Monday, December 21, 2009

From Linebacker to Whip

Frank Dermody

One of the key defensive players on the miracle 1971 Lions team has just been elected to one of the top positions in the Pennsylvania State Legislature.

Frank Dermody '73 was elected House Majority Whip last week and the preceeding link has a great profile of his life and career. He was first elected as a state representative in 1990.

Dermody became a starting linebacker after just a few games into his sophomore season of 1970. He was a team leader from then on.

Recruiting News

A top player from the Hudson Valley/Catskills area is considering Columbia.

Dan Scalo of Monroe-Woodbury High School is a QB/all-around athlete who has won his area's MVP award two of the last three years. He's also being courted by Lafayette, Lehigh, Holy Cross, Bucknell, Albany and Wyoming.

Scalo was a BCS-level recruit before he ran into some injury troubles, a familiar story by now for most people who follow Ivy League recruiting.


At Mon Dec 21, 10:51:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Miracle"? 6-3 is a miracle team??

At Mon Dec 21, 10:56:00 PM GMT+7, Blogger Jake said...

There were so many last-second, crazy wins that year that anyone who remembers that season knows that "miracle" is actually too weak a word!

At Mon Dec 21, 11:13:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

All niine games were decided by less than a touchdown as I recall. That was the miracle portion of the season. Every game was a nail biter.

At Tue Dec 22, 02:56:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dan Scalo is a very impressive quarterback on film and would fit right into the wide open offense the Lions used so succssfully at the end of the year. He's a very talented local kid, who looks like a great fit for Columbia.

At Tue Dec 22, 03:05:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They biggest margin of their loses was 3 (Lafayette, Cor).

At Tue Dec 22, 05:26:00 AM GMT+7, Blogger jjmcg66 said...

Frank is a good man and continues to be an excellent ambassador for the university and for Columbia football. It is a rare sight indeed to see Frank on a weekend without his Columbia football baseball hat. Glad to see his accomplishments recognized - you can read the full story at

At Tue Dec 22, 09:36:00 PM GMT+7, Blogger friend12 said...

Nothing to do with this article, but, Matt Velazquez had an interesting peace in the Spector dated 12/13. An article after the season on the coaches status and this one impressed me. The following is a link to it:

At Tue Dec 22, 10:39:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jake, I am puzzled that we don't have any more information on football recruits who received early admission. What gives?


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