Monday, January 24, 2022

Bragging Rights At Stake

 A loyal reader writes in:

I wonder what Reggie Williams and Nick Lowery are going to bet for next week's AFC Championship game.

Williams '76 was a standout linebacker for the Cincinnati Bengals, playing on the Super Bowl XVI and XXIII teams. Entering this season only one player had appeared in more than the 206 games he played in with the team. His 14 seasons were third in team history. And he was fourth in career sacks for the Bengals with 62.5.

Lowery '78, is in the Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame as the leading scorer in team history with 1,466 points in his 14 seasons with the team. He kicked playoff game-winners against the Raiders in 1992 and the Steelers in '94. Like Williams, he's a former winner of the Byron "Whizzer" White Humanitarian Award.

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The Dartmouth columnist Justin Kramer has a piece headlined, Breaking Down Dartmouth Athletics’ Geographical Diversity that includes this graphic (LINK):

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Although he made it official a while back, this was posted several days ago on the UConn football site:

Guidone, of course, earned All-Ivy League honors on the Dartmouth offensive line last fall in his final season of Ivy League eligibility.
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While attendance at sporting events on campus is severely limited right now, there are still promotions taking place at some Big Green events. Two Dartmouth football players were involved in a race at the men's basketball team's game against Princeton Saturday afternoon and a friend shared this photo of All-America linebacker Jalen Mackie (green shirt) racing against tight end Zion Carter (gray):


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From the Boston Globe (LINK):

Joe Yukica, who served as football coach of New Hampshire Wildcats, Boston College, and Dartmouth, died on Saturday. He was 90. Yukica was the offensive line coach at Dartmouth from 1961-65, then served as coach of New Hampshire from 1966-67 before moving on to take over at BC from 1968-77 and then returned to Dartmouth as head coach in 1978 where he won three Ivy League championships. Yukica, who also played tight end for Penn State from 1949-52, was also inducted into the Boston College Varsity Sports Hall of Fame in 2000. He was the founding member of the New Hampshire Chapter of the National Football Foundation.

Green Alert Take: I'm disappointed that I didn't find anything online in our local daily newspaper regarding Joe Yukica. I am well aware the paper is short-staffed right now, but the very least it could have done before writing an appreciation in the coming days was what the Globe did.
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EXTRA POINT
I dragged Mrs. BGA out for a refreshing hike up the mountain yesterday and when we got to the trailhead we saw four people pulling up yellow gaiters and strapping on snowshoes. I suppose I could have told them before they set off that the snow on the trail had been stomped down so much that hiking shoes like ours would have been more practical than waddling on hard pack with unnecessary snowshoes. But I'm going to guess they figured that out when we passed them on the way down while they were still struggling their way up. As Mrs. BGA surmised, they might have gotten the snowshoes for Christmas and were probably happy just to give them a go . . .  so who am I to ruin their, uh, fun?

Sunday, January 23, 2022

Joe Yukica 1931-2022

Joe Yukica, who left a successful run as head coach at Boston College to take over the Dartmouth program and led the Big Green to three Ivy League championships – including one with a quarterback named Buddy Teevens – has passed away at age 90. Find a story HERE.

(You may have to click this video a second time to get it to play.)


Find a 2018 column spun out of Yukica's induction into the Lou Holtz/Upper Ohio Valley Hall of Fame headlined,  Joe Yukica Is a ‘Man of Quiet Dignity’ HERE. The story details not just his start in football, but how he let a senior quarterback named Buddy Teevens call his own plays, the advice he gave Teevens about life as a football coach, and about how he (Yukica) fought for the right to coach his final season after Dartmouth fired him, with none other than Joe Paterno flying into rural New Hampshire to testify in his behalf.

The Los Angeles Times archives has a story about Yukica standing up for what he believed was right under the headline, He Fought the System. . .And Won : Dartmouth Fired Joe Yukica, but Joe Yukica Fired Back and Regained Job as Football Coach. (LINK)

Find a story about the coach in retirement HERE and watch the full video interview from the 2012 Joe Yukica New Hampshire Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame 25th anniversary dinner HERE.

