More information than you'll ever need on the nation's assist leader, Syracuse sophomore Michael Carter-Williams
It takes a special combination of skills for a guard to dominate a basketball game without being able to shoot. Since you can't play off the ball if you can't stretch the floor, a perimeter player without a jumper needs the ball in his hands to be effective. And because five players share one ball on offense, time with the ball in your hands is a very valuable commodity indeed.
While we wait for the white smoke to come out of a small chimney at Manley Field House to tell us if Doug Marrone has received an NFL offer or not, let's address one issue about the situation that I think Syracuse fans need to cool off on. The "dream job" angle.
Understand first and foremost, this is a Twitter report. I hate Twitter reports. But this is a report from a confirmed Twitter account of an Associated Press writer, so it is interesting to say the least. Writer Tom Withers said on his Twitter account today that Chip Kelly will be interviewing with the Cleveland Browns job, and adds a little note about Doug Marrone:
"I think it is the ultimate compliment to Doug’s coaching abilities that his name is being mentioned in NFL circles," Gross said in the statement. "None of us should be surprised by the attention given his experience and success."
Our community is cheering still for the Pinstripe Bowl victory and the tremendous second half of the season. Fans are hoping Coach Marrone remains on the Carrier Dome sideline for a few more seasons anyway. But, keep in mind a strong exit strategy is often the sign of a strong leader. Few get to leave when the crowd is still cheering. One day soon Doug Marrone may execute the final phase of the strategy he began implementing twenty years ago. He may have dreamed of coaching in Syracuse, but he planned to coach on Sundays.
"Absolutely, if the opportunitiy presents itself down the road," SNY Big East studio producer Steve Hauser said in regards to Jardine coming back to SNY. "Scoop seemed to get more and more comfortable as the night progressed."
As the NFL postseason beings this weekend, seven former Syracuse football student-athletes are still in action with their respective professional teams. Four Orange alumni will face each other when the Baltimore Ravens (10-6) and the Indianapolis Colts (11-5) line up on the gridiron for a wild card playoff game, while the New England Patriots, that feature three former Orange, have a bye week.
Orange lacrosse fans can purchase 2013 men's lacrosse season tickets online now at SUathletics.com or by calling the Carrier Dome Box Office at 1-888-DOMETIX.
While Pitt is still preparing for their upcoming bowl game this weekend, the Panthers' future conference, the ACC, has finished up its bowl season following the Orange Bowl on New Year's Day. The conference wasn't projected to have a successful bowl season - the league only had two teams that were favored in their bowl games (Virginia Tech and Florida State) - yet the ACC finished a respectable 4-2. If you want to thrown in the wins by new members Syracuse and Louisville, that means the conference was 6-2.
In the first place, I don't like the Orange's lack of proficiency from three-point range. They are making 33.3 percent as a team, but their two primary ballhandlers, Brandon Triche and Michael Carter-Williams, are making a combined 28.4 percent. Moreover, Syracuse has a tricky schedule the next few weeks. Besides having to play at Louisville on Jan. 18 and at Pitt on Feb. 2, the Orange have to play two sneaky tough road games at South Florida and Providence. The lockdown zone defense and offensive rebounding will get Syracuse past most opponents, but I'm not convinced that will be enough to match its ranking and buzz in the near term.
Single Game tickets for Villanova Basketball's three remaining games at the Wells Fargo Center in Philly, including the January 26 game against Syracuse, are now available.
My thoughts on Doug Marrone and whether or not he'll leave SU for the NFL: