Hill To Receive McLendon HonorCalvin Hill ’69, the legendary Yale football and National Football League star, will be inducted into the John McLendon Minority Athletics Administrators Hall of Fame as the NFL representative on June 27 at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas. The induction ceremony will be held in conjunction with the 47th Annual National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Convention.
12 Bulldogs Earn Hampshire Society HonorsThe National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) announced today the members of the 2012 NFF Hampshire Honor Society, and a dozen members of the Yale football team were selected. The Hampshire Honor Society is comprised of college football players from all divisions who each maintained a cumulative 3.2 GPA or better throughout their college career.
Class of 2016 AnnouncedTony Reno, the new Joel E. Smilow ’54 Head Coach of Yale Football, announced the names of 28 student-athletes who comprise the team’s class of 2016.
Brett Smith Receives Amanda Walton AwardBrett Smith ’12 received the Yale Athletics Department's Amanda Walton Award for 2012 at Class Day exercises Sunday afternoon as part of Commencement Weekend. The award is presented to an outstanding student-athlete who has excelled in competition or who has shown spirit and courage in transcending unforeseen challenges.
The Ivy League, NBC Sports Group Renew National Television AgreementThe Ivy League and the NBC Sports Group announced a two-year renewal of their national television rights agreement today that includes an increase in football games, and the first-ever rights for the NBC Sports Network to televise men's basketball and men's lacrosse games.
Stoller Signs With SteelersJake Stoller (Shaker Heights, Ohio), a standout and versatile Yale defensive lineman the last four years, has been signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers and will be at their rookie orientation weekend in a few days.
Special Week of Yale FootballA great week for Yale football culminated with today’s Blue-White scrimmage on the Class of 1954 Field in front of a big crowd on a sun splashed afternoon at Yale Bowl.
Mandi Schwartz Marrow Donor Registration Drive Adds 500 More Potential Life SaversA year has gone by since Mandi Schwartz ’10 (1988-2011) passed away after battling cancer for more than two years. Yet her impact remains evident in the annual marrow donor registration drive at Yale that is named in her memory. Thursday, her Yale women’s ice hockey teammates once again worked together with the football and field hockey teams in an effort to save the lives of patients with illnesses similar to Mandi’s. Yale’s drive, part of the nationwide “Get in the Game. Save a Life.” campaign, added more than 500 potential marrow donors to the Be The Match Registry® Thursday.
Bulldogs Aim to Keep Saving Lives with Mandi Schwartz Marrow Donor DriveIn its first three years, the Mandi Schwartz Marrow Donor Registration Drive at Yale has added nearly 2,500 people to the Be The Match Registry® and located at least six genetic matches for patients with life-threatening illnesses in need of transplants. This Thursday at Commons, Yale hopes to keep adding to those numbers. The football, women’s ice hockey and field hockey teams are once again leading the drive, which is named in memory of women’s ice hockey player Mandi Schwartz ’10 (Wilcox, Sask.) (1988-2011) and her courageous battle with cancer.
Spring Game Benefits Warrior-Scholar ProjectWhen Jesse Reising ’11 put a big hit on an opponent, he would hold out a hand to help the fallen player return to his feet. The former Yale football linebacker - who required help for his own recovery from a big hit - is still helping people get back on their feet, but in a much more significant manner.
Mandi Schwartz Marrow Donor Registration Drive at Yale Set for Thursday, Apr. 19In recognition of the impact her courageous battle with cancer has had on efforts to save lives through marrow donor registration drives, the Yale athletic department will once again hold a drive in memory of women’s ice hockey player Mandi Schwartz ’10 (Wilcox, Sask.) (1988-2011). The Mandi Schwartz Marrow Donor Registration Drive at Yale, which is part of the nationwide “Get in the Game. Save a Life.” campaign for the Be The Match Registry®, will be held on Thursday, Apr. 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this year. The drive, which takes place at Commons on the corner of College Street and Grove Street in New Haven, is open to the general public. Donors that could help save lives are located through testing that consists of simple cheek swabs.
First Day of Spring PracticeIt was raining hard two hours before the first Yale football practice of the new coaching regime. By the time the first player’s cleats hit the green grass at Clint Frank Field, the sun was shining bright, bringing perfect conditions to kickoff spring practice.
