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El Duque
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Date Posted: Wednesday, February 08, 10:11:56am
In reply to: Judge Jack mcVay Jr 's message, "Re: TO THE DUQUESNE RECRUITING CLASS OF 2012" on Tuesday, February 07, 06:31:12pm

I don't know enough about the players or the programs from which they come to judge where this class stands historically. But on paper, the size of these linemen, the reputation of the QB, and the new receivers (including a good-sized TE) are really impressive. And I'd really like to see out program become one of the best FCS programs in the country.

For Judge Jack, those club teams on which you played were very talented for that level of football, something I attributed to the quality of talent in the Pittsburgh area. But what a transition this program has made, first to DIII, then to 1AA, then to FCS. I have always wondered what the program - and DU - would have been like if the HG Fathers would've had the foresight to keep the program after the War. Would we have been on a par with schools like ND and BC?

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Date Posted: Monday, February 13, 07:06:34pm

ED- Great observation. Duquesne could be a modern Boston College if their program wasn't cut. To be honest with you, the other thing that Duquesne should have done was to work with Mercy Hospital to put together a decent medical school to provide competition with UPMC.

I read that Pittburgh has the highest health care costs in the nation. This would have added another third to the campus and enhansed the university's reputation and recruitability... and maybe given enough room for some seats around the football field and room for more parking.

... not that the move should have been driven by the football program- It just seems odd that Mercy and Duquesne didn't form a Catholic Health are system like Detriot Mercy and other big city jointures.

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Judge Jack McVay Jr
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Date Posted: Monday, February 20, 10:13:12pm

Hey El Duque! I have often wondered "what if" and then realize that I wasn't in the HG Fathers shoes at the time and very well might have made the same decision!My Dad told me that the program had declined some by then but it still had some pretty good individual talent too!Thanks for the love re our teams and the talent level which I agree was pretty good and as you describe, and what I would charecterize as competetive DIII despite the club status.Always enjoy your posts!Thanks, Jack

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