"On paper, if you knew Derrick Rose was going to be good and healthy, it'd be hard to find a better fit than Chicago looks like. I love the coach (Tom Thibodeau) there, I love the way (Joakim) Noah plays, and (Taj) Gibson ... That looks like a great situation."
"I feel the fast pace of the game and managing this pace with the eighth official makes sense," Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer said in a text message on Tuesday.
Steele notes Syracuse has finished higher than he predicted in each of the last two seasons, so that should offer some semblance of optimism for the Syracuse fans reading he has the Orange finishing fourth this season in the Atlantic Division, behind perennial league heavyweights Florida State, Clemson and newcomer Louisville.
"Nothing will change from the fan perspective," Giansante said. "If anything changes, it will be behind the scenes. From the fan perspective, they won't see the game any differently."
"Those payments will be handled appropriately by the university however we decide to run it," said Joe Giansate, the chief of communications for the Syracuse athletic department. "Those commitments will be honored."
On draft night, Grant slid into the second round of the draft. Philadelphia finally took him with the 39th overall pick. Hence, the number 39. The number is no accident. Grant is wearing it as a reminder and motivation.
Syracuse appears to have its man in mind already – assistant Mike Hopkins has been deemed coach-in-waiting. Any ascension plan at this point looks like Hopkins-or-bust, really. But on the off-chance that plan falls apart, who might be willing to assume the burden of keeping the Orange among the nation's elite?
McDonald said he identified "organizational leadership" as an area he wanted to be better in heading into his second season on the Syracuse staff. As the top offensive chieftain and purveyor of South Florida recruiting, McDonald is one of the most influential and important figures in the football program. In many ways his work habits can shape the identity of the program, and it's why he feels he owes it to his boss and colleagues to continue growing as a coach.
"My Top 4 in no order is Rutgers, Syracuse, Boston College and Penn State," Ellison told 247Sports.com.
A couple of days after the chancellor’s comments, we were observing all the midday hustle and bustle outside of the entire Lampe Athletics Complex and beyond and our thoughts kept reverting back to the fact that this is the area of campus where Orange athletics truly reside, it’s only on game day (obviously as important as that is) when the action shifts up Comstock Avenue.
Regardless of what could happen in the coming months, Syracuse football recruiting is in a great spot. They have a packed 2015 recruiting class with five months to go until NSD. Although the quality of the class could be better, the Orange recruiting at least has a safety net to rely on.
Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim is a little too staid to be a willing spokesman for the Syracuse K-Rock affiliate’s K-Rockathon Music Festival. His memorable meltdown against Duke, on the other hand, is another story.