Thursday, May 18, 2017

Miller Time

Minnesota's Shoreview Press has a story about graduating Dartmouth senior safety Charlie Miller getting his NFL shot with the Jacksonville Jaguars. From the story:
“The Jaguars, like most of the scouts I talked to, really liked my speed and knowledge for the game,” said the 6-foot, 190-pound Miller, who was clocked in 4.39 seconds in the 40 at his pro day workout. “They definitely see me as being a contributor on special teams where I can utilize that speed.”
And this . . .
Another Jacksonville rookie a bit more heralded than Miller is Leonard Fournette, the Louisiana State tailback taken No. 4 in the draft. Fournette runs like a locomotive, and Miller’s pals keeping asking if he thinks he can tackle the All-American breaking through the line in practice. 
“That’s probably the most popular question I’ve gotten — ha, ha,” Miller acknowledged. “But honestly, just happy he’s on my team and not someone else’s. If he ‘trucks’ me, it won’t be during a prime time game, it would just be in practice. But I’m confident in my tackling abilities, if put on the spot.”
A website with the unfortunate name Fan Rag Sports Network tries to analyze the Los Angeles Rams cutting Dartmouth senior Flo Orimolade this way:
Orimolade was very good in college, but he did play at Dartmouth. While a very prestigious school in many ways, it’s not known for its football program. He’s too short and light for the NFL. 
There's been message board talk about the possibility that former Notre Dame quarterback Malik Zaire could end up at Harvard as a graduate transfer. That's not going to happen. Curious about Ivy League eligibility rules regarding a fifth year? This is from the Introduction and Summary of Ivy Rules for Coaches and Administrators:
All students are expected to use their years of varsity eligibility in a particular sport during the first four seasons of that sport, and the first eight terms of enrollment, following their initial enrollment (even though they may be formally enrolled in a five-year program). Any requests for participation in a 9th term or 5th season since enrollment, e.g. when the student has not been enrolled as a full-time student at some point during those seasons or terms, must come to the Ivy Office from the institutional eligibility officer. 
In considering requests for exception, "red shirt" years are not allowed for Ivy eligibility. That is, coaches may not manipulate or motivate a student’s enrollment pattern to put off or to secure eligibility in some specific season; students are expected not to alter their academic or enrollment patterns in order to change the seasons in which they compete; and students who are enrolled and practice with a team will normally have been considered to have used a season of eligibility. 
Exceptions for a 9th term or 5th season since initial enrollment normally will be granted in cases of illness, or of other factors beyond the student's control, or where particular academic circumstances are involved. For example, students enrolled for a second bachelor's degree at the same institution and who missed a season for reasons unrelated to furthering their athletics career will normally be granted eligibility to participate during their fifth year/fourth season while pursuing the second degree. 
A student who completes the requirements for a Baccalaureate or equivalent degree is no longer eligible, even if the actual award of the degree is postponed beyond the next regular time when the institution confers degrees. The only exceptions are students enrolled for a second degree as mentioned above, and students who complete a bachelor’s degree in less than 4 years and enroll in graduate school at the same institution, who may compete only during four years of enrollment. 
Got that? There will be a test.
Speaking of graduate students playing in the Ivy League, consider the curious case of former Cornell standout Kevin Rooney, a defensive lineman who graduated in three years with a 3.89 GPA. Although he missed a year because of injury and wanted to use his final season of eligibility as a grad student, he was denied by the Ivy League.

From a Cornell Daily Sun story regarding Rooney, who eventually graduated from Stanford Law:
The Cornell University Institute for Public Affairs accepted Rooney into their master’s program for Public Administration on academic merit, without athletic consideration or influences. On track to graduate early, Rooney put in his application for his robes when he received the shocking news: the Ivy League would not let him play for his alma mater, despite him being enrolled in a graduate program on campus.
“If I hadn’t filed my application for graduation, then asked my parents to pay and asked my family to take on another semester’s worth of debt and incur those fees, then I could play,” Rooney said. “Because I didn’t, and because I tried to save my family the money knowing that I wanted to go to law school, then I couldn’t play.”
It was not the fact that Rooney was a graduate student that prevented him from playing — it was that he had graduated and his final season would not have been within eight semesters of his original enrollment.
Courtesy Dartmouth College
The Valley News had an obituary earlier this week about the passing of Fred Kelley, the head athletic trainer at Dartmouth for a quarter of a century and a 1989 inductee into the National Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame.

Believe it or not, a Florida roofing company wrote one of the last stories about Fred back in December under the headline, The Dancing Marine.

From a story I freelanced for the DP2 PEAK quarterly about changes in the athletic training profession:
The stereotype of the old-time trainer grew out of a time when the training staff was populated largely by local high school graduates who learned their craft at the knee of older trainers. That began to change after forward-thinking Fred Kelley came to Dartmouth as head trainer in 1967.
Kelley had earned a degree in exercise physiology in the legendary Springfield College physical education program, served as a trainer for the 10th Marine Regiment, and had gone on to earn a masters degree in education. While respecting the acquired knowledge of veteran trainers like Irv Fountain and Bob Dagenais, Kelley set about reshaping the staff by bringing in a new breed of trainer like Linda Zoller, Terry Cioffredi and (Jeff) Frechette, each of whom had or would have advanced degrees.
I also wrote about Fred's role in the history of Hanover Country Club's Tommy Keane Invitational golf tournament HERE.

I worked in the Dartmouth athletic department with Fred for five years and spoke with him frequently both as the Dartmouth beat writer for the local daily and later doing PR for the Keane. He was always unfailingly helpful and patient. It was always a pleasure to see him and catch up a bit when he returned to Hanover each July for the Keane. It won't be the same without him.
And finally, the Valley News writes about the reasons for the end of an era with the closing of popular Hanover eatery Everything But Anchovies, better known as EBA's. (LINK)