Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Newsday Tuesday

The Eagle-Tribune in Massachusetts has a quick piece on Chris Rorke returning to Dartmouth as quarterback coach and passing game coordinator. From the story:
Rorke, who was the starting QB for the Big Green in 1987, comes from good stock. He's the son of Massachusetts State Football Coaches Hall of Famer Dan Rorke.
The Daily Dartmouth has a piece about the play of the men's rugby team over break. The story mentions that former jayvee football player Charlie Grant had a pair of tries in the narrow loss to Penn State.
The following video is from Richmond's first game in its new Robins Stadium last fall. Watching it brought up several thoughts:
  • How does UNH ever compete with that?
  • They actually use scanners to make sure tickets aren't counterfeit?
  • A brick face on the front of both the home and visiting stands at Memorial Field would look really nice.
  • What a great recruiting tool it would be for Dartmouth to make a film like this, and they could.

The home stands at UNH's Cowell Stadium:
A regular reader shared the following tidbit connecting Dartmouth to one of the Final Four teams. (Thanks for the link.)

Richard Whitmore, Dartmouth's associate athletics director for facilities and operations, was Shaka Smart's basketball coach at Kenyon College. Smart, of course, is the dynamic young coach for upstart Virginia Commonwealth University. From an old Kenyon news release:
First-year head coach Richard Whitmore guided a young Lords team through a challenging schedule. ... Sophomore point guard Shaka Smart finished second among the leaders in assists, averaging 5.4 per game. He also set Kenyon's single-season mark by recording 134 assists during the campaign.
Speaking of the NCAA Tournament, Richard Lapchick's Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport has published its Graduation Success and Academic Progress Rates for the 2011 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament Teams. Lots of interesting numbers there, but none for Ivy League representative Princeton as the Ivies once again refuse to reveal their graduation numbers.

Green Alert Take: Although I'm sure the Ivy League has its reasons to keep those numbers private, you have to know a lot of people will see that and think one of two things. Either they have something to hide or it confirms that the Ivy Leaguers think they are better than the rest of us.
And finally this. The Daily Beast, which affiliated with Newsweek last fall, has a list of the Smartest College Towns in the United States and two Ivy outposts made the top five. (Hanover wasn't eligible because only "towns" of 25,000 or more were consider.) Based on degrees per capita, SAT scores for the town's major colleges and libraries per capita, here is the top-25:
1. Cambridge, Mass.
2. Chapel Hill, N.C.
3. Berkeley, Calif.
4. Ann Arbor, Mich.
5. Ithaca, N.Y.
6. East Lansing, Mich.
7. Boulder, Colo.
8. Amherst, Mass.
9. State College, Pa.
10. College Park, Md.
11. Champaign-Urbana, Ill.
12. Davis, Calif.
13. Madison, Wis.
14. Charlottesville, Va.
15. Ames, Iowa
16. Columbia, Mo
17. Auburn, Ala.
18. Kent, Ohio
19. Gainesville, Fla.
20. Norman, Okla.
21. College Station, Texas
22. Corvallis, Ore.
23. Athens, Ga.
24. Lawrence, Kans.
25. South Bend, Ind.

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