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When you Google “Yale Football”, you get to Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniaki.
The reason for that is the golf superstar and the rising women’s tennis star showed up at at Yale a few years ago. Apparently Yale’s football team had been making a habit of showing up as a team at the New Haven Open and cheering Wozniaki on, so Caroline and her then-boyfriend Rory (wearing a Yale football jersey, at that), showed up at a practice.
Head coach Tony Reno, though, is hoping that’s not the only thing that shows up when you Google “Yale Football” after this season, which is the 100th anniversary of their football home, the Yale Bowl.
The best way for Yale to kick off their 100th Yale Bowl season would be a win over Lehigh.
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Lehigh’s newest online multimedia involves the Lehigh coaching staff on microphone.
This week it was newly-promoted defensive coordinator Joe Bottiglieri, and in the video below you see the coach in various stages of instruction.
The piece of the video that relates to the offense, though, is the highlight of the piece.
Sophomore TE Zach Bucklin, “built like a small Volkswagen”, as coach Bott himself mentioned, barreled into Lehigh’s defensive coordinator, sending them both to the ground.
In an odd sort of way, Bucklin’s tire tracks over Bottiglieri’s back signifies what Lehigh’s offense hopes to be in the 2014 season as well.
Sure, Lehigh will still have the type of offense that will work fast and spread things out. Sure, the playbook will still be as think as a phone book. But to think of this as a finesse team may be a mistake. They may very well be a team that simply is also going to try to out-run and out-muscle you more often.
And, if necessary, run you over.
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While many of us were watching the NCAA Tournament, ripping up our office pools while watching Louisville upend Michigan in the championship, the Lehigh football team was getting better.
“We’re just trying to learn and get better each day,” head coach Andy Coen said in Lehigh’s mid-season spring report. “We’ve got so many young, young players… I think we have a lot of talented players here, but a lot of the guys haven’t had the type of opportunity that they’re getting now.”
“I think this team is lacking experience,” Coen told me, “but I don’t believe we are lacking talent. We have been fortunate over the past three years to have some very talented players and they have kept some other guys off the field.”
As we take a peek at the offense today, we see some of the players that have impressed the coaching staff thus far – and, what has to be top on Lehigh fans’ list of wonder, how the battle for quarterback is shaping up.
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