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Dizziness?

No, really. The subject of this blog posting is dizziness. Could it be from the 24-hour stomach flu that caused me to sleep about 17 hours of a 24 hour day yesterday? For sure. Could it be the final push to help get the College Sporting News magazine out the door? Definitely. Could it be the amount of references to "Lehigh Nation" in the latest Alumni Bulletin? Definite maybe. Could it be the amount of brand-new features available in the run-up to September 8th, when Lehigh takes on Villanova? Most definitely. Could it be the new poll I need to make for "Goodman's 20th", and the shirt design out in time for September 8th? And the breakdown of position battles for preseason camp?

Dizziness.

The Alumni Bulletin does seem like the logical place to start. Lest you think I sit around and simply count the references to "Lehigh Nation" in the magazine every month (note: two of which were mentioned in President Alice Gast's "From the President's Desk" - mighty high praise from a Bostonian - but I digress), of special note is the feature called "Finding Emo" which talks about senior FS Ernest Moore and how assistant coach Gerard Wilcher recruited him. It's not available online yet, but I will post a link here when it is - just in case you needed any extra reasons to get excited for the 2007 football season. (And I'll just have to get used to calling Ernest "Emo".)

Of course, while leafing through my copy of the Bulletin I almost missed that John Reese was officially named a Sports Network third-team All-American. Also making TSN's All-American team in the Patriot League were Holy Cross' CB Casey Gough, Fordham's P Benjamin Dato, Colgate RB Jordan Scott and Colgate LB Mike Gallihugh. Lehigh also didn't quite make the TSN Preseason Top 25, though neither did any other Patriot League team. The Patriot League team which had the most votes? Lafayette (90), followed by Lehigh (77).

And did I mention another spring report by Paul Solokowski at the Express-Times about incoming freshman Brad Walter? Talented WR, recruited by UConn of the Big East to possibly play CB - but ultimately wanted to play close to home? And the intriguing comment by coach Coen: "He's a big and strong and physical wide receiver who can run. We have very high expectations for him." Now all Brad needs to do is get over his freakish leg injury...

Finally - and here's some really big news - Lehigh is planning on creating a lot of free content available via podcast on something called iTunes U. Here's how it works: if you have an iTunes account you will be able to download a lot of programs for free on your iPod, PC or Mac - or if you don't, you can still access the content via the Lehigh News Center. And what programs will be available? Interviews with Lehigh Athletic Director Joe Sterrett, head football coach Andy Coen, our new men's basketball coach Brett Reed, and other Lehigh coaches as the season goes on.

Pretty awesome stuff! Even if it does make me dizzy.

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