Syracuse Orange football coach Scott Shafer does not mince many things, least of all words. When discusing Syracuse's quarterback situation on an ACC conference call Thursday, he made it pretty plain:
"Someone asked me the other day if it's controversial," Shafer said. "I said 'Hell yeah.' We have a quarterback controversy. We don't know who we're starting yet. ... We don't want to put all our marbles in what happened in 15 days."
I don't know if it actually qualifies as a "controversy" when you haven't even picked anyone yet, but, I love the attitude. And the jumbled marbles metaphor.
"Jarrod West had a good spring game...Then we've got a handful of kids that are in a fight. It's a good fight. They're all in a fight for playing time. At times they looked really good with some things, and at times they looked they were a long ways away. At the end of the day, the completion was the thing I liked most about it."
When specifically asked about Quinta Funderburk, the Arkansas transfer who seemed to be MIA during the spring game, Shafer added "He showed flashes of being a good player," which is code for "you're walking the same line junior Marcus Sales walked so stop walking it.