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BREAKING NEWS: Coach Shannon Morrison Leaves to Join Marshall Staff

Breaking News: Defensive coordinator Shannon Morrison has left Lehigh to coach linebackers at his alma mater, Marshall University. This means Lehigh will be starting the 2005 season with their 3rd defensive coordinator in 3 years. Tom Gilmore left after the 2003 season to take Holy Cross' head coaching position, bringing secondary coach Issac Collins (now at Delaware) with him. Lehigh may also be looking for a linebackers' coach, as coach Morrison held that position as well.

How did this happen? Marshall University appears to have cleaned house regarding their coaches pending their entry into Conference USA in football. To that end, they brought in a new head coach, Mark Snyder. Morrison was one of the sought-after names that Snyder wanted to sign to fill out his staff. Given an opportunity to return to the I-A program where he played as an undergraduate, I'm guessing, was too good an opportunity for coach Morrison to pass up.

It will be interesting to see who will fill Mo…

May is ALS Awareness Month

ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Recently, Lehigh football alumnus Brett Snyder '00 was diagnosed with this disease, and I wanted to set up my blog to raise awareness for finding a cure for ALS. As May is ALS Awareness month, I thought, what better time?

Clicking the banner on top of my blog will take you to http://www.alsa.org, the ALS Association website, where you can contribute to finding a cure, or just learn more about the progress against ALS as a disease.

Through the ALSA webpage there are specialty events for fundraising and lots of other information. If you'd like to know more I'd encourage you to click the banner above and go there.

If you'd like to contribute directly to Brett, I beleive it is still possible to send money directly through the Lehigh athletic department. Be sure to make the checks out to "Brett Snyder" and mail them to:

Lehigh Foo…
Senior RB Eric Rath at Spring Practice 
Junior WR Grant Hartman at Spring Practice 
Lefty QB Kevin Marshall at Spring Practice 
Mark Borda at Spring Practice 

New Spring Practice Photos!

These are photos, courtesy of Blake Neiman of the the Brown & White, of spring practice. (Thanks colgate13, for spurring me on to get photo upload set up! Can't have the new upstart Colgate blog look better than mine, you know... :) )

White 23, Brown 9

The long-awaited update of Lehigh's spring game is finally here - in-between my blog "makeover" and the whirlwind of activity surrounding the NFL draft.

Last Saturday, Lehigh's offense beat Lehigh's defense 23-9 in the annual Brown/White game. It wasn't exactly easy to find the boxscore of the game, and it will probably be disappearing from the Express-Times archives soon, so courtesy of the Express-Times, here is the boxscore of the game:
Brown 2 5 1 1--9
White 6 4 6 7--23 First quarter
B -- Defensive stop without first down (2 points)
W -- FG Justin Musiek 23
W -- FG Musiek 26 Second quarter
W -- Offensive first down (1 point)
B -- Eric Rath tackled in end zone by Micah Greene, safety (2 points)
B -- Defensive stop (1 point)
W -- FG Musiek 39
B -- Defensive stop without first down (2 points) Third quarter
W -- FG Tom Viscuso 19
W -- FG Musiek 36
B -- Defensive stop (1 point) Fourth quarter
B -- Defensive stop (1 point)
W -- Bilal Morris 21 pass from Sedale Threatt (Mu…

Whirlwind Day for Bergen; Signs with Cardinals as FA

A harrowing day for Adam Bergen. After going through the entire draft without getting picked, on I-AA.org it has been reported that Adam Bergen has signed with the Arizona Cardinals. After a draft day which was oddly light in the number of I-AA players picked, Bergen's falling through the draft came as a surprise to quite a few draft-day analysts. Many had him as a top-10 TE.

(UPDATED with new Arizona TE information and links to Morning Call, Express-Times articles.)

I can only imagine what it was like for the Bergen family at home. According to this Morning Call article, Adam planned to watch the draft with his family and close friends "like he does every year". I can safely say there were a lot of folks, I-AA fans and Lehigh fans, that were also watching the draft pulling for him from their corners of the world as well.

The Cardinals, a team that apparently has had one of the best drafts in 2005, still had TE listed as a "need area" after their great draft. T…