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Coach Teevens Goes to Washington

Teevens3.jpgThe House Energy and Commerce Committee met on Friday to discuss concussive head injuries, and Football Coach Buddy Teevens, a member of the College’s remarkable Class of ‘79, testified extensively. You can hear his opening statement at 1:39:40 - 1:45:21 and he answered questions at: 2:28:18 - 2:30:30 and 2:47:50 - 2:50:40 and 3:04:00 - 3:05:43 and 3:07:20 - 3:07:52 and 3:08:49 - 3:09:20.

As Buddy tells it at the hearing, his no-tackling initiative has paid dividends on many levels: a remarkable reduction in concussions and other injuries, superior tackling technique and defense by his players, greatly improved recruiting for the football program, an Ivy League Championship for the College, and the initiation of a wave of no-tackling practices across the sport. Coach T came across as articulate and thoughtful (dare I say, intellectual?): he was to the point in answering questions and he left no doubt when he had finished his remarks. In short, he did the College proud.

Addendum: Dartmouth has wonderful students, a great many top professors, and a rapidly improving athletics program. Imagine what the College could be if it weren’t weighed down by a boat-anchor administration. Actually, you don’t have to imagine; just go back a few decades to when we were #7 in the U.S. News rankings, and we were the only institution of higher learning that occupied the research college niche.

Addendum: An alumnus from 1950’s comments:

This [BLM activity] is all truly dreadful stuff as the administration continues to inadvertently fan the flames of resentment throughout the community and beyond. I do not recognize the place where I spent four glorious years. Yes, I know similar events are happening elsewhere, but that notion provides little solace. Thank the Lord for Buddy.

Addendum: The Associated Press ran a laudatory story about Buddy’s testimony.

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