Saturday, August 18, 2018


Buddy Teevens' decision to bring in two female coaching interns for the first half of the preseason earned stories in USA Today (above) and the Los Angeles Times (LINK) among others.
CLICK HERE to watch the video or read the story.
Headline from a TV station's story about this week's Georgia Lottery honored athlete: Scholar Athlete picked up Ivy League offer while winning 'Fortnite'

From the story:
(Running back Nate) Hope narrowed down his selection to Yale and Dartmouth and ultimately decided that Hanover, New Hampshire was the place for him. He committed to play for Dartmouth.
Hope's first mention in this electronic precinct came HERE.
From a story about the new ESPN+ offering, which will carry Ivy League football. Italics are mine (LINK):
College football is incredibly important for ESPN+. ESPN itself has the rights to 900 college football games this upcoming season, with at least 200 airing on ESPN+ in its first season. The subscription service also has access to games from at least nine conferences that may not be as popular on a linear net, such as Ivy League or Sun Belt games.
“We show you the biggest games across our linear networks, but we recognize the fact that a fan of Dartmouth football will be just as passionate as a fan of Alabama football. We want to serve every sports fan,” (ESPN President Jimmy) Pitaro explained.
Green Alert Take:  I can name one fan who fits the bill, and he's not even an alum. Pitaro, by the way, was a receiver at Cornell in the late '80s.
On Nov. 6, 1869, Princeton and Rutgers played the first college football game with RU claiming a 6-4 win.

Princeton fans calling for the Tigers and Scarlet Knights to play each other to celebrate the 150th anniversary of that historic game found their pleas falling on deaf ears and not because Rutgers wouldn't schedule an FCS team. You can bet it stuck in the craw of a lot of Princeton fans when they learned an FCS team from New Jersey was indeed going to play Rutgers but it was the state's only other FCS team. Monmouth, whose history in college football dates all the way back to 1993 (that's not a typo) will play at RU in 2020.

From a story (LINK):
It will be the first time Rutgers has played an in-state school since its last matchup with Princeton in 1980. Monmouth and Princeton will meet this September in what appears to be the first Division-1 game between in-state schools since that year. 
The Big Ten has relaxed its prohibition on member schools playing Football Championship Subdivision (formerly known as Division-1AA) programs. Teams are now permitted to schedule FCS opponents in seasons where they only have four conference home games. 
Rutgers has five conference games in 2020, but the league approved the FCS game since Rutgers will not play one in 2019 or 2021.
By the way, Monmouth is earning a $375,000 paycheck for the game.
The BGA Premium preview series wraps up tonight with a look at Yale. Full in-person coverage of practice begins tomorrow. If you haven't subscribed yet, CLICK HERE to sign up.

Friday, August 17, 2018

In The News And More

Former All-Ivy League lineman Mike McCune, sports anchor of WCAX-TV in Burlington, Vt., has a report about Dartmouth's efforts at making the game safer spun out of the annual Football 101 event earlier this week on Memorial Field. Watch the report HERE.
A release out of Dartmouth about the start of practice on Sunday offers a brief outline of the coming season. (LINK)
If you've been under a rock somewhere and haven't noticed something is different about Columbia football, check this out:

STATS, the bible of the FCS, takes a capsule look at Dartmouth opponent Sacred Heart in its ongoing look at the various conferences, in this case the Northeast. The Pioneers are picked to finish sixth in the seven-team loop. (LINK)
It was nice meeting a few of Dartmouth's incoming freshman parents last night. If you haven't already, do check out BGA Premium here. Your subscriptions play a big role in making sure Mrs. BGA lets me keep doing this ;-)

Oh, and the BGA opponent previews wrap up with a look at Princeton today and Yale tomorrow. Daily coverage of practice begins with the first session Sunday. A reminder that there will be stories on the site for 101 consecutive days!

