November 7, 2009

Bulldogs, Bears at Bowl Saturday at 1

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Bulldogs Look For 2nd Straight Ivy Win

The Yale football team (4-3, 2-2 Ivy), coming off a 23-22 win at Columbia, looks for consecutive league wins when the Brown Bears (4-3, 2-2 Ivy) come to Yale Bowl this Saturday at 1:00. This is the second of three straight Yale on YES games. The YES Network is found on many cable systems, DirecTV (631) and Verizon's FiOS service. Fans outside the footprint of YES Network can see a live stream on yalebulldogs.com. The stream includes audio from WELI's broadcast (AM-960, 960weli.com). The game can also be heard on WYBC (AM-1340, wybc.com).

 

BROWN-YALE SERIES

So much for home field advantage; the visiting team has won 10 of the last 13 meetings heading into the 114th between Yale and Brown. The Bulldogs may be up 77-31-5, but the Bears have won six of the last 10. Of the 113 meetings, only 30 have come at Brown Stadium, where the Blue is 18-9-3. The two rivals met in New Haven 32 consecutive years (1926-57) and Yale has a 59-22-2 advantage at the Bowl.

 

THE MATCHUP

The Brown defense has held its own in Ancient Eight play, but Bears' QB Kyle Newhall-Caballero (1,981 yards, 13 TDs) and WR Buddy Farnham (80 catches, 6 TDs) form the league's most lethal offensive threat. They go against a Yale defense that ranks sixth in the country in keeping opponents off the scoreboard. On the other hand, both defenses have big-play potential that could prove the difference.

 

MEMORABLE YALE-BROWN GAMES

Ralph Plumb '05 set a Yale record with 258 receiving yards in 2004 at Providence... The Bears and Bulldogs combined for a series-record 99 points in the 2003 game at Yale Bowl, a 55-44 Brown victory that included four TD grabs for Bear WR Lonnie Hill... DB Ben Blake '00 blocked Brown's PAT attempt in the closing seconds of the 1999 game as the visitors attempted to tie the game. However, Bear TB Mike Powell picked up the loose ball and lateraled to FB Rob Scholl, who rambled into the end zone for the two-point conversion and a 25-24 victory... WR Jake Borden '00 hauled in a 27-yard TD pass from Joe Walland '00 with six seconds left as Yale pulled out a 30-28 game at Providence in 1998... Chris Hetherington '96, a Yale QB who later became an NFL fullback, rushed for 166 yards and passed for 223 in a win over Brown in 1995... In a matchup of defending co-champions, Yale's goal-line stand prevented the Bruins (that's what they used to be called) from converting a first-and-goal from the two-yard line with under a minute to play in a 10-9 Eli victory at the Bowl in 1977... The two teams combined for 37 punts in a 1941 Brown (7-0) win.

 

OFFENSE COMES ALIVE IN 4TH QUARTER

TE A.J. Haase's 10-yard touchdown catch with 58 seconds to play -- Yale's third touchdown of the fourth quarter -- capped an improbable Bulldog comeback and finished off a 23-22 win at Columbia Saturday afternoon. The Elis got turnovers on Columbia's final three drives of the game, plus a touchdown-saving tackle from DB Adam Money, to pull out the victory after trailing by 12 points with just over six minutes left. TE/H-B John Sheffield had a 20-yard TD catch, RB Alex Thomas had a five-yard scoring run and junior PK Alex Barnes booted a 47-yard FG. Senior captain and LB Paul Rice led Yale with 9-5-14.

 

BULLDOG BITES

The 20 points scored in the fourth quarter last Saturday are the second (21 vs. Dartmouth, 2nd) most by Yale in a quarter in 2009... The Columbia game was Yale's first come-from-behind win of 2009... It was the closest Yale-Columbia game since a 3-3 tie in 1978... The Lions turned two Yale fumbles into TD passes on the first play after the turnovers.

 

MONEY IVY PLAYER OF WEEK

Junior DB Adam Money (Whiteland, Ind.) made many of the big plays that led to Yale's one-point win at Columbia last Saturday, which is why he earned Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week honors. Money had 148 all-purpose yards on his first day of kick return duties including 99 on kickoffs and 49 on punt returns. A starting DB for the Blue, Money had a game-saving tackle late in the fourth quarter that stopped a Lion runner from scoring inside the five yard line after a 75-yard gain. On the next Columbia series with time running out, Money forced a fumble that he recovered to set up the winning score. He had four tackles and was named Walter Camp Yale Player of the Game.

