Friday, February 10, 2017

Winter Wandering

Winter in Hanover is a subject that occasionally comes up when high school football players are considering Ivy League schools, right? If you like to ski and skate, winter at Dartmouth is great. And if you don't? Well, check out how three Dartmouth football players spent last winter, a huge benefit of the school's quarter system, which allows Big Green players to compete in the fall and be on campus for spring practice – after doing a winter abroad. Where do I sign up for this?

Once again this winter Dartmouth athletes are studying abroad including running back Vito Penza in Italy:

Just saw a note that Mercer University in Macon, Ga., began spring football practice on Monday, if you can believe it. (LINK) The Bears, who start a series with Yale in 2018, practice every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8 a.m.

In case you are wondering, Dartmouth's spring game is tentatively scheduled for April 29. (You did notice that said tentatively, right?) If that schedule holds, the expectation is that Tuesday-Thursday-Saturday practices will begin on April 3. That's 54 days from now ;-)

Thanks to a BGA reader for sharing this photo and a reminder that Dartmouth recruits Masaki Aerts (front left) and Dakari Falconer (front right) will be competing  for St. Peter's Prep (NJ) at the legendary Millrose Games tomorrow in New York City. The wide receiver and running back are scheduled to run at 5:35 p.m. in the "Boys 4x200 Meter Relay Eastern HS." The Millrose games will be aired from 4-6 p.m. on NBC.
Interesting story in the Columbia Spectator about the awakening of the Columbia athletic program under athletic director Peter Pilling. As you might expect, the hiring of Al Bagnoli as football coach is central to the piece. Find it HERE. From the story:
Pilling has hired a new batch of coaches and administrators and consciously revamped the culture within athletics. He’s also shown a staid consistency in responding to the problems that his department has faced.
And the Dartmouth commencement speaker this spring will be . . . wait for it . . . onetime cartoonist for The Dartmouth and CNN anchor Jake Tapper '91. Gee, you think he'll have anything to talk about? (LINK)