Williams Era Begins in D.C.
Bulldogs Open 2009 Season at Georgetown
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- [The official start to] The Tom Williams era begins Saturday, Sept. 19, when the Yale football team opens the 2009 season at Georgetown. The Bulldogs and Hoyas, who have already played two games, kick it off at 1 pm at Multi-Sport Field and can be seen live streamed on GUHoyas.com and heard on WELI (AM-960, 960weli.com) and WYBC (AM-1340, wybc.com).
Yale has won both meetings with the Patriot League Hoyas. The first was a 28-14 game in 2007 in Yale's first trip to Washington, D.C. Last fall, the Bulldogs opened the season at home with a 47-7 win and have now outscored Georgetown by a combined 75-21.
LAST YEAR AT THE BOWL
The Elis won by 40 points in front of 12,771 while having 498 yards of total offense compared to 230 by Georgetown. Jordan Forney (Bloomington, Ind.), who caught a 61-yard non-scoring pass from Ryan Fodor, had a pair of TD grabs. The Elis picked off three Hoyas passes, including a 60-yard TD return by CB Adam Money (Whiteland, Ind.).
YALE TESTS UNION
The Bulldogs reached the end zone five times, booted one field goal, picked off three passes and had a number of fine individual performances in a 36-14 scrimmage win over Union at Yale Bowl on Sept. 5. Sophomore RB Alex Thomas (Ansonia, Conn.) was the only Eli with two TDs, a two-yard run and a 54-yard pass play. Sophomore Patrick Witt (Wylie, Texas) and junior Brook Hart (State College, Pa.) got most of the work behind center while throwing to nine different receivers. The Bulldog defense came up with three interceptions in the first half. Senior DB Larry Abare (Acton, Mass.) picked a pass on the visitor's opening possession and returned the ball 19 yards to set up a TD. Sophomore DB Drew Baldwin (Alexandria, Va.) had an interception before junior DB John Pagliaro (Lutherville, Md.) grabbed a deflected pass out of the air on the goal line and brought it out to the 16.
Georgetown, which opened with a 20-7 loss to No. 25 Holy Cross on Sept. 5, is coming off a 28-3 loss at home to Lafayette last Saturday night in the school's first night game at Multi-Sport Field. Lafayette outrushed the Hoyas 205 to 19 and forced three turnovers: two fumbles and an interception.
Tom Williams was named the Joel E. Smilow '54 Head Coach of Yale Football last January and came to New Haven after spending two seasons as an assistant for the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars. Williams has 11 seasons of college coaching experience. He is the 33rd Yale head football but just the third in the last 44 years. He replaces Jack Siedlecki, who retired last November after 12 seasons and a 70-49 record.
Williams can be heard Monday nights on WYBC (AM-1340) from 8 to 8:30 on the Yale Sports Monday Show. The Yale segment of the weekly Ivy League media teleconference is 11:53 AM on Tuesdays, while he and some of his players will be at the Yale Bookstore every Tuesday at 2 p.m. for the Dick Galiette Press Conference.
FIRST-YEAR BLUE (S)
Tom Williams begins his Yale career following a full spectrum of success in debut seasons. The best debut campaign for a Yale head coach was the first, Walter Camp (13-0 and National Champs) in 1888. The next 20 coaches enjoyed comparable success in the early years of the sport. However, wins for new coaches in the later part of the 20th century did not come so easily. Two of the five Eli mentors since 1950 had better than .500 marks, Jordan Olivar (7-2 in 1952) and John Pont (6-3 in 1963). Herman Hickman went 4-5 in 1948, Carm Cozza was 3-6 in 1965 and Jack Siedlecki was 1-9 in 1997.
Four members of the current Yale coaching staff worked together at the University of Washington 10 years ago. Tom Williams was the ILB coach in 1999, Ikaika Malloe was a graduate assistant, Mike Preston was an assistant OL coach and Brian Stark was the offensive program director. The Huskies went 7-5 and fell to Kansas State in the Holiday Bowl. Three of the four remained for the 2000 team that went 11-1 and beat Purdue in the Rose Bowl.
