•It is nice to see The Dartmouth running a few preseason football stories such as today's piece on quarterback Alex Park. (link) That said, for anyone who has been paying attention the last part of this sentence from the story may not ring completely true:
Park has been the expected starter for the entire preseason, emerging as the favorite in spring practices last year and quickly ending what had the potential to be a tough positional battle.Ironically, the Penn football notes turned up the interesting nugget that when Dartmouth kicks off against Butler at 7 Saturday night the Big Green will be the last Division I team in the nation to start play this fall.
•Lots and lots of stories out there about the Harvard cheating scandal with more than a few making mention of repercussions for the Crimson football program. A Boston Herald story puts to rest some of the speculation. From the story:
Harvard football coach Tim Murphy explained that, because of privacy laws governing student-athletes, he is unable to comment on specific individual’s situations. He did say: “All 24 projected starters coming out of spring ball are in good academic standing, healthy and ready to go on Saturday.”From a Harvard Crimson story about the basketball captain taking a leave of absence to potentially save a year of eligibility:
In an internal email between College administrators obtained by The Crimson—which a resident dean confirmed was sent to other resident deans—Secretary of the Ad Board John “Jay” L. Ellison suggested that fall athletes might “consider taking (a leave of absence) before their first game.”The deadline for withdrawing and maintaining another year of eligibility is today, so stay tuned.
Another story in the Crimson reveals specifics of several problems with answers on the exam.
•The Yale Daily News writes about junior quarterback John Whitelaw, thought to be the frontrunner to start for the Bulldogs this fall, quitting the team after freshman Eric Williams was named the starter.
Cooper the Wonder Dog and I will be leading a walk to the 2,222-foot South Peak of the mountain Saturday, leaving the trailhead at noon and getting back around 3, giving you plenty of time to clean up and get dinner before the game. You are welcome to come along to enjoy a taste of hiking the Appalachian Trail and to share a little Dartmouth and Ivy League football talk
Moose Mountain is a beautiful eight mile drive from campus in Etna, a rural part of Hanover. It's a relatively gentle hour-or-so climb to the peak with just one 10-minute stretch that might tax you a bit. Sneakers are fine and you might want to bring a bottle of water. Although we may cross paths with a "Through Hiker" or two doing the full Appalachian Trail, you don't need any hiking experience. It's not advisable but I've seen people do the trail here in flip-flops. We'll come down a different way that will give you a chance to check out the college's impressive Class of '66 Lodge.
You can learn more about the hike here.
If you are interested in joining Coop and me or have any questions, click here to send me an email.