Sunday, January 19, 2020

Sunday Stuff

Dartmouth corner Isiah Swann had one solo tackle, assisted on another and did not allow a reception in an extended appearance in the East-West Shrine Bowl Saturday afternoon. Princeton quarterback Kevin Davidson, meanwhile, completed 6-of-11 passes for 51 yards. He was hurt by several drops and helped by a penalty that negated an interception.

The screen grab is from a piece on a site called Heavy noting that former Dartmouth player Matt Burke '98 (the defensive back and not Matt Burke '86 the tight end) may be the Philadelphia Eagles' new defensive line coach. Burke is a former Miami Dolphins' defensive coordinator.

From the story:
Burke Went to Dartmouth, Climbed Mount KilimanjaroMatt Burke is a defensive coach first but he’s the most interesting man in the world on the side. The Massachusetts native is both cultured and educated.
Burke, who grew up less than an hour from Boston, attended Dartmouth University (sic) and played football in the Ivy League as a walk-on safety. From there, he went on to coach at Boston College and Harvard University before getting his big break in 2004. 
And then the good stuff . . .
Coaching chops aside, Burke has been known for his outrageous sense of adventure. His sometimes dangerous bucket-list expeditions — hanging out with gorillas on the Rwanda-Uganda border, roaming through Antarctica, climbing up Mount Kilimanjaro and skydiving in New Zealand — have become the stuff of legend. Burke uses all those experiences to relate to his players.
“Part of my job is to relate to those guys and I think that it’s the same when I travel,” Burke told the Palm Beach Post in 2017. “I get to meet a vast array of cultures and people. … Every now and then I’ll try to manipulate it into a motivational talk or something, or some sort of metaphor for climbing mountains.”
And for those of you who have written, two quick answers to questions asked with regularity the past few weeks:

• The Dartmouth spring football game is tentatively slated for Saturday, May 2. Practice is supposed to begin April 7 with three sessions a week including the week after the Green-White.

• Dartmouth's Game One opponent for next fall has not been officially announced. If my email is any indication, word is getting out. As soon as I hear that the contract has been signed I'll post the information here.