Word out of Minnesota is you can add to the Dartmouth list of commits for next fall the name of Paddy Clancy, a 5-foot-10, 165 pound defensive back out of St. Thomas Academy in Mendota Heights, Minn. (St. Thomas has sent Timmy McManus, brother Ryan McManus and Foley Schmidt to Dartmouth in recent years.)
Clancy played safety and corner, returned punts and held for kicks at St. Thomas on his way to making the Minnesota all-state first team as named by the St. Paul Pioneer Press. He was on the Associated Press all-state second-team. Clancy was a two-time all-conference choice, team captain as a senior and winner of the team's Robert Slater Award as the layer who "consistently puts the team ahead of personal gain." St. Thomas was 31-3 in his three years as a starter.
Clancy had five interceptions, two forced fumbles and more than 80 tackles as a senior and had kickoff, punt and interception returns of more than 70 yards for scores.
•Speaking of Dartmouth recruits, the Muskogee Phoenix has an update on another:
Dartmouth College commit Victor Williams received the District 6A-3 Iron Man Award for his play on offense, defense and as a kick and punt returner in 2011, leading the Roughers seniors who were picked to the All-6A-3 team released this week.
Here's the full second-team offense:
QB Casey Therriault, Jackson StateGreen Alert Take: In case you didn't see it the first time around, here's my take on my mistakes ;-)
RB Tim Flanders, Sam Houston St.
RB Nick Schwieger, Dartmouth
WR Tre Gray, Richmond
WR Nicholas Edwards, Eastern Washington
TE Kyle Juszczyk, Harvard
OL Chris Powers, Eastern Washington
OL Michael Mancini, Tennessee-Martin
OL Malcolm Boyd, Liberty
OL Jon Opperud, Montana
OL Scott Schweitzer, Tennessee Tech
K Ryan Estep, Norfolk State
KR Laron Scott, Georgia Southern
•From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review regarding Harvard coach Tim Murphy's chances of ending up at Penn State:
How about Harvard coach Tim Murphy? He has the academic chops, but the problem might be ... Harvard. Disposing of Dartmouth is slightly different than staring down Wisconsin.Green Alert Take: For what it's worth, as someone who has a strong interest in Penn State and Nittany Lion football, and who has watched Harvard and Murphy closely, I think he'd be an absolutely terrific hire and a very good fit.
•Could a misuse of social media strike the Ivy League? Absolutely. It happened at Lehigh. You can Google it yourself if you want to see the specifics, but here's the Lehigh official reaction. Reading about this mess I liked this from another school: Don't post anything that you wouldn't be OK seeing on the front page of a newspaper.
•From a story in the Yale Daily News:
In a working paper released by the National Bureau of Economic Research this November, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies professor Matthew Kotchen and University of California Santa Barbara professor of corporate environmental management Matthew Potoski studied whether college football coaches’ “reputation and financial incentives” bias the USA Today coaches’ poll.I could have saved the researchers a lot of time. The answer is, duh.
•Another six inches of snow here on the mountain last night. That's three snowfalls of at least six inches already this year and winter is still a couple of weeks away.