"Baye is a coach's dream," said Syracuse assistant Mike Hopkins, who played for the Orange in the 1990s. "He's just disruptive. He plays so hard. It's all about team. He brings an energy and an excitement to the game. He makes things happen. It's like he has a shot of adrenaline on every possession, how hard he plays. His energy level is unparalleled."
"I think we just gave up plays," SU guard Brandon Triche said. "We were almost like, ‘OK, we’re gonna get the next one,’ instead of like being pissed off about it and saying they’re not going to get one and making sure that will not happen again."
"For me my biggest concern is to just win," says Marrone, "with the snow, the only thing I get worried about is if those officials can see those lines. Two years ago, we had a good experience with people shovelling it, so it'll be fine and be fun that's what makes football fun.
With the roster that has been assembled, 2013 looks like it could be the year that the Orange make a return trip to the Final Four.
"There were a lot of accidents, a lot of cars everywhere," Grant said. "The roads were icy, so it definitely was hard. We were driving like 30 miles per hour the whole time. It was a little nerve-wracking because we knew we had practice."
"It’s extremely tough," Vaughan said of the demotion prior to his fifth and final year at SU. "Anybody who says it isn’t would be lying, I think. I tried to take it in stride, and when opportunities presented themselves I did the best I could. It’s helped me grow as a person. I’m definitely tougher mentally because of it."
Scott Shafer has figured out a way to contain Smith in their last two match ups (nine sacks, 5 interceptions). While I don't think he'll completely shut down Smith this time, he has the pedigree to at least slow him down to a manageable level and Shafer has an offense that is playing with more confidence than at anytime in his Syracuse tenure to back his defense.
"We are talking to St. John’s, Villanova and Georgetown. We want to play at least two of them a year. We want to get to New York, Philadelphia and Washington. We will try to get to New York as much as possible," Boeheim said.
Brad Conner returns after a week off to talk about a rare Syracuse loss in December after the Orange’s defeat at the hand of Temple on Saturday
2012 proved to be one of--if not the--most memorable season under Head Coach Doug Marrone. Z89's Kevin Fitzgerald breaks down Syracuse's Top 5 Moments from this past fall. What makes the list? Take a listen and find out!
Doug Marrone and Dana Holgerson ooze excitement in their press conference today.
This year's Pinstripe Bowl features two teams that have a history with each other. The series between Syracuse and West Virginia goes all the way back to 1945. The last time these two met, SU dominated in the Carrier Dome with a 49-23 win last year. CitrusTV's Heather Prusak has the players and coaches reactions to the renewed rivalry.