Thursday, September 6, 2012

Early Call

It's not even this light at 6am these days

Yes, the 6am practices are back even as classes resume. 

In a Tweet yesterday, Head Coach Pete Magurian wrote: 

"First early morning practice, first day off cards. Not bad, I've been around worse. We're working, but it's all about wins, nothing else."

True enough!

By the way "off cards" refers to the big cue cards most teams use to get used to plays during training camp. Regular practice sessions get rid of them except for the scout team that is running the opponent plays.

Fordham's game notes for its first road game of the season at Villanova are now available. There are no changes in the starting lineup compared to the season opener last week.

After that glorified clinic against D-II Lockhaven, this game at 'Nova will be a much bigger challenge for the Rams. The Wildcats aren't as strong this year as they were a few years ago, but they're still a top FCS power and will be heavily favored in the game.

Lehigh takes on Central Connecticut State, also on the road. Columbia faced CCSU in 2009 and learned the hard way how good a coach Jeff McInerney is as he made a great adjustment in strategy at the half and engineered a comeback win over the Lions at Wien Stadium. 

For the Mountain Hawks, there seems to be a slight dissatisfaction with the way the team played in the 27-17 win over Monmouth. That's the kind of problem I'd like to have. 

Week one opponent Marist will be under the lights in its home opener against Bucknell at 6pm Saturday. But those game notes have just been published  and I will analyze them tonight.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

"That's the kind of problem I'd like to have" Yep. Most coaches like close wins. They get the "W,-"W" (which is all that matters) but they also get to yell and scream at the guys all week that they need to do better--and they can keep a straight face while doing so. Maybe the top BCS teams need big wins to stay on the polls, but at this level, it doesn't matter.