Friday, June 15, 2018

The List Is In

The official Dartmouth release announcing the incoming football recruiting class has been posted HERE. (The only real differences between the official list and the earlier BGA list are the official list includes hometowns whereas the BGA list had the town where the recruits when to high school, and the addition of transfer quarterback Jake Allen from the University of Florida.)

A Dartmouth release about the 2018 Class Marshals selected by their classmates includes this about former quarterback Jack Heneghan:
Jack Heneghan is most grateful for the friends and classmates he has been lucky enough to meet during his time at Dartmouth. While in Hanover, he played quarterback on the football team, serving as a co-captain his senior year. Heneghan studied economics, worked as a researcher in the quantitative social science program, and spent the winter of his junior year studying at Keble College, Oxford, as part of the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy’s exchange program. During off terms, Heneghan worked for a small venture capital firm, two tech start-ups, and a private equity firm. In his free time, he’s most apt to be found enjoying time with his fraternity brothers from Gamma Delta Chi or friends from elsewhere on campus. After graduation, Heneghan will return to California to continue training with the San Francisco 49ers of the NFL in preparation for their upcoming season. 
Favorite place: Memorial Field“Playing football on Memorial Field was in many ways the most rewarding part of my time at Dartmouth. The experiences I had there, while at times painful and challenging, helped shape me as a person and taught me important lessons I never would have learned elsewhere. Beyond that, it was a place where I met and grew close to many of my best friends. I am extremely grateful for the opportunities that I had at Memorial Field—and Dartmouth more broadly—to grow as a person.”
STATS has a story under the headline, Five FCS coaches whose seats are warming. From that story:
Roger Hughes (Stetson) - Hughes treats his players like sons and led Stetson through the death of redshirt freshman Nick Blakely last summer, but since the Hatters extended Hughes through the 2018 season two years ago, they're only 3-13 in Pioneer Football League games. He's 16-40 overall and without a winning season since resurrecting the program in 2013. 
Hughes, is the former Princeton head coach who came to the Ivy League as offensive coordinator at Dartmouth where he helped the Big Green go 10-0 in 1996.
This snuck under the BGA radar earlier this week, but no longer will Division I football players who appear in one game – or just one play – "burn" their redshirt. From an NCAA release:
College athletes competing in Division I football can participate in up to four games in a season without using a season of competition, the Division I Council decided this week at its meeting in Indianapolis.
Division I student-athletes have five years to compete in up to four seasons of competition. The new exception allows football players to preserve a season of competition if, for example, injuries or other factors result in them competing in a small number of games.
The release includes this:
Both the Football Bowl Subdivision and Football Championship Subdivision representatives on the Council adopted both rules. They are effective for the 2018-19 football season.
Green Alert Take: For a UNH or a Patriot League school like Holy Cross, this is huge should the Patriot go the redshirt route. In a stroke of the pen the disadvantage of the limit on scholarships at the FCS level has been largely erased. Coaches will have a lot more flexibility once they figure out how to distribute the extra game opportunities.

Green Alert Take: More than an hour of Ivy League football talk is a good thing. Given the number of conferences these guys are talking about, a few mispronounced names are excusable. On the other hand, I'd have t take issue with saying that Harvard and Princeton have been the Ivy's big dogs in recent years with Penn making an occasional appearance given that since 2000 Harvard has won or shared nine Ivy League titles, Penn has eight and Princeton just three. (LINK)

There's also this, which focuses on one recruit from each school, in Dartmouth's case quarterback Jack Alexander. (Scroll to the 1:30 mark for the start of the video):