Question: Where are Easton aluminum bats made? If you guessed Easton, Pa., you were wrong. They are actually made in a suburb of Los Angeles, but Easton, Pa., is home to Lafayette College, which comes to the Fargodome on Saturday. A few things I took from interviews with head coach Frank Tavani and quarterback Ryan O’Neil today:
- Tavani was great, I could have talked to him all day. He talked about Hurricane Irene interrupting preparations because of a two-day power outage, although he said that did not affect game planning for NDSU.
- Lafayette just put $33 million into facilities including a state-of-the-art sound system, which will get a workout this week. Noise, a lot of it, will drown the players during practice to simulate the noise of the Fargodome. It’s nothing new for teams prepping for the dome, but don’t tell that to the neighbors living around Lafayette’s stadium. “The mayor told me the noise ordinance starts at 9,” Tavani said.
- O’Neil is a senior quarterback who is already among the best passers in school history. His older brother was a three-year starting quarterback at Holy Cross and his sister went to that school as well. “He’s given me tons of advice,” Ryan said. As for not going to Holy Cross? “It just didn’t work out and it wasn’t meant to be,” he said.
- Lafayette lost five games by six points or less last season, something the players hope to avoid this season. “It shows we were just one or two plays away,” O’Neil said. “That motivated us all off season.”