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In the End, Fordham Is a Patriot League Brother

In a weird sort of way, it's like a Twilight Zone episode for followers of the Patriot League.

Fordham has laid down the gauntlet, threatening to leave the Patriot League in football and become an FCS independent starting with the 2010 season - or not. There's a fierce internal debate on the matter - or there isn't. The Patriot League athletic directors are planning to say "bye" to Fordham - or not. There's a decisive up-or-down vote on the matter tomorrow - or there isn't.

Welcome to the world of Patriot League football - where the discussions are behind closed doors and the fans that live and die by the crumbs of information thrown on the internet message boards are busy tearing each other apart.

It's incredibly odd. It seems like something out of the Marx Brother's classic movie Horse Feathers.

Why? Because aside from one secondhand comment by Fordham's head football coach and one specific comment from the Patriot League offices, there'…

Proud of the Lady Hawks: Lehigh 49, Auburn 85

(Photo courtesy of Kevin Mingora of the Allentown Morning Call)

When I went to Storrs, Connecticut in 1997 to watch a Lehigh team go up against women's basketball royalty, I saw a 70-point blowout win that was not in doubt at any moment - and, to top it off, some UConn fan backed into my car and took out one of my headlights, making it a very dark drive home from Gampel Pavillion.

While the scoreboard in this one also didn't give the Lady Hawks their first NCAA tournament victory this Saturday, rest assured that this team was very, very different than that hopelessly overmatched one in 1997.

Michael Blouse of the Easton Express-Times said that the difference between Lehigh and Auburn was size, strength and speed, and also saw the Lehigh women's basketball team heap praise Auburn G DeWanna Bonner, calling her "by far the best player they've seen this year." Reading those articles and the Auburn reaction, you'd think that this was over after the opening tip.