The notoriously slow starting Syracuse basketball team will have to overcome a demon that plagues college basketball teams all across the nation throughout the season: a long layoff.
In Syracuse’s season-opener, the Orange defeated Jacksonville 21-8 Sunday in Jacksonville, Fla. behind five goals and six points from freshman Kayla Treanor. She tied the SU record for most goals in a freshman debut, set last year by sophomore Kailah Kempney.
"We will get through it and, hopefully, James will get through this."
The charity challenge runs for the next eight weeks and features coaches competing for good causes. Fans are able to vote each day for their favorite coach and/or cause at www.ESPN.com/Infiniti. The coaches are divided up in a bracket by regions and will advance based on fan votes.
Averaging 13.8 points per game and 7.1 rebounds per game, Fair is a top offensive weapon and the third member of the SU squad to earn the honor, following last week's Player of the Week recipient, senior Brandon Triche.
Best comeback performance: Syracuse. When the Orange started the year 2-4, how many of you predicted Doug Marrone would become the next coach of the Buffalo Bills? Syracuse ended the season as one of the league's hottest teams with wins in six of its last seven games. Last year was the exact reverse -- Syracuse started 5-2 and could not win another game. Interesting how that all worked out, isn't it?
The departure of one coach will be difficult for the team. But the departure of two of its top coaches poses severe questions for the future of Syracuse football.
In three years of covering Marrone and Syracuse, first as a stringer for the Finger Lakes Times and the last two years with The Daily Orange, this is the moment I will remember most about his tenure. The 31-27 win over Missouri — on the road, on national television, on a night when his team overcame a double-digit deficit, on a field where Georgia once trailed with a minute remaining in the third quarter, on a Southeastern Conference stage — earned Marrone the right to cross the most important item off of his rebuilding checklist: compete on the national level.
Jeremy Ryan chats with DaJuan Coleman after the Villanova victory.