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|Subject: Pre-game and Prediction from the blog (See link or goto http://duquesnesports.blogspot.com/for full story)
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Date Posted: Saturday, November 20, 11:16:01am
The Dukes will try to be the first Pennsylvania NEC team to beat the Bulldogs since they started playing a conference schedule on 2008. Altogether Byant is 8-0 against Robert Morris (3-0), St. Francis (3-0) and the Dukes (2-0).
Bryant RB Jordan Brown is the NEC's leading rusher with 1311 yards including 138 in the Bulldogs win over Robert Morris. The Dukes have been good against the pass, not so good against a strong ground game.
Whatever the Dukes do today, the team is ensured of a winning season, something that they just had to have or changes may have been made. This game will really make the difference between an acceptable season and a good season by what our standards should realistically be.
Jerry Schmitt did a number of things to bring in more experienced coaches to better develop his talent. It showed. He's been given and promised more support in the form of having more scholarships. His two biggest needs for next year- Stronger legs from his kickers and more strenght/weight on both OL and DL. Mike Passodelis is a great example of a kid who did all he could to develop himself into an FCS level player in his style of play and his off season conditioning program.
Most people don't realize that the Dukes still don't approach the NEC competition's scholarship limits allowed and probably never fully will. Title 9 probably was what forced Duquesne to cut baseball, golf, wrestling and mens swimming to bring the football scholarships up and fund the basketball improvements. The administration really couldn't blame Title 9 without speaking out against women's sports. Philosophically, Title 9 supports women's athletics by forcing universities to fold men's programming. This is not equity, its a tragic and unfair sacrifice of the second tier men's programs. It takes away men's scholarships more than it adds to womens as Duquesne's experience shows. A fairer way to address equity is to look at dollars and efforts spent trying to offer women's sports and not scholarships allowed.
Rooney's tiny seating area and its impression on recruits, fans and the press is the other major handicap that, unlike Title 9, can be fixed.
Prediction: The Dukes will pull out another game winning closing drive after giving Bryant a lead on the strength of their running game. Yes, I going with my heart again in a close game.
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[> Subject: Re: Pre-game and Prediction from the blog (See link or goto http://duquesnesports.blogspot.com/for full story)
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Date Posted: Saturday, November 20, 11:57:19am
Right on the button concerning Title 9. Great discussion on "Capthas" on WMNY just before the game that battles the spam that was hitting your site, Coffee.
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