12. Syracuse. Scott Shafer has taken over, and recruiting should be his top priority, as the Orange haven’t even been on the rankings radar recently. It's going to take some work to close the gap with the rest of the division.
Tidbit: Syracuse joins the ACC and moves right to the front of the line – in career victories, at least. The Orange enter 2013 with 699 victories, the most of any team in its new league.
Shane Battier is quite an accomplished basketball player — not only did he win a national championship at Duke, but he has now won several in the NBA too. And how does he like to celebrate his championship wins? Going to Denny’s, apparently.
Special teams play was not consistent enough across the board last year for Syracuse's liking, and first-year coach Scott Shafer wants to do better by dividing responsibilities up among several members of the coaching staff.
Jim Boeheim feels the way many Orange fans do about Syracuse's inevitable move to the ACC. He's excited.
Definitely to have a bigger role, whatever it is, and to try to win a national championship. Try to top what we did last year, making it to the Final Four. Our team is capable of doing that.
It’ll be a one-two punch for the Orange in the tourney, because Ennis will also suit up for Team Canada. Ennis will be relied upon to run the offense as a true freshman this season.
Any time you see a 6'6" point guard you take notice. And Michael Carter-Williams is worth taking a look at. The usual knocks on taller point guards are that they're slower, less coordinated, or play the game like shooting guards in disguise.
Rodney Williams' summer plans might be changing after his trip to Syracuse on Thursday. The Cherry Hill West High School cornerback received a scholarship offer from Syracuse shortly after he spent most of his day on campus and performed well at the team's camp inside Manley Field House, bringing his offer sheet to three (Temple, Buffalo).
Syracuse field hockey head coach Ange Bradley has announced the hiring of Tara Zollinger as assistant coach. She joins the Orange staff after playing at Maryland the previous four years and coaching at various levels.
Wake Forest, Syracuse, Georgia Tech, and Duke failed to have a member on the team. :(
Who's excited to face the 'Noles every single season?!