Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Video Wednesday

Drew Estrada's 87-yard punt return for a touchdown against Columbia is included in an NCAA video of the top five plays of the week.
Not surprisingly, Estrada's punt return leads off a terrific three-minute package of highlights from the Dartmouth-Columbia game that includes Isiah Swann's pick six, a couple of Big Green trick plays and even several Columbia highlights:

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has a Where are they now feature with brief capsules on three athletes who went on to play college sports, one being Dartmouth safety Niko Mermigas. Curiously, it mentions offensive lineman Zach Sammartino but not Mermigas' own high school teammate and classmate Ethan Maenza, a wide receiver for the Big Green.
From ESPN:
The NCAA's top decision-makers voted unanimously Tuesday to start the process of modifying its rule to allow college athletes to profit from their names, images and likenesses "in a manner consistent with the collegiate model."
The board directed the three separate divisions of the organization to immediately begin figuring out how to update their rules in a way that maintains a distinction between college and professional sports.
Green Alert Take: I asked Dartmouth coach Buddy Teevens after practice yesterday how he thought the rule would impact the Ivy League, whose antediluvian rules ridiculously made Olympic speed skating medalist Joey Cheek ineligible for the Princeton sprint football team a little over a decade ago. Teevens, who has been in the Ivy League long enough to know the drill, basically punted the question. "We'll find out," he said. "The presidents will probably take a vote. Whatever the rules are are, we'll play by them."

Green Alert Take II: One thing seems likely. If the image/likeness thing filters down to the "mid-major level" and the Ivy League continues on its own merry way, it won't be good for the Ivy League's competitive posture, at least in high-profile sports.