Skip to main content

Just Reporting the Rumors

All of Lehigh Nation is anxiously awaiting the announcement of coach Coen's staff, and trying to divine the tea leaves from the various announcements, the press conference, and (of course) what Marty overheard Joe tell Frank at the basketball or wrestling games. Everyone wants to know: Who's staying? Who's going? Are there players who have left the program, or maybe staying another year? Is OL coach John Powers (pictured here) staying or going?

It's an odd place for Lehigh Nation to be right now. Normally we're counting the days until spring football or eagerly going to to find out when the Class of 2010 will be announced. Instead, we're trawling every corner of the web trying to figure out who's in and who's out.

After an exhaustive search, I've identified three serious issues that fans are looking at.

1) OL line coach John Powers: staying or going? I've heard reports that he's already been out the door, with coach Coen taking over the OL coaching duties -- a rumor that may have come from the fact that coach Coen was both offensive coordinator and OL coach at Penn. I can't say that this is true or not, but I do know that coach Powers is still on the Lehigh campus, making this statement a RUMOR, most likely.

2) WR Andre Hall and DE Mike Murawnski, gone? On the official Lehigh roster, both Hall and Murawnski's names disappeared from the roster, and folks have been wondering if they have really left, or is it a typo. The answer is that it is FACT that both have left the team. Hall was a big WR who likely saw a huge logjam for playing time on the depth chart this year, but Murawnski to me looked like a promising DE who could have pushed to be a starter in 2006. Having said that, it's not uncommon to see some folks drop off the roster year to year, especially in areas where we've been loaded in 2005 (like DE and WR).

3) Can/Will Eric Rath return in 2006? With senior RB Eric Rath having such a great 2005, fans are wondering if he has a year of eligibility left, and will be play another year for the Mountain Hawks. This comes up since during Eric's sophomore year, he took a year off from football. It is a FACT that he could possibly play in 2006, though it would require a petition of the Patriot League and the NCAA in order to play his final year of eligibility. However, ss much as we'd like to think that everyone's decisions on their education comes solely from a football perspective, the truth is that there are many many more issues to deal with that just football when it comes to spending another year at school. Therefore it is only RUMOR that he is actually coming back - there is no indication one way or another that Eric wants to come back in 2006.

4. Central Catholic's Donnie Roberts' heading back to Lehigh coaching staff. Coach Coen talked highly of coach Roberts who is a good friend of his, in this January 5th article from Keith Groller. It's still a RUMOR at this point of him coming back to the Mountain Hawks, but an intriguing possibility if it's true. You also have to wonder if some of the other local coaches in the article - Quakertown's John Donnelly or Emmaus' Jon Bottiglieri - might also find themselves as possibilities on Coen's new coaching staff.

Keep checking in here for all the latest.


Number One Lehigh Fan said…
For what it's worth, Eric Rath told me personally that he was not returning. I HOPE HE CHANGES HIS MIND.
Anonymous said…
I assure you that Powers IS gone... no question, he is gone. Nice picture however!
Ngineer said… has new article on two new assistants just hired by Coen. Don Roberts, HC at Allentown Central Catholic, who was at Lehigh under Higgins with Coen from 1994-99; and Brett Sawyer, offensive asst. from Penn. Muhlenberg College grad in 1998.

Popular posts from this blog

Nick Shafnisky Is Pushing Hard to Get To Play at the Next Level in Football

"Don't take anything for granted, just keep pushing."
Those are the words of QB Nick Shafnisky, told to The Whitehall-Coplay Press all the way back in 2013, about his preparation as a high school athlete.
And they seem to summarize the Whitehall, PA native perfectly, then as now.
Dubbed the "Male Athlete of the Year" by that publication, the article goes on about Shaf's many exploits at Whitehall high school - leading the Zephyr football team to a co-Lehigh Valley Conference title, becoming the first player ever in that conference to rush and pass for over 1,000 yards, and earning the league's co-MVP award as well.
He also was a member of the Zephyrs playoff basketball team, and for good measure also helped set a record for the 4x100 relay team as well.
At Whitehall, and at Lehigh, coaches pushed him, but it was his own hard work that helped make him the best athlete he could be.
This weekend, Shaf, like every eligible college football player, will be …

#TheRivalry Flashback: November 21st, 1987: Lehigh 17, Lafayette 10

Since becoming an undergrad at Lehigh back in the late 1980s, I first heard about the historic nature of the football team and "The Rivalry" through the stories that fellow students would share.

I did not attend the final meeting between Lehigh and Lafayette at Taylor Stadium, which was the final time a football game would be played there.

Those that did attend said that was that it was cold.

"I remember it being one of the coldest games ever," Mark Redmann recollected, "with strong Northwesterly winds and the temperature hovering around 20.  By the end of the game, the stands were half empty because most of the fans just couldn't take the cold.

"Fortunately, several of my fraternity brothers snuck in flasks to help fend off the chill."

Dominick Bragalone Goes Into Monster Mode As Lehigh Is One Win Away From Title

It has been a most unusual season for Lehigh.

Starting the year off at 0-5 and getting swept in their out-of-conference schedule, the Mountain Hawks were in danger of having their season go off the rails.

But two things have come together over the last five football games that have put Lehigh on the brink of back-to-back championships.

The first is the late blooming of the Lehigh defense, which kept battling every week since the low point of the September 30th loss to Wagner to do the job in four of their five Patriot League conference games. 

The second is the development of junior RB Dominick Bragalone into a bellcow running back, a back who has to be in the conversation for Patriot League offensive player of the year.

In five Patriot League games, Bragalone has run for 863 yards in 5 games, rushing for 11 touchdowns and adding two more receiving touchdowns as well. 

The South Williamsport, PA native certainly wasn't unknown before this week - after all, as a freshman and a sop…