Q&A with Tony RenoTony Reno, the newly appointed Joel E. Smilow ’54 Head Coach of Yale Football, began recruiting the moment he accepted the job. The new leader of the Bulldogs has been spotted rented cars in Tampa, San Francisco, San Diego, Atlanta, Austin, Cleveland, Chicago and Houston, just to name a few. It’s been two months since he was re-introduced in New Haven and Yale fans are wondering what progress has been made with the returning student-athletes as well as the class of 2016, and what it’s like running one of the most storied programs in college football. Yale Sports Publicity Director Steve Conn sat down with Reno to discuss the early days of the new regime.
Spring Practice Begins March 28On-field preparation for the 2012 Yale football season begins on March 28 with the first of 12 spring practice dates, culminating with the April 21 Blue-White Game at Yale Bowl. Tony Reno, the new Joel E. Smilow ’54 Head Coach of Football at Yale, gets his first look at the Bulldogs on the grass with two-hour practices that run from 4 to 6 p.m. all days but Thursday.
Reno Announces His First StaffTony Reno, introduced as the Joel E. Smilow ’54 Head Coach of Football on Jan. 12, announced his nine-man staff today. One member of the previous staff was re-appointed and another returns to his alma mater, while seven of the new Yale coaches will work in New Haven for the first time. Three Bulldog coaches - including Reno - worked at Yale under former coach Jack Siedlecki. The new assistants have a combined 128 years of college coaching experience.
Bulldog Going to Super BowlSix different Bulldogs have played in a combined eight Super Bowls, but Pat Graham ’01 is about to become just the second Yale graduate to coach in America’s biggest sporting event. The former Bulldog tight end/defensive lineman is the linebackers coach for the New England Patriots, who take on the New York Giants on Feb. 5 in Super Bowl XLVI.
Witt Playing in NFLPA Collegiate BowlPatrick Witt (Atlanta, Ga.), Yale’s three-year starting quarterback and the holder of almost every school passing record, is preparing for a run at a job in the National Football League. The first order of business is an opportunity to play for the NFC team in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl this Saturday at 6 p.m. EST at the Home Depot Center.
Reno Named Head Coach Of Yale FootballAnthony (Tony) Reno, an assistant coach at Harvard the last three seasons and a former Yale assistant coach, has been named the Joel E. Smilow ’54 Head Coach of Yale Football. The 34th head coach of the Bulldogs has a history of transforming his charges into nationally recognized units.
Watch Today’s Football Press Conference LIVE on Yale All-AccessYale All-Access has exclusive live streaming video coverage of today’s press conference announcing the new Joel E. Smilow ’54 Head Coach of Yale Football. The press conference begins at 4 p.m. Eastern time at the Kenney Center at Yale Bowl and can be viewed free of charge.
Witt, Haynes Earn FCS Academic HonorsPatrick Witt (Atlanta, Ga.) and Jordan Haynes (Folsom, Calif.) have been named to the Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association Academic All-Star Team. They were the only selections from the Ivy League.
Yale Accepts Coach Williams’ ResignationYale University today accepted the resignation of head football coach Tom Williams. Williams’ resignation is effective December 31, said Director of Athletics Tom Beckett.
Bulldogs in the NFL This SeasonThe New England Patriots, Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs and Atlanta Falcons all have something in common this season. All four National Football League teams have had a former Yale student-athlete suit up in a game or on the sideline as a coach in 2011.
Fall Academic All-Ivy AnnouncedThe Ivy League has released its list of student-athletes selected for 2011 All-Ivy Academic honors in fall sports. Ten Yale student athletes were selected.
Witt Honored by NFF in NYCMost American kids dream about playing in the Super Bowl. Young football players should dream about sitting on the dais at the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame Annual Awards Banquet. Yale senior quarterback Patrick Witt, who watched a who’s who of famous former gridiron stars parade around him all day and night on Tuesday, was living a more impressive dream as one of 16 scholar-athletes from all divisions of college football who were finalists for the Campbell Trophy.
Witt To Receive “Swede” Nelson AwardOne of the most prestigious and time-honored national acknowledgements of accomplishments on and off the football field is handed out by the Gridiron Club of Boston each January. This year’s recipient is Yale senior quarterback Patrick Witt (Wylie, Texas). The Nils V. “Swede” Nelson Award stands for academic success, athletic prowess, sportsmanship and citizenship, qualities that the Bulldogs’ offensive leader embodies.
