Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Joe Moglia Redux

The website Inc. has a story under the headline: How a Kid from New York Beat Stuttering, Made Millions on Wall Street, and Became a Successful College Football Coach.

The story, of course, is about Coastal Carolina coach Joe Moglia, whose final football job before becoming a titan of Wall Street, was as a defensive coach at Dartmouth under Joe Yukica.
That Connecticut high school linebacker who had Dartmouth among his possible schools along with some of the nation's best? No surprise there. Ben Mason announced last night he's going to be a Michigan Wolverine. Find a story HERE.
If pro football was the Michigan commit's goal that alone shouldn't have ruled out Dartmouth, according to Big Green coach Buddy Teevens. No fewer than eight members of last fall's 9-1 Ivy League championship team have signed with NFL squads, are headed to minicamps or have earned a CFL tryout, reason enough for pro hopefuls to consider Dartmouth according to Teevens. From last night's BGA Premium:
“We talk a lot about the fact that I want guys to have the dream of playing in the NFL," Teevens said. "I am not shy about asking guys if that’s their dream, and I’m not shy about promoting it. 
“It’s inspiring to the younger guys on our team and also to recruits. It’s something we talk about. This is a Division I football program and we want them to achieve at the highest level.” 
While the odds are against most of the Dartmouth players making an NFL roster, Teevens is confident they will acquit themselves well and at the very least give it a good shot. 
“I believe in guys that make plays,” he said. “You look at some of those guys and people will say they are not big enough, they’re not fast enough or they are not strong enough. Well, they want it more than guys that may be a little bit bigger or faster or stronger. That makes a big difference. I will go with guys like that any time.” 
For the record, center Jacob Flores has signed with the Packers and corner Vernon Harris with the Chiefs. Quarterback Dalyn Williams, receiver Ryan McManus, defensive back Troy Donahue and defensive linemen AJ Zuttah and Cody Fulleton are all getting a chance to prove themselves in front of NFL teams, and Chai Reece has survived the first cut of a CFL combine.