Skip to main content

Fifth?

The summer FCS preview magazines are out - and if you're a Lehigh fan, you can't be happy about the number 5. That's where Lehigh is being picked to finish in the Patriot League this year in the Sporting News' College football preview.

They put Fordham at #1, Holy Cross at #2, Colgate at #3, Lafayette at #4, and our proud Engineers at #5. Rounding out the predictions is Bucknell at #6 at Georgetown at #7.

No, really, when was the last time Lehigh was pick to finish fifth in football in the Patriot League? I think I need to go back to 1997...

Other juicy tidbits...

  • One incoming Lehigh player - freshman LB Mike Groome - played in the NJICA North-South All-Star football classic on Monday night at Rutgers stadium and had a fantastic game, including an early interception return for a TD to give his winning North team a 14-0 lead en route to a 31-25 victory. Quote: "I dropped back in coverage but kept my eye on the quarterback," he said. "It was an unbelievable feeling to score because chances like that don't happen often in this kind of game." I like this kid already.
  • Larry O'Rourke, Morning Call reporter, has been diagnosed with ALS and in a couple of weeks is sponsoring a golf event on July 20th at Whitetail Golf Course in Bath, PA to raise money for ALS research. ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease, is an affliction that is close to the Lehigh family ever since football alumnus Brett Snyder '00 was diagnosed with iy years ago, so I wanted to publicize this event and encourage folks to join and participate. (And please also visit Brett's foundations' website.)
  • The Patriot League recently announced an agreement with a sports marketing firm called Nelligan Sports. This firm looks promising in terms of their marketing reach for the conference if you consider some of their other clients: West Virginia, Rutgers, Louisville, Brown, Princeton... and the CAA. Having said that, I think any help to the Patriot League's marketing efforts can only be positive since, quite simply, it needs more of it.
  • Incidentally, back on the subject of the Sporting News College Preview, Princeton is picked to finish seventh in the Ivy League this year. Seventh? That's just crazy talk. If they finish less than sixth I'll write a love letter to the Sporting News - and I fully expect to not have to pay up.
  • Finally, in the "have you seen this?" department, Vai Sikahema and Jose Canseco are boxing for charity? Shouldn't this be fodder for every late-night comic from Jon Stewart to David Letterman? I mean, the jokes write themselves. "Which charitable foundation are they playing for - the one that is looking for Mr. Sikahema's missing sportscasting career, or the one for Jose Canseco's legal defense fund?"

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

How To Get Lehigh Fans To Games, And Keep Them There?

You don't have to have attended more than twenty-five years of Lehigh football games to know it's a completely different world out there for your friendly neighborhood sports fan.

When Lehigh's Murray Goodman Stadium was opened in 1988, there were only about a dozen channels on the small, eighteen inch black and white TV we had in our dorm room.  Only two channels might have had "major college football" games on at the same time a Lehigh football game was being played live over the mountain.  (Notre Dame, the only school who had all their games televised, almost always played their games at 3:30 PM.)

Nowadays there's way more entertainment options on a typical college weekend than ever, and it's very logical to think that the increased amount of competition might not just keep students away from attending football games, but local fans as well.

It's not an issue confined to Lehigh - in 2014, home attendance at all FBS games dropped to their lowest le…

Fifteen Guys Who Might be Lehigh's Next Football Coach (and Five More)

If you've been following my Twitter account, you might have caught some "possibilities" as Lehigh's next head football coach like Lou Holtz, Brett Favre and Bo Pelini.  The chance that any of those three guys actually are offered and accept the Lehigh head coaching position are somewhere between zero and zero.  (The full list of my Twitter "possibilities" are all on this thread on the Lehigh Sports Forum.)

However the actual Lehigh head football coaching search is well underway, with real names and real possibilities.

I've come up with a list of fifteen possible names, some which I've heard whispered as candidates, others which might be good fits at Lehigh for a variety of reasons.

UPDATE: I have found five more names of possible head coaches that I am adding to this list below.

Who are the twenty people?  Here they are, in alphabetical order.

2018 Week 9, Bucknell: Tailgate Report, And How To Catch the Game

At Murray Goodman Stadium this weekend, two Patriot League teams will be looking for their second win and trying to end the 2018 season on a high note. 

Lehigh (1-7, 0-3 PL) takes on Bucknell (1-7, 1-2 PL) this week on "Heroes Day", where all first responders (military, fire, EMT, police) can pick up a game ticket free of charge at the Goodman Stadium Ticket Office.

If you can't make it to the game, you can catch the contest on TV on the Stadium Network via these over-the-air networks or watch the feed of that broadcast online through the Patriot League Network.  Matt Martucci, Ross Tucker and Marisa Pilla are the over-the-air broadcast team.

You can also catch the game on FOX AM 1230 and 1320, with Matt Kerr, Tom Fallon, Matt Markus and Mike Yadush on the call, with the most excellent Lehigh pregame show starting at 11:30 AM.  You can get it through your regular radio, listen to the broadcast streamed through TuneIn, or just simply going to the LVFoxSports.com webpage…