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Franks Tanks

Tim Cramsey

Tim Cramsey

- current OC at Montana State

- Allentown Central Catholic grad.  Played QB for UNH under Chip Kelly.  

- started coaching career as a HS assistant in the Lehigh Valley

- former OC at UNH.  Former OC at FIU, and current OC at Montana State.

- Lehigh Valley native who would love to come home.  He is ready to be a head coach.  Excellent offensive mind, and had been involved with highly successful college programs.  Extremely well respected by the Lehigh Valley football community.

I though I would help Bruce out, since his usual job search consists of asking the assistants if they want the job.  Make it happen, and Lafayette Football will be a ton of fun again. Or we can just keep doing this for a few more years.
Zeus

LOL.
Franks Tanks

6 losing seasons in a row.
The Maroon

Franks Tanks wrote:
6 losing seasons in a row.


2 wins (Fordham in 2013. Lehigh last year) solidified FT as coach for life.

We basically ignore the losses.

And I agree with your assessment... Why hire from outside when you can have a great departmental party?!
edge29

Re: Tim Cramsey

Franks Tanks wrote:
Tim Cramsey

- current OC at Montana State

- Allentown Central Catholic grad. Played QB for UNH under Chip Kelly.

- started coaching career as a HS assistant in the Lehigh Valley

- former OC at UNH. Former OC at FIU, and current OC at Montana State.

- Lehigh Valley native who would love to come home. He is ready to be a head coach. Excellent offensive mind, and had been involved with highly successful college programs. Extremely well respected by the Lehigh Valley football community.

I though I would help Bruce out, since his usual job search consists of asking the assistants if they want the job. Make it happen, and Lafayette Football will be a ton of fun again. Or we can just keep doing this for a few more years.


Sounds like a great fball mind.  But can he raise $$ and press the flesh?  That's all we really care about here. :/
pardfan

Franks Tanks wrote:
6 losing seasons in a row.


a  "no softies" schedule will do that
King's Point, Davidson, Gettysburg wherefore art thou
No wonder Wagner was chippy.  They knew that was a game they MUST win
to have any kind of season at all.
flyfisher

I will say this about the schedule, it sounds great to play these bigger teams and play these money games which help the budget, however we cannot play with the out of conference teams we are playing. We cannot play with W&M, Del, Princeton, Harvard. And next year we have Army, Villanova, Delaware, Princeton. We are not on par with those teams. I. Hope we get a lot of money for these games. As a fan you love the schedule but only if we are competitive. You can't blame Bruce. He put together an exciting schedule. It's tough to get those games. The other schools need a team that will put fans in the seats as well. He had no idea we would not be competitive. I think we are going to be the homecoming opponent for a lot of teams the next couple of years.
pardfan

flyfisher wrote:
I will say this about the schedule, it sounds great to play these bigger teams and play these money games which help the budget, however we cannot play with the out of conference teams we are playing. We cannot play with W&M, Del, Princeton, Harvard. And next year we have Army, Villanova, Delaware, Princeton. We are not on par with those teams. I. Hope we get a lot of money for these games. As a fan you love the schedule but only if we are competitive. You can't blame Bruce. He put together an exciting schedule. It's tough to get those games. The other schools need a team that will put fans in the seats as well. He had no idea we would not be competitive. I think we are going to be the homecoming opponent for a lot of teams the next couple of years.


Next yr will be our toughest schedule in at least 50 years and we will be operating from one of our lowest points.  Could things possibly be worse?

I refuse to blame the offensive line for the whole season (after all, we are giving up a ton of points); but, the drop-off from last yr's offensive line to this yr's is huge.  Drew has no time back there (and when he does....)
Talent-wise we have only three players who could start on other teams in the League.  17  33  19  That's it.  That's where we are
flyfisher

This isn't just an O-line issue, however Im betting all of them would tell you they are not playing as well as they can. This is also the group that has been hardest hit by injuries (as well as the safeties and DB's who have had a rough start as well). Yesterday we started Matt Anderson at guard in the 2nd half. 2 weeks ago he was a DT. To replace him we moved Chuma, a 215lb fullback to DT. Kudos to those guys for making the position change for the team.

