaker at the 30th Phelps Scholar-Athlete ceremony, honoring 14 accomplished student-athletes who were selected by Globe judges.

O'Flynn, now a managing partner at Choate Bridge Global Advisors, was one of the first scholar-athlete winners after the 1986-87 school year.
Jacob Kirkendall, video coordinator at Dartmouth in 2007, has been named associate director of football operations for the Tennessee Volunteers. (link) Kirkendall has been director of football operations at Eastern Michigan University since leaving Hanover.