WILLIAMS "ON THE AIR" IN 2009
Day Time Venue Event
Mondays 8 pm WYBC Radio Yale Sports Monday at Lansdowne
Tuesdays 11:53 am Ivy Teleconference Media Call-in with questions
Tuesdays 2 pm Yale Bookstore Galiette Press Conference
Two Yale assistant coaches spent time last summer at NFL training camps as intern coaches. Kefense Hynson, who works with Yale's receivers, was with Oakland. Ikaika Malloe, the Joel E. Smilow '54 Defensive Coordinator, worked with Jacksonville... Mike Sanford, the mentor for the Yale TEs, is the son of UNLV football head coach Mike Sanford... Student assistant coach Isaiah DeLeon-Mares worked with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last summer.
Yale's all-time September record is 107-32-3, including 116-18-3 on opening day. This is the third straight year the Blue has opened the season with Georgetown.
Yale was picked fourth in the 2009 Ivy League pre-season media poll. Harvard, Penn and Brown were the top three while Princeton, Columbia, Cornell and Dartmouth rounded out the list. Athlon's has Yale sixth.
NEWS/Talk 960 WELI broadcasts all Yale football games on AM (960) and online at weli.com. Yale football coaching legend Carm Cozza, a 2003 College Football Hall of Fame inductee, is in his 12th season as the color commentator for WELI broadcasts. Ron Vaccaro '04 returns for his fourth year as play-by-play announcer. Vaccaro is a two-time Emmy Award winner for his work with NBC Olympics, his primary employer since 2004. His on-air resume also includes the 2008 Beijing Olympics for NBC and the 2009 World Swimming Championships for Universal Sports. Engineer Tom Ivanovich and spotter Kevin Guarino add the finishing touches to the broadcasts.
PAGS ON PAGS
John Pagliaro '78, the former All-America Yale RB and two-time Ivy League MVP, will be a guest commentator on WELI during the third quarter of the Yale opener at Georgetown. Pagliaro's son, John (Lutherville, Md.), is a junior DB for the Bulldogs.
WYBC (AM 1340) also covers each game. WFAN Radio personality Bob Heussler, WYBC's Director of Football Radio Broadcasts, and Anthony Brooks '03 MM, the station's sports coordinator, lead a talented group of Yale students who can also be heard on wybc.com. Yale football is also included in WYBC's Monday night sports lineup from Lansdowne Bar & Grill (179 Crown Street). At 8 pm, Tom Williams, the Joel E. Smilow '54 Head Coach of Yale Football, makes a weekly appearance on "Yale Sports Monday."
Another way to listen to Yale games live is by calling TEAMLINE at 800.846.4700 and using Yale's code 5682.
BULLDOGS AT BOOKSTORE
The Dick Galiette/Yale Football Press Conference has moved from the Course at Yale back to campus with the first edition on Sept. 15. The new location is the Yale Bookstore, which will host this event for the next 10 Tuesdays at 2 p.m. Coach Williams and a selection of players will take part in the press conferences that are streamed live by Sportingnewsct.com. They will take place on the second floor where all the book signings are done. The press conferences are open to the public, but questions for Williams and his players are limited to the working media. The Yale Bookstore is also the sponsor of the Yale Sports Hotline (203.432.YALE), where Yale fans get game-day scores without going to their computers.
Ron Vaccaro '04 hosts a series of video netcast interviews, which will include the Yale football team and other Yale athletics content, on yalebulldogs.com. Vaccaro also has a set of audio netcasts featuring the team for Apple iTunes users at itunes.yale.edu.
YALE FB FEATURED ON BACK PAGE
Yale football was the featured subject of the inaugural Back Page TV Show hosted by ESPN Radio's Jason Page. The show airs Sept. 24 at 7:30 pm on CTSN (Comcast 185 & 187 and Cox 144). Former coaches Carm Cozza and Jack Siedlecki took part in the studio event along with ex-Bulldogs Rich Diana '82, Pat Ruwe '83 and Chandler Henley '07, while current head coach Tom Williams was interviewed for the show.
