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Harvard beats Yale (and their ugly pants) 34-7

Chris Smith and his real Yale pants
When the 130th edition of The Game began, I immediately noticed that one of the kick returners was wearing the traditional Yale pants with two stripes. Before this season, an otherwise strong uniform tweak was marred by Nike adding some sort of streak instead of a double-stripe. I was pleased that #3 Chris Smith still had the true Yale pants on.

Then he got injured on the kickoff return.

Chris Smith, injured on the kickoff return

It was that kind of day for my dad’s alma mater. Harvard scored touchdowns on their first four possessions, all by Paul Stanton, Jr. Yale couldn’t get anything going, scoring only once in the third quarter with The Game not in doubt. The Crimson added two field goals in the second half. Final score 34-7, Cantabs.

FOOTBALL: Yale crumbles to CrimsonYale Daily News

My alma mater, Penn State, despite the #1 uniform matchup in all of college football yesterday (scroll down), fell to Nebraska in overtime. I didn’t watch it — didn’t have Big Ten Network.

Harvard’s cheating was even more rampant than last year

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Yale now has a better Penn State jersey than Penn State

Last year, two of my posts with highest traffic were about the Yale football uniforms. I was pleased they restored the traditional Y to the helmet, but not thrilled that they added merit decals. This year, Uni-Watch got ahead of me and posted the video below. he changes keep coming and it is a mixed bag:

Fall (football) fashion previewYale Alumni Magazine

GOOD: The Y-Dog logo has been removed from the sleeve, so Yale now has a better Penn State jersey than Penn State, right? Other than the thicker block numbers, the new Bulldogs jerseys have the same trim and nearly the same color as the pre-2011 Penn State jerseys.

BAD: The striping has been significantly changed — gone are the two blue stripes on the helmet, pants and socks. In the place of the classic double-stripes, some weird none stripe thing that Nike has been doing since the awful Denver Broncos redesign of 1997.

Overall, this is “fixing what isn’t broken” which is the trend in football uniforms of late. It is quite unnecessary, especially for an Ivy League program where merchandising is a non-issue.

Meanwhile, for the third season in a row, the Penn State uniform has been altered:

The “big” change is the “chipmunk” logo is now in the middle of the neckline. Combined with the Nike swoosh and the BigTen logo, it gets pretty crowded. I could take or leave the chipmunk, but the “B1G” is just aesthetically bad right there, a conference-mandated patch by the way. We all know the Nike swoosh isn’t going anywhere unless Penn State finds another outfitter.

Of course, I would prefer a return to the jerseys they wore through 2010 with the contrasting trim on the neckline and sleeves — the new Yale jersey. In 2011, Guido D’Elia claimed to be behind the change, but he may have been lying. Additionally, names are going to be retained on the back of the jersey because Coach Bill O’Brien wants everybody to know the names of the players who chose to be a part of the program during this difficult era. I won’t argue that reasoning.

Now, at least neither of the great blue and white football programs have gone the Oregon or Maryland route…yet.

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Yale adds merit stickers to football helmets

Yale football helmet stickers
I noticed on Saturday that Yale is now putting little Bulldogs on their helmets, presumably for good play. This is the first time I can recall it. Since the photo is not as clear as I would have liked, here is a look at the graphic I believe they are using:

This is the logo Yale is using as a helmet sticker

Yale upset Penn, 27-13 at the Yale Bowl on Saturday. I watched the second half with my dad, an Old Blue. He’s not real excited about the helmet stickers.

OTHER IVY HELMET NEWS

Princeton reversed their colors on their famed winged helmet as well which was news to me. I prefer the black helmet with orange wings over the current version — orange with black wings.

PREVIOUSLY

Yale football helmet goes retro: “Y” no longer outlined

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Tony Reno is the new Yale football coach

So much for my Jay Paterno to Yale theory

Tony Reno, a former Yale assistant, is the new Yale’s Joel E. Smilow ’54 Head Coach of Football. He was the defensive backs and special teams coach at Harvard for the past three seasons.

Reno introduced as head coachYale Daily News
New Yale football coach Tony Reno: ‘I am the right man for the job’New Haven Register

Reno Named Head Coach Of Yale Football
– Yale Sports Publicity

Reno replaces Tom Williams who resigned over his Rhodes Scholarship interview claims controversy and NOT BEATING HARVARD. Well, the last part is my supposition.

