Thursday, December 12, 2019

The Ivy League: Onetime Cradle Of Coaches

As part of its 150 years of college football celebration, ESPN has ranked what it considers the best 150 coaches in the history of the college game. (LINK)

Three coached at Dartmouth:

• No. 19 Red Blaik was 45-15-4 between 1934 and 1940 before becoming a legend at Army,

• No. 87 Fred Folsom went 29-5-4 at Dartmouth from 1903-06 after posting four unbeaten seasons at Colorado.

• No. 101 Frank Cavanaugh won big everywhere he coached including a 42-9-3 mark at Dartmouth from 1911-16.

All eight Ivy League schools have at least one representative on the list. Here are the Ivy League coaches mentioned:

11. Glenn (Pop) Warner, 336-114-32
Georgia (1895-96; 7-4), Iowa State (1895-99; 18-8), Cornell (1897-98, 1904-06; 36-13-3), Carlisle (1899-1903, 1907-14; 113-42-8), Pittsburgh (1915-23; 60-12-4), Stanford (1924-32; 71-17-8) and Temple (1933-38; 31-18-9)

17. Walter Camp, 78-5-3
Yale (1888-1892; 67-2) and Stanford (1892-95; 11-3-3)

19. Earl (Red) Blaik, 166-48-14
Dartmouth (1934-40; 45-15-4) and Army (1941-58; 121-33-10)

30. John Heisman, 186-70-18
Oberlin (1892, 1894; 11-3-1), Buchtel (now Akron) (1893-94; 6-2), Auburn (1895-99; 12-4-2), Clemson (1900-03; 19-3-2), Georgia Tech (1904-19; 102-29-7), Pennsylvania (1920-22; 16-10-2), Washington & Jefferson (1923; 6-1-1) and Rice (1924-27; 14-18-3)

42. Herbert (Fritz) Crisler, 116-32-9
Minnesota (1930-31; 10-7-1), Princeton (1932-37; 35-9-5) and Michigan (1938-47; 71-16-3)

48. Rip Engle, 132-68-8
Brown (1944-49; 28-20-4) and Penn State (1950-65; 104-48-4)

70. George Woodruff, 142-25-2
Pennsylvania (1892-1901; 124-15-2), Illinois (1903; 8-6) and Carlisle (1905; 10-4)

75. Gil Dobie, 182-45-15
North Dakota State (1906-07; 7-0), Washington (1908-16; 60-0-3), Navy (1917-19; 17-3), Cornell (1920-35; 82-36-7) and Boston College (1936-38; 16-6-5)

87. Fred Folsom, 107-28-6
Colorado (1895-1902 and 1908-15; 78-23-2), Dartmouth (1903-06; 29-5-4)

101. Frank Cavanaugh, 148-50-18
Cincinnati (1898; 5-1-3), Holy Cross (1903-05; 16-10-2), Dartmouth (1911-16; 42-9-3), Omaha (1919; 3-2-1), Boston College (1919-26; 48-14-5) and Fordham (1927-32; 34-14-4)

105. Carm Cozza, 179-119-5
Yale (1965-96)

 139. Percy Haughton, 96-17-6
Cornell (1899-1900; 17-5), Harvard (1908-16; 71-7-5), Columbia (1923-24; 8-5-1)

142. George Munger, 82-42-10
Pennsylvania (1938-53)

And here's ESPN's all-time top 5:

1. Paul (Bear) Bryant, 323-85-17 career record
Maryland (1945; 6-2-1 record), Kentucky (1946-53; 60-23-5), Texas A&M (1954-57; 25-14-2) and Alabama (1958-1982; 232-46-9)

2. Nick Saban, 242-65-1
Toledo (1990; 9-2), Michigan State (1995-99; 34-24-1), LSU (2000-2004; 48-16) and Alabama (2007-present; 151-23)

3. Knute Rockne, 105-12-5
Notre Dame (1918-30)

4. Tom Osborne, 255-49-3
Nebraska (1973-97)

 5. Eddie Robinson, 408-165-15
Grambling (1941-42, 1945-1997) 

How do you end up starting as a redshirt freshman quarterback at the nation’s top-ranked FCS team? Taking care of the football helps.

North Dakota State’s Trey Lance, named the nation’s top freshman, threw 25 TD passes this year without an interception. None. Zero. Zip.

Oh yeah. And he ran for 829 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Why is that notable here? Because 247Sports lists him with just seven offers coming out of high school. They were North Dakota State, Boise State, Northern Illinois, South Dakota State, Western Michigan and. . . . wait for it . . .

. . . Brown and Cornell.

In case  you are wondering, the freshman quarterback ranked first in the nation in pass efficiency rating and yards per attempt.

Interestingly, Lance was third in the nation in completion percent at 68.5. Dartmouth's Jared Gerbino would have edged him out at 68.6 percent but he didn't have enough attempts to qualify for the national ranking. The NCAA requires 15 attempts per game and Gerbino averaged 10.2

In case you were wondering, Derek Kyler completed 67.0 percent, but he did not have enough attempts to qualify either, throwing just 10.6 times per game.

The Ivy League leader per NCAA requirements was Princeton's Kevin Davidson, who completed 66.8 percent while averaging 20.9 throws per game.

Dartmouth's three quarterbacks (along with Drew Estrada, who was 1-for-2) finished with 68.1 percent accuracy. Senior Jake Pallotta topped the group with 72.7 percent on 16-of-22 throwing in five appearances.