Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Winter Games

The temperature could reach the upper 60s today in Hanover so you can be sure of two things:

1) Shorts will be spotted all over the Dartmouth campus.

2) The Canada Goose parkas will be back out in another day or two.

Given the weather, it's an odd time to take a look at the Dartmouth Winter Carnival, but given the Olympics, why not? Here are some highlights from a big weekend in Hanover that wouldn't have been the same this weekend:

More thanks to the folks who continue to help Ernest Evans and his family as the former Dartmouth quarterback continues to face the fight of his life. Since the Valley News story came out on Sunday an additional $5,000 or so has been raised on GoFundMe to help support Ernest. Read the story and you'll appreciate just how important every dollar is.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Worth It

USA Today reports that Fort Worth All Saints' Episcopal School produced 10 Division I football players from this year's senior class of fewer than 100 students. One of the 10 – and the only one heading to the FCS – is 6-foot-4, 270-pound offensive lineman John Paul Flores, who will follow his brother Jacob's footsteps to Dartmouth.

For the record, Episcopal is sending two players to Oklahoma, two to Rice, one to Texas, one to Oklahoma State, one to SMU, one to Northwestern, one to Air Force Academy and Flores to Dartmouth.

Flores older brother Charlie, a 6-4, 300-pound offensive lineman, will be a fifth-year senior at Columbia in the fall. When Jacob and Charlie squared off in New York City a dozen Flores family members wore special shirts that were half Dartmouth, half Columbia,  and they'll have to dig them out of the closet for the Oct. 20 game this fall.

And in case you are wondering, the grocery bills will shrink a bit for the Flores family next year but they will still be substantial with 6-3, 298 Michael a lineman in the All Saints Class of 2019 ;-)
Whenever an Ivy or Patriot League head coaching opening comes up so does the name Dave Cecchini, a 1995 Lehigh graduate and former offensive coordinator at his alma mater as well as at Harvard and The Citadel. Cecchini has shown why he's a hot commodity with the job he's done at Pioneer Football League sad sack Valparaiso, which until this fall hadn't enjoyed a winning season since 2003.

Valpo had just three Division I wins in the five years prior to Cecchini's arrival in 2014 and last fall he helped the school go 6-5 overall and 5-3 in the conference. He was a STATS FCS Eddie Robinson Award finalist and the Pioneer Football League coach of the year.

Cecchini has been rewarded with a contract extension through 2020. (LINK)

Monday, February 19, 2018

A 'Special' Q&A

The Upper Valley Hawks Special Olympians visited Dartmouth football practice a year ago and "Hawk Watch with Bo" produced this series of interviews that has recently been posted. It's fun stuff, particularly when the host puts former Dartmouth quarterback Harry Kraft on the spot and Kraft shows a deft touch with his answer to a question you could kind of see coming ;-)
Every year at this time I try to post something about Thon, the 46-hour no-sleeping, no-sitting dance marathon at Penn State that supports the fight against pediatric cancer. It's an incredible effort that again this year raised more than $10 million and since 1977 has raised more than $147 million. Two PSU football players went the distance in the event.

When That Certain Dartmouth '14 was running for student body president part of her platform was starting some kind of campus-wide fundraiser – on an understandably smaller scale – that would bring the sometimes fractured Dartmouth student body together in a similar way while doing something good for the community. Here's a quick report on Thon:

A huge thank you to those who have clicked through the post (below) on Ernest Evans and sent along some help for his family as it struggles to do what it can to provide support for the former Dartmouth quarterback.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

For Ernest

By all means read this moving Valley News story by Tris Wykes about former Dartmouth quarterback Ernest Evans '16, and then consider helping his family help Ernest via the GoFundMe page set up by former teammate Chai Reece.

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)