•My old newspaper, the Valley News, writes about the first day of Dartmouth football practice HERE.
•I had a chance to ask new offensive quality control assistant Tyrone Hendrix, a former Morgan State wide receiver, about the 40-yard dash he ran a few days ago on a dare. With a grin he told me the 4.6 he ran was in khakis, and without warming up.
•Hard to believe the Senior Bowl watchlist could have the names of 34 FCS players on it and one of them isn't Dartmouth corner Isiah Swann. I ask you, what more can you do than lead the nation in interceptions, help your nationally ranked team go 9-1 and be named your conference defensive player of the year?
No Ivy Leaguer is on the list and the only Patriot League player is Bucknell punter Alex Pechin, who averaged 45.1 yards on 72 punts in 2017 and 44.5 yards on 81 punts last year.
•Turns out Dartmouth coach Buddy Teevens has no one to blame but himself for losing Callie Brownson to the Buffalo Bills. From a story on the Bills Insider site (LINK):
“I first met Callie at the NFL Women’s Careers in Football Forum in Indianapolis through Buddy Teevens, the head coach at Dartmouth,” (Bills coach Sean) McDermott said. “She came highly recommended by him. I was immediately impressed by her enthusiasm for the game of football and her career aspirations. During training camp, she showed a tremendous work ethic and earned this opportunity. She is very driven, professional, smart, and eager to learn.”
•From the Dartmouth football Twitter account, a photo of former Cornell and Montreal Canadiens goalie Ken Dryden with former Big Green ice hockey player Buddy Teevens:
Thanks to hockey legend Ken Dryden for coming and comparing notes on concussion safety in 2 sports with Coach Teevens. pic.twitter.com/NpoulmpiYk— Dartmouth Football (@DartFootball) August 23, 2019
Interestingly, last week I spoke with someone in football who found it curious that the same people who won't let their kids play football encourage them to play ice hockey, a sport where they fly down the ice, crash into each other, slam into the boards and bang their heads on a totally unforgiving surface when they fall.
•New Hampshire football coach Sean McDonnell is taking an indefinite leave of absence for health reasons and associate head coach Ricky Santos will replace him on an interim basis. (LINK)
New Hampshire has been tapping into the Ivy League coaching tree.
Santos, a record-setting quarterback at UNH, spent the past three years as quarterback coach at Columbia.
Former Dartmouth head coach John Lyons is the defensive coordinator at New Hampshire where Phil Estes, who coached Brown until last year, is serving this season as a volunteer coach. Estes was a defensive lineman for the Wildcats.