Thursday, July 16, 2009

A look ahead

Chris Brady, a cornerback from New Jersey powerhouse Don Bosco Prep, has committed to Yale according to a report on www.njvarsity.com which would make him the first confirmed commitment for Yale football's Class of 2014.

The 6-foot, 180-pound Brady led Don Bosco with seven interceptions and 15 passes defender while finishing tied for fourth with 37 solo tackles and had interceptions in the final four games of the season.

Also, incoming Yale defensive back Kurt Stottlemyer and the rest of the United States' team's win over Canada in the Junior World Championships is scheduled to be rebroadcast on NFL Network Saturday at 8 p.m. I say scheduled to be broadcast because I received an e-mail informing me of this information but on the schedule grid, Super Bowl XXIII between Dallas and Pittsburgh is listed as the programming from 8-11 p.m. on the network.

A few more items of note:

There is a column in the Register today by Dave Solomon about quarterback Patrick Witt, who transferred from Nebraska to Yale.

The annual Ivy league media day is officially kaput and will be replaced by a conference call with all eight head coaches and Jim Maconaghy, the Ivy’s coordinator of football officials. It will be the first of eight teleconferences with the eight Ivy head coaches.

I'm not sure this move is in the best interest in the league. When I returned to the Yale football beat last year after about a 10-year absence, I was struck with the apathy among the media when it comes to Ivy League football (other than the Yale/Harvard game). During my first stint as the Yale beat writer, several papers would cover all the home games and we were one of the two papers to send beat writers to every home and away game. Now, the Register is pretty much it. Yale has it better than Brown. When Yale played at Brown with a victory giving the Bears at least a share of the Ivy League title, Brown coach Phil Estes wasn't even brought in for interviews because no local media was there to cover the game.

I may be way off on this but I question how many news outlets are going to be jumping in on the weekly conference calls. I think the media day was a chance for the league to get some preseason ink. Having it in New Haven did make some sense so Boston and New York media could make the trip to the event and did just that. Now, I'm not sure what exposure the league will receive before the season.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

YOU ARE RIGHT ON WITH YOUR THOUGHTS ON MEDIA DAY ENDING. IT WILL WATER DOWN AN ALREADY LACK OF INTEREST IN THE IVY LEAGUE - A LEAGUE OF MEMBERS WHO ARE THE VERY FOUNDATION OF THE "NCAA FOOTBALL" - THE PEOPLE WHO BEGAN IT ALL - THE NEW CONFERENCE CALL FORMAT IS A BAD IDEA ON ALL LEVELS. - JOE.

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