"I mean, every day you step out here just being in the D-League it's just motivating because there is a bigger goal," said Jackson. "I think once you enter the league there is no bigger goal because you're in the NBA so it's not like you're playing to get called up somewhere else. But here, I mean, you're playing to be in the league just like anybody. So guys are going hard, guys are leaving it all out on the court, and you know you gotta just treat every night like it's your last game because, I mean, it could be your last game in the D-League. I mean you don't know that - you could get that call up.
"The communication among the schools in the ACC is outstanding,’’ Gross said. "It's an active conference. It's responsive. It's easy to get people together to discuss important matters. Commissioner (John) Swofford does a great job. He makes great decisions and he has the ability to make them fast.''
After four, generally impressive, victories by the Syracuse Orange, the one glaring weakness has clearly been three point shooting. It hasn’t been just bad, it’s been atrocious. As a team the Orange is shooting 26.6% from downtown, ranking 313th out of 347 Division 1 teams. No, that wasn’t a typo. At this point we know this unit will struggle from the outside.
The Orange has set the following records this season: total offense yards record (5,681), total yards per game (473.4), total plays (939), passing yards (3,619), passing yards per game (301.6), completions (283), pass attempts (449) and first downs (276). SU has tied the most touchdown passes record that was set in 1998 with 24.
With the signings of four-star recruits Tasia Butler, Briana Day and Alexis Peterson and Day’s twin and three-star recruit Bria Day to National Letters of Intent Tuesday, the Orange has a recruiting class ranked No. 10 by Collegiate Girls Basketball Report. Blue Star Basketball Report also ranks SU’s class No. 12.
"It was just continuing to push forward, and for that I’m extremely proud of this group," McIntyre said. "When they finally take a big breath, I think the guys will take a lot of pride in what they’ve accomplished this year."
The SU men's soccer team concluded its 2012 campaign at Georgetown in the NCAA third round on Sunday, Nov. 25. The road to the program's first berth in the 'Sweet Sixteen' was historic, as the Orange experienced one of its most successful seasons in program history.
Congrats to former Syracuse FB Tombe Kose, who signed with the AFL's Philadelphia Soul.
I'm bunching Arizona and Syracuse together as a punishment, because neither team has played a legitimate opponent. Syracuse began the season with the aircraft carrier game against a decent San Diego State team, but that wasn't as significant of a test as it should've been because the stiff ocean wind allowed a bigger and stronger Syracuse squad to sit in their zone and force the Aztecs to jack up ill-advised 3-pointers all game (which they did en route to a 1-18 showing behind the line).
Mike Leveille (2005-08), Steven Brooks (2004-05, 2007-08), John Lade (2009-11) and John Galloway (2008-11) will suit up for the Americans when they face defending national champion Loyola on Jan. 27 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The 38-member U.S. team will also square off against Notre Dame on Jan. 26 as part of the event.
Having a successful football program wasn’t the only part of the equation, however. Louisville’s also displayed an impressive, impassioned amount of fan support, which certainly carried weight with the other "football schools" such as Clemson, Virginia Tech and Florida State.
Missed this from Thanksgiving but congrats to Syracuse's newest cheerleader...