Friday, August 05, 2011

Patriot League Media Day 2011, Part Three: No QB Controversy Here

There have been an awful lot of Lehigh quarterback "controversies" the past few years.

But last year, after being anointed the starter in preseason camp, senior QB Chris Lum took control of the starting quarterback job, and didn't let go.

Not fighting for a job this summer is a pleasant change of pace for the Lake Orion, Michigan native as preseason camp is about to open for Lehigh. (more)

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Patriot League Media Day 2011, Part Two: Coen's Very Different Offseason

On Friday, November 20th, 2009, Lehigh head football coach Andy Coen appeared to be playing for his job, following a 3-7 season going into the big game against Lafayette.

His Lehigh team would win that game, 27-21 in overtime.

Back then, Coen was in a polar opposite place as to where he is today.

Strangely enough, that same guy that seemed to be at the edge of losing his job in 2009 didn't seem too different than the coach I saw and interviewed at Media Day this week.

Coach Coen's offseason couldn't have been more different than the others - but the guy coaching the team, refreshingly, isn't different at all. (more)

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Patriot League Media Day 2011, Part One: Of Rams and Scholarships

As the opening speeches concluded on Patriot League Media Day 2011, I turned to Forhdam head coach Tom Masella, who was situated behind me, for my first interview on the day.

Unlike the other schools in attendance, however, Masella was surrounded by a skeleton crew. And aside from coach Masella, only a handful of members of the athletic department made the trip down from New York.

And no players made the trip from the Bronx - "summer school exams", I was told later by someone else - was the reason for their absence.

It made for a media day that, despite the palpable excitement for the upcoming season, didn't feel quite right. (more)

Monday, August 01, 2011

Will There Be Another 25 Years of Patriot League Football?

This year, the Patriot League is celebrating its 25th anniversary as a football conference.  Tomorrow, at Patriot League Media Day, this fact is expected to at least be mentioned, if not marked in a special way.

But there's a cloud over the 25th anniversary celebration.

While classic Patriot League players like RB Gordie Lockbaum and RB Kenny Gamble are honored, many folks are wondering if the league will make it another five years, let alone another 25.

That's because football-only member Fordham is well on their way to 63 football scholarships - and it seems increasingly likely that the Rams will be leaving the league at some point very soon. (more)

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Sunday's Word: Star

It's been a very strange, "star"-studded offseason for one Lehigh alumna.

Whitney Chen, whose tremendous run at becoming the Next Food Network "Star" fell a tiny bit short last night, had a run through the famous reality show competition that saw her outperform a slew of professional restaurant chefs, writers, caterers, and restauranteurs.

And, in a weird sort of way, it eerily seemed to parallel the Lehigh football team's rise through the ranks last year.

It's worth telling the entire tale of Ms. Chen's surprise rise to the top of the Food Network reality show hosted by Bobby Flay - and to look back, one last time, at where we left the Lehigh football team at the end of last season. (more)
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