In the second segment, Sean Keeley of NunesMagician.com–the best Syracuse blog around–Skypes in to preview this weekend’s game and we take a look at the rest of the action in the ACC.
Syracuse forward Jerami Grant is expected to play a big role for the Orange this upcoming college basketball season. The SU staff just has to make sure someone keeps an eye on him on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Grant is apparently very confused on which day "Hump Day" is.
Syracuse will face a team ranked in the top five in the nation for the second time this season when it hosts No. 3 Florida State on Thursday, Oct. 10. Opening kick is set for 7 p.m. Fans who can't make it to the SU Soccer Stadium can watch the game live on Orange All Access on SUathletics.com.
In just his fifth game running the show, his squad getting beaten down by a team with a legitimate shot to play in the BCS title game that had just tried to score its sixth first-half TD, Shafe let it rip in a five second tirade of expletives with a field level camera capturing every word.
"I don't like to schedule official visits on game days," Shafer said. "The kids don't get all that they should from it. They don't get to sit down with the coaches because the coaches are game-planning and focusing on the players that matter most right now, which is our team. We'd rather do official visits after the season. That's always been my philosophy."
Now, with SU about to visit the Atlantic Coast Conference's Land of the Middling? Now, with six beatable foes about to be laid out before it in its next seven dates? Well, now the storyline is about to get very interesting for this Syracuse bunch that is in complete control of its own destiny, but must do all the crafting of it.
"Brandon Reddish is healthy and ready to go this week," Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer said in a teleconference Tuesday.
Syracuse has had at least seven penalties in each of its games, and more than a few have led to drives stalling.
So while it certainly may have felt like an aberration — a take-that moment for a player who, through five games, had largely been contained — it's important to realize that it wasn't. No, that carry — the one flashing a new-found burst to take Smith to the next level — was a reaffirmation of what SU's offense is five games into the season.
"When I was at public school there were just so many kids it was crazy. And there wasn't really one-on-one help. You either get it or you don't," Fair said. "When I went to Brewster, I met with a tutor every other day and she helped me with everything. The classes were much smaller and the teachers were much more engaged. And my grades improved drastically."
Syracuse center Rakeem Christmas, a two-year starter, enters his junior season this year.
Single-game basketball tickets go on sale Oct. 16.
"I hate stepping on a scale," he said. "It plays mind games with you. I don’t even step on it. As long as I look good and feel good, I’m fine."