Monday, June 27, 2016

Monday Musing

Dartmouth is featured in one of a series of videos under the banner Go Beyond The Brochure. It is ridiculously easy to quibble with this video – or several of the others that I watched from the series – but so be it.

An Alabama media group has produced a story headlined, Here's why college football recruitment comes at a price. (LINK) The story is built around a high school quarterback named JaCure' Jackson, who, along with his parents is  . . .
. . . in the midst of a four-stop, 2,800-mile Ivy League tour. The family football trip began Thursday afternoon as they departed Birmingham in a rented minivan. Next stop: Princeton – early Friday morning. Stops at Penn, Brown and Dartmouth are on the Northeast itinerary before Tuesday's return home. 
Estimated cost: $1,500. Even that price tag is for football camps and unofficial visits . . . supplemented by overnight stays with family in New Jersey.   
For as helpful as it is for the player and his family to see the schools, coaches and towns on their tour, it's just as helpful for the coaches to see the player. Here's why: Jackson is listed on various websites as 6-foot-3, 206 pounds, 6-4, 219, 6-4 1/2, 222 and 6-5 222. He's listed as pro style on one site and as dual threat in another. One site has him running a 5.14 in the 40 – which isn't exactly blazing for a lineman – and undoubtedly there will be another somewhere that has him running a 4.75.

Check out Jackson's six-game highlight video HERE.
When the list of former Dartmouth coaches who have enjoyed tremendous success in their sport after leaving Hanover is compiled Vin Lananna, the Big Green's cross country and track and field coach in the '80s and early '90s, will be at or near the top of the list.

A Register-Guard story about Oregon's Hayward Field hosting its third Olympic Trials in a row begins with a mention of the role played by Lananna, who left Dartmouth for Stanford and later essentially rebuilt the Oregon program – and Historic Hayward Field. Find his Oregon bio HERE.