This is from the Dartmouth press guide for the 1986 season, Joe Yukica's last as the Big Green head coach:

In eight seasons as head football coach at Dartmouth College, Joe Yukica has led the Big Green to three Ivy League championships. In 1982 Yukica's team won five of its final six games to finish with a 5-2 Ivy mark to earn a share of the title with Pennsylvania and Harvard. In 1981 Dartmouth shared the title with Yale after posting a 6-1 mark. And in 1978, Yukica's first season in Hanover, the Green won the title outright with a 6-1 Ivy League mark.

Yukica reached the 100-victory milestone in the final game of the 1982 season, and now has a 20-year head coaching record of 108-87-3. He is ranked among the top 10 in Division 1-AA for most coaching victories.

Joseph M. (Joe) Yukica was named Dartmouth's 18th head coach in lanuary, 1978. Following his first season at Dartmouth he was named Coach-of-the Year for the second time by the New England Football Writers Association and UPI. That same year he was selected District 1 Coach-of-the-Year by the American Football Coaches Association.

Yukica's 1979 and 1980 teams finished with 4-3 Ivy marks. The 1979 team won the final three games of the season and was 4-4-1 overall. The 1980 squad won two of its last of three games to finish 4-6 overall. The 1983 team, despite a rash of injuries, led the Ivy League until the final day of the season, finishing with a 4-2-1 record in Ivy play. The 1985 squad went 2-2-1 in the 
final five Ivy games to set the tone for this season. In eight years at Dartmouth, his overall record is 33-41-3. Against the Ivies, Yukica is 33-24-2.

Before coming to Dartmouth, Yukica spent 10 years as head coach at Boston College. There Yukica-led teams won 68 games and lost only 37 for an outstanding .648 winning percentage. He is still the winningest coach in Boston College history. While at B.C. Yukica led his team against national powerhouses such as Notre Dame, Tennessee and Texas, and served as head coach the East-West Shrine Classic and the Blue-Gray Classic.

When Yukica took over as head coach at Dartmouth in 1978 he was no stranger to the Big Green program. From 1961-65 he had served as an assistant on the Dartmouth coaching staff  of Bob Blackman. He helped Dartmouth win or share three Ivy League titles during that span, working as coach of the Big Green receivers. During those years he coached several All-Ivy receivers, three Dartmouth captains and All-America Ed Long '66.

Yukica played his college football at Penn State under the legendary Coach Rip Engle. He was one of the top receivers in the East on the 1950-52 Nittany Lion teams. He began his coaching career in 1953 when he returned to his alma mater as assistant freshman coach while earning his master's degree. He then stayed in the area one more year as coach of the State College High School football team.

In 1955 Yukica moved to Central Dauphin High School in Harrisburg, Pa., then a new regional school, to start a football program. In just three years he built a powerhouse and in 1958 was named Coach-of-the-Year for his undefeated team. His 1959 squad finished with a 9-1 record, giving him an overall mark of 19-1 in his final two seasons.

Following his success at Central Dauphin, Yukica moved in 1960 to West Chester (Pa.) State College, where he served as end coach on the Ram team that won the tough, Pennsylvania Conference championship that season. He first came to Dartmouth in 1961.

After five years as an assistant at Dartmouth, Yukica moved on to a head coaching job at the University of New Hampshire. There he revitalized a Wildcat program that had won only one game in the previous two seasons. Yukica finished with a two-year record of 7-9 and was named UPI New England Coach-of-the-Year for his 1967 team that won five games and lost three by a total of only eight points.

Yukica was named Boston College's 27th head coach in 1967, and in his first season at Chestnut Hill turned a losing team into winner, posting a 6-3 record. He was again named Coach-of-the-Year in 1971 when he guided the Eagles to a 9-2 record. 

Editor's Note: I knew Joe Yukica well and liked him a great deal. He was a good man. I clearly remember sitting in his office interviewing him late in his career at Dartmouth when things weren't going well. Talking about yet another loss he said it was like working in the steel mill all week long and come Friday being handed an envelope that is supposed to have your pay in it only to find it empty.

When That Certain Nittany Lion '16 was playing fourth- and fifth-grade football, one of his assistant coaches was none other than Joe Yukica, whose grandson was on the team. I marveled listening to him gently teaching young boys the game that had meant so much to him, and he had meant so much to. It was an honor knowing him. He will be missed.

