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November 12, 2003


Coach Dick Farley's Football Philosophy

Blame Nobody -- Expect Nothing -- Do Something!

First-year players are challenged from the beginning by competing daily against the best in NESCAC. They get their initial baptism with the upperclassmen but also learn quite a bit from observing the first team offense versus first team defense scrimmages on a regular basis, early in the practice week. The underclassmen take center stage later in the week with their own scrimmages.

There is always the endless debate of leaving your best on the practice field but upon being named head coach a number of years ago, the greatest need expressed by the players was a need to play the game. That we do! We have found that our depth has benefited greatly from this philosophy and when the inevitable occurs (injury or graduation) we have good people to step up and do the job.

We expect our players to be accountable, to give their best efforts in academics, extracurricular activities and athletics and the results will take care of themselves. Control those things in your life you can control and let the rest happen!

Ephs' Record on TV
Under Dick Farley


Year W-L-T Opponent Score TV
2003 Won Amherst 14-10 FSNE
2002 Lost Amherst 45-35 NESN
2001 Won Amherst 23-20 OT NESN
2001 Won @ Wesleyan 31-7 NESN
2000 Lost @ Amherst 20-12 NESN
1999 Won Amherst 10-7 NESN
1998 Won @ Amherst 35-16 NESN
1997 Won Amherst 48-46 NESN
1996 Won @ Amherst 19-13 NESN
1995 Tie Amherst 0-0 ESPN II
1995 Won @ Middlebury 35-3 ECAC
1994 Won @ Amherst 48-14 SAT*
1994 Won @ Tufts 35-7 ECAC
1993 Won Amherst 31-2 SAT**
1992 Won @ Amherst 41-7 SAT
1991 Won Amherst 37-0 SAT
1990 Won @ Amherst 46-18 SAT
1989 Won Amherst 17-14 SAT
1988 Won @ Amherst 21-0 SAT
1987 Won Amherst 25-7 Sat

*Joint Satellite TV venture between Williams and Amherst

** Williams paid for entire telecast as Amherst opted not to participate financially

Ever the student -- Dick Farley records every play of every game.

Longest Winning Streak: 10, 1987-1994
Games Without a Loss: 15, (14 wins, 1 tie) 1987-1999
Record on NESN: 7-2-0
Record on ESPN II: 0-0-1
Record on SAT: 7-0-0
Record on ECAC Game of the Week: 2-0-0
Record on Weston Field: 8-0-1
Away Record: 9-2-0

Farley's Record by Opponent on TV:

Amherst 14-2-1
Middlebury 1-0-0
Tufts 1-0-0
Wesleyan 1-0-0

The usually reserved Dick Farley celebrates with the Class of 2001 after the Ephs' 28-7 Homecoming win over Wesleyan last fall on Weston Field.


For the third time in the Dick Farley era at Williams, the Ephs appeared on TV twice in the same season. Both of the Ephs' Little Three games in 2001 aired live on NESN. The 2001 season was the first time that the Ephs appeared on TV in back-to-back games -- at Wesleyan on November 3rd and home vs. Amherst on November 10th.

In Farley's 15 years as head coach the annual clash with arch rival Amherst -- "The Biggest Little Game in America" -- has been televised either as a joint satellite venture between the two schools or nationally on ESPN II or NESN (New England Sports Network). Th November 10, 2001 game marked the sixth consecutive year that the Williams vs. Amherst game will be televised on NESN.

Farley's Ephs have also appeared on TV vs. three other NESCAC foes, Tufts, Middlebury and Wesleyan. Eph contests at Tufts (1994), at Middlebury (1995) and at Wesleyan (2001) aired as part of the ECAC Game of the Week package.

Bright lights don't seem to faze Dick Farley and the Ephs as they have racked up a remarkable 16-1-1 (.917) record on the tube. Last season's loss to Amherst 20-12 in Amherst is the only time the Ephs have lost a televised contest under Farley. The 1995 game with Amherst televised on ESPN II from Weston Field ended in a scoreless tie. The 2001 game at Wesleyan was the first time that the Ephs have faced the Cardinals on TV. With the 31-7 win over Wesleyan on NESN on November 3, 2001, Dick Farley won his 100th game and improved his record on Andrus Field to 6-2.

The Wesleyan game was seen throughout New England on NESN, while the Amherst game will also be seen in approximately 50 joint Williams and Amherst alumni gatherings throughout the nation from Cape Cod to Hawaii and on Direct TV on Ch. 623.