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Tom Williams out at Yale; Could Jay Paterno be a candidate?

Yale coach Tom Williams resigns after lying about Rhodes candidacy – Campus Rivalry, USA Today
Yale Accepts Coach Williams’ Resignation – Yale Sports Publicity
Yale Bulldogs head coach Tom Williams has resigned effective the end of the year. A controversy over Williams’ Rhodes Scholarship claims that came up in November is the official reason.

When the Williams story broke, I wondered if that would be it for him. Yale would have a hard time firing him in my view, because they did not do their due diligence, but I could certainly see how it would be uncomfortable for him there. Losing to Harvard annually, particularly after a failed 4th and 22 fake punt in the 4th quarter (with the lead) against Harvard in 2009, might have hurt more.

I would not be surprised to see Penn State QB coach Jay Paterno seek the Yale job. Like most or all of Penn State’s staff, he is a lame duck with an expected housecleaning of the football program following the bowl game. Yale is a prestigious university, historic football program, grand stadium and lots of smart players who are there for the love of the game.

Jay’s father, Joe, sought the Yale job in the early 1960s, but Jon Pont was hired instead. After Pont left for Indiana, Yale sought the elder Paterno, but by then he was confident he could get the Penn State job. Carm Cozza was hired instead and led the Bulldogs for about 25 years.

Whether Yale has any interest in a position coach taking over after Williams underwhelming tenure or anybody associated with Penn State is a big question. Call it a decent hunch that Jay Paterno is interested though. Obviously, we don’t know what opportunities in the future (if any), but years from now, would you rather have said you were the head coach at a MAC program or Yale?

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Yale at Penn preview; national telecast on VERSUS

FOOTBALL | Quakers, Elis battle for first Yale Daily News
Keys to the Game: Yale-PennYale Daily News
Yale quarterback Patrick Witt presents stiff test for Penn defenseThe Daily Pennsylvanian
Penn, Yale ready for early Ivy showdown
Yale-Penn Square Off in Philly SaturdayYale Sports Publicty
With the season half over and the non-league schedule completed the Yale Bulldogs (3-2, 2-0) head down the Northeast Corridor to take on the University of Pennsylvania Quakers (3-2, 2-0)tomorrow at Franklin Field for a noon kickoff, televised nationally on VERSUS.

This will be the third trip to Pennsylvania in four weeks and the Bulldogs are hoping they are more successful in Philadelphia than in the Lehigh Valley. They lost to Lafayette last weekend (Lafayette College football team bounces back with solid win over YaleThe Express-Times, Bulldogs Fall at Lafayette, 28-19Yale Sports Publicty , the Yale Daily News story was broken which is why I never posted a recap) 28-19 after losing two weeks earlier to Lehigh.

Saturday’s tilt is a big one with Yale and Penn tied with Harvard for first in the Ivy League. The winner stays in prime position for the Ivy League title, while the loser will need help and likely won’t be able to win the Ancient Eight outright.

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Yale at Lafayette preview

FOOTBALL | Elis hit the roadYale Daily News
Leopards seeing red in the red zoneThe Morning Call
Home, Sweet HomeThe Lafayette
Yale Visits Lafayette SaturdayYale Sports Publicity
The Yale Bulldogs (3–1, 2–0 Ivy) make their second trip to the Lehigh Valley in 3 games tomorrow when they face the Lafayette Leopards (1–4, 0–1 Patriot). Two weeks ago, Lehigh stomped the Bulldogs 37-7.

Oh and this will be one of the best looking games of the weekend with Lafayette’s good looking red and white uniforms and Yale’s white and blue uniforms. Sadly, it is only telecast on RSN which isn’t available for me or my dad. We’ll just have to settle for Penn State vs. Purdue.

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YALE BULLDOGS 30 Dartmouth Big Green 0

Great win for the Bulldogs over the Big Green

FOOTBALL | Yale crushes Dartmouth, 30-0Yale Daily News
YALE FOOTBALL: Defense found its footing against Dartmouth (video)New Haven Register
Yale Shuts Out Dartmouth, 30-0Yale Sports Publicity

Coming Saturday, another trip to the Lehigh Valley vs. Lafayette.

I kept typing Darthmouth this week. I’d be much more afraid of them if that was their name.

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