Saturday, January 22, 2022

Brrrrecruiting

 

When the snow has been cleared on Memorial Field and the block "D" is visible it's a pretty good sign that recruiting is in full swing and Signing Day is approaching. (While it' not official in the Ivy League, a lot of high school seniors make their commitment announcements on Signing Day, which this year will be one week from Wednesday.)

Green Alert Take: I totally get that the "D" was installed facing the press box and the home stands but it's still a bit of a shame that it is upside down for the only people looking at it this time of year from the Floren Varsity House windows.

Green Alert Take II: Not sure what the situation is regarding on-campus recruiting while COVID is raging but maybe virtual visits aren't the worst thing. Per Dark Sky the temperature was 16 below at 4 a.m. in Hanover. I'm not sure that's accurate because it's usually colder here on our Vermont hillside and we "only" got down to 14.3 below zero this morning but suffice it to say whatever the temperature is it would be a shock to kids and families from Florida, Georgia and California among others.
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Speaking or recruiting, Dartmouth has a new entry in the transfer portal with senior nickel John Pupel throwing his hat in that ring yesterday HERE. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Pupel posted 59 tackles with one interception in the fall. Eligible to return to Dartmouth depending on his academic schedule, he's a ferocious hitter whose highlight video is fun to watch. Check it out HERE.
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From a story in the Daily Progress announcing the date of Virginia's spring game (LINK):

Four former UVa offensive linemen departed for other schools. All-American center Olu Oluwatimi went to Michigan while left tackle Bobby Haskins transferred to Southern California, Joe Bissinger left for SMU and right tackle Ryan Swoboda opted to move onto Central Florida.

“With (offensive line coach Garett) Tujague and the coaches now, they’re doing a good job on the recruiting trail and trying to get transfers in,” (quarterback Brennan) Armstrong said, “so as long as I knew we had our receiver guys, I thought we could definitely plug guys in and get guys here for the O-Line.”

Transfer offensive linemen with an offer from the Cavaliers include Dartmouth’s John Paul Flores and Georgetown’s Mac Hollensteiner.

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And from a Syracuse Fansided story about a transfer wide receiver from Michigan State committing to the Orange (LINK): 

Also, keep an eye out for one more transfer who could be visiting or deciding soon and has a Syracuse football offer. Dartmouth CB Isiah Johnson is also a grad transfer who could provide experience and depth and according to 247Sports’ Stephen Bailey has a visit scheduled the weekend of January 24 to the Syracuse campus. 

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Week One opponent Valparaiso has "announced" its 2022 schedule. From the story posted HERE:

Valpo will once again challenge itself during the nonconference slate as the matchup with Indiana Wesleyan will be followed by road trips to Illinois State (Sept. 10) and Dartmouth (Sept. 17).

Valpo visited Indiana Wesleyan in Fall 2021 for the first matchup between the two teams. The Wildcats are coming off a 9-1 season and were ranked among the top NAIA teams in the nation throughout 2021.

Illinois State is a full-scholarship program and a member of the Missouri Valley Football Conference, the nation’s top FCS conference. The game against the Redbirds will take place at Hancock Stadium, a 13,391-seat facility in Normal, Ill. This will be the fifth matchup between Valpo and Illinois State and first since 2016.

Dartmouth finished the Fall 2021 campaign with a 9-1 record and was ranked No. 20 nationally in the final STATS FCS Top 25 poll. Valpo had a strong showing against the high-quality opponent on Sept. 18, 2021 at Brown Field as the Big Green escaped with a 28-18 victory in the first-ever meeting between the two teams. This will mark the program’s first opportunity to visit an Ivy League opponent since Sept. 25, 1999 at Yale. The game will take place at Memorial Field in Hanover, N.H.

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EXTRA POINT
There used to be something exciting about packages arriving from Amazon, UPS or FedEx. Not so much these days. Last week one of those services delivered a box of N95 masks. Yesterday I stopped by our little post office and picked up a box with four "test kits." As much as I appreciate those services helping us keep ourselves and others safe, I look forward to a time when the box on the porch or at the post office contains something fun or enjoyable again.

