Syracuse Daily Links - Catching Up With Rakeem Christmas

Got A Minute? Rakeem Christmas - Video | syracuse.com
Post-Standard Sports reporter Donna Ditota spends a minute talking with Central New York athletes. In this installment, Donna catches up with Syracuse University basketball big man Rakeem Christmas.

Morris Mystery Solved: Fizz Confirms Incoming RB Has Reported to Syracuse : Orange Fizz
Wofford clarified that Morris was in fact missing from the Summer Start program at first, because the running back had to finish up an online class. Morris eventually finished the course, and arrived on campus in mid-July. He’s all set academically, and is looking forward to starting his freshman year at SU.

Fond farewell to the Big East? - YNN, Your News Now
Maybe it's because they've only won ten conference games in the last seven years, but the Orange footballers didn't seem very bummed out about leaving the Big East when we talked to them at Media Day in Newport on Tuesday.

Doug Marrone’s Media Day Crankiness Grabs Syracuse Fans’ Attention : Orange Fizz
I don’t think this is media jihad from Doug. He’s just setting the tone that being satisfied with meager success is a fool’s game. He fears complacency on the team. He wants the team to inherit an edge, an us against the world mentality. He doesn’t want the press and fans giving the players any leash, because he knows it can turn on a dime. We’re a fickle bunch. A terrible autumn, and we won’t be so forgiving next Media Day.

Syracuse basketball recruiting profile: Marcus Lee | syracuse.com
Marcus Lee is built similarly to a young Hakim Warrick. He’s got extremely long arms and he’s very slender at 6-foot-9 and just 200 pounds. But he’s got athleticism, terrific timing when blocking shots and the ability to run the floor. Lee averaged 13.9 points, 13.9 rebounds and an incredible 9.1 blocks per game as a junior last season at Deer Valley High School. He helped the Wolverines to a 22-9 record.

Syracuse Football 12 in '12: No.7 Deon Goggins | syracuse.com
Syracuse coaches moved Goggins to defensive end after he spent last season in the trenches. Goggins' talents and size seem to be better suited off the end position. He was a tad undersized for the defensive line. That said, I thought he was one of the more aggressive players on defense a year ago and showed a growing ability to shed tacklers. He just needed some technique work.

Syracuse University Athletics - Returning Home for the N.Y. College Classic
The Syracuse football roster features 27 players from the New York and New Jersey region that are close to East Rutherford, N.J., home of MetLife Stadium. The 2012 SU roster boasts 19 players from the New York City area and eight that call the state of New Jersey home.

Syracuse University Athletics - Mastracci wins silver with Canada W8+
Natalie Mastracci became the first former Syracuse student-athlete to win a medal at the 2012 London Olympics, winning silver with the Canada women's eight at the Eton Dorney rowing facility on Thursday.

Syracuse basketball cartoon: Carmelo Anthony | syracuse.com
It's been a while since I've posted any Syracuse Sports Cartoons! While we wait for SU Football to start up in a little less than a month we can enjoy some SU athletes and coaches involved in the 2012 Summer Olympics. One of those athletes, of course, is SU Basketball Legend Carmelo Anthony. Carmelo is participating in his 3rd Olympic Games and is aiming for his 2nd Gold Medal.

Former Syracuse star Wes Johnson hopes history repeats itself with the Phoenix Suns | syracuse.com
"I talked to my family, and my brother said, 'It's rewriting itself all over again,'" Johnson told reporters earlier this week. "I plan on having that success here. "I bounced around in college. One place didn't fit for me, and I went to Syracuse and it was like paradise. It grew on me. So I definitely believe in (history repeating)."

The Morning Orange: Today's lesson is that SU's football Mount Rushmore must include Floyd Little | syracuse.com
I'll give you Jim Brown, no question, I'll give you Ernie Davis, no problem. With that said, Floyd Little had the best SU career of all of them. He was the first three-time All-American college football player since Doak Walker. He was the best player in college football in 1965, as Arnie Burdick (i.e., The Old Scout) forever declared, and he was Player of the Year in 1966.

What if USA Basketball Had Stuck With College Players - A Sea Of Blue
John Wallace placed on the 1996 Olympic team...if it were made up of college players.

Syracuse Football Coach Doug Marrone talks with CitrusTV's Chris Lewis at Big East Media Day in Newport, RI.

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