 

SHEFFIELD DAY

Senior TE/H-B John Sheffield (Portland, Ore.) was Yale's [unofficial] offensive MVP with seven catches for 81 yards. Twenty of those yards came on a diving TD catch that helped Yale erase a 12-point fourth-quarter deficit. Sheffield, who also had one rush (lateral) for five yards, and junior WR Peter Balsam made plays tht helped set up the winner. Balsam fought his way for extra yardage to get a 15-yard completion on third-and-nine from the Yale 40. Two plays later Sheffield also battled through a series of tackles for a 17-yard gain to the Lion 24.

 

DEFENSIVE STAR

Senior LB Paul Rice (Cleveland Heights, Ohio), who led all tacklers with nine solos and 14 overall stops, made one of the biggest plays of the game when he forced a fumble near the Yale goal line when the Lions had a chance to put the game away late in the fourth.

 

BEHIND CENTER

For the second straight week sophomore Patrick Witt (Wylie, Texas) came in to relieve junior quarterback Brook Hart (State College, Pa.), who started the game, was 9-for-15 for 64 yards and was sacked four times. Witt, who had the first three starts of 2009, finished 14-for-23 for 166 yards and two scores at Wien Stadium. He also had two TD tosses at Georgetown in the opener. Hart has the last four starts. His career-best outing came in the win over Dartmouth when he completed 28 of 40 passes for 390 yards (6th best at Yale) and three TDs. Hart also started the last five games of 2008 while establishing a Yale record, 62.1 completion percentage.

 

PENN TAKES OT WIN AT BROWN

First-place Penn held the Ivy League's top passing offense to 241 passing yards on a windy day at Providence as the Quakers won 14-7 in OT. It came down to the first possession of overtime when Penn TB Kyle Derham broke a tackle at the five-yard line and dove into the end zone. Brown was unable to convert on its possession. Brown defensive end James Develin dominated the field for the Bears, making 11 total tackles, including 3.5 tackles for a loss and a quarterback sack. Four Brown players intercepted Quaker passes, including freshman DB AJ Cruz, who accounted for Brown's lone touchdown with a 42-yard return.

 

LAST YEAR AT BROWN STADIUM

The Yale defense ruled in its most impressive performance of 2008, a 13-3 win at Brown last November. Tom Mante booted two field goals and QB Brook Hart connected with WR Peter Balsam on a 78-yard scoring play that put the game away with 3:49 left. The Bears, held to their fewest points at home since a 30-0 loss to Yale in 1996, had a chance to go 5-0 in Ivy play but could not solve an Eli defense that had two interceptions and stopped Brown on 12 of 18 third downs. Yale kept Brown off the scoreboard for the first 21:08 without the services of two of its best players, LB Bobby Abare '09 and CB Paul Rice.

 

STREAK ENDS BUT DEFENSE MAKES BIG PLAYS

Yale has kept opponents off the scoreboard for 94 straight minutes this fall. The Elis entered the Columbia game having not allowed an offensive TD since the Dartmouth game. That streak came to an end but the Bulldogs still forced two crucial fumbles and picked off a pass, all in the fourth quarter. The Elis have been without the services of injured senior DB Larry Abare (Acton, Mass.), who was lost for the season in the win at Lehigh. The Yale defense is ranked No. 6 in FCS scoring defense with a 13.2 mark. The Blue allows 275 total yards per game, which is 17th in the nation.

 

RANKING THE COMEBACKS

A Yale team had not erased a two-score lead in the fourth quarter since the Bulldogs came back from a 31-10 deficit at Penn in 2003 to send the game into OT. The Quakers, leading 24-3 after three quarters, won that game at Franklin Field despite the efforts of Yale QB Alvin Cowan '04 (295 yards, 3 TDs) and WR Ralph Plumb '05 (2 TDs, 9 catches).

 

OFFENSE SNAPS SKID

John Sheffield's TD at 11:57 of the fourth at Columbia was Yale's first offensive TD in 12 quarters. It was the first of 20 points in the final frame, more than the Elis had in the previous two games combined.

 

HAASE'S 2ND TD THE BIGGEST

Senior TE A.J. Haase (Bonne Terre, Mo.) snared a 10-yard throw from Patrick Witt with 58 seconds left in the game for the game-winner at Columbia. It was Hasse's second career TD and one of the biggest for the Bulldogs in 2009. Haase finished with a career-best five catches for 75 yards.

 

BARNES MAKES MARK

Junior PK Alex Barnes (Chesterfield, Mo.) had never attempted a varsity field goal in his three collegiate seasons until last Saturday. Barnes, who earned that role (FG, PAT) in practice during the week, connected on a 47-yard try on the last play of the first half. He also hit all three PATs. Senior Tom Mante (Westford, Mass.), who had all the previous FG attempts, boomed all the kickoffs deep (2 TB) and had a 44.4 punting average.

