At the Northeast Conference media day Thursday at MetLife Stadium (home of the Giants, Jets and Super Bowl XLVIII) NEC coaches picked Dartmouth opponent Sacred Heart to finish fifth in the seven-team league. An NEC release included this "snapshot" of the Pioneers:
For the first time since 2012, the Pioneers will have a new starting quarterback as they take aim at a fifth consecutive winning season. Edge rusher Dylan Ackerson and linebacker Kevin Barry anchor a defensive unit that ranked first amongst NEC leaders vs. the run.
•Rather than reveal its poll at a gathering in an NFL stadium, the Ivy League will release its poll during the annual Media Teleconference phone call on Aug. 8. To tide you over until then, here's the Hero Sports capsule of the Ivy League from a posting where it picks every FCS conference:
Penn – Both Penn and Princeton finished 6-1 in the 2016 conference season. Princeton loses plenty on defense while Penn returns its top two tacklers in Colton Moskal and Nick Miller along with its interceptions leader Mason Williams and sacks leader Louis Vecchio. Offensively, the Quakers will lean on running back Tre Solomon, who is coming off a 907-yard 2016 season, and wide receiver Justin Watson, who had 1,115 yards and eight touchdowns in 2016.
•A friend of BGA sent along a link to a story and graphic which together explain one of the reasons why not raising the subscription rate for BGA Premium in more than a decade hasn't made much sense ;-)
Find the story HERE. And here's the graphic: