January 7, 2013 at 6:59 pm #8789
As the first game in the post-CJ era, this Muhlenberg game becomes a little more interesting. For starters, we get to see a new starting lineup and rotation, for probably the first half. My wishlist for this game is as follows:
1. 20 minutes for DC
2. 20 minutes for CB
3. 20 minutes for JG
4. 20 minutes for SC
5. That this is the last D3 team we playJanuary 7, 2013 at 11:30 pm #8791
Fun guessing what Reed might do with playing time. I’m guessing he rewards our walk-ons (CG and TS) for all their work in daily practice with 10 minutes each and cuts back all the starters (my guess: GK, HG, MM, CS, and AD) to 15-18 minutes each. I’d say even less time but with CJ gone, we need to see this lineup click. That would leave 90 – 105 for your group of 4 plus BJ. Most anxious to see what time DC gets.
As for our last D-III game, don’t hold your breath. This one was dropped in to fill a void in our schedule as practically all other neighboring conferences, e.g., NEC have begun their conference play. Who knows what next year will bring. As it turns out, this game comes at a good time as we must work on a new lineup and hey, it’s Muhlenberg – our Valley neighbor. Why not build some goodwill throughout the region?January 8, 2013 at 1:58 am #8792
Was curious about a couple things re:scheduling. How much does Lehigh get to play at VCU, Baylor, Pitt? Did Lehigh fly to any games other than the 2 Texas games?January 8, 2013 at 3:24 am #8794
I’m not privy to the fees paid by Baylor, VCU and UNT or if hotel and ground transport fees were included. As the story goes (see link below) Gregg Nibert, Presbyterian Head Coach was quoted as saying they collected a check from Clemson in 2008 after a 79-58 loss in a guaranteed game. “They needed a game. So they gave us $85,000, air and ground transportation and two nights’ lodging.” That was 4 years ago! No telling what we were paid this year by the 3 schools. My guess: High 5 – Low 6 figures each.
As for Pitt, I would direct you to Page 5 / Finances of the 2012 NIT Season Tip-Off Team Manual. Apparently, we received “2 shares” (value ?) having won our first game (Robert Morris) and later losing to Pitt. in the second.
Finally, I know of no air travel other than the ones you mentioned, i.e., Baylor and UNT.January 8, 2013 at 7:15 pm #8800
Interesting. I was thinking about the VCU game, in particular, in that I sat in somebody’s season tickets. The face was $17 and change. The arena holds 7,200, and it was an announced sellout (something like VCU’s 27th in a row). So, ticket revenue is about $122,400. There is a tiny suite section in the Siegel Center, but looked like one suite. They are collecting parking revenue, and concessions, of course. Plus, they must have some radio and TV revenue (game was on national TV). But, if Lehigh gets $100,000 for playing, that seems like a ton of money. UNT probably works out worse for the home team, as their arena was empty. I think they had 3,000 announced attendance at that one, and I can’t think tickets in Denton, TX are pricey.
In a way, I am a little surprised Lehigh would bus to VCU. That is a pretty good drive. On a bus, I am thinking it took them around 7 hours each way.January 8, 2013 at 7:45 pm #8824
90 – Like I said, I know of no other air travel other than Baylor (and obviously up to Pitt and then home to Bethlehem) and UNT. I’m only guessing we bused to/from Richmond based on Reed’s postgame interview referencing the fact that “we travel” home tonight vs. the phrase “fly home.” Who knows. You’re right, it’s a long 6 hour journey.
Like you, I’m hoping we can book a number of money games for 2013-14. Should be a lot easier minus CJ. I know we’re presently trolling for new “home and homes” and I would assume $ games, as well.January 8, 2013 at 8:40 pm #8825
Pittsburgh was a flight? Did they stay out there the entire time for both games, or go back and forth for each game? Again, would be another crummy bus ride, but then again, some of the PL games are decent drives. Back to VCU, with a 5 PM tip, would that whole trip be one day, drive down in morning, play, and home that night, or do they come the night prior and stay locally in a hotel? I wonder if bus/fly is a distance issue or a guarantee issue.January 8, 2013 at 10:14 pm #8827
Re: Pitt/Flight? Believe the team stayed out there for both games, having flown up to Pitt from Waco on Saturday, 11/10. Assume team flew home to ABE after the Pitt game.
Team often travels the day/night before each game. Noontime or 2pm tips at Holy Cross and American come to mind. Can’t say with any certainly that they did in the case of VCU.
Since guarantees are often lised to include, “hotel and local transportation,” I’m assuming air transport is at our expense. Again, not 100% sure. Other posters may know for sure.
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