Saturday, September 14, 2019

Go With The Flo

Flo Orimolade, the Ivy League's defensive player of the year as a senior in 2016, is working his way back after an injury with the Calgary Stampeders. This video from his Twitter account included this: "Today's work. 3 months + 1 week post-surgery. The Journey is moving along."

Find his Twitter account with another video HERE, his Dartmouth linebacker bio HERE, and his bio as a defensive end with the Stamps HERE.
This is the final weekend without a Dartmouth football game until the end of the season (if you count a couple of Friday nights as part of the weekend ;-)

Dartmouth Week One opponent Jacksonville University plays at Presbyterian today at 7 p.m. in a game that will be carried on ESPN+.

A BGA reader asking about Jacksonville was confused about who Dartmouth will be playing next week because there is Jacksonville University and there's also Jacksonville State University – and both are in Jacksonville. Dartmouth, of course, is playing the one in Jacksonville, Florida. JSU is in Jacksonville, Alabama and will be playing No. 4 Eastern Washington this week.

Dartmouth's opponent is in the non-scholarship Pioneer Football League. Jacksonville State plays in the Ohio Valley Conference. Since 2014 Jacksonville University has finished, in order, 8th, 11th, 11th, 5th, 3rd and 10th in the PFL. Since 2014 Jacksonville State has finished 1st, 1st, 1st, 1st and 1st in the OVC and is the only DI school – FBS or FCS – to have won its conference title outright the last five years.

Jacksonville U drew 9,945 fans for its home games last year, an average of 1,989 per. Jacksonville State drew 101,421, an average of 16,904.

Any questions? Class is dismissed.
A couple of days ago I wrote about the funniest coach I covered at Dartmouth. (LINK)

The coach who went on to have the greatest success elsewhere? That's a lead-pipe cinch. It would be cross country/track coach Vin Lananna, who spent 12 years at Dartmouth.

I bring that up because Vin was named head coach at Virginia just a few days ago and former Dartmouth runner Jonathan Gault (who occasionally spent time in the Memorial Field press box) has a Q&A with him on the Let's Run website HERE.

What did Vin accomplish after leading Dartmouth to a couple of second-place finishes in the NCAA championships? How about five national championships at Stanford and six more national titles at Oregon?

Lananna stepped down at Oregon in 2012 and hasn't coached since. From the Q&A with him:
When I was at Dartmouth, we turned the program around. I made $12,000 as the coach there. I left a teaching job where I made $24,000 and took the job at Dartmouth because I wanted to be a college coach, loved the Ivy League. And it was phenomenal building that program.  
Find Vin's Virginia bio HERE.

As an aside, Lananna isn't the only former Dartmouth coach on staff at UVa. Steve Swanson, who helped the Big Green women's soccer team become an Ivy League power while in Hanover from 1990-95, spent the next four seasons as head coach at Stanford and has been at Virginia since 2000.

Swanson went 4-9-1 his first year at Dartmouth, led the team to the Ivy title a year later, and hasn't had a losing season – anywhere – since. He guided Dartmouth to its first two Ivy League championships (1991 and '93) and to its first two NCAA appearances (1993 and '94).
Back to football. The Big Green returns to the practice field after a day off today at 4 p.m. As always there will be coverage tonight on BGA Premium.