DARTMOUTH'S OFFICIAL RECRUITING CLASS(One more player could be added.)
Palo Alto HS
Palo Alto, Calif.
Trinity Christian Academy
Eastside Catholic HS
Glenbrook South HS
Rocco Di Leo
St. Ignatius HS
Defensive End/Outside Linebacker
Peachtree Ridge HS
Bishop Guertin HS (NH)
6-1 ½, 220
Manheim Central HS
Potomac Sr. HS
6-1 ½, 212
* Anders Peterson
Pembroke Pines, Fla.
St. Thomas Academy
South St. Paul, Minn.
St. Paul's School (NH)
East St. John's HS
Lawrence Dunbar HS
Henry Jackson HS
Greater Atlanta Christian
Kiski Area HS
* Deferring for two years for Mission
6-4 ½, 290
Francis Parker HS
Walk-Ons As Reported in Wednesday's BGA:
5-8 ½, 180
6-2 ½, 205
Short Hills, N.J.
6-1 ½, 195
Yale has posted its official recruiting class here.
The New Haven Register has an overview of the Yale class here.
•With next fall's freshman class set (with that one possible exception) the next Ivy classes will start shaping up. Reported yesterday as receiving an offer from Dartmouth is 6-3 ½ 250-pound defensive end TJ Smith of North Stanly High School in North Carolina. The Stanly News And Press has a bylined story with a picture.
The local daily has a story today about the return to action this spring of Dartmouth freshman receiver Jon Marc Carrier, who was lost for the season after a frightening helmets-to-helmet injury at Harvard last fall. Carrier was immobilized and rushed to the hospital after the injury but returned to Dartmouth in a car that same evening.
The Dartmouth has a three-question Q&A with Deputy Athletics Director Bob Ceplikas about the Northwestern athletes' push to unionize. LINK The key line:
I have not seen any interpretation that would lead non-scholarship athletes to be affected by this. The very basis of the ruling was that it’s the scholarship that makes the student an employee.
•Legendary columnist Red Smith once said, "Writing is easy. You just open a vein and bleed." LINK
Trust me, he was only slightly guilty of hyperbole.
That Certain '14 no doubt has experienced the same kind of feeling working on papers for her Earth Science major. But I'd venture to say she understands even a little better now. I thought of Smith's quote after getting a couple of panicky emails from her yesterday as the deadline approached for her second column in The Dartmouth's sports section. Fortunately, she reported in the second email, she had an understanding editor helping stop the bleeding. LINK
(When she told me she was asked to write a column this spring, she asked whether she should write once a week or every two weeks. I'm thinking she's pretty glad right now she took my advice to choose the latter. I mean, it's senior spring, right?
True Ivy League Heroes
At Yale the football, field hockey and ice hockey teams joined in an effort that added almost 700 potential donors to the Be The Match bone marrow effort in memory of ice hockey player Mandi Schwartz, who died in 2011. According to a Yale release, the Bulldogs' previous drives have led to a whopping 23 matches and marrow donations to save lives. LINK
A nod to the Brown football team for taking part in the Be The Match initiative for the fifth consecutive year. Senior defensive back Matt Shannon's career probably didn't go the way he hoped but he will graduate a hero after donating marrow to save a man's life, the result of a previous Brown drive. LINK
With Be the Match having its roots at neighboring Villanova, where coach Andy Talley started his Get in the Game, Save a Life campaign, it's no surprise that Penn football is active in the initiative and took part once again this spring. LINK Two Penn players in 2011 donated marrow to save lives. Find their story here.
•Went to see the Kevin Costner movie Draft Day with Mrs. BGA last night and enjoyed it. You have to suspend disbelief a little (a lot?) and there's a scene with Costner, Jennifer Garner and Ellen Burstyn that is so corny it will make you grimace, but all in all it's entertaining. It will be fun the next time I see him to see what old friend Kevin Demoff '99 – Executive Vice President of Football Operations & Chief Operating Officer of the St. Louis Rams – thought of the film.
•And finally, Dartmouth has been in the news so much lately – for the wrong reason – that I've made a soft decision to steer BGA back almost entirely to the sports side. The last thing you need when you visit a sports site first thing in the morning is to be hammered on the side of the head day after day. That said, President Phil Hanlon has issued a statement in response to the news of the last few months that deserves to be read. Find a link here.