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Breaking New Ground

Dartmouth football coach Buddy Teevens is welcoming a pair of groundbreaking coaching interns during preseason camp. From a Dartmouth release about the two women coming to Hanover:
Chenell Tillman-Brooks and Callie Brownson will serve as coaching interns during the team's preseason camp. 
The duo will be full members of the coaching staff for the first two weeks of preseason camp. Due to NCAA regulations, they will not be allowed to instruct on the field, but they will take part in all of the team activities, from meetings on the recruiting process, strength and conditioning, practice and game planning, and film evaluation, as well as staff meetings and personnel discussions. They will have a presence on the field during practices, however, supporting and organizing drills, providing offensive and defensive looks to give context, and offering feedback to the staff. 
STATS, the bible of the FCS, has a brief story HERE.

Green Alert Take: I spoke with Coach Teevens about his new coaching interns a couple of weeks ago and will have a story on BGA Premium in the coming days. One thing that stood out from our conversation is that the women were already coaching the game – in one case youth football – and Teevens believes that sharing the safety initiatives his staff uses with coaches who work with children and inexperienced players is valuable and important.

Cortez Hankton, another coach Teevens brought in, spent three years after Dartmouth at Vanderbilt and is now at Georgia. CLICK HERE to watch a mic'd up video with the wide receivers coach who was both immensely popular and successful in Hanover.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Tomkins To Touch Down In France

Former Dartmouth standout Nick Tomkins '18, twice an All-Ivy League selection, has signed to play professionally in France. Find the release above HERE. Google translation:
After a long hesitation, Brandon Crawford who was considering returning to the club decided to end his career because of a worn body. 
So Nick TOMKINS who will replace him for position poste.Nick Tomkins top
A graduate of Dartmouth, a prestigious IVY League university, Nick has played 31 games for the Big Green, including 20 in Defensive End. 
Massive (1m92 for 128kg) he has accumulated 81 veneers in career (including 71 during these last 2 seasons)
Named All IVY League 2nd Team in 2016 and 2017, he also received the Gordon P. Bennett Award for the Lineman, illustrating the high level of performance, sportsmanship and character of this position. 
Co-Champion of the IVY League in 2015 with Harvard and UPenn.Nick becomes the 9th player from this conference to evolve under the colors of the Cougars after Scott Larkee, Michael Brooks, Joseph Weidle and Eric Lahaie of Harvard; Matt Polhemus and Patrick WItt of Yale; Dewey Ames of Brown and Chris Kovalcik of UPenn. 
In addition to bringing on the game plan, he will also be responsible for coaching the U19 lines and of course the D1 defensive line and will join the club in mid-October.
Find the release below HERE.

 Here's Google's automated translation:
Announced in a statement on their website (which you can find here), the Cougars of Saint-Ouen l'Aumône have recruited a new Defensive Lineman to replace their American rookie of last season, Brandon Crawford, who will not return a season additional, preferring to end his playing career due to a worn physique. And to replace Brandon Crawford, the Cougars recruited the American Nicholas Stephen Tomkins.
Aged 22 (soon 23), the native of Red Bank (New Jersey) is 1m92 to 128kg, and spent his university career in the IVY League under the colors of Dartmouth University and his team The Big Green (between 2014 and 2017). Cumulating at the end of his university career a total of 81 tackles, 4.5 sacks and 6 assists (you can find the statistical details of his seasons in the Big Green here) in 31 games played, Nick Tomkins has been named twice in the All IVY League 2nd Team (in 2016 and 2017) and received the Gordon P. Bennett Award for the Lineman, illustrating the high level of performance, sportsmanship and character of this position.
In addition to his role in the defense of Saint-Ouen Alum, Nick Tomkins will also have a role in coaching staff of the U19 and Elite sections of the club to coach the lines. He will join his new team for mid-October.