Friday, January 21, 2022

Names In The News

Dartmouth safety Niko Mermigas is being represented by NA3 Sports Agency as he bids to find a home in pro football. NA3 has offices in South Florida, New York, Chicago and New Orleans.

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Speaking of Dartmouth, former players named Niko and pro football, a loyal emailer shared a link to a Big Blue View posting under the headline, Giants position review: Defensive line remained a strength in 2021 that includes this (LINK):

Niko Lalos performed well at times in 2020 but failed to be active for one game during the 2021 season. Lalos spent the entire year on the Giants’ practice squad. 

And . . .

(David) Moa and Lalos were signed to future deals at the end of the season, but their climb to crack the 53-man roster is steep.

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Another pair of sharp eyes (thanks!) found a link to a story headlined, How LSU Receivers Coach Cortez Hankton Could Make Early Impact on Roster. Not much there we didn't know about the former Dartmouth assistant except this eye-opener (LINK):

On Wednesday, the terms to Hankton's contract were revealed, with the Tigers new passing game coordinator making an average of $900,000 over the course of his three-year deal. That number places him above all other position coaches on staff and within spitting distance of coordinators Mike Denbrock and Matt House.

Green Alert Take: I don't think he would be making that kind of bank if he'd stuck around Hanover ;-)

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Speaking of former Dartmouth coaches . . . 

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For those of you wondering if and when Dartmouth players in the transfer portal will be making their intentions known, keep in mind that the traditional college football signing day is Feb. 2, one week from Tuesday.

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And good news for Dartmouth sport fans. Veteran sportswriter Tris Wykes is going to reprise his role as the Big Green beat writer for the local Valley News. Let go during a budget cut in March of 2020, he is returning to the paper to replace Seth Tow, who moved on to a newspaper in Indiana. Wykes announced the move on his Octopus Athletics website with this caveat (LINK):

We’ll cover Dartmouth College sports in person when we think it’s worthwhile, but the focus will be, as the marketing folks like to say, “hyper local” and zeroed in on the high schools.

Green Alert Take: Congrats, Tris. See you out there. 

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Disappointing COVID news in a story in The Dartmouth (LINK):

The number of active COVID-19 cases on campus jumped to 748 on Thursday, up 77 from Wednesday, according to the COVID-19 dashboard. This number includes 613 undergraduate students — up 61 — 68 graduate and professional students — up 10 — and 67 faculty and staff members — up 6 from Wednesday. 

The D another has story headlined:

DHMC contends with staff shortages and full ICU; DHMC pulmonologist and critical care chief David Feller-Kopman reports that over 90% of COVID-19 patients in the ICU and on ventilators are unvaccinated. (LINK)

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EXTRA POINT
A few weeks ago I wrote in this spot about surprisingly long stretches where deer follow the trail I hike each day.

Stepping into my own tracks yesterday to make it easier going over snow, I noticed deer not only followed the trail, but they were stepping in my tracks as well. There were times when I found deer prints in almost all of my footprints for 50-75 feet or more. Here's a pic I took of deer hooves in my footprint:


With a little Googling I discovered a 5-foot-10 person's stride will average about 29 inches and a deer's gait 18 inches. I didn't measure my stride yesterday but I know it was significantly less than 29 inches because of the difficulty going uphill in the snow.

Thursday, January 20, 2022

Selling the Hamptons


Former Dartmouth defensive back JB Andreassi '12, a four-year letterwinner, is one of the real estate brokers in the new Discovery+ TV series, "Selling the Hamptons," kicking off tonight.

From a Newsday story about the series (LINK):

Andreassi, the son of local developer Joseph Andreassi II and Donna Andreassi, played football at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire before graduating to work in marketing for the National Hockey League and then as a sales and leasing consultant with the real estate firm Related Companies in the Washington, D.C., area. He works with his brother, Chase, in a side venture, Andreassi Development, a successor to their father's company; their sister, Hannah, works in PPC (pay-per-click) internet marketing.

