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(Information in this team report is as of Oct. 1.)
COACH AND PROGRAM
The beginning of the Bob Hoffman era at Mercer exceeded all expectations. Three games into the 2008-09 season, the Bears were 3-0 with victories over Alabama and Auburn. And when Mercer built an 18-point lead in the second half against Georgia Tech, 4-0 seemed to be a certainty.