Fan Fair

Sights and sounds from Dartmouth's now annual Football 101, courtesy of the football office:

Dartmouth's Matt Kaskey was named a preseason All-America by Phil Steele. From a Dartmouth release (LINK)
A native of Winnetka, Illinois, Kaskey (6-7, 325) was named to the All-America Fourth Team a year after being a first-team All-Ivy performer at left tackle, helping Dartmouth to an 8-2 overall record and a tie for second place at 5-2. He anchored an offensive line that allowed Dartmouth to rank in the top half of the Ivy League in scoring, rushing, passing and total yards, joining the conference champion (Yale) as the only teams that could make that claim. His blocking was integral in the Big Green ranking 15th nationally in fewest sacks allowed (one per game), plus paved the way for two backs to be among the top league's top seven in rushing.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Here And There

Former Dartmouth safety Charlie Miller '17 has been waived by the Jacksonville Jaguars. (LINK)

From a release:
Miller is yet to log an NFL snap since going undrafted out of Dartmouth in 2017. He'll become an unrestricted free agent if he clears waivers unclaimed.
An Ivy League head coach once told me that Ancient Eight teams don't get their due in the FCS coaches poll because it doesn't serve the division well to have a Top 10-ish team not going to the playoffs. Made sense to me. Keeping that in mind, here's the American Football Coaches Association Preseason FCS Coaches' Poll:

1 North Dakota St. (23)
2 James Madison (3)
3 South Dakota St.
4 Sam Houston St.
5 Kennesaw St.
6 Jacksonville St
7 Eastern Washington
8 Weber St.
9 New Hampshire
10 Samford
11 Wofford
12 Northern Iowa
13 Elon
14 North Carolina A&T
15 Central Arkansas
16 Delaware
17 Nicholls St.
18 McNeese St.
19 Villanova
20 Illinois St.
21 Furman
22 Stony Brook
23 Austin Peay
24 Youngstown St.
25 Montana

Others Receiving Votes: Idaho, 41; Northern Arizona, 36; Yale, 22; Grambling St., 14; Monmouth (N.J.), 12; Southern Utah, 11; Sacramento St., 9; Colgate, 8; South Dakota, 6; San Diego, 5; Richmond, 4; Western Illinois, 3; Western Carolina, 2; Lehigh, 1.
Those who look down at the Ivy League might be surprised to learn that while Northern Iowa leads the FCS with 11 players in NFL camps this summer, Harvard is next with 10.
In the never-ending quest to dig up notes to post on this page, I stumbled across this from a site called Know Your Quotes:

That's some interesting company, no? I mean, Erma Bombeck, Tanya Tucker and Bear Grylls among others?

Find the full page HERE.

The full Teevens quote:
"A dominant player. He just brought a relentless style of play, a great leader. We'll certainly miss him. We loved to coach him. He was very, very unselfish, not caught up in the successes he had as an individual."
Where it came from, who it's about and why it showed up on this page is a mystery to me.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Worth A Look

Dartmouth's first preseason practice is this Sunday but its non-conference opponents already have a week under their belts. Here are Twitter reports on the first two:

Week 1 opponent Georgetown (CLICK HERE if the video doesn't show up.)

Week 2 opponent Holy Cross (CLICK HERE if the video doesn't show up.)

Oct. 13 opponent Sacred Heart had its first scrimmage Saturday and a report here: LINK
This is an exhaustive look at the buildings of Dartmouth. Mute the sound on the video and play some nice music in its place and enjoy.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Best Of Luck, Joey

A posting on FootballScoop begins this way . . .
Dartmouth is looking for a Director of Football Recruitment and External Relations. This position will oversee all recruiting and external functions of the Football Office. . . .
Moving on is Joey McIntyre, who has accepted a private sector position in another of his sports – ice hockey.

Trust me, I could go on and on sharing my appreciation for the help Joey has given me during the six years he worked out of his tiny office of Floren Varsity House.

Suffice it to say I can feel the pain Dartmouth football is feeling with his departure. His professionalism, patience, trust and friendship will be sorely missed in this electronic precinct. Frankly, I'm surprised and thankful Dartmouth was able to hold onto him as long as it did. He'll be a huge asset in his next position.

In case you are curious about all that Joey Mac's position at Dartmouth entailed, check out the job posting here.
Although he was never a regular staff member, some around Dartmouth football may remember Lou Desloges, who helped out with the Big Green program for a bit in the '90s. The onetime Plymouth State head coach who has spent 34 years with the Panthers program will be inducted into the Division III New Hampshire school's hall of fame. (LINK
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