Yale received four votes for national rankings in the first Sports Network Top 25 poll and was up to seven in week No. 2. The Bulldogs, who had one vote this week, were last ranked among the top 25 at the end of the 2007 season.
TENNIS AT THE BOWL
Ninety-five-year old Yale Bowl hosted the world's largest (312 x 144 feet) tennis court in August during the Pilot Pen Tennis Tournament as part of a promotion by Sony-Ericcson. WTA star Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark), two-time defending tourney champion, took part in the promo along with Yale coach Tom Williams. Wozniacki, who later spoke to the Bulldogs at a Yale football practice, received a team jersey a few days before making it to the 2009 U.S. Open final.
Yale has an 83-21-3 record against Patriot League teams. The Elis have played Bucknell (3-1), Colgate (25-10-3), Fordham (4-1), Georgetown (2-0), Holy Cross (27-4), Lafayette (7-0), Lehigh (14-5) and Towson (1-0).
30 A BIG NUMBER
Yale has scored 30 or more points 305 times with a record of 297-7-1 in those games. The seven losses were against Penn in 1972 (30-48), Cornell in 1990 (31-41), Lehigh in 1994 (32-36), Brown in 2001 (34-37), Penn in 2003 (31-34 in overtime), Brown in 2003 (44-55) and Princeton in 2006 (31-34). The tie was in 1931 against Dartmouth (33-33).
Seven former Yale football players are working in the game this fall, either in the college or pro ranks. Mike McCaskey '65, chairman of the Chicago Bears, Buffalo head coach Dick Jauron '73, Bob Wallace '78 (Executive V.P. and General Council, St. Louis Rams) and New England assistant coach Pat Graham '01 are the Bulldogs in the NFL. Bob Shoop '88, defensive coordinator at William & Mary, Merchant Marine Academy offensive coordinator Kyle Metzler '02 and Bobby Abare '09, linebackers coach at Wagner, work at colleges.
Seven current Bulldogs have brothers who play or played Yale football. Current Yale football brother combinations include junior OLB Sean and freshman QB Scott Williams (Portland, Ore.) and junior DB Marcus and senior OLB Jack Wallace (Germantown, Wis.).
Tom Mante (Westford, Mass.), a senior P/PK who earned All-Ivy honors last fall, was arguably among the most valuable Elis in 2008. He had a league-high 25 punts inside the 20-yard line while his 41.0 average allowed the Blue to rank 5th in net punting among FCS schools. Mante connected on eight of 12 FG attempts. Junior Alex Barnes (Chesterfield, Mo.), who split the uprights on a PAT and had a 51-yard punt in the Union scrimmage, is challenging Mante each week at practice. Freshman Phillipe Panico's 58-yard FG (which may be a record for a Yale recruit) in high school is good sign for the future.
COUNTRY BOY WITH GIFT OF GAB
Can you picture a 290-pound guy in bib overalls running an auction? If you could, it might be freshman OL Jeff Marrs (Garden Prairie, Ill.), who grew up on a farm of about 2,000 acres near Rockford, Ill. Marrs, his brother and grandfather are all auctioneers. The 6-foot-3, 290-pound former all-state lineman will compete for a starting job this fall.
CALLING ALL BULLDOGS
Approximately 90 members of the Yale football team worked their phones on the night of Sept. 9 to call all season ticket clients and thank them for supporting the Bulldogs. The 450 calls took 20 minutes. Jeremy Makins, Yale's Director of Ticket Operations, had asked Tom Williams for 15 or 20 players to make the calls. The Yale head coach told Makins that the players do everything as a team, so every available Eli took part. The players, mostly using their own cell phones, identified themselves completely and talked about the 2009 season. Williams, who was traveling to a Yale Club of Boston event on the 9th, wanted to make the first few calls himself from the road. He was pleasantly surprised to find that one of the season ticket holders he called was headed for the same event. "This was a great way to make season ticket holders feel closer to the team," said Makins.
