Sunday, December 11, 2011

Joe Restic

The luncheon at a comedy club near the Combat Zone in Boston took place on a Tuesday in the early '90s. Local coaches and the media would turn out each week to honor the New England college football players of the week and briefly talk about their upcoming games.

At one point a lean and distinguished gentleman with a raspy voice got a laugh worthy of the creaky old building when he said, "I don't know what it is, but they secrete something up there."

"They" were the Dartmouth football team and its rabid fans, who the speaker knew only too well would have no lack of enthusiasm for the upcoming game against Harvard.

The speaker was Joe Restic, the architect of the multiflex offense who retired as the winningest coach in Crimson history, but who won just one of his last six games against the Big Green.

Joe Restic died this week at age 85. The Boston Herald and the Harvard football website have stories.

Former Dartmouth defensive lineman Lane Shipley '11, who served as co-director of alumni relations for the Sports Business at Dartmouth organization, has landed in New York City at Soccer United Marketing, the marketing arm of Major League Soccer. A nationally ranked skier when he was younger, Shipley worked for NBC Sports at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

No word on whether he's been accepted or if he intends to play football, but an offensive lineman on the 2011 Eagle-Tribune (Mass.) Football All-Star team has applied early decision to Dartmouth. From the story:
Steve O'Gray, North Andover, Senior, Offensive line

All-CAL/NEC Division 1. Played guard, center and even blocking fullback in Knights' pro-style attack. 6-foot-2, 225 pounds. Three-year starter at linebacker. Made 52 tackles this season. Opened holes for star QB Brandon Walsh and running back John Iannone (1,263 yards). Top student applied early-decision to Dartmouth. Also captain on lacrosse team as a defender.

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