Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Note(s) From The Practice Field

Before you listen to this, take a second and think about how good the Dartmouth band or choir would be at football ;-)

The singing of Dear Old Dartmouth took place after Tuesday's second session on Blackman Fields. (Yeah, the date should have been Sept. 1 but I'm not going back in to change it!)

Don't think Dartmouth's robotic tackling dummy is getting much attention? From the web this morning:
Après deux ans de recherche, le Dartmouth College, une université privée du nord-est des Etats-Unis, a présenté son dernier joueur de football. Celui-ci présente toutefois une différence par rapport aux autres joueurs et non des moindres, puisqu’il s’agit d’un robot. Le MVP pour Mobile Virtual Player (Joueur virtuel mobile) est un mannequin d’entraînement aux plaquages.
Find the full story HERE.
Former Dartmouth assistant Joe Moglia's dream was to coach in the FBS and he's going to get his wish.

No, he's not leaving Coastal Carolina, where he's had tremendous success since trading Wall Street for a whistle. It's Coastal Carolina that is leaving the FCS.

The Chanticleers are headed to the Sun Belt Conference and the FBS in 2017.

Eastern Kentucky was another Sun Belt candidate but as Football Scoop wrote:
(T)he Chanticleers have Joe Moglia, the former banking executive and billionaire that left the business world to pursue his dream of coaching football. After a stint with Nebraska and the Omaha Nighthawks, Moglia landed the Coastal head job before the 2012 season and has gone 32-10 since, reaching the FCS quarterfinals in each of the last two seasons.
Find the story HERE.
Georgia's Kennesaw State is starting football and the school president is no stranger to the game. Daniel Papp '69 played one year of the game at Dartmouth before turning to rugby. He told the Atlanta Journal Constitution:
“My perspective, if you’re going to be a major university in the American South, it’s pretty hard not to have football in one version or the other.”
Find the story HERE.
In part because Ivy League teams don't participate in the FCS playoffs it is easy to underestimate how much talent there is on Ancient Eight fields. Ivy League teams might not be able to beat FBS teams, but a lot of Ivy League players are capable of doing well at that level.

A decade ago Jared Kesler transferred from Dartmouth and became a starter at TCU. Find his TCU bio HERE, and a story about his toughness HERE.

The latest to open eyes to the talent in the Ivies is former Columbia tight end Connor Spears, who caught three passes for 32 yards as a freshman with the Lions and now could be the starting tight end for, wait for it, the USC Trojans. At least the school paper thinks so. Find the story HERE (Thanks for the link ;-)
The movie Concussion with Will Smith comes out in December. Watch the trailer HERE.
With the first double session in the books it's back to a morning afternoon practice on Memorial Field for the Big Green. BGA will be there with a report later in the day.