Saturday, December 01, 2012

NERD Redux

Yesterday's blog gave several hints that the column in our local paper about Harvard withdrawing from the Ivy League was facetious.

First there was the headline that read Unbelievable Breaking News. (Italics are mine.)

Then there was the mention of the new conference. North East Royal Division. (Read NERD.)

And there were links to two of the most hilarious hoaxes of all time, Kim Jong Un being the sexiest man alive, and fictitious fireballer Sidd Finch. Perhaps I should have included the Plainfield Teacher's College.
It's not football news but it's Dartmouth recruiting news with a football angle of sorts, thanks to a reader with eagle eyes. Moriah Morton of nearby Lebanon has accepted a recruiting offer to throw the javelin at Dartmouth according to a post on the New Hampshire Notebook site. She also hopes to walk onto the basketball team.

Morton is the daughter of former All-Ivy League wide receiver Craig Morton '89, still perhaps the most exciting player I ever saw in a Big Green uniform. Playing freshman football (before four-year eligibility) he caught 21 passes for 718 yards – a mind-blowing 34.2 yards per catch – with nine touchdowns in six games. As a sophomore on the varsity playing before numbers became skewed by spread offenses, he caught 44 balls for a then school-record 1,063 yards. He averaged 24.2 yards per grab with 10 touchdowns, including a 98-yarder against Columbia.

Morton went on to be the rare Ivy League wide receiver to earn an invitation to the NFL Combine. Morton opted not to pursue pro football in his first year after graduation before eventually playing in NFL Europe. Click here to what he's doing these days.
Speaking of Ivy Leaguers getting invitations to show what they can do, various unofficial sources are reporting that Cornell offensive lineman JC Tretter has been invited to the Senior Bowl. Tretter is a 6-foot-4, 300-pound guard. He was a unanimous All-Ivy pick this fall.
Old friend New Hampshire, which will reappear on the Dartmouth schedule in 2014 and 2016 to fulfill a contractual obligation, plays at Wofford this afternoon in the NCAA playoffs. Both teams are 8-3. The No. 11 Wildcats are making their ninth consecutive trip to the playoffs, the longest streak in the nation. Find a story here.
Morgan State football coach Donald Hill-Eley, who had not been told there was a change coming, was unintentionally on the receiving end of an email suggesting he was about to be replaced. Oops. From the Baltimore Sun:
The e-mail, originally written by Kevin Banks, Morgan's vice president for student affairs, said the last year of Hill-Eley's contract would be honored and made reference to a possible reassignment within the university. 
It laid out a schedule that would have the university interviewing potential replacements by mid-December and announcing a new coach by early January.
Morgan State was 3-8 this year.