Monday, May 30, 2011

Green Staff Has BCS Hue

When the 2011 preseason officially starts in August Dartmouth will have still another former BCS standout on the coaching staff. Joining the Big Green staff is Steve Cully, a former offensive lineman at the University of Connecticut who went on to have pro experience in Canada, Arena Football and NFL Europe. Cully will coach the Dartmouth tight ends with Derham Cato's move to Vanderbilt. He spent last year helping out at Colgate.

Other BCS refugees on the Dartmouth staff are new defensive line coach Calvin Thibodeaux, the Big 12 sacks leader as a junior at Oklahoma, wide receivers coach Jarrail Jackson, who graduated with eight Oklahoma Sooner receiving records, and defensive backs coach Sammy McCorkle, two-time Florida special teams player of the year. In addition, nickels coach Clint Cosgrove spent one season as a wide receiver at Wisconsin before seeing his playing career ended by injury and strength/conditioning assistant Darren Mustin played linebacker at Alabama.
Final results from last week's poll question: Which non-Dartmouth QB would you most want to run your team?
1. Billy Ragone, Penn 32 percent
2. Sean Brackett, Columbia 16 percent
2. Kyle Newhall-Caballero, Brown 16 percent
4. Patrick Witt, Yale 13 percent
5. Collier Winters, Harvard 12 percent
6. Tommy Wornham, Princeton 5 percent
7. Jeff Mathews, Cornell, 2 percent
Exciting news in these parts with yesterday's PGA Tour victory by Keegan Bradley in the HP Byron Nelson Championship. Bradley grew up in nearby Woodstock, Vt., lived there through his junior year of high school and still refers to the picturesque village as home. I covered the nephew of LPGA Hall of Famer Pat Bradley as a high schooler and clearly remember him telling me his goal was the PGA Tour. Bradley's path from Vermont to the Tour was blazed by Jeff Julian, the grandson of former Dartmouth basketball coaching legend Doggie Julian, who played two years on the Tour before being struck down by ALS. Julian was the first Vermonter ever to play on the PGA Tour.
Enjoy the end of your Memorial Day Weekend. We will be gathering at 4 this afternoon on the Hanover Center Green here in the rural part of town for the 50th Annual Muster Day Celebration where one of my Green Machine players will be reading Dr. Seuss' "Child's Prayer for Peace," and That Certain Hanover High Junior will play America the Beautiful, the Star Spangled Banner and the service anthems with the Hanover High School band. The touching ceremony includes solo trumpeters playing a somber call and response rendition of Taps and the placing of new flags on veteran graves at the old cemetery adjacent to the green by the Scouts.

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