Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Could Nova/Pitt Hand Lehigh a 12th Game?

Do I seem obsessed with the idea of Lehigh having a 12th game in 2013?  Yes, I believe I am.

While my initial thoughts on a 12th game for Lehigh involved a lot of expense - for example, a possible trip to Bozeman, Montana to take on last year's Big Sky co-champions Montana State - it so happens that there's another possible 12th Mountain Hawk game that could come about that is not only a whole lot less expensive, but also would give Lehigh an extra home game.

The forces at work would not be from the FCS world but the FBS world.  More accurately, a game versus Pitt and Villanova.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Patsy Ratings - Lehigh's Class of 2017

With two Patriot League Championships in three years and a 10-1 record last year, Lehigh head coach Andy Coen certainly has high standards to meet every year.

It's not nearly enough to have a "year off" recruiting when you're at - or, in Lehigh's case, near - the top.  You lose all-league players like WR Ryan Spadola and DT Sajjad Chagani and you have to recruit all-league players to replace them.  There's never any room for error.

Lehigh fans who have been waiting with baited breath to see how scholarships have found their way into Coen's class of 2017 finally have a chance to discover what, if any, impact scholarships have.

The Patsy Ratings offer an answer, and it's a surprising one.

Scholarships seem to have had a good impact on Lehigh's first scholarship class.  Did it give Lehigh the same type of large Patsy Point class that, apparently, Colgate and Fordham had?  No, it did not.

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