Haynes Named All-New EnglandJordan Haynes (Folsom, Calif.), Yale’s captain and All-Ivy linebacker, has been named to the Division I All-New England football team that was announced today by the New England Sportswriters.
10 Bulldogs Earn All-Ivy StatusThe Yale football team was well represented when all-star selections were announced today. The Bulldogs had 11 selections, including 10 different players with someone on each group picked for the 2011 All-Ivy League Football Team. Senior captain Jordan Haynes (Folsom, Calif.) earned first-team honors while junior Chris Smith (Midlothian, Va.) was a second-team selection as both a WR and a kick returner.
Seniors Honored at Annual BanquetThe 2011 Yale football team gathered for the final time Sunday afternoon at Commons, celebrating 24 seniors while reflecting back on the season at the team’s annual banquet. The Bulldogs also announced the team award winners and the 2012 team captain, linebacker Will McHale (Greenwich, Conn.).
McHale Named New Yale CaptainFollowing in a family line of Division I linebackers doesn’t leave much room for distinction at home, unless you are junior Will McHale (Greenwich, Conn.), who became the 135th captain of the Yale football team at today’s team banquet.
Saturday is 128th Edition of The GameThe Ivy League title is not on the line in the 128th edition of The Game, but the Yale football team (5-4, 4-2 Ivy) has an opportunity to spoil a perfect league record and gain bragging rights against No. 14 Harvard (8-1, 6-0) in the season finale. The Game airs live on Versus and on WELI (960 AM) Radio.
Harvard Wins The 128th GameHarvard had already clinched the Ivy League title a week earlier, but the Crimson was seeking to complete a perfect league season with a win in The Game Saturday afternoon at the Yale Bowl, Class of 1954 Field. The Cantabs got what they were looking for, overcoming an early 7-0 deficit to beat Yale 45-7 in the 128th edition of The Game.
Harvard Wins The JV GameHarvard shut the Yale offense out for the final 42:27 Friday afternoon at Clint Frank Field, pulling away for a 37-6 win in The Junior Varsity Game. The Bulldogs’ lone score came on a 10-yard pass from sophomore quarterback Henry Furman to freshman wide receiver Grant Wallace.
All Parking For THE GAME Sold OutThe Yale Athletics Department announced today that all parking passes for this Saturday’s football game with Harvard have been sold out.
Witt To Play in The GameYale will have the services of the most prolific passer in school history when it takes on Harvard in the 128th playing of The Game on Saturday. Senior quarterback Patrick Witt, who has completed more passes for more yards than anyone ever at Yale, has withdrawn his application for the Rhodes Scholarship and will be in New Haven all day on Nov. 19 to make his third start against Harvard.
Rival Weeks Begin SaturdayIts chances for a piece of a league title may have been dashed last week, but the Yale Football team (4-4, 3-2 Ivy) can look to games against its biggest rivals for extra motivation the last two weeks of the 2011 season. This Saturday at noon Yale and Princeton renew the second longest rivalry in college football at Princeton Stadium. The game airs live on the YES Network and on WELI (960 AM) Radio.
Haynes, Witt Earn Academic AwardsTwo senior leaders on the Yale football team with impressive scholarly endeavors and statistics from the field have earned Capital One Academic All-District honors. Linebacker Jordan Haynes (Folsom, Calif.) and quarterback Patrick Witt (Wylie, Texas) earned Division I distinction in District I and are now in the running for academic All-America honors.
Offense Racks Up 500 Yards in 33-24 Win at PrincetonAt times Saturday’s matchup between Yale and Princeton at Princeton Stadium seemed to be a battle between the arm of Yale senior quarterback Patrick Witt and the legs of Princeton freshman tailback Chuck Dibilio. Dibilio had a big day, rushing for 178 yards and three touchdowns. But Witt had a bigger day, throwing for 379 yards and three scores. His work, supplemented by a 62-yard touchdown run from senior tailback Alex Thomas and a pair of field goals from Philippe Panico, propelled Yale to a 33-24 win over the rival Tigers.