Saturday, January 19, 2019

Snow Kidding

Dartmouth has a pretty fair record for ruining stadium celebrations (right Harvard?) and it will have another chance in the fall according to a story in the Daily Pennsylvanian outlining a "125 Years of Franklin Field" commemoration. From THE DP (italics are mine):
According to the Athletics Department, which announced this initiative on Thursday, these events include special programming at the 2019 Penn Relays, held Apr. 25-27, and at next season’s football home opener against Dartmouth on Oct. 5.
Joe Moglia, the onetime Dartmouth defensive assistant who went on to serve as chairman and CEO of TD Ameritrade only to return to football as head coach at Coastal Carolina in 2012, is stepping down at Coastal although he will stay on as a school's "chairman of athletics." Myrtle Beach Online has a story that includes the text of a letter Moglia wrote announcing his decision HERE.
It's another recruiting weekend in Hanover and while it's not as cold as it has been – or will be in a few days – depending on their schedules the young men in town will get a real taste of a New Hampshire winter. Snow is slated to start in mid-afternoon and by the time it stops the forecasters are predicting anywhere from one to two feet of the white stuff.
So you know, our school year rental while we look for our next home is in a heavily wooded community known for losing power, which has happened twice already this winter. Given that the wet snow we got last week froze in place – and is still making the pine and birch boughs droop – and that a pile more snow is expected, we've charged all of our lanterns and flashlights and dug out sleeping bags to stay warm if and when the power goes out. Last month it was out for 36 hours but several years ago the folks around here lost power for a lot longer. If BGA Daily does dark again don't say you weren't warned ;-)

Friday, January 18, 2019

At Long Last

CLICK HERE for the college description of the project.
Construction has begun at long last on Dartmouth's indoor practice facility. From The Dartmouth:
Following a long delay, construction officially began this past Monday on a new building on campus. Contractors began laying down hardpack to allow for the movement of heavy vehicles for the 70,000-square-foot indoor athletic facility.
As for the construction schedule, The D reports the building is . . .
planned for completion in March 2020, though according to (vice president of planning, design and construction John) Scherding, College officials are hoping to hasten construction as much as possible. 
Read the full story in The Dartmouth HERE.

For regular updates on the project, CLICK HERE.
Still another recruit has Tweeted his intention to come to Dartmouth.

Headed this way is Jaylin Rainey, a 6-foot-1, 275-pound lineman from White Station High School in Memphis. Find his Twitter announcement HERE and his highlight video HERE.

White Station has sent Dartmouth two of its better basketball players over the last 20 or so years in Johnathan Ball '08 and Leon Pattman '07.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

The List So Far

Here's an unofficial list of Dartmouth recruits to date. Heights, weights and other details are for the most part per Twitter or the players' Hudl highlight videos. Positions are best guess. Only the early decision admits, denoted by an asterisk, are official:

* Cameron Baller, 6-5, 195, K/P, Liberty Christian/Argyle, Texas
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Jonny Barrett, 6-3, 185, WR, Mount Si/Snoqualmie, Wash.
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Dylan Cadwallader, 6-3, 180, QB, Prestonwood Christian/Plano, Texas
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Zion Carter, 6-7, 240, DE/TE, Berkeley Prep/Tampa, Fla.
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Michael Flores, 6-3, 298, OL, All Saints Episcopal/Arlington, Texas
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Tyron Herring, 6-1, 187, S Deerfield Beach/Deerfield Beach, Fla.
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* John High, 6-0, 270, DL, Bergen Catholic/Montvale NJ
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* Nick Howard, 6-2, 220, QB, Southwest/Green Bay, Wis.
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Abraham Jaafar, 5-8, 180, RB, Fordson/Dearborn, Mich.
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* Jordan Kirkbride, 6-6, 230, TE Bishop Hartley/Columbus, Ohio
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Hank Knez, 6-3, 248, DL, Glenbard West/Glen Ellyn, Ill.
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* Sam Koscho, 5-10, 170, RB Cardinal Mooney/Sarasota, Fla.
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* Charles Looes, 6-3, 237, DL, Pascack Valley/Hillsdale, NJ
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* James McCarthy, 6-4, 27,5 OL Choate Rosemary Hall
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Jack Sheridan, 6-0, 215, LB, Germantown Academy/Blue Bell, Pa.
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Marques White, 6-3, 215, S, Brophy Prep/Phoenix, Ariz.
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* Adam Will, 6-6, 300, OL Loyola Blakefield/Towson, Md.
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The Big Green should have a dozen or so more recruits before all is said and done. Corrections and additions to this list are not only invited but encouraged.
One last mention about That Certain Dartmouth '14 and the government shutdown after speaking to her a couple of nights ago.

