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Restoration of 44

Last night there was a meet and greet for Syracuse Alumni with Floyd Little in Boston. If you ever get a chance to see the man speak, do it, he is outstanding. He is engaging, funny, personable and willing to talk one on one with everyone after his speech. The only downside to the night was that it was held at the BC Club because Syracuse doesn't have anything like The Lubin House in Boston. My only solace in attending the event at this location was knowing that Floyd Little was better than any Football player BC had ever produced.

At one point he and Chris Gedney were talking about Football recruiting and how the University is aware of how sub-standard their facilities are, there is a push to update everything; this is being spearheaded by Coach Marrone. Chris joked how it is really cool for him that he can walk into the player’s lounge and say to his son, 'This is where I used to sit and study' because nothing has changed in 20 years. But that isn't a selling point for recruits. They are only in the fundraising/lobbying stages for this upgrade but it is something that they are aware of and working on.

The highlight of the night, for me at least, was when Floyd was asked his thoughts on the retirement of 44. He opened with comment about how it would have to come down in 12 years or so because his 6 year old grandson plans to play running back at Syracuse and he has to wear 44. Then he got serious and said that he believes is should be made available to players again, but only for a junior or senior running back who has the chance to be special, add to the legacy and has earned it. He thinks that to give it to a freshman puts too many expectations on them and they don't fully understand it when they walk on campus. (I'm paraphrasing here, I don't remember his exact words.)

When the time is right he says it will be brought back and that there is a 3 man committee, he, Jim Brown & Dr. Gross, who will decide when that time his right. He didn't mention Coach Marrone but I have to believe he will be part of that decision too.

Just wanted to share, what I believe to be, good news around the Syracuse Athletic department.




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