Tuesday, April 12, 2011

LB Tossing Hat in Ring

Linebacker Aaron Limonthas will be running for Dartmouth student body president as a write-in candidate. He served as 2010 summer term president. From the Daily Dartmouth:
Limonthas — who is from Houston, Texas, and is majoring in sociology — is a linebacker on the football team and president of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, he said. He is also an undergraduate advisor, has his own radio show, is the historian of the College’s National Association for the Advancement of Colored People chapter and is a member of the African American Society.

Limonthas became active in Student Assembly during his sophomore winter and has served as Swim Dock Committee Chair since his Summer term presidency.
The Boston Herald earlier this week published a list of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame/Jack Grinold Eastern Massachusetts Chapter scholar-athlete award recipients for 2011. There are three Dartmouth-bound honorees and 12 future Ivy Leaguers included. The list:
Zachary Bartlett, Xaverian (Wesleyan)
John Bergantino, Belmont Hill (Penn)
Eric Bermudez, Masconomet (Annapolis)
John Carrier, Cohasset (Bowdoin)
Matthew Costello, Everett (Princeton)
Peter Crampton, Lexington (Carnegie-Mellon)
Nathan Crary, Dennis-Yarmouth (Tufts)
Ned Deane, Andover (Amherst)
Ryan Delisle, St. John’s Prep (Harvard)
Glen Duffy, Natick (undecided)
Anthony Fabiano, Wakefield (Harvard)
Ryan Flannery, North Attleboro (Columbia)
Michael Grassa, BB&N (undecided)
Kane Haffey, Duxbury (undecided)
Louis Hunt, Belmont Hill (Amherst)
Daniel Johnson, North Attleboro (Bowdoin)
Brad Keirstead, Waltham (Bentley)
Denis Maguire, Duxbury (Bowdoin)
Alec May, King Philip (Georgetown)
Kyle McGuire, Mansfield (undecided)
Brian Miller, Andover (Boston College)
Nick Noonan, Milton (Hamilton)
Obum Obukwelu, BC High (Harvard)
Peter Savarese, BB&N (Dartmouth)
Max Schaphorst, Needham (undecided)
Ben Shelton, Wayland (undecided)
Zachary Smerlas, Lincoln-Sudbury (Brown)
Charles Storey, Milton Academy (Dartmouth)
Brian Strachan, St. Sebastian’s (Brown)
Chris Tamasi, Xaverian (Amherst)
Anthony Tedesco, Mansfield (Bowdoin)
Ben Ticknor, Milton Academy (Dartmouth)
Michael Weisman, North Andover (Columbia)
The Daily Pennsylvanian has a recap of Penn's spring game. Another story under the headline Underclassmen shine in spring included this:
Saturday, the Penn varsity football team took on quite possibly the toughest Ivy League opponent of the year: itself.
On the scheduling front, the Holy Cross site has a video of head coach Tom Gilmore discussing the Crusaders' finalized schedule that includes challenging out-of-conference contests against Massachsuetts, Harvard, New Hampshire, Brown and Dartmouth. Gilmore, a former Dartmouth defensive coordinator, mentions the contest with the Big Green at the 3-minute mark.

The College Sporting News site has a nice composite Ivy League schedule for 2011 here.
In case you missed it, the BGA reported yesterday that the Dartmouth-UNH series will resume with the final two games in the current contract at UNH in 2014 and in Hanover in 2016 for the Big Green's season-opener. (link)
The Brown Daily Herald has a story and graphic on average head coaching salaries in the Ivy League. It suggests Brown's coaches have the lowest average at $63,618 with Dartmouth next at $77,040. Interestingly, Harvard head coaches on average make just $617 a year more than those in Hanover, which is third-lowest in the Ivies. Cornell is reported to have the highest salaries at $91,368. The Ivy average is listed at $81,788.

Green Alert Take: The numbers are drawn from something called the Office of Post Secondary Education and I'm not sure I'm buying them. ... If those Harvard figures are accurate, there are probably a few severely underpaid coaches down in Cambridge. Football coach Tim Murphy (18 seasons, five Ivy League titles), women's basketball coach Kathy Delaney-Smith (29 seasons, 11 Ivy League titles) and men's hoop coach Tommy Amaker (one title) are among the highest paid coaches in the league for their sports, if not the highest paid. That spreads the money a little thinner for the rest of the coaches.

The Daily Herald also has a graphic and story listing the purported athletic budgets at the eight Ivy League schools. If you believe Harvard's budget is $17.9 million and Yale's budget – for a much less successful program – is exactly double that at $35.8 million I've got a bridge you might be interested in. I've written this before, but in trying to do the same kind of story for the newspaper one year I discovered budgets are reported so differently as to make any comparison not between apples and oranges, but as a Dartmouth administrator famously said to me, as between "apples and hubcaps."
Amaker, by the way, has had his name surface with regard to the vacant University of Miami head coaching position. The Boston Globe reports.
Villanova football to the Big East talks are on hold and the Philadelphia Inquirer wants to know why.
After narrowly missing a spot on the Atlanta Braves' roster, Ed Lucas '04 went hitless in his first nine at-bats for the Triple-A Gwinnett Braves before breaking out last night with two hits in three trips to the plate including a two-run double. (picture) Lucas won the Alfred E. Watson Trophy as Dartmouth's outstanding male athlete after batting .405 as a senior. He played jayvee quarterback as a freshman.
Speaking of baseball, here are some interesting numbers that came out of Sunday's doubleheader sweep of Princeton that raised the Big Green's Ivy League record to 6-2. From the sports information release:
Dartmouth improved its all-time record to 1,775-1,773-24 since first fielding a baseball team in 1866. It is the first time that record has been above .500 since April 28, 1991, less than three weeks shy of 20 years ago … Coach Whalen evened his career record to 420-420-1.
And one final baseball note about 23-year-old Trevor Cahill who was headed to Dartmouth before the Oakland A's wooed him with a pro contract. In a story about the 2010 National League all-star signing an extension, the San Franciso Chronicle wrote:
Over the course of last season, the price tag went way up, and on Monday afternoon before Oakland's 2-1 victory over the White Sox in 10 innings at U.S. Cellular Field, Cahill signed a five-year deal worth a guaranteed $30.5 million. ...

"In all my years here, I've never seen someone make such great strides in such a short amount of time," (A's general manager Billy) Beane said of Cahill ...

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