•Dartmouth's confirmed summer commits to date:
Davis Brief, P/K, 6-1, 180, Warwick HS, Warwick, N.Y.
Hunter Hagdorn, WR, 6-0, 175, Manvel HS, Manvel, Texas
Ryan Roegge, S, 6-2, 205, Walton HS, Marietta, Ga.
Jake Pallotta, S, 6-1, 190, Jackson HS, Massillon, Ohio
•Dartmouth's Oct. 24 home Columbia football game is scheduled for 3 p.m. and it's not on TV. Wonder why?
A story in The Dartmouth explains that the school will be holding classes on that Saturday.
From the story (LINK):
On Wednesday, the Student Assembly announced that it had succeeded in shifting this fall’s weekend classes to later hours. Classes will begin at 10 a.m. and 8:45 a.m., rather than 8 a.m., on the Saturdays of Sept. 26 and Oct. 24, respectively.
The weekend classes were added to the schedule because the original fall-term start date coincided with the Jewish holiday Rosh Hashanah. To compensate, the administrators proposed two weekend with Saturday classes, college spokesperson Diana Lawrence wrote in a May email to The Dartmouth.
•From a Dartmouth release (LINK):
The Dartmouth College Athletics Department announced the hiring of Adam Giardino to provide play-by-play on its football broadcasts on Big Green Insider via the Ivy League Digital Network and 99Rock during the 2015 season. He will join veteran Big Green analyst Wayne Young ’72 in the booth to describe all of the action as Dartmouth aims for its 18th Ivy League crown.
A 2011 graduate of the University of Connecticut, Giardino comes to Dartmouth after completing his third year providing baseball play-by-play for the Trenton Thunder (Double-A, New York Yankees) in Trenton, New Jersey.Giardino replaces Dick Lutsk, who will call Holy Cross football and basketball this year.
•Dartmouth football players and coaches helped out last weekend with PADDLEPOWER, describe on its website as . . .
. . . a 2-day river adventure, where paddlers in canoes and kayaks journey along 25 miles of the Connecticut River to raise money for West Central Behavioral Health's Emergency Services Program. Anyone can participate as an individual paddler, a member of a team, a volunteer, or a sponsor.
•STATS FCS page looks at the Northeast Conference, home of 2015 Dartmouth opponents Sacred Heart and Central Connecticut. The site picks Sacred Heart third in the seven-team league and Central Connecticut sixth. (LINK)
•There's an interesting discussion on the Any Given Saturday football message board about the Patriot League in its third year of scholarships. The consensus (if there can ever be one on a message board before things spin out of control) is that the effect of schollies hasn't really been felt in the PL yet.
•Speaking of scholarships, the New York Times writes about the National Labor Relations Board denying the unionization bid by Northwestern football players HERE.
•The 1,250-word Columbia football preview has been posted on BGA Premium. The Cornell preview will go up tonight and Harvard tomorrow.
•It's almost tailgating time . . . everywhere but in the Ivy League. You can liven up your Dartmouth tailgate when it finally comes around with your own cornhole boards. Get them through the Coop HERE.
•We will be leaving at O-Dark-30 tomorrow to bring That Certain Nittany Lion Senior out to Happy Valley and won't be back until Friday evening. BGA Premium will continue the opponent preview series, but this site will go dark while we are away and I think about its future.
In the last 10 years there have been 4,797 posts on this site, and well over 5,000 going back to its previous location. At an average of perhaps two hours a day of digging and digging and digging for material to post and then writing it up, that's more than 10,000 hours of work. And yes, it is work.
With BGA Premium subscriptions plateauing over the past five years, friends and subscribers have been urging me to move this page to the Premium site and stop giving it away for free. I've stubbornly refused to do that, even though I know it makes sense.
Some days there are 20 blog readers for every BGA member. In essence, subscribers have been subsidizing this site for everyone else. I have to decide if it's finally time to change that. Stay tuned.