Paul Rice (Cleveland Heights, Ohio), a senior LB, is the 132nd Yale football captain. He came to Yale as a talented RB but moved to defense when asked to his freshman year. He started at CB the last three years before moving to LB this season. His father, Lou Rice, played defense for Harvard.
QB Patrick Witt (Wylie, Texas) and OL Gabriel Fernandez (Honolulu, Hawaii), both transfers to Yale this fall, have brothers who played at Harvard. Witt, who played five games last year as the backup at Nebraska, follows his brother, Jeff (class of 2009), into the Ivy League. Fernandez, a former UCLA walk-on, watched his brother, Frank (2007) become a first-team All-Ivy offensive lineman.
AIRING IT OUT
The "air" game has added meaning for Patrick Witt, whose parents are both commercial pilots and captains. His father flys MD88s for Delta while his mother does the same for American.
Sophomore LB Austin Pulsipher (Temecula, Calif.) came to Yale three years ago and was part of the 2006 Ivy League co-championship team before heading to greater Taipei, Taiwan for a two-year Mormon mission. He became fluent in Mandarin Chinese, served in many leadership roles and taught a drug rehabilitation program while managing the finances of over 150 missionaries.
Three members of the Yale coaching staff have ties to Hawaii, and Tom Williams has instituted Hawaiin Fridays in the football office. Any staffers caught without a Hawaain style shirt on a Friday on the third floor of Ray Tompkins House is subject to a one dollar fine. Gabriel Fernandez (Honolulu) is the first Yale football player from Hawaii in 10 years. WR Jimmy Bennett '00 (Honolulu), who played on the 1999 Ivy League championship squad, was the last Eli from the 50th state.
Freshman DB Kurt Stottlemyer (Bothell, Wash.) played for USA Football in the inaugural International Federation of American Football's (IFAF) 2009 Junior World Championship at Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio from June 27 to July 5. The American squad defeated Canada 41-3 to win the championship on July 5. Stottlemyer played FS in a five-defensive back (3-3-5) defense. He had tackles in each game on defense and special teams and made a sack in the semi-final game against Mexico. "It was just a great experience. I got to practice with some of the best players in the nation for a month and I got to meet kids from all over the world. It's a great feeling to be able to play for your country and represent the USA," said the Eli newcomer.
DOGS WELCOME AT LANSDOWNE
A dog-friendly bar is open in New Haven this fall. Yale coaches and athletes will frequent Lansdowne Bar & Grill (179 Crown Street) Monday nights from 7-9 for WYBC Radio's sports lineup. At 8, Tom Williams, the Joel E. Smilow '54 Head Coach of Yale Football, makes a weekly appearance on "Yale Sports Monday" with Anthony Brooks'03 MM and Sam Purdy ‘10. Athletes and coaches from all sports, including football, will be interviewed each week on "Yale Sports Monday" from 8-9. From 7-8 Michael Dunn '10 and Sam Levander '10 host "Cover 2 Sports," a comprehensive national sports talk show.
SIX JV GAMES
The first of six Yale JV games kicks off at 1 pm on Sunday, Sept. 27, on Clint Frank Field. The only road contest is on Oct. 4 at Brown. the only non-Sunday afternoon game is the Friday, Nov. 20, showdown with Harvard.
TRUE BLUE ROSTER
The 2009 Yale football roster includes 60 high school football captains and 41 captains of other sports. The Elis also list 52 National Honor Society members, six student body presidents, six valedictorians and three salutatorians.
A survey of this fall's Yale squad revealed interesting character traits about its members. Here are the results of the voting on Bulldog players:
Most Humorous: H-B John Sheffield (Portland, Ore.)
Most Intelligent: QB Rich Scudellari (Saratoga, Calif.)
Most Vocal: DB Larry Abare (Acton, Mass.)
