May 18, 2012 at 7:34 pm #6015
Have to agree on the schedule, UMES and Arcadia not thrilling. Not sure why we can’t schedule at least as well as the rest of the PL. Even if we substitute these two with the worst 2 from any other PL school, probably a notable upgrade.May 19, 2012 at 8:04 am #6017
I take a few days off and look at all the chatter. I have been away attending graduations. On that note, I am academics first. I complain at times about the players, coaches and whatever, but I think Lehigh needs to stay where they are. I remember checking out their ratings about 5 years ago. Academically, the school is solid. In today’s economy, a free education at a great school is worth a lot. As one who has other kids coming though the ranks, academics get my vote.May 19, 2012 at 2:54 pm #6018
Posted, in part, earlier on another thread but perhaps bears repeating:
With thanks to Bison 137, here’s a look at Pomeroy’s Out of Conference SOS ranking from 2011-12.
69 Bucknell #
215 Holy Cross
224 Lehigh # #
293 Navy *
344 Army * *
# = doesn’t include tournament game with D2 West Alabama (substitute for Buffalo)
# # = doesn’t include game with D3 Arcadia
* = doesn’t include game with D3 Penn State-Altoona
* * = doesn’t include game with D3 Marywood
Here’s a look back at the CJ era. Again, Pomeroy ranking were used.
Year/ OOC SOS / Our Ranking / Our Record
2011-12 / 224 / 82 / 27-8
2010-11 / 274 / 198 / 16-15
2009-10 / 341 / 171 / 22-11
Don’t get me wrong, like nearly everyone else I’d like to see an upgrade in opponents. But, I’m not expecting a big jump forward in the coming year. What may be long standing contractual commitments with NEC, MAAC, IVY, and AE schools coupled with the fact that no one likes to spend $50,000+ and perhaps walk away a loser is no doubt causing Reed and Company considerable difficulty in this off-season.
As for “cupcakes” on the schedule, “Get over it!” We’ve all got them. I give you from the previous year (Pomeroy rankings used):
2. Ohio State
Jackson State 336
Texas – Pan Am 314
3. Michigan State
Missouri – Kansas City 288
Texas Southern 287
Eastern Michigan 280
Kennesaw State 313
Missouri – Kansas City 288
Bradley 276May 19, 2012 at 8:43 pm #6021
Lots to report but I’ll start here.
LaSalle had a very surprising but successful season after losing Aaric Murray. The truth is that it was only the 2nd winning season in the last 6. A trip to Lewisburg is actually a bump up in attendance since Tom Gola Arena is really a bandbox.
As far as George Mason. Yes, they have to play away games but they have over 300 schools to choose from. From purely monetary standpoint, why would they choose Lehigh but more on that in the scheduling thread.May 19, 2012 at 9:04 pm #6023
Also noted at the talk yesterday:
Lehigh is very, very happy being in the Patriot league so don’t expect any movement for a long time. Impinging on the school’s academic integrity is not an option in bringing in better athletes. That is both a school and league policy. For those that don’t know, the football scholarships that will be awarded beginning 2013 are merit scholarships. That means the student/athlete excels in all areas (academics/athletics/community service). It is no longer based on need but the criteria may be a little more stiff. I think it is designed more to compete with the Ivies than the CAA although it should certainly help against the latter too.
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