Friday, November 18, 2011

Tiger Time

Dartmouth coach Buddy Teevens talks about last week's game against Brown and looks ahead to the finale against Princeton in this TeleTeaser from Dartmouth Sports Publicity.

Dartmouth's game notes are available here.

Dartmouth special teams standout Chad Hollis has a heartfelt column in the Daily Dartmouth about what playing for the Big Green has meant to him. He writes:
Through adversity, I’ve learned the value and necessity of sacrifice. Through football, I’ve become a better person. Although my playing career is coming to an end, I will always be a Dartmouth football player. As long as there is granite in New Hampshire, Dartmouth green and white will always flow through my veins.

The Daily Princetonian has a preview of Saturday's game against Dartmouth under the headline, Ground matchups favor visitors in season finale. The story notes that, "Princeton will also face the league’s worst run defense."

Green Alert Take: You can click on the link to read the story or, very likely, just read it on the bulletin board in the Dartmouth locker room. There's nothing in the story that is inflammatory, but that's how the game is played ;-)

TigerBlog recalls Dartmouth's 28-22 win over Princeton in 1993 and concludes with this question that references Chuck Dibilio, Princeton's 1,000-yard freshman rusher :
What would you rather be on Sunday, 5-5 for the 2011 season with no Dibilio or 1-9 with three more years to build a team around a total horse of a running back?
I know and like TigerBlog, and respect what he does immensely, but it's pretty clear where he stands on that one. And this time, TB, we will have to agree to disagree.

A story in the Columbia Spectator surprised me. OK, it was the headline that surprised me: Lions look to avoid first winless year since 1987. It's true. There have been six one-win seasons for the Lions since then, but that's it. Find their year-by-year records on the terrific College Football Data Warehouse site.

Speaking of Columbia, the school has backed off its decision to ban the band from the finale against Brown. The Columbia Spectator reports.

The New York Times continues to chase down the "did he or didn't he" story about Yale coach Tom Williams and the Rhodes Scholarship, but it has hit something of a snag. From the Times (which may not let it end there):
Asked if Stanford had endorsed Williams for a Rhodes scholarship, John Pearson, the director of the university’s Bechtel International Center, which advises the Rhodes applicants there, said in an e-mail, “We feel that we cannot provide information that pertains to the record of someone who was a Stanford student unless we received permission from that student.”
The Yale Daily News also has a piece on the issue.

The Boston Globe has a terrific look at Tim Murphy, now the winningest coach in Harvard football history. Something from the story that I did not know:

Dartmouth is indirectly responsible for Murphy's run at Harvard. How? Murphy had resigned from an assistant's job at Maine and was headed to Northwestern to work on his MBA when Dartmouth hired Maine head coach Buddy Teevens away in 1987. Offered the head coaching job with the Black Bears, Murphy deferred admission to Northwestern and the rest is history.

Later today on Green Alert premium, the final Fearful Forecast along with a Princeton game preview and the last of a four-part look at this year's senior class.

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