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bethlehempard

Brad Wilson's schedule review

Brad Wilson provided a thorough review of the 2016 schedule:


http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/l...ootball_could_be_su.html#comments

As we all know, it's a tough one under any circumstances.
It's made worse because while everybody else in the league has gotten better, Lafayette as of the end of last year, has gotten worse.

I can go back a few years and find lots of quotes about scholarships leading to better players leading to better teams leading to better schedules leading to better seasons.

Well ... Do it.

It's a new season. No excuses.

P.S. This is a high school sports-mad area and an Eagles principality. Thank you Mr. Wilson, Mr. Reinhard, Mr. Joyce, Mr. Zambelli, Mr. Groller and others who keep up great coverage on Lafayette and Lehigh. Also of course to LSN and the Lafayette media staff. Here's to hoping you don't need to keep finding ways to spin losses. Great work in tough times.
flyfisher

Brad Wilson is correct. Not sure what our objective is in regards to scheduling.
Pardsfriend

Schedule review

flyfisher wrote:
Brad Wilson is correct. Not sure what our objective is in regards to scheduling.


It's an accepted method of developing your overall program that you improve your schedule.  Don't share Brads opinion.

Your program builds resilience and the team develops a strong foundation.  With development and hard work, success will result.
bison137

He also seems a bit out of touch with the realities of scheduling.    Wants 3 or 4 of the 5 OOC games to be home every year.    That obviously is only possible if they play a few D2's and/or MEAC's.
Kpard

6 or 7 home games!? Only the D-1 big boys can do that every year by paying schools like us $$$$$$.
Andy

It's pretty much an unfortunate matter of timing. It's not a perfect schedule for the circumstance we find ourselves in: trying to rebound from a 1-10 injury riddled season. But, overall, IMO a challenging schedule is thevway to go.  I guess the FBS games are a necessity financially, but I' m not a fan of those "guarantee" games.
Beware the Columbia suggestion, their recruiting is at a whole new level under Bags. (And our own Justin Stovall).
1990honda

The schedule is challenging that is for sure. The schedule was used as a recruiting tool as well. If the players are excited about their schedule, we should give them the chance to compete. The most important part of the schedule is the PL games. Army as the FBS team is ranked 108 of 128.  Navy is ranked 48. What makes Fordham a FCS powerhouse?
Newleopardfan2

I understand the value of having big names on the schedule, for recruiting purposes, making us tougher and all, but I've gotta agree with all 6 of Brad's points. This year's schedule seems like overkill; planned well before last year's debacle, perhaps with the hope that, by now, the scholarships would have raised our ship like the others. But the way it has turned out, our gains from scholarships have not been so dramatic, and we now have no "gimme's" on our list; we could easily go without a win. I sure hope not, and I'm gonna hope for 3, but I also hope that the schedule-setters read Brad's points carefully. And if USD shows up on the schedule as an "away" game, I'll host the tailgate.
ed65

USD?
bethlehempard

San Diego, Pioneer League.
1990honda

I just spent two days on College Hill. Got to watch a few practices and talk to some players. The spirit of the team was great. I did see several players in the yard the first day. Only a few the second day. The first day the offense dominated the passing drills. The second day the defense dominated.

Competition breeds champions! It starts at the position level. Winning by lowering the compettition is a false sense of accomplisment.
killaBee

We have to trust the process.  The process of having a championship winning season.  Begginning with CCSU.  That is the 1st step! Beating the pants off of them, with no remorse. Imposing the "leopard will" similar to the "Buddy Bowl".
Going to New Britain on Sept. 2nd, ravageing the Blue Devils to the point they reconsider their choice to play football ever again.
No champion has ever thought they would lose, or started the game thinking their competition was to tuff, or their weakness would prevent them from winning.
I know you think my beliefs of a win against CCSU are crazy, my coworkers think im crazy, especially after last season. I also know deep inside you hope im right.
1 week from today can we all agree to enjoy the victory. Lets talk about the end of the season, at the end of the season.
1990honda

Killabee, You have to be a little crazy to play the game. Let's go crazy at the game.
Interested Pardee

1990honda wrote:
... Let's go crazy at the game.

That has to be the single, best suggestion I have seen posted in any thread on this entire forum.

GO PARDS!
Lafalum

Interested Pardee wrote:
1990honda wrote:
... Let's go crazy at the game.

That has to be the single, best suggestion I have seen posted in any thread on this entire forum.

GO PARDS!

I like it!!
Newleopardfan2

ed65 wrote:
USD?


Brad's point #4:

"Try and add a Pioneer League team or two. Alums might enjoy a trip to play the University of San Diego, for example, or to Florida to face Stetson and Jacksonville, or to Chicago for Valparaiso. Marist is pretty local."

USD wouldn't really be a "gimme". They were 9-2 last year, 7-1 in conference. Maybe best to stick with Marist.
Newleopardfan2

Speaking of tough scheduling, great finish at the Fargo Dome last night. Looks like they updated the field surface since we were there. It didn't change the noise level -- still over 100 dB.
bison137

Newleopardfan2 wrote:
Speaking of tough scheduling, great finish at the Fargo Dome last night. Looks like they updated the field surface since we were there. It didn't change the noise level -- still over 100 dB.



For those who didn't see it, North Dakota State beat Charleston Southern in OT in that game.   Charleston missed a FG  that would have won it on the final play of regulation.    Bucknell will be traveling to South Carolina in October to play Charleston Southern.   Should be an interesting game.
Pards Rule

killaBee wrote:
We have to trust the process.  The process of having a championship winning season.  Begginning with CCSU.  That is the 1st step! Beating the pants off of them, with no remorse. Imposing the "leopard will" similar to the "Buddy Bowl".
Going to New Britain on Sept. 2nd, ravageing the Blue Devils to the point they reconsider their choice to play football ever again.
No champion has ever thought they would lose, or started the game thinking their competition was to tuff, or their weakness would prevent them from winning.
I know you think my beliefs of a win against CCSU are crazy, my coworkers think im crazy, especially after last season. I also know deep inside you hope im right.
1 week from today can we all agree to enjoy the victory. Lets talk about the end of the season, at the end of the season.


Look forward to seeing you again Mr. B! Im planning so far in Sept to go to Delaware (come on we almost won last year in that downpour..Garbage bags rule as ponchos as I found out!) and Nova. Maybe Princeton. Have NOT seen a Princeton or Delaware win in person. Should I bring the Pard for luck? He's still alive Smile

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