Perhaps it was the Bourger Field House needing an event to host in February when the men's wrestling team was out of town, or that field hockey practice was finishing up - the shindigs that Bourger fielded back in those days were great.
All that steak, not overcooked, was barbecued outside, filling the Eastonian air with charred meats usually only present during Lafayette/Lehigh week. Many students would come up - giving up their vegan diets, maybe just this one time - to eat beautiful steak sandwiches, and to sip delicious Coke under huge cardboard cutouts of their beloved head coach.
Today, Lafayette has a new head football coach, and so far there's no Coke billboards with head coach John Garrett on them. And there was no smell of steak as the Committee got the folder filled with the printouts of Lafayette's Patsy Ratings class.
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You'd have given the Eastonians a pass if they had a ho-hum recruiting class, based on the circumstances, but what happened instead was that the Lafayette coaching staff amassed the largest "quality point" haul of any class in the Patsy Ratings this year. Under normal circumstances that would be great for the Leopards - in the context of this particular offseason, it's downright remarkable.
The Committee didn't really have so much as a "bad" thing to say about the Leopards recruiting class insofar that it was difficult to figure out what their "needs" were because, frankly, their needs were many after a tough couple of seasons. While the Spotted Ones did meet their first two "need areas" extremely well, their third "need area", surprisingly, wasn't - which will be explained later.
PATSY POINT CALCULATION
QUALITY = 39. As mentioned, the Leopards "quality point" total was the highest of any Patriot League teams' recruiting class this season. 11 out of 20 recruits at least had a page on the recruiting sites, and five of them had star ratings.
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OL = 4 (of 4). Perhaps next on the "meeting of need" prototypical examples might be Lafayette's meeting of needs in the are of offensive line in 2017. 5 recruits (critical for replenishing depth), 4 recognized by the recruiting sites, and one of them a two star recruit - and all of them tipping the scales over the "Jumbo" point threshold. Another slam dunk, needs-wise....
DL = 0 (of 3). ...which leads us to the disappointment of the third need area. In the area of the Patsies, transfers are not included in the assessment, so the official look at the class sees two recruits, neither recognized by the recruiting services - essentially, "need not met". However, this ignores the presence of a hefty defensive line from Syracuse - but the Patsy Ratings have never considered transfer students who have matriculated at other two-year or four-year schools, so he doesn't count. The transfer may come in and start, and be all-Patriot League, but for the purpose of the Patsies, he doesn't exist.
While this season's Lafayette class wasn't as unbalanced as that Hoya class long ago, it does have the same problem: you can only start one quarterback, not four. It's a textbook case for a slight downward adjustment, and the Committee decided on a slight negative adjustment to reflect that.
COMMITTEE ADJUSTMENT: -3
LAFAYETTE - 68