Drew Allen is standing before the cash register at Shirt World on Marshall Street. Piled on the glass countertop at the back of the store is a collection of T-shirts, shorts and other Syracuse apparel that the transfer quarterback from Oklahoma has picked out as gifts for his family.
1. Jerome Smith, Syracuse: He averaged 90.08 yards per game, 5.16 yards a carry and topped the 100-yard mark five times last fall, including four straight games against Connecticut, South Florida, Cincinnati and Louisville.
Syracuse University has completed the schedule for the Orange men's basketball team's upcoming exhibition game tour through Canada in August. Syracuse added a fourth and final game to the exhibition slate with a contest against McGill University in Montreal on Aug. 22.
I've always been a proponent of a straight north-south divide, with no crossover game. The elimination of the crossover would allow the ACC to cycle through cross-division games twice as quickly, but there's no way to eliminate the crossover and maintain important games without a straight North-South split.
Biggest fallers? Louisiana Tech and Syracuse won't drop completely off the map, but both will embark on the 2013 season with new coaches and without key offensive personnel. Sustaining a top-30 ranking will be exceedingly difficult to repeat for either.
One of the best moments of the Syracuse basketball season came in a game that the Orange didn’t play in. Orange fans, along with the rest of America, rooted for first-time NCAA entry Florida Gulf Coast University, who became just the seventh No. 15 seed in history to topple a No. 2 seed.
NBA talent evaluators can envision two scenarios playing out for Syracuse Orange point guard Michael Carter-Williams in the years ahead. At almost 6 feet 6 in sneakers, they visualize him towering over opposing point guards. He can use his unhindered view of the court to hurl pinpoint passes to teammates for easy baskets.
Hill and Sam Rodgers, juniors on the Syracuse football team, went on a seven-day mission trip to Haiti last month with an organization called Poverty Resolutions. With two weeks between the end of their finals and the start of summer school, they spent most of their precious free time as volunteers at the House of Hope orphanage in Williamson, about 40 miles from Port-au-Prince.
Syracuse forward C.J. Fair, who was invited to the World University Games tryout later this month, has elected not to attend the training camp. USA Basketball announced it officially today. Fair said earlier this week that "a personal reason" might prevent him from participating.
Pugh protected quarterback Nassib’s blind side for four years as Syracuse’s left tackle. Both grew up and played their high school ball in the Philadelphia suburbs 50 miles apart from each other. Now only five lockers separate the two budding NFL stars as they have been given the opportunity to break into the NFL together.
The summer is filled with recruiting buzz, and Syracuse hoops fans may want to keep tabs on Class of ’14 big man Goodluck Okonoboh. He’s another Boston-area product like Michael Carter-Williams and Nerlens Noel that the Orange is pursuing hard.
Somebody posted a full 36-minute video of a Syracuse v. Penn State football game from 1963 on YouTube. There's no sound, but might be fun to watch for some folks...