This ‘N That
Random Dartmouth College sports thoughts on a Monday...
* Chris Wilkerson, Dartmouth’s former associate head football coach, is certainly enjoying his fall more thoroughly that those on the staff he left this summer. While the Big Green has stumbled to a 2-3 start, Wilkerson’s University of Chicago team is 5-1, despite its new head coach arriving only weeks before the season started.
The Maroons visit Pacific (Ore.) University, also 5-1, this weekend in a clash of strong NCAA Division III programs.
* I think former basketball captain Jvonte Brooks is going to see playing time at tight end for the football team, and maybe even this season. I remember how Brooks had trouble adapting just to wearing a football helmet during the first spring practice, but he’s looked better and better as the season has progressed and with an injury to Cole Marcoux, the Big Green isn’t deep at that position.
Brooks and the basketball program parted ways after he was stripped of his captaincy and clashed with coach Paul Cormier. I don’t know if Brooks was handed a leadershihp role for which he wasn’t prepared, but from what I can tell, he hasn’t been anything but a good teammate and a good guy on the gridiron.
* Speaking of men’s basketball, this season’s home, nonconference schedule is uninspiring to say the least. Lyndon State and Lesley are Division III teams and the likes of Bryant, UMass-Lowell, Jacksonville State and Longwood aren’t much better. Was Southwest Maine Tech at Ogunquit not available?
I’m looking forward to seeing if the Big Green can start to really turn the corner in coach Paul Cormier’s fourth season, but I wish the opposition were a little stiffer.
* Men’s soccer is 0-3 in the Ivy League and has been outscored 6-1 in those contests. Ouch.
Dartmouth has four league games remaining and even if they split them, that 2-5 finish would be its worst record since going 1-6 in 2003. Not the start new coach Chad Riley had in mind.
* Volleyball is 3-18 in Ivy play the past two seasons under third-year coach Erin Lindsey but athletic director Harry Sheehy said recently he’s not concerned. He feels Lindsey is recruiting well and has a viable plan to bring Dartmouth to the top of the league.
* If you believe football coach Buddy Teevens needs to win seven games this fall to save his job, that in turn means the Big Green now needs to run the table, beating Harvard, Brown and Princeton along the way.
That last contest might actually be the toughest, based on how the Tigers are doing so far. They’re 4-1 overall and 2-0 in league play. Who would have thought that when Princeton was 1-9 in 2011?