"Walking in the Dome at a young age you're blown away," Miner said. "It's just getting caught up in the moment of Syracuse basketball. Ever since I was old enough to remember I've been a Syracuse fan. So why not Jim Boeheim?"
"I think it was hard to make a move for a lot of reasons,'' Boeheim said. "He likes New York. His son likes New York. His wife likes New York. Carmelo's committed to New York. He wanted to go to New York. He loves New York.''
The game features former Buffalo Bills QB Jim Kelly's first game in Buffalo as a Miami Hurricane.
"The light may come on in Week 5 and they become factors at that point," Lea said this week. "What I don't want to do is put all our chips in the Villanova game and say if you're not playing by there, you're redshirting. Let's see where they are at that point and continue to push them, and if there's a point at which they can come in and help us win a few games, these guys were brought here to do that."
This Friday, Katz will host special summer editions of Katz Korner, in which he interviews prominent college basketball coaches, and topping the list of guests is Boeheim.
Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer has deep ties to Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi dating back to their days at Rhode Island and Northern Illinois. Defensive backs coach Fred Reed has a good relationship with Spartans secondary coach Harlon Barnett, and defensive coordinator Chuck Bullough's family has a rich history with the school, with Chuck having both played and coached in East Lansing.
"The week leading up to practice we'll probably sit down with the training staff," Lea said. "I think he is above and beyond where anyone thought he would be. He's been working out and running and doing things with the team and is very much further ahead than we thought."
"Jamal Custis," Smith said. "Now, I don't know what Rob Moore looked like when he came out of high school, but man, he is as good as I've ever seen a kid look as a freshman. Oh my goodness, he's unbelievable."
"It forces everybody else to think the way I think and do exactly what I do," Hunt said. "It forces everybody on the team to be a quarterback, rather than just one guy. Everybody has to take responsibility for themselves, so I like it a lot."
"I added them to my top 10 because to me it was a big offer. It was an unexpected offer. I had been hearing good things about Syracuse."
"I like making a mark," Duerig said. "Where I can make a mark most is where I play. And if I can come into a program and give my heart and do my best and start for four years…I think that’d be fantastic."