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Weekend Hoops: Does It Get Any Closer?

Once again, Lehigh will be treated to a doubleheader against "that school in Easton" which should prove to be huge tests for the upcoming Patriot League tournament starting in less that two weeks.

The Lady Hawks (16-10, 8-3) are in a three-way tie for first place and host the sixth-place Leopards (13-13, 5-6) in a 7pm clash at Stabler. How are the Lady Hawks doing it? With balanced scoring from the talented underclass duo of freshman G Erica Prosser (9.2 PPG) and sophomore G Alex Ross (10.9 PPG), defense (holding hapless Colgate to 39 points in a 51-39 drubbing on Wednesday), a deep bench and a balanced team. A win over the hated Leopards will be crucial going into the end of the year, as sleeper Bucknell and perennial power Holy Cross loom in the upcoming week.

The men (12-13, 5-6) face a must-win at Lafayette (14-12, 5-6) at 2PM tomorrow. Forget "The Rivalry" a second - the Hawks have lost four of their last five, are stuck at sixth place in the Patriot League,…

Press Roundup Of Incoming Class

The results are in from the media, and overall it looks like both Keith Groller of The Morning Call and Paul Solokowski of The Express-Times gave glowing reviews.

The player of the class? The consensus from these two seems to by incoming QB Chris Lum:

Coach Andy Coen was pleased with the entire list of 27 newcomers, but the name that probably attracted the most interest is quarterback Chris Lum, a 6-2, 190-pound Pontiac, Mich., product who was named all-state and passed for more than 3,000 yards in an injury-shortened career at Lake Orion High.

"He's a good player," Coen said. "He was very highly touted as a junior. Then he broke his forearm on his non-throwing arm before last season and some people backed off. But I was very impressed with him on film and he's a nice young man and we're excited to have him. He's a dropback passer, but athletic."

Coen looks forward to spirited competition for his next starting signal caller.

"The whole quarterback …

Lehigh Announces Class Of 2012

Lehigh announced today their incoming class of 2012 in football - a class which appears to reflect interesting new trends and even some new directions in football recruiting strategy. In my mind, the class that coach Coen has recruited to South Mountain is another outstanding class.

The first observation about the incoming class doesn't come from me but from the incredible RichH on the Lehigh boards. He noticed that there was only one recruit under 6 feet - that's pretty incredible. I can't remember any incoming class that had that much height - in comparison, the class of 2011 had eight players under 6 feet.

Interestingly, Lehigh nabbed four wide receivers over 6 feet in Jake Drwal, DeVaughn Gordon, Jimmy Jefferson and Preston Soeprasetyo. I think these four might be competing for receiver spots in the summer. They also got three 6 foot defensive backs (Kenyatta Drake, Jonathan Littlejohn, Colin Newton) and one 5'11 speedster (Isadore Carrie). It was encouraging t…

The Ivy "Arms Race" And What It Could Mean

Right now, the Ivy League is grappling with what it wants to be in the world of football. Three articles written this past week illustrate the issues they are facing: two detailing the "aid race" concerning new Ivy League admissions policies, and the other detailing one person's view on intercollegiate sports and the Ivy League's role in it.

As a Patriot League fan, I feel it's always important to see what the Ivies are doing since (for better or worse) the Patriot League seems to follow the lead of the Ivy League in terms of policies such as the Academic Index. With the Patriot League mulling a change to their AI to make it more similar to the Ivy League's flavor of AI calculations, it's worth seeing the debate happening amongst the Ivy League sports writers.

Start with these excellent articles by the Daily Pennsylvanian concerning "The Great Divide" and the Columbia Spectator on "Financial Aid Issues May Influence Ivy League":

Since its…