I went through data on Big 10 the other night. Under 6 transfers out is pretty good. Then you have your graduating seniors. However, 6 out per year for 3 years is equivalent to losing an entire recruiting class.Go Lehigh TU Owl wrote: ↑Thu Nov 30, 2023 3:15 pm Based on what I'm seeing around the country, Lehigh seems to be doing a good job with retention. Develop the players you got? A novel concept. Isn't this the institution's strength? Although, there's not massive defections at the FCS level all things considered. FBS is a train wreck....
Seal the deal with the high school kids and see what happens. I still maintain it's a small climb to relevancy....
What you do see with the data is that winning teams win because the recruit, develop and retain their athletes. The top tier Big 10 of Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State all have 2 or less transfers out this year.
It is the same in private sector world. Winning whether a hospital system or a Fortune 500 company is about talent acquisition, talent development and talent retention.
Lehigh unfortunately is digging itself out of a hole. It lost a good number of transfers out last year. It will lose another 7+ this year. Then you have 2 years of graduation over that period. This equates to losing about half your team and the Head Coach has not brought on full recruiting class he recruited. This means over the next 2 years, Lehigh will be a young and very inexperienced team, while the elite FBS and even Patriot League teams will be playing with talent they developed for 3 to 4 years.
Coaching changes and transfers out should be the scourge of every Athletic Director. They should be addressed to essentially never happen if possible.
Lehigh has a long-way to go. Recruiting class is showing some good talent. Lehigh still not anywhere close to being 22 players competitive at the Top 3 in Patriot League. Probably 3 years out which takes coach into 4th year of likely a 5 year contract. That 4th year will have to be stellar.