(Credit: Brent Hugo/Lehigh Athletics)
Bucknell coach Dave Paulsen and his Lafayette counterpart, Fran O’Hanlon, tried to interject a little levity to the annual Patriot League pre-season luncheon held in Bethlehem, Pa., in late October.
The target of their good-nature barbs was one of the three student-athletes in attendance — Lehigh’s All-American guard C.J. McCollum.
“I am probably speaking for all Patriot League coaches that all of us were overjoyed, C.J., that you decided to withdraw your name from the NBA draft and come back to school,” Paulsen said, with tongue firmly in cheek. “Alot of us were really excited to hear that.”
The senior from Canton, Ohio, wouldn’t bite, choosing instead to watch highlights from the 2011-12 Patriot League season on a nearby screen.
“Someone was talking to me earlier about being the longest-tenured coach in the league,” said O’Hanlon, entering his 18th season with the Leopards. “Well, C.J. McCollum is the longest tenured player. He has been here for