Here's JB Andreassi's bio from his sophomore-year Dartmouth media guide (the last year they were produced):


Interestingly, Andreassi's St. Anthony's and Dartmouth teammate Austen Fletcher has also found a type of fame on the screen. The former Big Green center has shifted his alter-ego Flecca's gig from on-street videos to video podcasting. (LINK)
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Chris Corbo, the New Jersey tight end who has committed to Dartmouth, was one of the finalists for the "Steve DiGregorio Young Man of the Year award given to a football player from the Super Football Conference who exemplified high character on and off the field." From an NJ.com story (LINK):

Chris Corbo, from West Essex, was one of the eights finalists. After losing his uncle to ALS two years ago, Corbo remains an advocate and supporter for local charities supporting those with the disease. Among his many accomplishments on the field, Corbo is also one of the founders of Team 94 color run, an organization that promotes awareness for continuing education for adults with Autism.

The senior, who will play football at Dartmouth College next season, was honored to be recognized.

“This means everything to me,” Corbo said.

Seeking inspiration from his uncle’s character, Corbo said he learned what it means give back.

“He fought to his last day, and he’s inspired me to not only be a good person and athlete, but also a great person because he was always there for people,” Corbo said. “He put everyone before him, which is what this award is all about. That’s why he’s my inspiration.”

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TigerBlog has a nice story about former Princeton running back Charlie Volker making a smooth transition to bobsledding and earning a berth on the U.S. Olympic team. (LINK)

Volker's brother John impressed as a freshman last fall, carrying 11 times for 55 yards in Princeton's loss to Dartmouth.

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Back on the transfer portal front, Harvard transfer defensive lineman Chris Smith has committed to Minnesota and the Roar Lions blog reports that All-Ivy League running back Dante Miller of Columbia is mulling a preferred walk-on offer to Washington. He also has been courted by South Carolina among others. (LINK)

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The Dartmouth has a story headlined, Students cope with College’s isolate in place policy; Students react to living with roommates who have tested positive for COVID-19. (LINK)

Green Alert Take: I don't know about you, but I'm pretty sure either I'd be outta the room or my roommate would be if he tested positive. Yikes

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EXTRA POINT
It was a balmy 25.6 degrees when I brought Griff the Wonder Dog outside at 6 this morning. As I write this at 9:45 it's 14.8 degrees here on our Vermont hillside. The oil company called yesterday to make sure our driveway is clear for a delivery today. Good thing. Per Dark Sky the mercury (silicon?) is supposed to drop to 8-below tonight – and I'm going to guess it gets even colder here because it usually is.

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Glückwünsche

From the web (LINK):

The New Yorker Lions Braunschweig of the German Football League (GFL) have signed American linebacker Nigel Alexander.

The former Ivy League standout is excited to be taking his talents to Germany, joining one of the GFL’s top programs:

“I chose the Lions because I think Coach (Troy) Tomlin is a great coach and I believe his record and history speaks for itself. He is the type of coach that I would love to play for and win with.” 

From the German RELEASE (above) which translates by computer this way:

23-year-old American Nigel Alexander will join the New York Lions' defense in the 2022 season. The 1.88 m tall and 105 kg linebacker comes from Dartmouth College (FCS - Div. 1-AA), with whom he won the Ivy League title in his senior season 2019.

In 10 games, he contributed a total of 70 tackles, including seven for a loss and a quarterback sack, and was selected to the 1st Team All - Ivy League at his position. Overall, he was able to immortalize 132 tackles in the statistics books during his time for the "Big Green".

Originally from Orlando, Florida, the American began his football career at Dr. Phillips High School in his hometown, where he competed in track and wrestling in addition to American football.

Outside of football, Nigel Alexander enjoys spending time in the outdoors and enjoys fishing, hiking and camping. The decision to play for the New York Lions in Germany in 2022 was not difficult for the defender. For example, some family members live in Germany at various US military bases and, secondly, talking to former player Basil Jackson (New York Lions 2019) helped him feel like he was doing the right thing.

After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the defense player is eager to get back on the field and do his best in the Lions' jersey. 

Alexander will be joining former Dartmouth teammate Jared Gerbino in playing professionally in Europe. Gerbino has signed to play for the Parma Panthers. (LINK

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 CLICK HERE to read the interview.

