The Orange has earned 252.00 points in the NACDA Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings, its highest point total during the fall since the inception of the award. The 2012 Orange field hockey squad scored 83 points for its third-place finish at the NCAA Championship, while men's soccer earned 64 points for its NCAA Sweet 16 entry. Football recorded 45 points after its victory in the Pinstripe Bowl, and the men's cross country team posted 60 points for its 15th-place finish at the NCAA Championship.
Pitt picked up some talent this week when safety Dontez Ford from Syracuse decided he would transfer to Pitt. Ford will walk on to Pitt and sit out this year due to NCAA transfer rules. So why the decision to transfer? As of Wednesday, Ford wasn't saying.
With the recent coaching changes, Scout.com‘s Mike McAllister calls in to talk abouts its affect on the Syracuse recruiting class. Andrew Kouwe also breaks down the Orange’s 3-0 start on The Juice on the Cuse podcast on SNY.tv.
"I think he’s their glue guy," Cooley said. "I think C.J. gives them a veteran on the floor who makes everyone else better. He’s one of the best mid-range shooters in the league."
"The reason Galasso and other student-athletes are eligible immediately," Isaf writes, "is due to the one-time transfer exception in bylaw 220.127.116.11.10. While the general rule in all sports is that a transfer must serve a year in residence, this bylaw allows for a one-time exception in all sports except football, basketball, baseball and men’s ice hockey.
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced the watch-list finalists for the 2013 Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award. Syracuse sophomore Michael Carter-Williams is one of the 20 who earned a spot. Carter-Williams leads all Division I performers in assist average (9.6). He's also averaing 12.0 points and 3.2 steals per outing. He has started all 16 games for the seventh-ranked Orange.
British Columbia natives Gary and Paul Gait were among the 55 honorees recognized by the Canadian Lacrosse Association with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal at a ceremony in December. The brothers led Syracuse to three consecutive national championships from 1988-90, and Gary is the current head coach of the Orange women's program.
"I think every human being has those thoughts," Shafer said, "especially in this profession. I am extremely passionate about it. I’d be lying if I didn’t tell you there were moments over last 10 years when I wondered, ‘Boy, will I ever get that opportunity?’"
Although he coached at Syracuse for only four seasons, former head football coach Doug Marrone helped revitalize a fading program.
In case you needed a little help, Jim, here's a map of the Clemson area with the Denny's locations highlighted.
I'm sick of hearing people who have never watched a Cuse game, tell me he's a rising star because one of his boys liked him and he's young. I'm going to the horse's mouth. So, we are joined by Sean Keeley from SB Nation's Syracuse site to talk about Hackett's time in Syracuse.
I'm officially suspending my Michael Carter-Williams for 2014 National Player of the Year campaign. Time will tell if this is a Rick Santorum/Herman Cain campaign suspension, in which I pretend that "suspend" means something other than "terminate permanently," or if the campaign will resume at some point in the future. Ever since Carter-Williams got busted shoplifting a bathrobe in December, he's been a huge disappointment. Just look at these stats that I cherry-picked to support my argument...
Joey Galloway liked Scott Shafer taking over at Syracuse: