- why such a weak start? 2 games against urbana? i know the men will be rebuilding this year but powder-puff opponents new help at large buds in the ncaa tourney.
- i'm getting nauseous with urbana, lake erie, etc. why aren't they playing the teams that think we suck - North Central teams, etc. I guess its all about $$$$$$.
- I'd rather see teams GU could see later in regionals playing in the non-conf. schedule than LEC/Urbana/Tiffin who have been recent bottom-feeders as new DII teams, even though they are new (or recent) additions to the GLIAC.
- The non-conference schedule is very weak. I hear many saying that they are going for a "weak" non-conf schedule because it's a "young" and "new" team... but here's a thought... this young and new team needs to be tested early or else it's going to be "HELLLOOO" when it comes to PSAC time. We play Daemen (whoopppiieee!) once and Urbana twice in a one month's span.
Do you remember who Gannon's national finalist team played to open the 1986-87 season? Of course you don't (unless you're Rick "Stats" Klapthor). The Knights hosted Penn State-Behrend and Pitt-Bradford and won those games by a combined 54 points. Gannon has always had cream puffs on its schedule and it always will.
Look at the many intriguing games you'll get to watch (or listen to) this winter: local rivals Edinboro and Mercyhurst twice each; Cal, IUP, Slippery Rock, and Clarion also twice; plus Kutztown, East Stroudsburg (the only team to win at Gannon last year) and potential dates with Ferris State and Bowie State. Don't focus on teams on the schedule that make you wretch: Urbana, Daemen, and Lake Erie, though they're all scholarship schools, at least.
Yes, it can always get worse than those DII/NAIA dregs. Remember non-scholarship opponents Thiel (98-53), Nyack (84-49 and 91-50), Allegheny (105-64), and Wooster (95-53)? And don't forget pitiful Penn State-McKeesport (100-50). They were so embarrassed, they changed their name the next season to Penn State-Greater Allegheny and fared even worse (127-50). And, finally, thank goodness there's no Hilbert (130-43) on this year's schedule ...