 

TACKLING ELIS

Ten Yale defensive players have double-digit solo tackles. Fifteen Yalies have combined for 31 total tackles for lost yardage. Seven different Bulldogs have combined for 11 QB sacks this fall; senior DT Tom McCarthy (Chester, N.J.) leads the Blue with three. Four different Elis, from three classes, have interceptions. Senior LB Tim Handlon (Valparaiso, Ind.), second on the Blue with 45 total tackles, junior DB Adam Money (Whiteland, Ind.) and sophomore DB Drew Baldwin (Alexandria, Va.) have two picks each. Senior LB Max Newton (Great Meadows, N.J.) and junior DB Marcus Wallace (Germantown, Wis.) each intercepted their first collegiate pass this year. McCarthy (field goal) and LB Jordan Haynes (Folsom, Calif.), who got his hand on a Penn punt, have the two Yale blocked kicks.

 

THREE-DEEP

Junior Gio Christodoulou (Miami, Fla.) was Yale's punt and kick return man for the first two weeks until suffering an injury. Freshman Chris Smith (Midlothian, Va.), who may be the most talented newcomer in the league, took over for the next four games and picked up where Chirstodoulou left off until suffering an injury at Penn. Junior Adam Money (Whiteland, Ind.) got the nod for all returns at Columbia (148 all-purpose yards) and looked as if he had been doing it all of his career.

 

BROWN-NEW HAVEN CONNECTION

Brown assistant head coach and secondary coach Abbott Burrell, a former UConn player, is a Hamden native, whose father, Sam Burrell, was a Yale football assistant under Carm Cozza. Bears' offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Frank Sheehan is a graduate of the University of New Haven and coached at his alma mater for two years.

 

COACH WILLIAMS

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 coach but just the third in the last 44 years.

 

WILLIAMS AFTER LAST SATURDAY

 

On the Yale QBs

: "We didn't think [Hart] was seeing the field as well as we would have liked. We thought we'd give Pat an opportunity to go out there so Brook could watch from the sideline and see a different picture. Sometimes that helps a quarterback to be able to see it. Then Pat got hot and of course we wanted to ride the hot hand."

On John Sheffield

: "Some of the route concepts we had called in the first half didn't take advantage of Sheffield and the positions that he was in. He's dangerous. Not only does he have great hands, but he also has the ability to break tackles and he gets a lot of those yards after catch. That hidden yardage often makes a big difference at the end of the game, which it did today."

 

CATCHING WILLIAMS

Tom Williams takes part in three media events each week. 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 are at the Yale Bookstore every Tuesday at 2 p.m. for the Dick Galiette Press Conference, which can be seen a few hours later on sportingnewsct.com.

 

FIRST-YEAR BLUE

Tom Williams, off to a 4-3 start, has as many wins as the last two Yale coaches combined in their first 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.

 

CAPTAIN RICE

Paul Rice (Cleveland Heights, Ohio), a senior LB who leads the team with 33 solo tackles and seven TFL, is the 132nd Yale football captain. He earned Walter Camp Yale Player of the Game honors at Lehigh after his 40-yard run (see photo) with a fake punt turned into the game's only points. He came to Yale as a talented RB but moved to defense when asked to his freshman year. Rice, who has 161 total career tackles and six interceptions, started at CB the last three years before moving to LB this season. His father, Lou Rice, played defense for Harvard.

 

ON THE GROUND

Five different Yale RBs have had carries this fall. Senior Jordan Farrell (Orland Park, Ill.) leads Yale with 59 runs, 226 yards and three TDs. Freshman Mordecai Cargill (Cleveland, Ohio) has a 3.2 average, while sophomore Alex Thomas (Ansonia, Conn.) has a pair of scoring runs.

 

NEWCOMERS MAKING THEIR MARK

It's unusual for a Yale football team to have so many newcomers making an impact, but it's happening in 2009. Five members of the class of 2013 are on the two-deep offensive depth chart, while two are on the defense. A pair of freshmen receivers have a combined 25 catches in seven games, by far the most ever for a Bulldog squad. To show how significant that offensive production is, consider Yale's career reception leader Ralph Plumb '05 had two total catches his freshman season while former NFL player Eric Johnson '01 caught four balls his rookie year. Allen Harris (Detroit, Mich.) established a Yale record for catches by a freshman in a game with five against Dartmouth and has seven this fall. Chris Smith (Midlothian, Va.) is second on the team with 18 grabs after equaling the Yale record with five grabs at Penn.

