Friday, January 17, 2020


An already challenging Sept. 26 game at Towson just got a little more challenging for Dartmouth with the news that Tigers running back/return specialist Shane Simpson has been granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA. He Tweeted the news HERE.

A first-team All-American as an all-purpose player in 2018, Simpson tore his ACL and MCL last fall in a game against Maine. He was second in the nation in all-purpose yards two years ago with 711 yards rushing and 887 in returns while scoring six rushing touchdowns, five receiving and one on a kickoff return. He was Towson's leading rushing last fall before going down. Find his Towson bio HERE.
STATS has a story under the headline A sneak peek to FCS 2020 that offers up preseason favorites for the Ivy League as well as the Patriot, Northeast and Pioneer Football Leagues, the conferences the Ivies tend to schedule most frequently.

Here's who STATS sees as favorites in those races along with the leading contenders (LINK):
Ivy - Princeton: The Tigers have playmakers, but Dartmouth and Yale are right there in a tight pack.
Patriot - Holy Cross: All the young talent has grown up quickly.
Northeast - Central Connecticut State: The big concern is replacing quarterback Aaron Winchester.
Pioneer - San Diego: The Toreros will enter the season with 37 straight league wins, two shy of the FCS record.
Green Alert Take: STATS didn't exactly go out on a limb with its Ivy picks.
Well-regarded former Dartmouth strength coach Jay "Big Bopper" Butler is returning to Rutgers where he worked under Greg Schiano the first time around. (LINK) Butler was at Dartmouth from 1996-2000. He also worked for Schiano with the Tampa Bay Bucs.
Speaking of hirings, 247Sports has a piece about former Dartmouth defensive tackle Derham Cato's contract as tight ends coach with the University of Washington. The outlet reports he'll earn a guaranteed salary of $225,000 plus bonuses during a contract that runs to 2022. (LINK)
Still on the subject of hirings, former Yale standout and Columbia head coach Bob Shoop will be reunited with Don Brown as the Michigan defensive coordinator is bringing him in as an assistant. (LINK) Shoop was an assistant at Yale when Brown was the Bulldogs' defensive coordinator, then served as the Yale DC himself. He was the secondary coach for a year at UMass when Brown served as head coach. Shoop was head coach at Columbia from 2003-05.
It's a little unusual for a Dartmouth "offer" to get this kind of splash but KPEL Sports Radio 1420 in Lafayette, La., has a story about the Big Green offering a spot to a junior quarterback from Judson High School in Converse, Texas. The KPEL headline: Dartmouth Offers Ul Football Recruit Lucas Coley. (LINK)