Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Old Friends

There are days when I wonder if I'll be able to find anything of interest for BGA Daily and sitting down at the keyboard this morning I thought this would be one of them. Not so.
Former Dartmouth assistant Jarrail "JJ" Jackson is the new wide receivers coach at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond. UCO, which has a student body of about 17,000, plays at the Division II level.

JJ emailed that in addition to working with the wide receivers, he'll be "heavily involved with the offensive game plan."

A former star receiver for the Oklahoma Sooners, Jackson turned Oklahoma into an absolute Dartmouth recruiting hotbed after arriving in Hanover in 2006. He also had great success finding talent in his home state of Texas where he recruited a quarterback you may have heard of. Fellow by the name of Dalyn Williams.

Football Scoop has a note on JJ landing at UCO HERE.
A story in The Dartmouth looking at the school's "relationship culture of the past" centers around Carolyn '93 and Pete Chapman '91.

Pete was captain of Buddy Teevens' 1990 Ivy League championship team and an All-Ivy League first team defensive lineman as a senior.

Prominent in the story are linebacker George Neos '93 and Shon Page '90, the Ivy League player of the year at running back.

Green Alert Take: On a personal level, it was fun for me to read this story because I covered Pete Chapman's career when he played at Dartmouth and he couldn't have been more gracious and helpful – then and now.
The PhinPhanatic website has a story under the headline, Who is Dolphins Defensive Coordinator Matt Burke? The story is broken down into segments with this under the subheading, Playing Days:
Hardly anything is known about Matt Burke’s playing career aside from the fact that he played safety at Dartmouth. Dartmouth is a top-20 academic school (Wall Street Journal has them 16th) and Burke played on part of the undefeated Ivy League championship team in 1996.
The Miami Herald has a story about Rich Stuart stepping down as Belen Jesuit football coach after 34 years. You may not know Stuart's name or be familiar with Belen, but Ivy League football coaches certainly are. From the story (italics are mine):
The Wolverines have won three consecutive district titles, six overall and were a state runner-up in 2009. During that span, Stuart has helped 155 student-athletes make it to the college level including 19 to Ivy League schools.
Former Dartmouth captain Peter Pidermann '10, linebacker Diego Fernandez-Soto '12, defensive back Anthony Diblasi '12 and nickel Frankie Hernandez '16 all played for Stuart at Belen.
Back to Football Scoop, which takes a look at a study released by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons that includes this:
 “While American football has been both scientifically and colloquially associated with the highest concussion rates, our study found that girls, and especially those who play soccer, may face a higher risk,” said lead author and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine orthopedics professor Dr. Wellington Hsu. “The new knowledge presented in this study can lead to policy and prevention measures to potentially halt these trends.”
In short, Football Scoop writes:
Girls suffer more concussions than boys when competing in high school sports and girls’ soccer in particular is the most dangerous sport for head trauma, according to a newly-released study. 
Also from the Scoop:
The study found the rate of concussions to be increasing faster than the rate of growth across all high school sports.
Green Alert Take: Keeping in mind that I am most definitely not a scientist of any kind, I'll take issue with the wording in that last excerpt. Here's how it might read if I wrote it:
The study found the rate of concussion diagnoses to be increasing faster than the rate of growth across all high school sports.
Green Alert Take II: I'm going out on a limb with this, but my suspicion is that with the far greater awareness of the danger of concussion high school sports have actually started to become safer, but more attention to the issue has resulted in athletes being properly diagnosed with concussions that may previously have been missed.