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It's not just Dartmouth players in the transfer portal, of course. Harvard specialist Jon Sot is heading to Notre Dame as a preferred walk-on punter. Find the story HERE

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With 578 undergrads and 697 confirmed, active cases of COVID-19 on campus, Dartmouth has updated its spectator policy for Big Green athletic events. Per a college release, restrictions until Feb. 1, include (LINK):

• Dartmouth students, faculty and staff are permitted to attend with a valid, current Dartmouth ID.

• Guests/visitors are permitted to attend only through a team pass list for parents and personal guests of the players and coaches, provided they show proof of being fully vaccinated (14 days after their final dose in a COVID-19 series) or a negative PCR test within 72 hours.

• Masks must be worn indoors at all times.

• No outside food will be permitted and concession stands will remain closed. 

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EXTRA POINT
When our main bank eliminated its coin-counting machine a few years ago Mrs. BGA found another bank that still had one and lugged in a couple of heavy jars filled with coins. Understandably, you needed to have an account at the bank to use the machine, so Mrs. BGA dutifully opened an account.

We got a statement from that bank yesterday showing that the account has $735.91 in it. Prior to the addition of the month's interest, the account had $735.90 in it. You do the math.

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Names And More Names

Injury and illness conspired to keep Dartmouth safety Tony Pastoors '10 from accomplishing everything he hoped on the football field but he's making up for it in the front office for the Los Angeles Rams. The team's "vice president, football & business administration," is having his name floated around the NFL when jobs open up. One of the latest stories mentioning him is from the Las Vegas Review Journal, which writes (LINK):

With free agency, the draft and potentially naming a new head coach all facing the Raiders, they are expected to act expeditiously in finding a replacement for Mike Mayock, who they fired as general manager on Monday.

The outlet offers capsules of a dozen or so possible GMs for the team including this one:

Tony Pastoors, Rams vice president: The former Dartmouth football standout has played a key role in the construction of the Rams. His deft handling of the salary cap has enabled the Rams to add star players under big contracts without sacrificing soundness across the roster.

Find Pastoors' LA Rams bio HERE.

For a story I wrote about Pastoors back in 2009 when as a Dartmouth student told me he hoped one day to be general manager for a professional sports franchise, click HERE.

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Cortez Hankton's move from Georgia to LSU is now official. New LSU coach Brian Kelly on the former Dartmouth wide receivers coach who will work with the receivers and serve as passing game coordinator in Baton Rouge (LINK):

“Cortez is a tremendous coach who has developed outstanding receivers everywhere he’s been. He understands what it takes to win at the highest level having spent the past seven years in the SEC. Our players will benefit from Cortez and all that he has to offer – on the field and off the field. The experience he brings to our program will help create a championship culture at LSU.”

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A Yardbarker story headlined Ranking the new college football head coaching hires for 2021 (LINK) might catch the eye for a couple of reasons.

First, yes that's former Dartmouth provost and interim president Carol Folt, now president of USC, smiling broadly alongside Lincoln Riley, the Trojans' new head coach.

And second, ranked 20th among the 28 new head coaches at the FBS level is Don Brown, who got his start as a high school football assistant across the river from Dartmouth at Hartford High and got his start as a college coach at Dartmouth. From the story:

UMass hopes that their second helping of Don Brown is just a great as the first go around. Brown's first stint with the Minutemen saw the best five-year stretch in the program's history (43-19) and won two CAA titles. He knows the New England area very well, coaching at UMass, Plymouth State, Dartmouth, Yale, Brown, Northeastern, UConn, and Boston College.

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The only real news on the transfer portal front has to do with Dartmouth's fifth opponent this fall. New Hampshire running back Carlos Washington won't be on the field when the Wildcats visit the Big Green on Oct. 15 because the December UNH grad has decided to take his talents to Southeastern Louisiana as a grad transfer.

Washington ran for 547 yards and caught 137 yards of passes this fall as half of what was expected to be a potent running back tag team with sophomore Dylan Laube. But it was Laube who did the most damage in New Hampshire's loss to Dartmouth last fall with TD runs of 75 and 53 yards.

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Seth Tow, a name some of you may have come to know from his stint covering the Dartmouth football beat in his one season in Hanover last fall, Tweeted that his new destination will be back in Bloomington, Ind., where he went to college. He wrote: "I’m joining @theheraldtimes to cover HS sports and IU women’s basketball, men’s soccer, and more."