 

MANTE MARKS

Despite wet conditions the last three Saturdays, senior P/PK Tom Mante (Westford, Mass.) has increased his punting average and put kickoffs deeper in those games. He leads the Ivy with a 40.8 average. He was Ivy League Special Teams Player of the Week two of the first three weeks of 2009. He tied the Ivy League record with a 54-yard FG against Cornell on Sept. 26, while Mante had a 50-yard FG at Georgetown the week before. Mante now shares the league long FG mark with five others, but no kicker had reached from that distance since 1976. In addition, no Ivy kicker has hit 50-yard field goals on consecutive Saturdays. Otis Guernsey drop kicked a 54-yarder for the Bulldogs in 1915. Mante, an NFL prospect, also has punts of 73 and 65 yards and he recovered one of his own on-side kicks. Mante was an All-Ivy selection at both positions last fall.

 

STAFF NOTES

Tom Williams taped an interview from Yale with CNN that will air Wednesday, November 4 (4 pm ET hour), on HLN as part of the show "What Matters"... 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 and a former Boise State QB, is the son of UNLV football head coach Mike Sanford... Student assistant coach Isaiah DeLeon-Mares, who worked at the Warrick Dunn Foundation, also worked with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last summer.

 

STUDENT COACH

Yale senior Isaiah DeLeon-Mares has been a student assistant coach ever since he recovered from the post-concussion syndrome that ended his football career as a sophomore. DeLeon-Mares has taken "coaching" to a new level with his outreach efforts for the Black Men's Union. He developed the curriculum, prospected at local high schools and devised a plan to recruit and train good mentors who would help area youth. "We hope to use our position, our lives and our influence to help mold these young men. We push them to be better in all aspects of life," said DeLeon-Mares, who also worked on the September presidential motorcade in New York City and got to meet President Obama.

 

OTHER IVY GAMES LAST WEEK

For a second straight season, Harvard's offensive line and running backs dictated play as the Crimson collected 309 yards via the ground en route to a 42-21 whitewashing of Dartmouth at Harvard Stadium.... Tommy Wornham completed 16 of 27 passes for 198 yards and two touchdowns, while Trey Peacock had three catches for 113 yards and two scores in Princeton's 17-13 win over Cornell on an emotional day at Princeton Stadium. 2008 Ivy rushing leader Jordan Culbreath, diagnosed with aplastic anemia at the beginning of the season, attended his first game since the diagnosis and he was able to watch his teammates rally from a 13-10 fourth-quarter deficit.

 

OPENING DAY FOR KENNEY, JENSEN

The Kenney Center and Jensen Plaza are finished and officially open this Saturday for the Yale-Brown football game at Yale Bowl and the Class of '54 Field. These two additions, to be dedicated the morning of the Nov. 21 Yale-Harvard game, constitute the final phase of the $30 million restoration of the facility.

 

SNAP WITH SPIRAL

Senior DT Matt Kelleher (Southington, Conn.) has handled all the long snapping with great accuracy and timing this year. Kelleher, the former Connecticut State Player of the Year as a QB, moved to defense his third year at Yale after injuries prevented him from taking any offensive snaps. He was a starter on defense last year but an injury this fall has limited him to snapping duties. NFL teams are always looking for versatile players with size and skill, especially if they can snap.

 

FATHER OF FOOTBALL

For the 10th straight season, the Walter Camp Football Foundation honors Yale's game MVP as the Walter Camp Yale Player of the Game. This award is handed out both at home and on the road. Walter Camp (class of 1880), commonly known as the father of American football, captained two Yale teams and coached five others. He compiled a 67-2-0 record and won three national titles as coach. Senior RB Jordan Farrell (Orland Park, Ill.) earned the first award in 2009 with a 5.4 average per carry and two scores at Georgetown. Week No. 2 went to senior PK/P Tom Mante (Westford, Mass.), who tied the Yale record with a 54-yard FG and punted a Yale record 12 times with six inside the Cornell 20-yard line. Week three and four went to QB Brook Hart (State College, Pa.), who came off the bench to complete 13 of 17 passes against Lafayette before throwing for 390 yards in his first start of 2009 against Dartmouth. Captain Paul Rice (Cleveland Heights, Ohio) earned the honor at Lehigh with the game-winning TD and five tackles. Tim Handlon (Valparaiso, Ind.) made 11 total tackles, forced a fumble and broke up a pass to get the nod at Penn. Adam Money (Whiteland, Ind.) was the clear choice at Columbia with 148 all-purpose yards, a game-saving tackle and a key forced fumble and recovery.

