Scholarships and Dan Persa

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    First off, I strongly believe Lehigh football and the Patriot League have become irrelevant. Most fans probably share my view, in that there is no fun in supporting a team who chooses to play at the highest FCS level with one hand tied behind its back. Right now, I have little interest in attending Lehigh football games, something I’ve done since 1964.

    As for possible improvement in quality of play due to scholarships, we can only hope.

    Consider the case of Dan Persa, quarterback at Northwestern. Dan’s a Bethlehem kid. He is currently the highest rated quarterback in college football, completing 79.5 percent of his passes and running for good yardage. Would a Lehigh with scholarships been in the running for Dan during his senior year at Liberty? Who knows? I do know there have been many other kids from the Lehigh Valley who have done well elsewhere ON scholarship. Most recent example would be Orlando at New Hampshire.

    Perhaps Lehigh scholarships would have been awarded to most of the current roster anyway, had scholarships been available during the past three years. Is what’s missing most here scholarship players, a more relaxed academic qualifier, or both?


    I bleed brown and white and hate to see our football team not be competitive. If scholarships can help, and I think they can, then I support this. Relaxing admission standards is quite another thing. I doubt that most alums, and certainly not the administration or faculty would support this.



    Our experience at Colgate, and I am sure it is probably similar at Lehigh, is that we get a demonstrably better student with scholarships. Our frustration with many of our sports, hockey or Bball, is that we are not sure we are getting a better athlete.



    I have a little inside information about this as I have some contacts that know the Persa family very well. Dan Persa would have absolutely been interested in Lehigh had they been able to put together the right financial aid package (i.e. scholarship). Dan had always been a big fan of Lehigh even attending many games as a youngster. It would have possibly his first choice to wear Brown and White.
    Orlando is a different story. He wanted Lehigh and could have recieved a nice financial aid package had he been recruited by staff. Lehigh never showed much interest… perhaps they just missed on him…. it happens.

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