Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Nice Surprise II

It's not always a fait accompli that Ivy League walk-ons will end up playing football. Some do. Some don't. And some turn out to be solid players, like former All-Ivy League wide receiver Tanner Scott. Dartmouth coach Buddy Teevens likes to list incoming freshmen who have expressed an interest in walking on – just in case.

Among those joining Kyran McKinney-Crudden (see yesterdays BGA note) on the Dartmouth walk-on list is Evan Key, a 6-2½, 205 linebacker from Pingry School in New Jersey. Key, whose father Nigel was a teammate and classmate of Teevens, was named to the "Super 100" list by the New Jersey Football Coaches Association. He had 96 tackles and 5.5 sacks last fall.  Find a story here.
Former Dartmouth quarterback Alex Jenny '10 completed the Boston Marathon yesterday in 3:17:50, a 7:32 mile pace. Jenny's run was in support of Horizons For Homeless Children – BGA LINK – and it was as successful in that way as he was on the course. He raised 146 percent of his $10,000 goal for the worthy cause. LINK
ESPN's Outside the Lines tonight at 8 takes a look at the Pat Tillman tragedy 10 years after the former Arizona Cardinal's death in Afghanistan. Three-time All-Ivy League linebacker Zack Walz '98, Tillman's roommate, was interviewed by Bob Ley for the special. Trading emails with the former Dartmouth standout last week he said he doesn't know what will or won't make it onscreen from his interview.
I've written this before but as a former dean of the college memorably told me when I worked at the local daily and was writing a story that cited Department of Education’s equity in athletics data, the reporting of those numbers by schools isn't apples and oranges. He told me it's, "apples and hubcaps." Keep that in mind when you read a story in The Dartmouth headlined, It's all about the green.
Shonda Rhimes '91, described in The Dartmouth as "creator, head writer and executive producer of the television shows “Scandal,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Private Practice,” will be the college's graduation speaker in June. LINK
And finally, a little video I shot last week while Buddy Teevens was competing with his quarterbacks in a target-throwing contest. Spoiler alert: Although this is just a few seconds and doesn't show the ending, I believe BT actually fared pretty well ;-)