Thursday, August 29, 2019

Time For Football

A loyal reader emailed about football game times so here we go . . .

Sept. 21 at Jacksonville – 1 p.m.
Sept. 28 vs. Colgate – 6 p.m.
Oct. 4 at Penn – 7 p.m.
Oct. 12 vs. Yale – 1:30 p.m.
Oct. 19 at Marist – Noon
Oct. 25 vs. Columbia – 6 p.m.
Nov. 2 at Harvard – 1 p.m.
Nov. 9 vs. Princeton – TBA per ESPN (Previously 3:30 p.m.)
Nov. 16 vs. Cornell – 1:30 p.m.
Nov. 23 at Brown – 12:30 p.m.
Jacksonville has put out a "season preview" video in anticipation of tonight's opener at Richmond:

(Jacksonville-Richmond will be available at 7 tonight on SpiderTV HERE.)

OK, after watching that video and hearing Jacksonville coach Ian Shields talk about his "transfers" I went back to the Jacksonville roster. I found eight transfers who were not on the roster a year ago, including two from Army (including a quarterback who ran for 306 yards and three touchdowns and started one game at West Point a year ago). Six of the transfers play on the defensive side of the ball, a clear Jacksonville weakness a year ago. The transfers:

Junior wide receiver BJ Byrd – Laney College (California)
Freshman defensive back Khalil Fleming – Army
Sophomore quarterback Cam Thomas – Army
Junior linebacker Raudel Alvarez – Kilgore College (Texas)
Junior linebacker Mason Hoose – Erie CC (New York)
Junior defensive lineman Keshawn Douglas – Feather River College (California)
Junior defensive lineman Kyree Woods – Grossmont College (California)
Junior linebacker Bryant Bowen – San Joaquin Delta College (California)

Those transfers join redshirt junior free safety Troy Minnifield, who transferred from Southern Nazarene a year ago.

Green Alert Take: Look, transferring in football is, well, a thing. I get it. It's happening left and right. But it's been written here before that if you stick with scheduling Patriot League schools you pretty much know what you are going to get one year to the next. When you schedule outside of the Patriot and a few other schools (notably New Hampshire) you can be in for quite a surprise.

Green Alert Take II: When I was working on the BGA Premium preview series a month ago none of those transfers appeared on the roster.

Green Alert Take III: I went looking for the Jacksonville two-deep to see how many of the transfers show up on it but alas, I'm still looking.
Speaking of scheduling new opponents . . .

A few years back Dartmouth was talking with another non-scholarship school out of region about possibly setting up a series. The Big Green went into the discussions with its eyes open and pulled out of the talks when it became clear the school was intent on adding scholarships that it was thought would dramatically change the nature of its program during the proposed series with Dartmouth.
Kudos to the folks down at Columbia churning this stuff out. The Lions might be a dark horse contender for the Ivy League title this year and here's a big reason why: