The start of the football season is just hours ahead of us, but before we delve into a whirlwind 10-game season, The Back Page took some time to check in with Harvard coach Tim Murphy to talk about the Crimson’s upcoming opponent—Holy Cross—the benefit of night games, and the looming concern about ongoing concussions.
“How I Spent My Summer Vacation.” Everyone’s favorite third-grade assignment. And while we may be wistful for the days when we could write about summer camp or lying on the beach, Harvard students seem to get a bit more out of vacation these days—and Crimson athletes are no exception. Whether on the pitch, field, or pool deck, Harvard standouts left their mark all across the world this summer.
In the modern era of sports, being a college coach carries with it the burden of constant media attention. Facing dozens of reporters at press conferences, head coaches have gotten more savvy—they say what they need to and leave the rest up for speculation. Here at The Back Page, we’re happy to decode some of these media sessions, showing the average fan what we think coaches’ answers “really” mean.
“We have two recent Harvard Football players who are at Camp Pendelton [Calif.] as Marine Corp officers awaiting deployment to Afghanistan, and it’s the least I can do to show my support for them and all the brave men and women of our armed forces.”
The prominent University of Virginia lacrosse program suffered a tremendous shock today, after a player on the men’s team was implicated in the death of a female Cavalier player. The New York Times reported that 22-year old George Huguely was arrested and charged with murder on Monday morning after former girlfriend Yeardley Love was found dead in her off-campus apartment at 2:15 a.m.
In the major leagues, playing at .500 will leave you short of the playoffs. The Crimson may earn the same fate if it continues to split doubleheaders. In a continuation of last weekend’s matchup with Yale, the Harvard baseball team split another pair of contests yesterday, topping the Bulldogs, 14-12, before falling in the nightcap, 8-3, at Yale Field.