A reminder: Yesterday's football practice was postponed. Dartmouth will finish the spring with a busy week of practices on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday and BGA will be there every step of the way.
*The Boston Herald has a story about 6-foot-8, 319-pound Colorado left tackle Nate Solder, who was "headed to Foxboro for an official pre-draft visit recently." A likely first-round pick in the NFL draft, Solder, as noted in this space a number of times over the past couple of years, almost wore a Big Green uniform. But not a football uniform. From the Herald:
... (H)e chose the University of Colorado to play football over Dartmouth, where he would have played basketball.
“It just wasn’t the level of competition I was looking for,” Solder said of Dartmouth’s basketball program. “That’s why I chose football.”
*Columbia held its Blue-White scrimmage last night and as happens frequently, the defense dominated in a 7-6 game. Quarterback Sean Brackett, heralded as one of the Ivy League's best, completed just 9-of-30 passes for 75 yards with a long of 15. He rushed 12 times for 23 net yards although he, like Dartmouth's Tim McManus, has his effectiveness limited by essentially playing two-hand touch with the quarterback. Jerry Bell, who QB'd the White team, was 16-for-31 for 160 yards with one interception and a long of 44. Converted wide receiver Bruce Grant led the ground game with 18 carries for 49 yards.
*Yale's spring game is set for today at 2 p.m. The Portal 31 blog has a preview of sorts plus a link to this SI.com story that lists two Yalies among 15 small-school draft prospects. Included are tight end/fullback Shane Bannon and defensive end Tom McCarthy.
*Princeton also winds up spring ball today. Like every school in the Ivy League for the first time in recent memory, Princeton has its starting quarterback returning:
The Princeton offense has welcomed back two-year starter Tommy Wornham, who was among the national passing and total offense leaders before suffering a season-ending injury against Brown.
*The Providence Journal writes about Jockapella, football players and other athletes at Brown singing a capella.
*Some University of New Hampshire reaction to the announcement that UMass will move to the football classification "formerly known as I-A." From a Seacoast online story:
With seven straight appearances in the NCAA playoffs — with six of those trips reaching the national quarterfinals — UNH is enjoying the best run of success in its history. But now, with another close-proximity CAA team leaving, it might be forced to re-evaluate its position.From a story in The New Hampshire school newspaper:
"I'd obviously advocate looking for potential league members in the Northeast," said UNH athletics director Marty Scarano. "I think the league, as a whole, is going to have to address this now that it's official."
Scarano didn't rule out the possibility of a move if necessary, however, though he does feel such a thought is very unlikely.
"In a nutshell, we've been very proactive in not only sustaining what we do in the CAA but also having contingency plans if, in fact, [a move is] necessary," Scarano said. "Our main intent is to stay in the CAA, however; to make the CAA whole again, if you would, which would mean bringing some northern teams into the fold. Basically, we're doing the very best we can to maintain what we do, and there's no sense that we aren't going to go forward in a dynamic, positive way like we've been doing."
*With Dartmouth's weekend baseball and softball games pushed back to Sunday and Monday the place to be today is the Corey Ford Rugby Clubhouse where the Big Green will play host to Ohio State at noon. Former wide receiver Tanner Scott and offensive lineman John O'Sullivan are both on the Big Green roster.