Wednesday, March 16, 2016

STATS Looks At The Ivy

Craig Haley used to do a fine job as a newspaper beat writer covering Princeton sports and  he continued his good work at The Sports Network. Nothing has changed in that regard with STATS taking over for TSN, and his Ivy League spring football primer is another example of that.

Here's what Haley writes about Dartmouth:
Storyline: The Big Green's first Ivy League title since 1996 (and a record 18th) could prove to be a hard act to follow. Last year's senior-driven team returns only five starters (four on offense and one defense), which has coach Buddy Teevens rebuilding the two-deep. Sophomore quarterback Bruce Dixon is the frontrunner to take over for Dalyn Williams. Running back Ryder Stone figures to become a focal point of the offense after splitting carries in the past. The Big Green will be vulnerable on the offensive and defensive lines until the players become more seasoned. The new anchor on the defensive line is senior end Brandon Cooper. While both kickers return, the Big Green are seeking better results in that area. This year's difficult home portion of the schedule sees fellow 2015 co-champs Harvard and Penn as well Brown and CAA Football members New Hampshire and Towson coming to Hanover.
By all means read the rest of the Ivy League team capsules on the STATS site HERE. For what it's worth, based on what Haley has written you would expect him to predict Penn to be the favorite in the Ivy League race next fall.
Kind of cool to see Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly reference Buddy Teevens by name in his pre-spring press conference. From the transcript:
"We have some -- we have a tackling circuit, and we have some tackling apparatus that are not the same ones certainly that Buddy Teevens was using at Dartmouth but ones that we think we can move briskly and aggressively to get the kind of tackling that we're looking for in drill work without going man against man and get the kind of work that we need to still be sharp to play the game effectively."
The following video may be a repeat – when you've been posting on a site for 11 years it can be hard to remember ;-) – but even if it is, it's worthwhile. By way of introduction, I once had an editor at the local daily who referred to our Upper Valley area of Vermont and New Hampshire as Shangri-La and people occasionally ask newcomers if they pulled the chain back across the road when they got here lest the secret get out. Sure, it can be cold in the winter but it's that special and this video, which was prepared as a recruiting vehicle by Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in 2009, gives a pretty good picture of our area. The video is a little dated but take a look: