Competitive Disadvantage

Back-to-back PL champs 2016 and 2017.... but need to get back to relevance in the national FCS scene.
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Competitive Disadvantage

Post by News » Thu Sep 16, 2021 6:51 pm

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2015 was a great year for Patriot League football.

It was a season where two Patriot League schools would qualify for the FCS Playoffs, and Dan Hunt's Colgate team would have a one of the Patriot League's most epic runs through the bracket on the road - beating New Hampshire 27-20, then becoming James Madison's Kryptonite in an epic 44-38 win over the perennial FCS powerhouse.

A third straight road game ended their run at Sam Houston State with a 48-21 defeat, but the Raiders had nothing to hang their heads about.

At the time, there was no way of knowing that the 2015 season would be the high water mark for the league for the next six years - or that the drop would be so precipitous.
What happened?

(also, a related work:

https://www.college-sports-journal.com/ ... -football/
Nov. 13th, 2019: We are two weeks away from the end of the Patriot League regular season, and there is a very distinct possibility that the winner of the League is going to have a losing record.


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Re: Competitive Disadvantage

Post by Sundayamqb » Fri Sep 17, 2021 2:14 am

Great piece. Could be last chance to stay in FCS, keep an automatic playoff berth.

What's been going on the past few years is not sustainable.
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Re: Competitive Disadvantage

Post by Richb-3 » Fri Sep 17, 2021 4:30 pm

I see no problem with increasing scholarships to 63 and rosters to 110 (maybe 99 + redshirts). The 4 golden years of Higgins Lembo we usually had rosters over 110. If the 97(band) can have a 112, why not the team?

Maybe not unlimited redshirting, but certainly some. Why waste a Frosh QB year when there are 2 experienced seniors and 2 experienced Juniors on the team. Same with kickers.

Changing academics, last resort, but are not various IVY sports allowed to bring in 1-3 guys each year who although qualified would not be admitted without being a true sports star in HS?\
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Re: Competitive Disadvantage

Post by Lehigh4Life » Mon Oct 04, 2021 6:33 pm

In order to compete, the PL HAS to up the roster limits, AND make the non-scholarship players able to get financial aid.. asking kids to pay 75k PLUS play football is not fair, especially if they need help.
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Re: Competitive Disadvantage

Post by Sundayamqb » Mon Oct 04, 2021 10:12 pm

Lehigh4Life wrote: Mon Oct 04, 2021 6:33 pm In order to compete, the PL HAS to up the roster limits, AND make the non-scholarship players able to get financial aid.. asking kids to pay 75k PLUS play football is not fair, especially if they need help.
At the least ... without this, it can't remain remotely competitive.
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