Monday, December 22, 2014

Check It Out

The incoming early decision recruiting class with short bios now has been posted on BGA Premium. Find it HERE.

The class will be posted in this space later in the week.
To keep you busy in the meantime, the Ivy League football website has an interesting two-part series under the headline, The Value of Ivy League Football.

Find part one HERE and part two HERE.
A heads up on what's coming down the road . . .  me ;-).

That Certain '14 finished the very intense Tuck Bridge Program on Friday. Interestingly, her group studied the Jolt Sensor, "a wearable head impact sensor for youth athletes." (LINK)

But I digress. She is starting a new job in a suburb of Madison, Wis., on Jan. 5, so one week from today the two of us will begin the drive to the Midwest. Barring ridiculous weather, we'll arrive around noon the second day and I'll help her settle into the apartment she is sharing with several Dartmouth classmates.

In a nice quirk of timing, Penn State basketball is opening the Big Ten season at Wisconsin the next day so we're hoping to catch the Badgers and Nittany Lions in a noon matinee – if we can land a couple of tickets at a reasonable price. Then the two of us will head toward Chicago, she to spend New Year's Eve with Dartmouth friends and me to hop on Amtrak's Lake Shore Limited. I'll be (hopefully) sound asleep on the train when the clock strikes midnight and arrive in Springfield, Mass., the next evening, where Mrs. BGA will pick me up.

That's the long way around to warning this electronic precinct could be going quiet for a few days around the holidays.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Quite A Scene

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That Certain '14 joined me for yesterday's FCS semifinal game between New Hampshire and Illinois State yesterday and it was quite a scene. Except for the visiting stands, there wasn't a seat to be had and the tailgating in the parking lot would have done a Big Ten school proud.

New Hampshire led through most of the game but gave up the lead in the fourth quarter and lost, 21-18. The UNH quarterback twice barely overthrew standout receiver RJ Harris beyond the last defender for what would have been sure touchdowns or the Wildcats would have been in the national championship game.

New Hampshire tailback Nico Steriti explained losing a game like this perfectly on the UNH Insider:
“What hurts the most is knowing we could have won that game,” he said. “We should have won that game. When we lost to No. Dakota State last year we looked ourselves in the mirror and knew we just weren’t there. That’s when you can just celebrate on the season we had. This one hurts more because we really feel like we could have won that game and we really could have won the whole thing. That’s what hurts the most for me. If Illinois State wins the whole thing, I’m going to be sick to my stomach, to be honest with you.”
A funny aside. One of That Certain '14's former teammates had a cousin on the UNH team and the two got together at halftime for a bit. The teammate asked her, "Why are you here?" and TC'14 answered, "It's what we do." She's right, of course, and we'll be doing it again next Saturday at Yankee Stadium for the Pinstripe Bowl ;-)
Former Dartmouth defensive line coach Calvin Thibodeaux is on the move again. After spending the past three seasons working with defensive tackles at Tulsa the former Oklahoma Sooner is expected to join the staff at Kansas.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Heading Across The State

We are headed over to Durham in a few minutes to watch the FCS national semifinal between New Hampshire and Illinois State. The winner will face North Dakota for the national championship. The Bison (be sure to pronounce it Buys-on) advanced with a 35-3 thumping of Sam Houston State.

New Hampshire's seniors are 23-1 overall on their home field, appropriately called, "The Dungeon."

Friday, December 19, 2014

NFL Films Tells Moglia's Story

NFL Films takes on the remarkable story of former Dartmouth assistant-turned-business mogul, turned Coastal Carolina head coach Joe Moglia in this nine-minute VIDEO and does a very good job with it.
The Advertiser, a Gannett paper in Lafayette, La., writes about local product Rivers Cahee heading up to New England to prep at Taft School and gaining early admission to Dartmouth. From the STORY:
“He has good size and he runs well,” (Dartmouth coach Buddy) Teevens said. “We feel he can play running back, receiver, cornerback or safety. Right now it is kind of a tug-o-war between the coaches of which position and that’s because his skill set allows him to play a number of positions.”
Dartmouth senior wide receiver Bo Patterson is set to play in the FCS Senior Scout Bowl back home in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The roster link for the game is not working but a story about three NAIA players headed to the contest notes, "With their move to the north roster of the FCS team, the Bobcat players will be playing with players from universities such as Montana State, Dayton, Dartmouth, and Northern Colorado."

