Thursday, April 13, 2017

This And That

The $5 million donation from the Haldeman family to endow the Dartmouth athletic director's position will be put to use to improve the overall health of the Big Green programs according to a story in The Dartmouth. From The D:
This donation, made through the Haldemans’ family foundation, will increase College athletic director Harry Sheehy’s funding through the Athletic Directors Fund for Excellence to invest in and pioneer athletic programs. 
Sheehy said he plans to use the funding to supplement programs and teams, offer more competitive retention bonuses, enhance contract flexibility and create new programs and initiatives within his department.
Sheehy told the paper:
“I am not happy with the amount of athletic success we have — I would like to build more. I would like to make this the preeminent student-athlete experience in the United States, which is what DP2 is all about.” 
After the third Dartmouth football  practice of the spring the local daily had a story that added a few details about transfer quarterback Jimmy Fitzgerald, coming to Hanover from the University of Illlinois. From the story:
He would have three seasons of eligibility at the Football Championship Subdivision level.
Fitzgerald still needs to be formally accepted at Dartmouth, but he has been living and working in the Upper Valley, watching practices and learning the playbook.
Speaking of Illinois, there was some speculation after last season that coach Buddy Teevens' old friend Bill Cubit might be headed this way. Turns out he is instead returning to his roots as head coach at a Florida high school where he was 30-6 from 1986-88. From TC Palm:
The next chapter of Martin County High School’s football program will be written by the same coach who authored one of its most successful runs.
Bill Cubit, the former University of Illinois and Western Michigan head coach, was introduced as Martin County’s coach Wednesday morning.
More from the story:
Cubit has made 13 stops during his coaching career, but says his second stint with Martin County will be his last.
“I’m done,” Cubit said. “This is where I’m at. We’ve loved living here. This is it for me. There’s more to life than jumping all over the county. 
Interestingly, Sammy McCorkle, Dartmouth's assistant head coach, was the Martin County head coach in 2003-04.
Could Division III football be the proving ground for a rule change at the Division I level? From an NCAA release:
The Division III Management Council has voted to eliminate traditional two-a-day practices in football, effective immediately, citing the most up-to-date consensus from leading medical groups and football coaching organizations.
More from The Dartmouth, which reports on the formation of the Dartmouth Sports Analytics club, which will be "focused on the intersection of sports and statistics." It's interesting to see who helped inspire the group according to The D:
The club was first conceived in the fall of 2015 under the leadership of Richard Shen ’17, who developed an interest in sports analytics after taking a “Sports Analytics” class taught by government professor Michael Herron and College President Phil Hanlon.