August 9, 2016 at 7:38 pm #27395
The so-called power conferences reward undeserving kids with scholarships and the naive fan watches and buys shirts with these guys numbers on them. We idolize ignorance!!! I enjoy watching a bunch of kids that kicked ass in the classroom and can actually have an intelligent interview after the game. These guys truly represent what college sports is suppose to be…PL is at a huge disadvantage. They are sandwiched between Ivy-and ignorant power conference football. Real smart kids go to Ivy’s and real athletic kids go to fbs teams. That leaves us a kid who is a fairly smart kid that just might not be as good as Johnny football but has a heart of a lion that wants to play the game he loves. SOUNDS GOOD TO ME. Purity!August 10, 2016 at 2:58 am #27396
I agree with you but also see an upside. Last year we took some kids from the Ivy and the power 5. I think some kids (or their parents) get it. I think the Ivys’ (with the exception of Harvard and Princeton who will erase debit when you graduate) have a harder sell then we do now with scholarships. The coaching staff did something to land some talent away last year. I hope they keep it up.August 10, 2016 at 3:51 am #27397
Cant disagree with your basic point but I dont see PL position as tough. We have our own niche. Yes we exist in between Ivies and the CAA et al in some ways but that is a plus for me after so many years as an Ivy Lite affiliate of the Ivies. We offer much that they cant all match. The Ivies have the cachet but we offer an equivalent education and a more competitive schedule leading to the playoffs. The CAA we offer a vastly superior education than all but a few of the Power leagues. Most of us play very competitive schedules and athletic scholarships.
Not saying we are better overall than either but that we have a definite niche that successfully competes with both for players.August 10, 2016 at 11:26 pm #27401
Our strength over the power 5 is education. I’m not just talking quality i’m talking about what degree do you want. Look at a power 5 roster, how many engineering majors do you see? If they have any they are Freshmen or Sophomores virtually no JRs or SRs with advanced degrees. Just read some of our guys bios they wanted something other then a business degree thats why they are here.
On another note I was a a game this year and saw some recruits sitting in the stands alone (with their families). At the big schools this will not happen. We are missing this piece. I said to my wife what do they do if they have questions about the school? Wouldn’t you want to ask a student about their experience? We got them in the door but ignored them for a few hours. Not good business practice. Let’s have a student or two sit with them. They could answer questions about the School or about the food trucks at the game.August 10, 2016 at 11:36 pm #27402
I would bet the families are on campus for an unofficial visit.August 11, 2016 at 12:39 am #27403
Coaches have a lot of crazy rules to follow at all levels of college football. What makes PL a lil different is that most of these schools do not have the budgets or alumni willing to take the kids to strip clubs or hire escorts. I sat in the office years ago of a very well known, idolized coach and he told me….as soon as your kid walks onto our campus he will have two full-time tutors with him and he will take a lot of on-line courses. Basically telling me he will get a degree on other students merits. College football stinks from head to toe!!! The avg fan would change his/her mind if they experienced one recruiting cycle at the d-1 level. PL football does not have the money to pollute the league.August 11, 2016 at 7:26 pm #27412
We went on a couple of recruiting visits- some schools had the escorts – didn’t talk education at all – talked about their 11 million dollar football facility that was being built- they had video game consoles- media rooms- it was a waste of money if you ask me- as for PL it was all about education- I would like to talk to the majority of the players that go to big schools and don’t get their degree and become a has been story- talking in the bar about the good old days- almost all the players that graduated go onto become very productive members of the community
ALWAYS REMEMBER FOOTBALL IS ONLY A GAME
EDUCATION LAST A LIFETIME
AND IF YOU ARE LUCKY TO MAKE IT TO THE PROS- YOU LIFE IS ONLY ABOUT 5-7 YEARS WHAT DO YOU DO AFTER THAT????August 11, 2016 at 7:47 pm #27413
An educated football recruites, parent!!! You understand the process. 4 for 40. Do your 4 years and it will last for 40. Most parents sacrifice a great education for the athlete just so mom or dad can say my kid is going to LSU. Check the value of the piece of paper from Lehigh compared to any state school, LSU, Alabama, Mississippi and so on and after football goes away lets see how the PL kids are doing verse these type of schools. Pl kids win in life. Recruiting is all about parental and athlete ego. Only the parents that really get it, understand!!! Grant it, Power 5 football opens more doors to play in the NFL. But does it really? Last time I checked there were equal d-1 to d-2 players on active NFL roster.August 12, 2016 at 11:42 pm #27417
Well put game on, true story!
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