Patterson caught 30 passes for 424 yards and five touchdowns this fall. Patterson, an outfielder on the Dartmouth baseball team, caught 85 passes with 10 touchdowns during his Dartmouth career.
As for that linebacker who wrote on social media about committing to Dartmouth, yup, he was fooling around.
Go figure. A former Dartmouth tennis player living in Fort Lauderdale named Drew Dinkmeyer '04, just won $1 million dollars playing . . . wait for it . . . fantasy football. Dinkmeyer quit his finance job in 2013 to become a full-time fantasy football player. I'm not making this up. Check out the story HERE.

For a Bloomberg story last January that mentions him leaving his job as a senior investment analyst in Tampa to pursue professional fantasy sports, click HERE.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Take A Look

Dartmouth learned all about Chip Kelly long before the former New Hampshire assistant revolutionized Oregon football and then brought his offense to the Philadelphia Eagles. This look at how it all began includes thoughts from former UNH receiver David Ball and former UNH quarterback Ricky Santos.

Check out the video HERE.
Speaking of UNH, The Sports Network thinks Illinois State will have too much offense for New Hampshire and picks the Wildcats' playoff run to end with a 38-28 loss in Durham Saturday afternoon. (LINK)

A scholarship linebacker at an FBS school has announced on social media that he's instead going to Dartmouth, but something about his off-hand announcement and the fact that his profile photo still identifies him as heading to the FBS school leaves me wondering. Stay tuned.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Video Day

Check out this VIDEO look at Dartmouth football coach Buddy Teevens from the college's new football video series.

And check out this VIDEO of Memorial Field.
Speaking of Buddy Teevens, several emailers sent along links to a little trivia mentioning his name that was dug up with Bo Pelini moving from Nebraska to Youngstown State. From ESPN:

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Not to "bury the lede," but an emailer asked a few days back about Dartmouth's spring football practice dates. Keeping in mind they are always fluid and probably more this year than ever because of the stadium construction, practice is slated to start on Tuesday, April 7 and conclude with the Green-White on Saturday, May 2.

The breakup banquet is Sunday, April 12.
I don't know if you can access this without a subscription but the local daily had a STORY last week asking the question:
"Who’s the only Dartmouth football player to receive votes for the Heisman Trophy ...?"
The answer: Bob MacLeod '39, a wingback from Glen Ellyn, Ill., who finished fourth in the 1938 voting. The winner that year was TCU quarterback Davey O'Brien with 519 points. He was followed by Pitt running back Marshall Goldberg (294 points), Columbia QB Sid Luckman (154) and MacLeod (78).

Griff loves his football . . .  although it helps that it sometimes spills dog cookies!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Another Name

Twitter has another player committing to Dartmouth.

Rivers Cahee, a 5-foot-11, 185-pound defensive back/running back from Lafayette, La., via the Taft School Tweeted his commitment HERE.
The top three finishers in the Eddie Robinson Award as the top coach at the FCS level (LINK):

1. Sean McDonnell, New Hampshire
2. Joe Moglia, Coastal Carolina (former Dartmouth assistant)
3. Tim Murphy, Harvard

McDonnell has won the award twice.

Receiving three fourth-place votes and one fifth to finish 21st in the balloting: Yale coach Tony Reno.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Big Green Lands A "Downhill" Tailback

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Miles Smith, a 5-foot-10, 205-pound running back from Alpharetta, Ga., has Tweeted his commitment to Dartmouth. Check out his impressive senior year highlights on Hudl HERE.

Sharing the load in the backfield for an Alpharetta team led by a quarterback headed to North Carolina State, Smith carried 136 times for 700 yards (5.1 yards per carry) and 15 touchdowns last fall. He also caught 19 passes for 220 yards and two touchdowns for Alpharetta, which went 10-2 in big-school, 6-AAAAAA football.

You can watch Smith's final game in the Georgia state tournament HERE and learn that his high school coach calls him a "great downhill, physical runner."