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As Men's Basketball Ends, Another Door Opens

As the season of the men's basketball team ended with a thud in a 64-61 overtime loss - again - to Army, an announcement from a mid-major basketball powerhouse concerning my favorite sport at Lehigh - football.

Drake announced today that they will be traveling to Murray Goodman Stadium to be our home opener this year. Drake, out of the non-scholarship Pioneer Football League, last year became the first-ever Division I non-scholarship team to beat a fully funded FCS scholarship team when they beat Illinois State 27-24 in their season opener last year.

"We are excited about going to Bethlehem, Pa. to play one of the great Division FCS programs in this country," said first-year Drake coach Chris Creighton. "We are also happy to announce that Lehigh will be coming here to Des Moines in 2010."

Teams from the PFL have made great strides recently, with Dayton ruining the homecoming of last year's Patriot League Champion Fordham 31-24 , so it should be more of a challenge that it might appear to some. Don't be fooled by the moniker "non-scholarship". That means a lot less than it used to.

Looks like a good game to kick things off this year, and finally Lehigh will be able to announce their 11 game schedule for 2008 - hopefully soon.

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