Most Likely to be US President: DL Patrick Moran (Alexandria, Va.)
Unusual Hobby: RB Rodney Reynolds (Mt. Vernon, N.Y.), gospel-rap singing
Best Singer: WR Lars Knudsen (Whitefish Bay, Wis.)
Strongest: RB Alex Thomas (Ansonia, Conn.)
Next Saturday's home opener is also Yale Youth Day. Included in the day's events are youth games at the Bowl before and after the Sept. 26 Yale-Cornell contest. New Haven middle schools Betsy Ross and.Wexler-Grant kick the day off at 9 a.m., while the Shoreline League game pitting North Haven vs. East Haven is set for 4 p.m.
Yale may be the only football team in America to have had a state holiday decreed because of its visit. In 1929 (80 years ago this fall) when Yale visited the University of Georgia to be its dedication opponent for the opening of Sanford Stadium, the governor issued a proclamation making the day a legal holiday in honor of Yale University and of the Yale men who founded the state university in Georgia.
YALE ON TV
Eight Yale football games will air live on TV this fall, including four of five home games. Yale on YES is back for a second season with three straight Ivy League games (Columbia, Brown, Princeton) on the network of the New York Yankees. The YES Network, available nationally on DirecTV, Verizon's FiOS service and on select cable systems, is the country's No. 1 regional sports network. Two contests (Cornell, Harvard) will be broadcast on Versus, the national cable home of the National Hockey League that is in more than 73 million homes. Other Yale games aired in 2009 include Penn (Comcast), Lafayette (RCN) and Lehigh (Service Electric 2).
The Bulldogs have begun a tradition befitting the school responsible for shaping the game of football. Prior to every home game, Coach Williams will gather the team under the Walter Camp Field Memorial (see photo) to remind the Bulldogs of their proud heritage. Walter Camp '1880, who coached the Blue (67-2) for five seasons and was instrumental in shaping the rules as we know them, is commonly referred to as the father of American football.
YORKSIDE AT BOWL
The Yale Bowl may be in West Haven, but the press box has a taste of New Haven with Yorkside Pizza & Restaurant serving slices and salad on home Saturdays. Rather than interrupting your work with a lunch at halftime, the food is now served on its arrival before kickoff.
IVY WEEKLY TELECONFERENCES
The Ivy League will hold a weekly football coaches' teleconference every Tuesday during the 2009 season beginning September 15 and running through November 17. Each teleconference will begin at 11 a.m. ET. Each coach will be available for a seven-minute window to preview his team's upcoming opponent and answer questions from the media. A replay of the teleconferences will be made available on www.IvyLeagueSports.com. To access the call, use the following (877) 548-7906 and Passcode: 9204583.
Ivy Teleconference Schedule
11:04 am Phil Estes, Brown
11:11 am Norries Wilson, Columbia
11:18 am Jim Knowles, Cornell
11:25 am Buddy Teevens, Dartmouth
11:32 am Tim Murphy, Harvard
11:39 am Al Bagnoli, Penn
11:46 am Roger Hughes, Princeton
11:53 am Tom Williams, Yale
THE GAME IN IMAX
A documentary film titled GameDay that will include footage from the 2009 Yale-Harvard game will appear in IMAX 3D theatres around the country later this fall. The film will provide an all access pass to college football focusing on the preparation, traditions, rivalries and pageantry.
100 YEARS AGO
This November the Yale/Harvard contest in the Bowl will mark the one hundredth anniversary of the historic National Championship Game of 1909.The 1909 Yale-Harvard game, an 8-0 Bulldogs win, featured two undefeated teams (the next matchup of undefeated squads in The Game was in 1968). Yale won the national championship and preserved its unbeaten, untied and unscored on marks. Three future members of the Football Hall of Fame suited up for the game. For Yale: fullback Ted Coy and end John Reed Kilpatrick and for Harvard: tackle Hamilton Fish. A reunion of family members is planned for this November's game.
Release filed by Steve Conn, Yale Associate AD & Sports Publicity Director