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27 Days Until CCSU - No. 27, Laquan Lambert

(Photo Credit: Brown and White via Lehigh Valley Live ) It's 27 days until the start of the 2013 season.  Can you believe the start of classes at Lehigh is right around the corner? At no. 27, we find  sophomore DB Laquan Lambert  as our highlighted Lehigh football athlete in today's countdown.

28 Days Until CCSU - No. 28, Olivier Rigaud

(Photo Credit: Stephen Flood / The Express-Times ) We're to 28 days, as Lehigh's first preseason spring practice got started last night. At no. 28, we find  sophomore CB Olivier Rigaud  as our highlighted Lehigh football athlete in today's countdown.

Know Your 2013 Opponents: New Hampshire

In the run-up to the game versus New Hampshire, you can bet New Hampshire head coach Sean McDonnell and Lehigh head coach Andy Coen will want to talk about lots of things. The Wildcats lead off the year against an FBS squad, Central Michigan, and the defending Patriot League champions, Colgate.  They're both very winnable games, and they'll hope to be 2-0 going into Bethlehem off of a bye week and a tough first two games. Lehigh will have come off opening games against Central Connecticut State, Monmouth and Princeton, and hope to have solidified all the questions going into training camp - and, hopefully, justified their ranking at No. 17 in the preseason coaches' poll. You can bet, though, what New Hampshire and Lehigh won't want to talk at all about the Wildcats's last visit to Murray Goodman Stadium. That's because they'd then have to talk about "the Divot".

29 Days Until CCSU - No. 29, Isaiah Campbell

(Photo Credit: Lehigh Valley Live) It's here!  The first practice of the season is here!  And along with that, we continue our countdown to the new Lehigh football season! At no. 29, we find  junior LB Isaiah Campbell  as our highlighted Lehigh football athlete in today's countdown.

30 Days Until CCSU - No. 30, Cody Haupt

(Photo Credit: Image By Hugo ) Preseason training camp is here. Officially.  As of today, members of the 2013 Lehigh football squad reported today for their weigh-in. One of those players was  senior RB Cody Haupt , who is our highlighted Lehigh football athlete in today's countdown.

The Showdown Regarding Division I Governance

The so-called "Big 5" conferences of collegiate athletics don't want things to remain the way they've been. "Relative to the legislative process, we are very much at a point now where we can't get anything that's transformative through the system," Big XII commissioner Bob Bowlsby said earlier this month , helping kick off football media day season with fireworks. "I think that's particularly felt by seven or eight conferences and the five major conferences in particular. It is just very difficult to do anything that would benefit our student athletes or our institutions that doesn't get voted down by the larger majority." What's the real story behind the NCAA legislative process - what's the showdown really all about?  And why is this important?

31 Days Until CCSU - No. 31, Colton Caslow

Today, Lehigh unveiled their new athletics website .  Today, though, at LFN, we unveil our latest Lehigh football athlete during our countdown to CCSU. At no. 32, we honor incoming  freshman LB Colton Caslow .

Patriot League Media Day: Andy Coen Can Finally Take A Deep Breath

(Photo Credit: Lehigh Athletics) Despite the meetings with the other coaches beforehand, despite the bustling schedule of Media Day, where coaches are shunted around for two straight hours, fielding video spots, and reporter after reporter with digital recorders in hand, by the time I got to Lehigh head coach Andy Coen , any stress from the commotion was not evident anywhere when I talked to him. Perhaps part of that came due to his incredible success over the past three seasons. With a 31-6 record in the past three years, two Patriot League Championships, playoff wins against the CAA and Missouri Valley champs, and last year's 10-1 record, his three last years at Lehigh can be stacked up against anyone's in the country. North Dakota State's Craig Bohl , who downed Lehigh on their way to their first FCS National Championship in 2010, went 37-7 over that time period.  The coach of the team they beat twice for the national championship, Sam Houston State's Willi

32 Days Until CCSU - No. 32, Evan Harvey

Tomorrow, Lehigh football players will report for camp, and on Wednesday, they will start with their first preseason practice of the season, 32 days away until it starts vs. Central Connecticut State. At no. 32, we honor incoming  freshman LB Evan Harvey  as our highlighted Lehigh football athlete.

33 Days Until CCSU: No. 33, Dan Brown

(Photo Credit: We are still officially under a week from preseason training camp, and the clock has ticked to 33 days left until the Mountain Hawks' season opener vs. Central Connecticut State. At N o. 35, we look at sophomore RB/KR Dan Brown as our highlighted Lehigh football athlete today.