I couldn’t agree more ’90. I would also add that the Wagner contract dates back a few years now, before they hired Hurley and he turned the program around. That is a traditionally poor program and it is 100% luck that they are now in the RPI top 100. When that contract was signed Wagner was likely a 200+ RPI school.
According to RPI forecast (http://www.rpiforecast.com/teams/Lehigh.html), Lehigh has the 325 most difficult OOC schedule in the country. Our actual Strength of Schedule will be helped by PL play (that says quite a bit right there…) and we will likely finish in the 305-310 range for overall S.O.S. Again, that number is out of 344.
The problem isn’t at the top. I think that 3 garauntee games a year is fine. The problem is the middle. LU traditionally plays either BCS teams, or absolute bottom of the barrel NEC, MEAC, and MAAC teams. I think that the department needs to get creative, especially for next year. Why not schedule 1 more BCS garauntee game, and immediately turn around and split that money amongst 2 decent mid majors and try to get them to come to Stabler? Keeps the budget balanced, gives a chance to get quality home games (that might interest fans), and raises the S.O.S.
Lastly, I think there is a chance that Lehigh may host a 3 game pre-season weekend like we played in at Liberty and like Bucknell hosted itself this year. Bucknell is in a 3 year agreement with CBE and hosted in its second year, and now Lehigh would be entering the second year of a presumed three year agreement and I am hoping may be in line to host this coming season. Just a thought.
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