EPHS APPEARED TWICE on NESN in the FALL OF 2001
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.