All positions have room for improvement.
Pards Rule

My good friend who was my fellow employee at Hanna Autowash Systems (Andretti franchise) is a big Montana State Bobcat fan. We still speak frequently. I will ask him his opinion of Tim Cramsey.
SixtyEighter

$64 Question - Why aren't the guys who are playing  not playing as well as they can ? My answer - players do only what coaches will tolerate .
flyfisher

SixtyEighter wrote:
$64 Question - Why aren't the guys who are playing not playing as well as they can ? My answer - players do only what coaches will tolerate .


Maybe they are. It's a young and not very cohesive unit right now. In many situations we are out of subs. When you move a 215 lb fullback to DT and play him the first week, you have serious depth issues. All the coaching in the world doesn't fix that.

That said, I will not discuss coaching. I will leave that up to you guys.
The Maroon

SixtyEighter wrote:
$64 Question - Why aren't the guys who are playing not playing as well as they can ? My answer - players do only what coaches will tolerate .


What evidence do you have that FT runs a loose ship? I never got the impression he was lax on discipline and work ethic. Hell - he seems to have  higher standards than most.
SixtyEighter

After my post I read An article in the Morning Call which stated the Coach has drawn a line and has demanded a new plan from the assistants so the jury remains out but shouldn't they be looking at long term fixes to make the best of a bad situation rather than moving players around for short term hole plugging. There seem to be young players on the roster who don't get on the field  who are scholarship players . Wouldn't it be better to play them than others who may be "game" but are out of position. Factoid I am biased in favor of the Anderson kid- His Grandfather was a PSU player who played tight and on the other side from Dave Robinson and he coached me in HS and was an assistant at Lafayette before becoming a lifetime assistant to Joe Pa at PSU. He also put in a stint as HC of Rutgers.
flyfisher

I know the family connections of Anderson. I also know Matt and he is great kid who gives 110%. Who his family is isn't really relevant. Some could take a lesson from Matt when it comes to work.

My point in mentioning Matt was an example of our lack of depth. We asked a kid who has been playing DT to go play Guard and started him in the 2nd half. We can a lot of opinions from that. One being the kid has some talent to make that move on such short notice. It shows his love of the game and commitment to the team. It also says we need some depth.
Jpao92

[quote="flyfisher:50705"]I will say this about the schedule, it sounds great to play these bigger teams and play these money games which help the budget, however we cannot play with the out of conference teams we are playing. We cannot play with W&M, Del, Princeton, Harvard. And next year we have Army, Villanova, Delaware, Princeton. We are not on par with those teams. I. Hope we get a lot of money for these games. As a fan you love the schedule but only if we are competitive. You can't blame Bruce. He put together an exciting schedule. It's tough to get those games. The other schools need a team that will put fans in the seats as well. He had no idea we would not be competitive. I think we are going to be the homecoming opponent for a lot of teams the next couple of years.[/quote]

I just don't see how Bruce can be credibly defended.   There is no accountability in our athletic program.    The simple fact of the matter is that Bruce is what his record says he is, a loser with job security for life.   But Bruce doesn't set any of that schedule without the express approval of Frank.
Jpao92

[quote="The Maroon:50724"][quote="SixtyEighter:50719"]$64 Question - Why aren't the guys who are playing not playing as well as they can ? My answer - players do only what coaches will tolerate .[/quote]

What evidence do you have that FT runs a loose ship? I never got the impression he was lax on discipline and work ethic. Hell - he seems to have higher standards than most.[/quote]

The real issue is that Frank isn't really running the ship.   He is more of a high level manager, letting his assistants run the show.   I think that model works for some programs but clearly Lafayette, at this point, could use a head coach that is more engaged in the day to day.
flyfisher

A lot goes in to that schedule. Budget concerns, ability to sell tickets, competitiveness, and this may hurt some feelings but some schools don't want to play us. Its getting tougher to get IVY games.

Bruce played the game of football well at a high level. He is very well educated. He has received numerous awards. We field 23 teams, though not overly competitive. He has helped raise a ton of money and continues to improve the facilities and infrastructure each year. Maybe he isn't perfect but he has some strong achievements.

As to who hires and manages the coaches, I don't know. I get mixed signals on what LC really wants out of their athletic teams and what they are willing to do to achieve superior results. I will leave that up to you guys.
Jpao92

I do not hear the same things about Bruce.   As a matter of fact, I hear the opposite vis--vis fundraising.   Above all, I hear that Bruce is rather secure in his job and not that motivated by the things that motivate most athletic directors, namely, the success of the program as measured in wins and losses.    

I know that he told one coach upon hiring him that they would "love working at Lafayette because they would never have to worried about being fired."  Marvelous.

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