Saturday, January 25, 2014

A Real Commitment

Dartmouth Now has a story about five members of the college's ROTC corps taking the Oath of Enlistment earlier this month and one is a freshman football player. Confirming his "formal commitment to pursue an Army commission," was corner Chris Aguemon of Leesburg, Va.

The 5-foot-7, 170-pound Aguemon had a solid season with the Big Green jayvees last fall with eight tackles and a couple of interceptions in three games. Find his Dartmouth bio here.
You have to wonder if the recruiting services are sleeping on the job or simply don't care about FCS schools when ESPN Recruiting Nation lists one – count 'em, one – Dartmouth commitment for next fall. Rivals has just three names and 247Sports site (in partnership with CBS Sports) also features just three players.

ESPN's lone name is that of Florida defensive back Jarius Brown, who has been all over BGA. The 247 page lists Brown, New Jersey linebacker Nick Tomkins and Porter Ontko of Illinois at wide receiver. Rivals lists Brown, Ontko (at defensive back) and Louisiana running back Forrest Town.

Add them up and together the three prominent recruiting sites have four different names. The BGA list has 22 names that those sites could choose from, and with their name recognition the recruiting services would probably be able to pull up a few more potential recruits I haven't yet been able to confirm. If they cared.

That said, here we go again . . .

What We Think We Know So Far:

Brock Bacon - DI/OLB, Addison, Texas
Colin Boit, - WR/DB, Samammish, Wash.
Jarius Brown - WR/Ath Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Brennan Cascarano - DL, Glenview, Ill.
Rocco Di Leo - DE, Elmhurst, Ill.
Ben Hagaman - TE, Franklin, Tenn.
Ian Hanselman -RB/LB, Manheim, Pa.
Jack Heneghan - QB/ATH, Atherton, Calif.*
Stephen Johnston - TE, North Bethesda, Md.
Eric Meile - LB, Ramsey, N.J.*
Porter Ontko - S, Lisle, Ill.
Cam Poole - TE, Buford, Ga.
Charlie Pontarelli - DL, Wilmette, Ill.*
Wyatt Schmidt - K, Inver Grove Heights, Minn.*
Cameron Skaff - TE, Haymarket, Va.
David Smith - K, Montreal, Quebec*
Ryder Stone - TB, Okotoks, Alberta
Emory Thompson - WR, Lexington, Kent.*
Nick Tomkins - DL, Aberdeen Twp, N.J.*
Forrest Town - TB, FS, Zachary, La.
Nick White - RB/SS, Mill Creek, Wash.
Andrew Yohe - OL, Leechburg, Pa*

* -- confirmed early decision

Editor's Note: Positions are best guesses. Hometowns are from Internet reports or email. Where no confirmed hometown was found the location of the high school is reported.

Former Dartmouth offensive coordinator and Princeton head coach Roger Hughes has scheduled 12 games for his second season as head coach at Stetson. I seem to recall reading that FCS teams could schedule an additional game last year because of how the calendar fell, so either the calendar is going to be kind again this year or I misunderstood the rule. Or perhaps it was changed?

Whatever the explanation, players who have 12 games a year would have an extra eight games over the course of their careers compared to kids in the Ivy League, which has a 10-game limit. That's almost an extra season. Add in a couple of tournament games and it is an extra season.

Writing that got me thinking, so I just went in and checked the New Hampshire records. Graduating seniors at UNH this year will have played in 52 games. Dartmouth's seniors played 40. Lehigh's seniors had 48 games.

Football players want to play football. Playing more games is an incentive for even the best students to go elsewhere – if they are serious about the game.  Isn't it time for an 11th game?
Dartmouth grad Kyle Hendricks '12 has earned an invitation to spring training as the 2013 Chicago Cubs' minor league pitcher of the year. From
After dominating at Double-A Tennessee with a 10-3 record and a 1.85 ERA, he excelled at Triple-A Iowa late last season, posting a 2.48 ERA and 1.08 WHIP in six starts. has started "a series about prospects who attended the country's best academic colleges with focus on what they learned while they were enrolled," and in the latest installment they write about Hendricks. He has this to say:
"For the coaches we had, it really, really was about academics first. My school as a whole was like that. I saw a stat that said, I think it was 99.7 percent of Dartmouth's student-athletes graduate. Basically, everyone graduates. That's a testament to school as a whole and all the athletics staff. The coaches really do expect you to put academics first, and I know for sure, 100 percent, that that's true with the baseball coaches."
And the Ivy League presidents seem to think going to the NCAA football tournament or having an 11th game in football would be too much of a challenge?
Speaking of great Dartmouth athletes, from Dartmouth sports information (italics are mine):

BOSTON – Abbey D'Agostino broke her own Dartmouth and Ivy League women’s record in the mile Friday evening at Boston University’s Terrier Invitational. The senior crossed the line second overall in 4:28.31, besting her old indoor mark of 4:30.03 set last year. 
In a race that was built for speed with some of the best distance runners in the country at either a collegiate or professional level, the Big Green’s D’Agostino was less than three seconds back of the collegiate record for the event (4:25.91). Her new time ties Villanova’s Vicki Huber as the third-fastest mark ever run by a collegiate woman and the seventh best in American history during the indoor season. 
Mary Cain and Jordan Hasay, both pro runners with Nike Oregon, were first and third, respectively, in the mile. Sophomore Dana Giordano was 10th overall in 4:47.64, running in another heat.