The Syracuse University women's cross country team, as well as the men's indoor and outdoor track & field squads, have earned the NCAA Division I Academic Performance Rate (APR) Public Recognition Award. All three teams were honored for achieving an APR score in the top 10 perfect of teams in the sport in Division I. The women's cross country team earned its seventh consecutive award while both the men's indoor and outdoor teams picked up their second honor in program history.
The Orange should end up with 81 scholarship players on the field in August, four under the NCAA limit of 85. I count only 14 seniors or fifth-year players who will depart next May. That means SU will only be able to take 18 new players in its class of 2013.
Syracuse looked like it had its seventh commitment for the Class of 2013 with RB Charles Davis, but that strangely fell apart. It didn’t take long for Lucky #7 to join the mix as defensive tackle Isaiah Johnson of Elkton, MD chose Orange Thursday afternoon.
We all remember the play. The Orange snapped the ball, ran a perfect freeze option that caught Penn State off guard. Quarterback Donnie McPherson stepped back and launched a perfect bomb to Rob Moore, who completed the 80 yard touchdown by galloping into the end zone. Syracuse never looked back.
While I believe Brandon Triche will be the heart of next year’s team and CJ Fair will be the do-everything sidekick, perhaps the most important x-factor this upcoming season is MCW. No other player has the potential to break out quite like Michael can given his freakish bodytype and ability to make plays as a lanky point guard.
Starting Friday, Division I men's basketball coaches will be able to send unlimited texts and make unlimited calls to recruits who have wrapped up their sophomore year of high school. The NCAA also will also allow coaches to send private messages to prospective players through social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter.
Zed Williams, from Cattaraugus, a junior at Silver Creek did just that last Saturday as he took the title of New York state record holder in lacrosse as the all-time points leader, sinking an incredible 554 points in his career. The thing is, he still has another year to lob that lax ball, so it is highly likely he will hold that title for some time to come. (Casey Powell, who went on to play for Syracuse, held the record for 18 years with 553 career goals.)
Bud and Brent discuss Dion and the mysterious promise, among other things.