Big Green Sports Scene

Wielgus Portrait Well Done

It’s no secret that there was unhappiness on both sides earlier this year when longtime Dartmouth College women’s basketball coach Chris Wielgus resigned. Neither the coach nor the athletic administration was thrilled with how it felt the other handled the situation, but there’s been a nice symbol of detente hung in the entryway to Leede Arena. Forgive my substandard photography in the image above. Athletic director Harry Sheehy said the department asked Rick Bender, director of media relations, if he could find an artist to

Dartmouth Men’s Lax Picked to Finish Last

The recently-released Inside Lacrosse coaches’ poll on where the Ivy League men’s teams will finish this season wasn’t kind to Dartmouth, which was picked to finish seventh and last in the circuit. Then again, the Big Green is coming off a campaign in which it went 3-11 overall and 1-5 in league play. Dartmouth has finished seventh in the Ivies two out of the last three years and tied for sixth the other season during that span. In a piece of good news, Dartmouth landed

Grab Bag

Kirk Crecco was a onetime New Hampshire high school basketball standout who never made much of an impact for Dartmouth College before graduating in 2012. However, the guard has made the most of his chances ever since, playing professionally in Luxembourg and leading his league in scoring before signing to play this winter for a British club. The Gilford, N.H. native has also penned a book about his experiences, offering advice to others searching for a foothold in European hoops. It’s a bit surprising that

An Unhappy Exit

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

Dartmouth JV Men’s Basketball Loses On the Road

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

Dartmouth eBay Items

‘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

Fiore Fires Back

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.

One Last Look at the Snow Game

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.

The Worst Part of Ivy League Football Games

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

Former Dartmouth Athletics Administrator Dismissed at Stony Brook

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,