Saturday, June 22, 2013
Friday, June 21, 2013
I'll admit it: UMass has hit pretty much all my sore spots over the years.
Perhaps it was being in the crowd of that 1998 playoff game, where the Mountain Hawks were a horrible pass interference call away from advancing to the I-AA semifinals, complete with the "Lehigh: We're Just Better" sign. (UMass would go on to become I-AA national champions that year, surprising Georgia Southern in the championship game.)
Perhaps it was the move to the MAC in order to play FBS football, after years of moaning from the powers-that-be at UMass that football was a money loser. If you're losing money in FCS, a move to the MAC is the equivalent of selling your underwater mortgage for an even larger mortgage, because this time, things will be completely different.
Perhaps it was playing at the home of the New England Patriots, 100 miles away from Amherst and home to the NFL franchise that broke my Eagles-loving wife's heart.
But in the last few weeks - after a barrage of terrible news over the last few months about UMass' "unexpected" extra loss of money in FBS, lost local revenue and fraying relations with faculty - things are, honestly, starting to look up in Amherst.
I mean it. Really. Things are looking up.
Thursday, June 20, 2013
Today, we highlight No. 78, incoming freshman OL Micah Tennant.
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Led by Nebraska's departure from the Big XII to the Big 10, the dominoes have tumbles all through Division I, directly affecting pretty much every conference's membership with the exception of the Ivy League.
Central to "realignmentageddon" is football, whose value to television executives is broadly accepted as the reasons why, say, Rutgers and Maryland abandoned decades-long relationships with their old conferences in order to get larger chunks of TV money.
But why is it only individual schools? Why wouldn't a conference which currently sponsors FCS football just decide, one day, to become an FBS conference?
The short answer is: the NCAA rulebook is written than way.
But the long answer is that the NCAA rulebook, essentially, forces the current FCS and FBS conferences to stay the way things are.
At no. 79, we find senior OL Shane Rugg, as our highlighted Lehigh football athlete in today's countdown.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
The countdown to the Lehigh football season just ticked to 80 days away, and thus we highlight No. 80, senior WR Lee Kurfis, our first Lehigh co-captain for the 2013 season.
Lee was 2nd on the team in receiving yards in 2012, and led the team in receiving touchdowns (5).
However, I do. Probably because I'm insane, but I do.
When the commissioner of the Big Sky Conference Doug Fullerton posted a Q&A session, and followed it up with a Twitter Q&A, though, I paid very close attention.
These types of events are generally of the hit-or-miss variety - sometimes it's a weak effort to highlight, say, the fact that a "conversation" was held about "membership", or some other amorphous, read-anything-into-it-you-want statement.
Not so, however, this time around.
What made this particular interchange so extraordinary was its candidness, and Doug's overall vision of collegiate athletics. Mr. Fullerton laid it all out there - and, in the process, gave a vision of what may be the future of FCS, FBS, Division I - everything.
Monday, June 17, 2013
Today, we highlight No. 81, incoming freshman WR Michael Anderson.
Sunday, June 16, 2013
As of 12:30 PM on this Father's day, the counter passed over to 83 days until Lehigh's home opener versus Central Connecticut State.
We continue our countdown towards the football season with no. 82, senior TE Max Anderson.