I was saddened to see that University of New Hampshire women’s hockey coach Brian McCloskey was fired last week for what was described in a school press release as “inappropriate physical contact” with one of his players on the bench during a Nov. 30 game. He was an outstanding Dartmouth College player during the 1970s and was a Big Green men’s hockey assistant coach during the 1997-98 season. That’s a line a coach simply can’t cross in public. I say in public, because if you
Here at Big Green Sports Scene, we depend on an army of tipsters, street agents and hustlers to alert us to news items of all shapes and sizes. One of these characters dropped this video on us a few days ago. It’s purported to be action cuts from prep school power Northfield Mount Hermon defeating Dartmouth College’s men’s junior varsity basketball team. Sounds normal enough, eh? Except that Dartmouth doesn’t have such a team and hasn’t for decades. I would hazard a guess that’s the
‘Tis the season to spend money on quirky gifts so as not to give that special someone another coffee mug or gift certificate. In that spirit, Big Green Sports Scene presents various Dartmouth College sports-themed eBay offerings, mostly from the athletic program’s long and historic past. We’ll start with a historic but rather puzzling photo in which a Big Green football player hurdles an ineffective defender. Man, no lateral movement, no speed, get that old nag off the field. Memorial Field, that is. Here’s a
Onetime Dartmouth College athletic department staffer Jim Fiore, recently ousted as the athletic director at Stoney Brook University, has answered his critics through a spokesman. Any way you spin this situation, however, it’s a black eye for college sports.
Here’s a photo from the final moments of last Saturday’s Dartmouth College football game with visiting Princeton. The Big Green upset the Tigers, 28-24, to force the visitors to share the Ivy League title. The player in the foreground is senior receiver Dana Barbaro (4), who hails from San Diego. I’m sure he’ll be talking about the afternoon pictured while he’s home for Thanksgiving, eating turkey tacos and sipping a fruity beverage on the beach.
Earlier this fall, a Dartmouth College baseball player acting as an usher at one of his school’s home football games sent out the following Twitter message: “Our band makes me uncomfortable”. He’s not the only one. I also wince when the Dartmouth College Marching Band shows up at Memorial Field, and it has nothing to do with the music. In fact, I think the group does a nice job of mixing institutional standards with pop songs and the sound adds to the ambience of a
Jim Fiore, an assistant director of athletics at Dartmouth College from 1995-99, was unexpectedly fired last week after 10 years as Stony Brook University’s athletic director. Newsday reported that the school, located on Long Island, N.Y., bought out the remaining 31 months of his contract for a total of $800,000. Fiore moved on to Princeton as the Tigers’ associate director of athletics before being hired at Stony Brook in 2003 and at age 34. Under his leadership, the Seawolves began building a new basketball arena,
Dartmouth College football coach Buddy Teevens has been in the business a long time, so I was a bit surprised when I raised a topic this week and he said he’d never discussed it before. I wanted to hear Teevens’ thoughts on why, whenever a Big Green player lies hurt on the field for any significant amount of time, the boss always trots out to see how they’re doing. Few of Teevens’ peers do likewise. Most will head out to join the trainers only if
One of the notable things to me about Dartmouth College’s male athletes is how many of them can play so hard and aggressively while remaining good people. It’s not easy to try and knock the daylights out of an opponent one hour and transition to a coed, philosophy study group the next. The Big Green performers you meet in sports like football, hockey and lacrosse generally don’t come with that nasty edge more common among higher-level Division I teams. There, coaches don’t have to be
A disappointing 2013 continued for the Dartmouth College men’s lacrosse team last week when sophomore standout Cam Lee was arrested by Hanover police. Lee, 20, was charged with creating a false fire alarm and simple assault on Nov. 5. Fifth-year coach Andy Towers, facing a critical 2014 season, wrote in a Thursday email that Lee remains on the team while the case is pending. He declined further comment Friday and Lee declined a Friday request for an interview made through an athletic department representative. Towers