If nothing else, there was a buzz in town this weekend with thousands of high school, college and club athletes swarming Leverone Field House for the annual Dartmouth Relays. We sat in the stands behind a group of competitors who came all the way from Halifax, Nova Scotia. In case you are wondering, that's a 12 1/2-hour trip in good weather and they ran into a snowstorm that made it a good deal longer. As I joked with them at least they had a chance to go south for a few days.
•A few more responses have trickled in to the editorial in The Dartmouth headlined Verbum Ultimum: Reassessing Recruitment. The latest, which won't be well received by those who believe student-athletes bring something special to the school, begins this way:
Before you apologists for athletics get too worked up over this. . .
•A high-profile University of Virginia quarterback who decided to transfer out of the Cavalier program reportedly had Penn on his short list but has decided to stay in-state at the University of Richmond. link
•One of the advantages of being
(Editor's Note: Maybe some day I'll post the video from when I wore a uniform for a similar piece on the Today Show back when Bryant Gumbel was the host. True story. On second thought, that puppy is staying in cold storage.)
Here's the CBS Sunday Morning video.
•As my family will tell you, for someone who steadfastly refuses to have a cell phone/smart phone, I'm something of a geek when it comes to electronics. Maybe that's why I think this iPad app to help college football coaches with recruiting is, as they say in these parts, wicked cool.
•Tragic news from Barcelona where a Dartmouth junior has died on a foreign study program not affiliated with the college. Details on what happened haven't been released. link
A member of the Dartmouth rugby team, Crispin Scott was from Mercer Island, Washington.