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Archive For July 31, 2013

Know Your 2013 Opponents: Princeton

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Know Your 2013 Opponents: Princeton

Last season, as he does for the Sports Network every year, Craig Haley gave his predictions for the Ivy League.

Haley, who used to work for Princeton, made a bold prediction: that the Tigers would climb out of the Ivy League cellar after a 1-9 season, saying, for good measure, that  “it seems time for the Tigers program to win more often. At least that’s what everybody thinks.”

Like some people, I chuckled to myself.  Princeton?  Out of the cellar?  Really?  (Jake Novak, of the Roar Lions blog, noted about his prediction: “Actually, NO ONE thinks that. Princeton is picked last in every other poll.”)

As it turns out, Haley’s prediction came out looking pretty good, making me very glad that I didn’t put my own reservations about Princeton’s chances in writing.  (Or put Haley’s face with the caption, “What’s he smoking?” underneath it, like Roar Lions did.)

The Tigers confounded their last-place expectations and instead finished with an extremely satisfying 5-5 record, showing, for the first time, glimmers of hope that the Prince Town Tigers will finally be back in competition for the Ivy League title in 2013.
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38 Days Until CCSU – No. 38, Noah Robb

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38 Days Until CCSU – No. 38, Noah Robb

(Photo Credit: Keith Groller/The Morning Call)

Here at LFN we continue our march towards the start of the Lehigh football season, which is only 38 days away. 38 days!

At no. 38, we find another player from the local area, sophomore LB Noah Robb as our highlighted Lehigh football athlete in today’s countdown.

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League Unveils Free Streaming Sports For All: The Patriot League Network

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League Unveils Free Streaming Sports For All: The Patriot League Network

It was hard to know what to think when the following announcement came up on the Patriot League Twitter account:

Major announcement coming from the @PatriotLeague this afternoon….very exciting development for 2013-14 and beyond!
— Patriot League (@PatriotLeague) July 29, 2013

Out of the blue, there it was.  What could it be?  More (gasp) expansion news?  The pro-bono hiring of Jon Gruden as Frank Tavani‘s assistant defenisive coach at Lafayette?  Free sno-cones at football’s Patriot League Media Day, scheduled for this Wednesday?

It wasn’t any of these three possibilities, but it was something even better.

Now, any Patriot League fans with a decently-fast laptop, tablet or phone will now be able to stream a large number of games over the internet.

For free.
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39 Days Until CCSU – No. 39, Pierce Ripanti

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39 Days Until CCSU – No. 39, Pierce Ripanti

(Photo Credit: Kyle Grantham/The Delaware News-Journal via USA Today High School)

Preseason training camp is just around the corner for Lehigh, and it’s a mere 39 days until the Mountain Hawks’ season opener vs. Central Connecticut State.

At no. 39, we will honor instead incoming freshman LB Pierce Ripanti as our highlighted Lehigh football athlete today.

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40 Days Until CCSU – No. 92, Jimmy Mitchell

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40 Days Until CCSU – No. 92, Jimmy Mitchell

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Preseason training camp is just around the corner for Lehigh, and it’s a mere 40 days until the Mountain Hawks’ season opener vs. Central Connecticut State.

When we started out, sophomore LB Matt Laub, using last year’s numbers, was at No. 92 in the countdown.  Since then, he was reassigned No. 40, and No. 92 was reassigned to an incoming freshman.  (You can see Matthew Laub’s position in the countdown here.)

So at no. 40, we will honor instead incoming freshman DL Jimmy Mitchell as our highlighted Lehigh football athlete today.

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1 on 1 With Holden Greiner

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1 on 1 With Holden Greiner

Lehigh Hoops Nation recently had the pleasure of sitting down with a very busy Holden Greiner to catch up on what he has been up to since the conclusion of his playing days at Lehigh in March. As you’ll see from this interview, Holden has been very busy and recently had a long time dream…

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41 Days Until CCSU – No. 41, Mackenzie Crawford

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41 Days Until CCSU – No. 41, Mackenzie Crawford


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As of 12:30 PM today, the counter passed over to 41 days until Lehigh’s home opener versus Central Connecticut State.
As such, we continue our day countdown towards the football season.

Today, we highlight No. 41, incoming freshman FB Mackenzie (Kenny) Crawford.
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42 Days Until CCSU – No. 42, John Mahoney

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42 Days Until CCSU – No. 42, John Mahoney

Preseason training camp is just around the corner for Lehigh, and it’s a mere 42 days until the Mountain Hawks’ season opener vs. Central Connecticut State.

At no. 42, we find senior LB John Mahoney as our highlighted Lehigh football athlete in today’s countdown.

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43 Days Until CCSU – No. 43, Austin Devine

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43 Days Until CCSU – No. 43, Austin Devine

Two blog posts in a day?  Awesome.  Miss the countdown to the start of the 2013 season?  No way.

At no. 43, we find sophomore P/K Austin Devine as our highlighted Lehigh football athlete in today’s countdown.

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Patriot League In "Division 4"?

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Patriot League In "Division 4"?

The talk around collegiate athletics is “Division 4”, after “Big 5” commissioners Mike Silve, John Swofford and Bob Bowlsby floated the idea of a new subdivision over the past few weeks.

Normally the talk of the big conferences breaking off from the rest of FBS would elicit so much yawning from the likes of Patriot League schools.

Unless, of course, you’re on the table for Division 4 membership.

No, this isn’t a typo, or a crazy theory.  Sportswriters are contemplating what Division 4 might look like, and the Patriot League is being contemplated as a possible league to be a part of that subdivision.
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