Back when BGA was just getting traction and TCD'14 was finishing middle school we took a family cross country trip in our '84 VW pop-top camper. At Grand Canyon we made the long hike to the bottom of the canyon (it was a lot longer coming back up ;-) and pitched our tent at the Bright Angel campground near Phantom Ranch.

At night we wandered over to a throughly riveting campfire talk given by a ranger named Pam. I don't know how many kids who listened to her memorable presentations were inspired to dream about a career as a National Park ranger, but I know of one for sure.

These days TCD'14 is an educational ranger who can impact young lives the way a ranger named Pam impacted hers. She's supposed to be spending her second winter working in and around Grand Canyon, where in some ways it all began for her. Instead she's in limbo.

When she made a Facetime call the other night she said she's done a phone interview for a job in the private sector and may be flying out for an in-person interview.

I can't blame her.

But I can't help thinking about the expertise, knowledge and enthusiasm she brings to her job, and about that young girl or boy whose path in life she could help shape the way hers was all those years ago if only the adults in the room would start acting like adults.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

And Another

Add 6-foot-3, 185-pound wide receiver Jonny Barrett to the list of Dartmouth recruits per his Twitter account HERE. Find his highlight video HERE.

Barrett is a senior at Mount Si High School in Snoqualmie, Wash., where he caught passes from quarterback Cale Millen, an early enrollee this month at Oregon.
AZcentral has a story about Dartmouth-bound safety Marques White HERE.
Former Big Green quarterback Brian Mann, who began his career in athletic administration at Dartmouth, is moving from Rice to Cal as the Golden Bears' senior associate athletic director and chief development officer. (LINK)

Green Alert Take: Given the importance of fundraising and the schools where he has worked how long will it be before an Ivy League school looking for an AD rings up Mann?
It's a small sample with all of Dartmouth's points coming from cross country but the fall Learfield standings purporting to identify the best athletic programs in the nation has the Big Green second among Ivy League schools. Here's how the Ivies stand nationally: (LINK)

11. Princeton
93. Dartmouth
94. Harvard
101. Columbia
103. Penn
104. Yale
150. Cornell
151. Brown

The national top 10 should be no surprise:
1. Stanford
2. Michigan
3. Penn State
4. Wisconsin
5. BYU
6. Wake Forest
7. Duke
8. Washington
9. Notre Dame
10. North Carolina State
Add to the list of Ivy League grads playing in postseason games Columbia longsnapper Patrick Eby, who will show his stuff this weekend in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. And speaking of graduating Ivy League special teamers, Yale punter Alex Galland will continue his career as a grad transfer at San Jose State.

And speaking of all-star games, Princeton's Jesper Horsted earned plaudits as one of the East-West Shrine Day 1 Standouts HERE.
Good news from Florida where old friend Roger Hughes has been rewarded with a contract extension that will keep him coaching at Stetson through 2021. (LINK) Hughes was the successful Dartmouth offensive coordinator and later head coach at Princeton. He led the Hatters to an 8-2 record last fall.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Two For Tuesday

Another day, another couple of commitments per sharp eyes of a loyal reader and Twitter.

Joining the Dartmouth program next year are Dylan Cadwallader a 6-foot-3, 180-pound quarterback from Prestonwood Christian and Plano, Texas as well as Jack Sheridan, a 6-foot, 215 linebacker from Germantown Academy and Blue Bell, Pa.

Find Cadwallader's commitment tweet HERE and his highlight video HERE.

Sheridan's commitment tweet is HERE and his highlight video HERE.
That same pair of sharp eyes dug up a Draft Diamonds interview with Matt Kaskey, Dartmouth's 6-7, 325-pound NFL hopeful HERE.
Expect at least a few Ivy League assistant coach names to surface with news that Joe Susan is stepping down as head football coach at Bucknell of the Patriot League after a 1-10 season. From a story in the Daily Item: (LINK)
Susan, who also served as an assistant coach at Bucknell for 10 seasons from 1981-90, compiled a 38-61 record as head coach with the Bison. His best season came in 2014, when Bucknell finished 8-3 and Susan was recognized as the Patriot League Coach of the Year. 

