I don’t get the confusion about the “challenging” part. There’s nothing surprising to me about that, at least. The demands of D1 sports combined with a full course-load are pretty massive. And I don’t believe there are many cupcake programs at LU, as you might find elsewhere. We all want to see our teams continue to get better, and coaches demanding more from players is to be expected if we’re going to take it seriously. Hopefully we recruit the best available athletes who meet our academic standards – but there are not guarantees after that.
From personal experience, success was pretty easy in high school. But Lehigh academics were a shock to my system when I got there.