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Exclusive Spring Football Update

The landscape for spring football was quiet... too quiet. So I decided to get an update on the goings-on this spring. Here's what I found out, directly from coach Coen.

LFN: Everyone wants to know how the QB position is shaping up. Is there any separation happening between the candidates?

Coach: It's been fairly competitive. We have only had a few nice weather days so it really hasn't been ideal conditions for QB's, but we are moving in the right direction. I believe all three are better then they were in the fall.

LFN: How is the "O" line shaping up?

Coach: The group is doing OK. This is a spot were we have had a few dings. I think we are learning, but we need to get better the last 5 practices.

LFN: How's the DB situation?

Coach: I have been pleased by this group. Corners are doing a nice job (John Kennedy, Jarard Cribbs, Femi Ajewole). Our safeties also (Quadir Carter, Brendan VanAckeren, Steve Santora, and Jesse Sanchez), a very solid group. John Ven…

Around The Horn, Spring Practice Style

It's funny. My family and I are moving in less than a week. Stuff still needs to be packed. Arrangements made. Closings to attend. You'd think that nagging voice inside my head would be reminding me about all the stuff we need to do to move.

Instead, the nagging voice says, "Gee, Chuck, you haven't posted anything about spring football in regards to the rest of the Patriot League!"

Yeah, that's me. One crazy fan.

Every Patriot League school has opened spring practice to ready themselves for the 2008 season. I've already done a pretty good job covering Lehigh - now it's time to cover the highlights around the League as well.

What's pretty clear after looking around the league: Lehigh is going to not have an easy time getting back to winning championships. The competition next year is going to be fierce.

Without any further ado...

You really, really hate to read this right from the spring report of Fordham, last years' league champion. "…

Has a Harvard AD Ever Done This?

One football alumnus goes to show that Lehigh alumni aren't just big names on Wall Street (Lee Iaccoca '45) and on the movie screen (Donny Most '72, whose acting career includes one of my 3AM pre-Greeker run favorites: Stewardess School). Joe Alleva ('75) is now commanding one of the most powerful college athletics programs in the world.

This weekend, Joe was anointed the Tiger's next athletics director by the LSU system president Dr. John Lombardi.

Joe had worked for Duke since getting his double degree from Lehigh in 1975 and his MBA in 1976.

“Joe Alleva brings a wealth of experience and accomplishment to LSU,” Lombardi said. “I’m confident we’ve found a new leader for LSU athletics who exemplifies the vision and integrity needed to lead our sports programs to new heights, a champion of student athletes who believes in the highest standards of competition both on the field and in the classroom.”

Best of all, he's a through-and-through football guy:

“It’s interest…