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    Re: Patriot League 2018 - way way way to early

    Quote Originally Posted by DFW HOYA View Post
    The PL has no plan. There are schools going in four or five different directions without an awareness that some of these teams are in high gear to nowhere.
    Well said. In that initial rush of unbridled enthusiasm of schollies, some may have overscheduled a tad. Schedule up and you'll get better players or get better players and then schedule up. Have no idea which plan is s better choice to build a program. The next few years will be interesting.

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    Re: Patriot League 2018 - way way way to early

    Quote Originally Posted by LehighU11 View Post
    The lone Bucknell fan here may have a better suggestion in town, but your options are actually pretty decent for being in the middle of nowhere.

    If you're looking to stay in a hotel, there are several options just 3 miles north of campus along Rt. 15: Radisson, Best Western, and Hampton Inn. The Country Cupboard has a good bakery, as well as a restaurant/buffet, and is in the middle of all three. There are plenty of other hotels along 15 between Selinsgrove and Lewisburg, as well. I stayed at the Best Western years ago when it was a family-run place. It was simple, but nice and clean, and just a short walk away from the Country Cupboard. There's also a sports bar right next door.
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    Lehigh fans in general not only expect to beat Monmouth, they also have had no respect for Monmouth. I think the first thing that needs to happen is Lehigh needs to first respect and then beat Monmouth. If anything, Monmouth has proven a lot that they deserve our respect.

    If Lehigh were to suddenly stop scheduling Monmouth now, it would be a retreat - saying to the world that we cannot compete with Monmouth, so we won't try. Kind of like how Iowa stopped scheduling UNI - UNI was getting a wee bit too close to winning, so they stopped scheduling them and the Big 10 concocted some story about how FCS games were "uncompetitive", even though Iowa couldn't beat them by more than 10 points. Lehigh shouldn't act cowardly like Iowa and the Big 10.
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    Re: Patriot League 2018 - way way way to early

    Quote Originally Posted by RichH2 View Post
    Well said. In that initial rush of unbridled enthusiasm of schollies, some may have overscheduled a tad. Schedule up and you'll get better players or get better players and then schedule up. Have no idea which plan is s better choice to build a program. The next few years will be interesting.
    Scheduling up and trying to get better really have nothing to do with one another. There's some teams that schedule aggressively and never get better. With 5 OOC games the PL schools obviously have a multitude of options. The one thing that has to be realized is the fact that the PL schools are still not playing teams with an even deck. Do to the lack of redshirts, limited roster sizes and AI you already have a competitive disadvantage that must be circumvented as best as possible. History means jack crap when you're playing a handicapped game. Plus, paying coaches below market value and relying on young assistants to navigate the murky waters of the PL is a recipe for disaster.
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    Re: Patriot League 2018 - way way way to early

    Quote Originally Posted by RichH2 View Post

    Originally Posted by DFW HOYA
    The PL has no plan. There are schools going in four or five different directions without an awareness that some of these teams are in high gear to nowhere.

    Well said. In that initial rush of unbridled enthusiasm of schollies, some may have overscheduled a tad. Schedule up and you'll get better players or get better players and then schedule up. Have no idea which plan is s better choice to build a program. The next few years will be interesting.
    "High gear to nowhere" is a good descriptor for most of the PL right now.

    As far as schedule up vs better players first, there's always the Lehigh approach and not schedule up while not getting better players.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DFW HOYA View Post
    The PL has no plan. There are schools going in four or five different directions without an awareness that some of these teams are in high gear to nowhere.
    You've been on a roll lately! Accurately put!
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    Thanks!
    I 'conned' my wife into an overnight visit there a couple years ago for LU-Bucknell on a hot fall day...stayed in a B&B on the main drag in Lewisburg, could walk to the restaurants/bars the night before, nice small town. Was across street from retro movie theatre. Students were on break. The house was a quaint center hall white colonial, owners super nice, nice grub for breakfast. So, if you gotta take the better half, it wont disappoint. Forget the name though.

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    The PL's Last 10 Playoff losses.

    I was doing some research and this caught my attention. Every single loss has been decided by 10 points or more! Most of these games were complete mismatches and over by half time. Why is it that when the PL team loses they rarely go down swinging?

    2010 Delaware 42 Lehigh 20
    2011 NDSU 24 Lehigh 0
    2012 Wagner 31 Colgate 20
    2013 Towson 48 Fordham 28
    2013 New Hampshire 45 Lafayette 7
    2014 New Hampshire 44 Fordham 19
    2015 Chattanooga 50 Fordham 20
    2015 Sam Houston 48 Colgate 21
    2016 New Hampshire 64 Lehigh 21
    2017 Stony Brook 59 Lehigh 29

    Average Score
    Them 45.5 US 16.4
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    Re: Patriot League 2018 - way way way to early

    Quote Originally Posted by Go Lehigh TU owl View Post
    The PL's Last 10 Playoff losses.

    I was doing some research and this caught my attention. Every single loss has been decided by 10 points or more! Most of these games were complete mismatches and over by half time. Why is it that when the PL team loses they rarely go down swinging?

    2010 Delaware 42 Lehigh 20
    2011 NDSU 24 Lehigh 0
    2012 Wagner 31 Colgate 20
    2013 Towson 48 Fordham 28
    2013 New Hampshire 45 Lafayette 7
    2014 New Hampshire 44 Fordham 19
    2015 Chattanooga 50 Fordham 20
    2015 Sam Houston 48 Colgate 21
    2016 New Hampshire 64 Lehigh 21
    2017 Stony Brook 59 Lehigh 29

    Average Score
    Them 45.5 US 16.4
    You really need to ask????

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    Re: Patriot League 2018 - way way way to early

    I dug a little deeper and found an amazing nugget. During the history of the Patriot League's "playoff era", 1997-present, there have been TWO, 2, Dos playoff losses that were by less than 10 points. That's an amazing stat! That's not to say all these games were blowouts but in the end they weren't 1 possession type battles. The 4 games that I thought were <10 points ('09 Holy Cross-Villanova, '07 Fordham-UMass, '05 Lafayette-App State, '04 Lafayette-Delaware) were actually 10-14 point margins.

    Only Lehigh has single digit playoff losses on their resume. Ironically, both came against the eventual National Champion.
    2004 JMU 14 Lehigh 13
    1998 UMass 27 Lehigh 21

    There's an obvious reason for this.
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