Monday, January 14, 2019

Big Weekend

With the first big recruiting weekend of the year in the books Twitter has revealed some intriguing additions to the incoming Dartmouth football class.

Indicating their intentions to join the Big Green program next year are offensive lineman Michael Flores, tight end/defensive end Zion Carter, defensive lineman Hank Knez and safety Marques White.

Flores is the 6-foot-3, 298-pound younger brother of former Dartmouth standout Jacob Flores '16 and current freshman John Paul Flores. Another brother, Charlie, was a fifth-year senior at Columbia in the fall.

Find Flores' commitment tweet HERE and his highlight video HERE.

The 6-7, 240-pound Carter is a senior at Berkeley Prep High School in Tampa, Fla. Find his commitment tweet HERE and his highlight video HERE. Per Rivals he chose Dartmouth over offers from Boston College and UConn among others. (LINK)

The 6-3, 248-pound Knez is just the latest Dartmouth addition from Illinois. The Glenbard West product from Glen Ellyn tweeted his intentions HERE. Find his highlight video HERE.

Listing himself as a Dartmouth '23 is safety Marques White. The 6-3, 215 senior at Brophy Prep in Phoenix tweets HERE and his highlight video is HERE.
With class back in session The Dartmouth has a story headlined, Football team racks up postseason awards following 9-1 season. (LINK)

Green Alert Take: Don't for a second underestimate the importance of Dartmouth's recent success in drawing top recruits to Hanover.
No new snow in these parts but it as I type this it is a brisk 7.9 degrees below zero.  Brrr ...

And finally, apologies in advance for an off-topic mini-rant regarding someone regular visitors to this electronic precinct have been reading about since she was a middle-schooler.

That figure on the news about 800,000 government workers not getting paid because of the government shutdown doesn't count others being hurt by the stalemate like That Certain Dartmouth '14-turned-national park ranger.

After a summer at Glacier Bay NP she finished up at Yellowstone in the fall and accepted a position teaching skiing in Montana for the winter to tide her over while she awaited her next assignment within the national park system. When she was fortunate enough to be rehired for a second winter at Grand Canyon, she gave up the skiing position, packed all of her stuff into her Subaru and drove to Arizona.

Just days before she was to move into the park's government housing (which she pays for) and start her new role the government shut down. Instead of introducing kids to the wonders of the natural world as an educational ranger she's an unemployed couch surfer wondering where her next paycheck will come from. While other federal workers will get back pay when they finally return to work she won't because the government went out before she could begin her new role.

If the folks in DC don't wise up they are going to lose some of the best and brightest, including at least one Ivy League grad who can make a lot more money and not have to put up with this kind of thing in the private sector.

Like teaching skiing.

End rant.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Manning Up (At Yale)

Distinguished American Award recipient Archie Manning had this to say at the Walter Camp Dinner at Yale University:
“Being down South it’s kind of hard, but I try to keep up with the Ivy League. Buddy Teevens still runs our football camp, has for 23 years, so I keep up with Dartmouth. Buddy’s a good guy."
Read the full story about Manning including his thoughts on the four-team college football playoff and son Eli's plans in the Connecticut Post HERE.
Kudos to the Dartmouth men's basketball team for an emphatic, 81-63 win over Harvard last night in front of 1,452 at Leede Arena. It was the Big Green's first Ivy League-opening win in a dozen years. (LINK)

Something to think about: North Carolina beat Harvard by 20 points. In a game that was actually more important to Harvard, Dartmouth beat the Crimson by 18.

The Big Green is now 10-7. Harvard drops below .500 at 6-7.
While the men's hoop team was enjoying its win over Harvard the Dartmouth men's hockey team was putting a 5-0 hurt on defending league champion Princeton. (LINK) The Big Green is now 6-8-2 overall and 5-3-2 in the ECAC while Princeton is 6-11-2 and 4-7-1.
Speaking of Dartmouth ice hockey, Tris Wykes of the Valley News has a lengthy look at the life of former Big Green men's and women's coach George Crowe HERE. Crowe died last week at 82.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

360 Degrees Of Memorial Field

Haven't been to Memorial Field in a few years? Use the arrows to take a look around. And if you click on Floren Varsity House you can head over that way and take a virtual walk on the track.