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EXTRA POINT
For those of you keeping score, the snowfall that buried much of the Northeast was a dud here. While they got as much as a foot just south and west of Hanover, we received just two-to-three inches.

That's not much but our plow guy showed up anyway. He's a good fellow and I'm guessing he's feeling a little awkward because, rather than charge by the storm – which is how our guy in Hanover charged us – we pay him a flat rate for the season. If there are a lot of storms, advantage us. If there's not much snow, advantage him. So far it's been huge advantage him with just two visits to date (and the first no more necessary than this last one).

Things could still even out, of course. I'm gonna guess he hopes so, because he hasn't sent us a bill yet and might be feeling a little sheepish doing so if we don't get a few real storms before he pulls the plow off his pickup truck. But that's fine. It all evens out in the end.

Monday, January 17, 2022

He's Going Places


As widely anticipated, former Dartmouth receivers coach Cortez Hankton is moving from national champion Georgia to LSU per a story in The Advocate (LINK). The move brings the New Orleans native and Georgia passing game coordinator back to his home state. A former NFL wide receiver, Hankton broke into college coaching at Dartmouth in 2012, spending three seasons in Hanover before moving on to Vanderbilt in 2014 and then Georgia in 2018.

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Add Samford to the list of schools offering Dartmouth linebacker Jalen Mackie, who has the option of returning to Dartmouth as a fifth-year senior. He also holds offers from UMass, Western Carolina and Albany.

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In addition to the STATS and Coaches Polls, the NCAA posts something called the Simple Rating System for FCS football. Here's how it is explained by one site (LINK):

The NCAA Simple Rating System (NCAA SRS) is a ranking system used to gauge team quality. Within the NCAA SRS, the rating of a team will be calculated largely by two components: a strength-of-schedule measure (SOS) and a win-loss differential (WL).

A team’s SOS measure is simply the average NCAA SRS rating of that team’s opponents for the season.

A team’s WL measure factors whether or not a game was won or lost; the location of the game (home/away/neutral site); and the NCAA (sub)division of the opponent.

One team’s rating depends on its opponents’ ratings, which depend on their opponents’ ratings, etc., based on the “network” of college football games played each week during the football season.

Here is the SRS at the completion of the FCS regular season, the latest available on the NCAA site: 


SIMPLE RATING SYSTEM


1

North Dakota St.

2

2

James Madison

1.74

3

Montana

1.58

4

Sacramento St.

1.57

5

Weber St.

1.51

6

Montana St.

1.25

7

DARTMOUTH

1.14

8

YALE

1.12

9

South Dakota St.

1.02

10

UNI

0.93

11

Central Ark.

0.87

12

Villanova

0.86

13

Wofford

0.81

14

Central Conn. St.

0.81

15

Eastern Wash.

0.79

16

Southeastern La.

0.73

17

Monmouth

0.72

18

Southeast Mo. St.

0.72

19

PRINCETON

0.72

20

Austin Peay

0.71

21

San Diego

0.64

22

Kennesaw St.

0.64

23

North Dakota

0.63

24

Furman

0.63

25

Nicholls St.

0.62


Ivies and Others of Interest


36

New Hampshire 

0.36

40

Holy Cross

0.21

56

HARVARD

-0.19

65

PENN

-0.32

66

Sacred Heart

-0.33

73

CORNELL

-0.50

94

COLUMBIA

-0.86

102

BROWN 

-1.08

121

Valparaiso

-1.94


First and Last


1

North Dakota State

2.00

126

Presbyterian

-2.26


Find the full NCAA SRS HERE.

Green Alert Take I: The SRS is seriously flawed. Duh.

Green Alert Take II: Flawed or not, it's fun water cooler stuff when you are ranked No. 7 in the nation.

Green Alert Take III: Did you read that explanation for the SRS? (LINK if you missed it.) If this is the simple system I don't want to see the complex system.

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EXTRA POINT
Rule No. 1 for riding a cheap plastic sled down an icy slope and eventually over serious bumps: If the sled spent the night outside in 16-degree below zero weather it is a good idea to bring it inside to warm up before using it.

Or else . . .