 

 

 

SUNDAY BULLDOGS

Eight 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, Oakland assistant Don Martin '71, 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.

 

H-BACK AND A TIGHT END

Six-foot-2, 235-pound senior John Sheffield (Portland, Ore.) leads the team with 43 catches and 421 yards and is 22nd in the nation with six grabs per game. Sheffield can be found in the backfield, in the slot, next to a tackle on the line or split out wide. He has often been referred to as an H-Back (don't confuse it with HB for halfback), also known as a power back, which is a hybrid combining the TE and FB positions. Sheffield has 108 career catches (6th at Yale), while one of his two rushing attempts was a lateral pass that turned into a seven-yard TD against Penn in 2008.

 

BULLDOGS LOVE BOWL

Yale is 364-192-26 overall in 582 games played at the Bowl. The Elis are 124-74-4 in Ivy games. Yale has had seven perfect and 11 undefeated seasons in the Bowl since it opened in 1914.

 

HAWAIIAN FRIDAYS

Three members of the Yale coaching staff have ties to Hawaii, and Tom Williams has instituted Hawaiain Fridays in the football office. Any staffers caught without a Hawaiian style shirt on a Friday on the third floor of Ray Tompkins House is subject to a one dollar fine. Sophomore OL 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.

 

BROTHER YALE

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.).

 

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 is part of a young offensive line.

 

SCOTT ON PATH

Yale senior RB Brandon Scott (Chatsworth, Calif.), a biomedical engineering major, has enjoyed his first varsity snaps this fall with five carries for 17 yards. Scott has also enjoyed working on his career over the summer. This past break he worked at a drug delivery research lab that specialized in researching anti-cancer drugs.

 

OFFICER AND GENTLEMAN

Junior LB Jesse Reising (Decatur, Ill.), who has been out with an injury in recent weeks, took part in officer candidate school with the U.S. Marine Corps last summer and plans to join the marines after graduation. He lost 20 pounds during the grueling training. Reising, who played in all 10 games last fall, was class valedictorian at Eisenhower High School.

 

ELI VOTE

A survey of this fall's squad revealed interesting character traits. Here are the results of the player voting:

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.)

JV BLUE

The Yale junior varsity football team ran for 283 yards, including 184 from freshman RB Taylor Stib (Scotsdale, Ariz), en route to a 34-26 win over Bridgton Academy Sunday afternoon at Clint Frank Field. Stib had touchdown runs of seven and 79 yards. He also caught three passes for 40 yards and completed a 56-yard pass to sophomore WR Chris Morris (Dallas, Texas). Freshman RB Javi Sosa (Miami, Fla.) added 103 yards, while freshman QB Dez Duron completed 10 of 23 passes for 106 yards and three touchdowns. He hit freshman WR Collin Bibb (San Antonio, Texas) on a 21-yard play, sophomore TE Alex Birks (Pittsburgh, Pa.) for 10, and freshman WR John Runk (Cincinnati, Ohio) on a four-yarder.

 

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).

 

CAMPING OUT

The Bulldogs have begun a tradition befitting the school responsible for shaping the game of football. Prior to every home game, Coach Williams gathers the team under the Walter Camp Field Memorial to remind the Bulldogs of their proud heritage before they walk with the Yale Band and Bulldog fans to the Bowl. 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.

 

WELI RADIO

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. Sideline reporter Alex Goldberger '08, engineer Tom Ivanovich and spotter Kevin Guarino add the finishing touches to the broadcasts.

 

3RD QUARTER

Eric Jensen '63 will join Carm Cozza and Ron Vaccaro in the WELI radio booth for the third quarter this Saturday. Jensen, whose family provided the gift to Yale for the Jensen Plaza, earned three football letters and was a member of Yale's last perfect (9-0) team in 1960. John Pagliaro '77 (Georgetown), Greg Burkus '83 (Cornell), Will Conroy '04 (Lafayette), Tom Doyle '75 (Dartmouth), Chandler Henley '06 (Lehigh), Stephen Schmalhofer '08 (Penn) and Alex Faherty '05 (Columbia) have all been guest commentators this fall.

 

WYBC RADIO

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."

 

BULLDOGS AT YORKSIDE

Yale coaches and athletes will frequent Yorkside Restaurant (York Street, New Haven) Monday nights from 8-9 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.

TEAMLINE

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 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.

 

NETCASTS/PODCASTS

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.

 

YORKSIDE AT BOWL

Media take note... 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. The call is for working media, who can contact Steve Conn for the pass code.

 

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

 

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.

 

Release filed by Steve Conn, Yale Associate AD & Sports Publicity Director

 

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