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bethlehempard

Putnam and Maddon

A nice reflection on two Pard greats:

http://www.espn.com/college-footb...ollege-football-lafayette-college
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Re: Putnam and Maddon

bethlehempard wrote:
A nice reflection on two Pard greats:

http://www.espn.com/college-footb...ollege-football-lafayette-college


BP amazing - I didnt know half of this. Wow a mention of Neil Putnam. He coached my frosh year, losing the only game I saw that season, in a Fisher Field bearing substantial remnants of a 4 inch snowfall midweek, and a loss to Lehigh, 32-0.  I think they finished 3-7 that year, winning only over Penn (3-0 at Homecoming), Kings Point and ????
bethlehempard

Davidson ....
Neil Putnam, 44-55-3, 1971-80.
He beat Rutgers in 1971. I was at that last game too, it was not a happy day.
I recall the cocktail party afterward. I miss those. Meeting alumni from the WW1 era and others who were prominent figures or just great guys was always fun. Plus we learned a bit about how to act, even when drunk.
Coach Putnam is a remarkably decent fellow and it's good to see he stays connected. He was an assistant at Yale before taking over after Harry Gamble left for Penn.
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bethlehempard wrote:
Davidson ....
Neil Putnam, 44-55-3, 1971-80.
He beat Rutgers in 1971. I was at that last game too, it was not a happy day.
I recall the cocktail party afterward. I miss those. Meeting alumni from the WW1 era and others who were prominent figures or just great guys was always fun. Plus we learned a bit about how to act, even when drunk.
Coach Putnam is a remarkably decent fellow and it's good to see he stays connected. He was an assistant at Yale before taking over after Harry Gamble left for Penn.


Ah Davidson!
SixtyEighter

Putnam and Schnall were great recruiters.Putnam's 1980 Defense was really good. Bill Russo succeeded Putnam for the 1981 season and took the Putnam players to a 9-1 or 9-2 season with Putnam recruited Frank Novak as QB and Putnam- recruited Jack Gatehouse as #1 receiver.That team had great players. I don't remember exactly but I think the next year Russo did his shopping tour at Villanova when Villanova discontinued its program. But 1981 was all or mostly all Putnam recruited players.It was one of the best seasons in Lafayette history.I believe we beat Lehigh 10-7 after Lehigh won the division National Championship the year before or possibly 2 years before. Of course we lost to Marc Van Egan's Colgate team (or was it the Marv Hubbard team? ).It was a monumental upset.The last I heard of Steve Schnall he was a scout for San Diego in the NFL.He may be retired now.I was hoping that article would say what he was doing now.
bethlehempard

Actually the six (?) Nova players were available in 1981, Coach Russo's first season.
Thanks Nova and Coach Russo and the rest! The 1981 road win at old Taylor Stadium remains the best of my years.
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SixtyEighter wrote:
Putnam and Schnall were great recruiters.Putnam's 1980 Defense was really good. Bill Russo succeeded Putnam for the 1981 season and took the Putnam players to a 9-1 or 9-2 season with Putnam recruited Frank Novak as QB and Putnam- recruited Jack Gatehouse as #1 receiver.That team had great players. I don't remember exactly but I think the next year Russo did his shopping tour at Villanova when Villanova discontinued its program. But 1981 was all or mostly all Putnam recruited players.It was one of the best seasons in Lafayette history.I believe we beat Lehigh 10-7 after Lehigh won the division National Championship the year before or possibly 2 years before. Of course we lost to Marc Van Egan's Colgate team (or was it the Marv Hubbard team? ).It was a monumental upset.The last I heard of Steve Schnall he was a scout for San Diego in the NFL.He may be retired now.I was hoping that article would say what he was doing now.


Bill retained Joe Sarra as DC from Putnam and offered the TD Amertrade guy a job (now at Coastal Carolina as HC) but he took the DC slot at Dartmouth, We finished 9-2 losing only to Colgate 30-15 and UNH 21-18. I think we were down at half to UNH 21-0. We capped it with a 10-3 win at Taylor in a great game!
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And lest we not forget Rodger Shepko class of 84, another Neil recruit
ed65

bethlehempard wrote:
Actually the six (?) Nova players were available in 1981, Coach Russo's first season.
Thanks Nova and Coach Russo and the rest! The 1981 road win at old Taylor Stadium remains the best of my years.


That 1981 win was special we passed the team bus after the game on the way back to Easton.  Those guys were really cheering and yelling to celebrate the win over LU.  We did some serious celebrating in the Deke House after the game!
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ed65 wrote:
bethlehempard wrote:
Actually the six (?) Nova players were available in 1981, Coach Russo's first season.
Thanks Nova and Coach Russo and the rest! The 1981 road win at old Taylor Stadium remains the best of my years.


That 1981 win was special we passed the team bus after the game on the way back to Easton.  Those guys were really cheering and yelling to celebrate the win over LU.  We did some serious celebrating in the Deke House after the game!


I was at KDR that night (among others) and people were jumping up and down and I could feel the floor bow!!

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