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bethlehempard

Woes at LaSalle

The student shortfall is sobering:

http://mobile.philly.com/news/?wss=/philly/education&id=322884601
flyfisher

Catholic schools are struggling everywhere. I know it's a small thing but lots of college bound kids mention they want a school with a football program. The latest school in my area to see a boom in enrollment is UNC-Charlotte. The top two reasons given in a survey for an increase in enrollment were the new campus facilities and a football team. Football actually finished 2nd.

Athletics matter.
bison137

But unfortunately football hasn't mattered much at many of the smaller northeastern schools.   LaSalle had a football team for years.   Almost no interest.   Finally disbanded less than a decade ago.

Others who disbanded football in the last 17 years include:  Boston U, Northeastern, Fairfield, Iona, St. Johns, St. Peter's, Siena, Canisius, Hofstra.   At one time most of the Catholic schools had football, but it was a big money loser.  And there was virtually no interest.

Other than LaSalle, I know St. Bona, Iona, Canisius, and Siena have all been having financial problems recently.   Many others, I'm sure.   Even Georgetown doesn't have a good credit rating.
Franks Tanks

bison137 wrote:
But unfortunately football hasn't mattered much at many of the smaller northeastern schools.   LaSalle had a football team for years.   Almost no interest.   Finally disbanded less than a decade ago.

Others who disbanded football in the last 17 years include:  Boston U, Northeastern, Fairfield, Iona, St. Johns, St. Peter's, Siena, Canisius, Hofstra.   At one time most of the Catholic schools had football, but it was a big money loser.  And there was virtually no interest.

Other than LaSalle, I know St. Bona, Iona, Canisius, and Siena have all been having financial problems recently.   Many others, I'm sure.   Even Georgetown doesn't have a good credit rating.


Agree.  LaSalle was part of the old MAAC, and ended football when the conference folded.  Unfortunately football at LaSalle was sort of a disaster.  The school didn't support the program, and nobody really cared.  Despite being in close proximity LaSalle never played a PL school during their return to football.  By the end LaSalle was regularly losing to area D-III schools.  LaSalle does have a rather successful basketball team as we all know, and that doesn’t seem to help.

I think LaSalle is in trouble long term. It is a “good” school, but doesn’t have a great rep locally.   For years it was considered a solid school for all the catholic school grads in the area, and it still is I suppose, but the cost to attend is rather outrageous.  I don’t know where schools like LaSalle go from here, but it will be interesting.
NewXbo

Decent school, bad neighborhood. Move or buy up the surrounding area. Temple has the same issue.
Bogus Megapardus

bison137 wrote:
But unfortunately football hasn't mattered much at many of the smaller northeastern schools.   LaSalle had a football team for years.   Almost no interest.   Finally disbanded less than a decade ago.

This sort of underscores the relative success of Patriot League formula.  The PL has come quite a distance, through many shifting tides and somewhat awkward realignments elsewhere.  Today, nobody would mistake Lafayette or Colgate or Lehigh or Bucknell or Holy Cross as a school on the verge of dropping football.

The PL has developed a solid brand name.  High school counselors, coaches and recruiting sites now speak of us routinely in the same breath as the IL.  Lafayette-Lehigh #150 was an enormous boost for the entire league, not just the two schools involved.  You think LaSalle vs. Iona ever could have pulled that off?  Not a chance.

Bottom line is, when assessing the fortunes of "smaller northeastern schools," I think the PL has done an incredible job of separating its members from the pack.


EDIT: Did You Know . . . current Philadelphia Eagles V.P. of Player Personnel (and de facto G.M.) Ed Marynowitz was a quarterback for the LaSalle Explorers?

http://media.philadelphiaeagles.com/media/151245/marynowitz-ed.pdf

In his two years at LaSalle (freshman and sophomore) before transferring to Central Florida, Marynowitz threw for 4,896 yards and 24 TDs with a QB rating of 109.5.

https://ulm.rivals.com/cviewplayer.asp?Player=13672

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