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BREAKING: Coach Coen Will Return in 2009

As reported from the blog of Keith Groller of the Morning Call:

I talked to a bunch of people at today's Lehigh football luncheon and learned a lot of things.

But the most important thing to be learned was when I headed for the door at the Cooperhead Grille and Mike Stagnitta, Lehigh's football contact for the school's sports media relations office, stopped me on the side and assured me that Andy Coen would be back as head coach in 2009.

Mike was speaking on behalf of the athletic department, I am sure. Mike doesn't make those decisions, nor does he speak out of turn. He was told what to say after I speculated about Andy's future in a story earlier this week.

As I mentioned elsewhere, one huge subplot from Saturday's game has been taken away. Coach Coen, according to the highest levels of the Lehigh athletic department, assured Keith that Coen will be back in 2009.

My take? I'm happy that coach Coen - barring a complete disaster this weekend - will be around next year to reap the fruits of a team that completely has his stamp on it.

But that should not diminish from the importance of this game this weekend.

Beating Lafayette would not only be the perfect sendoff for this senior class. It would give Lehigh a two-game winning streak into the long offseason. It would definitely give Lehigh some votes in the season-ending Sports Network Top 25 poll. And while it's an old chestnut, Lehigh would have serious positive momentum going into next year's spring practice and beyond.

Coach Coen for sure won't want to go into the Spring wondering how to beat Lafayette for the first time.


Anonymous said…
Thanks for the early heads-up. I know not to renew my season tickets next year.
Anonymous said…
This is only delaying the inevitable, and the timing before the Easton game is troublesome. If we lose, all hell will break loose on that decision.

Oh well, we may as well get used to things like 4659 for next year. A darn shame because Coach has LU in his blood and has a passion for the game.
Anonymous said…
Oh and Chuck, I'll bet you a microbrew of your choosing if LU gets any votes for a win this weekend.
Anonymous said…
Coach Coen is a great coach. If you give him the time and shut your pie holes he will prove himself. Glad you are cancelling your season tickets NO FAN! Haha!
Engineer 92 said…
Where are you seats? I hope they are better than mine, so when you don't renew, I'll be able to move up a few rows!

Fair weather fans s**k almost as much as Laf-at-it.

Anonymous said…
A one year deal? Only coach I know to win a overtime coin toss and choose to go on O first(Yale 2006).
Also was surprised by Colgate going for 2 with a 1 point lead late in this year's game and wasted a timeout. The kids may like him but he has a lot to learn with the game day stuff.
Anonymous said…
wow dumb and dumbest, what the hell are you talking about? Your post makes no sense at all. Please enlighten me. Only coach you know that tries to score first? Hmm I know a few.....hundred. Also your surprise at Colgate going for two late in the game with a one point lead? Hmmm lets see they take the kick they lead by two. They make the two they lead by three. What did I miss? You of all people should not criticize the coach
Anonymous said…
Engineer 92, you probably couldn't afford my seats. I actually forked out the extra few bucks for the seatbacks. If your manager at Mickey Dees promotes you up from the fry station maybe you could swing that extra $5 for seats with the grown-ups. Sounds like a real fan like you hasn't attended a Lehigh game this year because there's a $hitload of vacant 50 yard line seats at every game.
Engineer 92 said…
Now Anonymous, you show your true caliber with a post like that. Lack of class. Glad we won't have to hear from someone like you at games next year.


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