Saturday, July 27, 2013

41 Days Until CCSU - No. 41, Mackenzie Crawford


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As of 12:30 PM today, the counter passed over to 41 days until Lehigh's home opener versus Central Connecticut State.
As such, we continue our day countdown towards the football season.

Today, we highlight No. 41, incoming freshman FB Mackenzie (Kenny) Crawford.

Friday, July 26, 2013

42 Days Until CCSU - No. 42, John Mahoney

Preseason training camp is just around the corner for Lehigh, and it's a mere 42 days until the Mountain Hawks' season opener vs. Central Connecticut State.

At no. 42, we find senior LB John Mahoney as our highlighted Lehigh football athlete in today's countdown.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

43 Days Until CCSU - No. 43, Austin Devine

Two blog posts in a day?  Awesome.  Miss the countdown to the start of the 2013 season?  No way.

At no. 43, we find sophomore P/K Austin Devine as our highlighted Lehigh football athlete in today's countdown.

Patriot League In "Division 4"?

The talk around collegiate athletics is "Division 4", after "Big 5" commissioners Mike Silve, John Swofford and Bob Bowlsby floated the idea of a new subdivision over the past few weeks.

Normally the talk of the big conferences breaking off from the rest of FBS would elicit so much yawning from the likes of Patriot League schools.

Unless, of course, you're on the table for Division 4 membership.

No, this isn't a typo, or a crazy theory.  Sportswriters are contemplating what Division 4 might look like, and the Patriot League is being contemplated as a possible league to be a part of that subdivision.

Bill And Mary And Their Flirtation With The Patriot League

(Photo Credit: Lehigh Valley Live)

Over the years, the schools of the Patriot League have had a reputation as being slow, contemplative, and not exactly proactive when it comes to matters of expansion or conference movements.

A recent blog post from an odd source, however, shows how untrue this reputation is, at least in regards to the swirling winds around collegiate realignment the past few years.

From the Shades of 48 blog, comes detailed freedom-of-information act information from William and Mary that exposes quite a bit about the process that goes on when a school and a conference are mulling over a potential move.

It also shows how seriously William and Mary thought about leaving the CAA and joining the Patriot League.  In all sports.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

44 Days Until CCSU - No. 44, Tyler Coyle

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Work?  Yes, Virginia, and plenty of it.  Does that stop the countdown to the beginning of Lehigh football season?  Hell, no.  Only 44 days away.

At no. 44, we find junior TE Tyler Coyle as our highlighted Lehigh football athlete in today's countdown.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

45 Days Until CCSU - No. 45, Cody Raup

Here at LFN we continue our march towards the start of the Lehigh football season, which is - incredibly- only 45 short days away.

At no. 45, we find senior LB Cody Raup as our highlighted Lehigh football athlete in today's countdown.

Monday, July 22, 2013

46 Days Until CCSU - No. 46, Kyle Lechner

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The Royal Baby was born today, but here at LFN, we're waiting 46 days for the real excitement, the Lehigh football season, to come.

And today, we celebrate someone who changed jersey numbers from No. 61.

At no. 46, we find senior LS Kyle Lechner as our highlighted Lehigh football athlete in today's countdown.

Know Your 2013 Opponents: Monmouth

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In a way, you really have to feel for the football players of the Monmouth football program.

A year ago today, Monmouth was preparing for a season where the Hawks were going to be in competition for the NEC title.

A challenging schedule beckoned, with a trip to nationally-ranked Lehigh and Rhode Island of the CAA heading to Kessler field, but there was a battle with teams like Albany, and nearby rival Wagner, for the NEC championship and an autobid to the FCS playoffs.

But many had no way of knowing that Realignmentaggeddon would hit the Hawks, having them leave their longtime home, the NEC, and in the process find the Hawks scrambling for a new conference home.

It might have even come about thanks to the Patriot League.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

47 Days Until CCSU - No. 47, Cody Kondas

Here at LFN we continue our march towards the start of the Lehigh football season, which is only 47 short days away.

At no. 47, we find sophomore LB Cody Kondas as our highlighted Lehigh football athlete in today's countdown.

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