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Daily Links - Sneaking A Peek At Akron

Early Look – Akron |
Time to take a deep dive into our opponents for the upcoming 2010 season. Our opener is against a team we fans should be plenty aware of as we have played them the last two years. So let’s get to it!

The Big East's best: No. 24, Derrell Smith - Big East Blog - ESPN
While teammate and fellow Syracuse linebacker Doug Hogue had gaudier sack and TFL numbers, I felt like Smith was the heart and soul of the Orange defense.

Post-spring position rankings: Tight ends - Big East Blog - ESPN
7. Syracuse: Losing Mike Owen leaves this group as a big unknown. Senior Nick Provo, who finished the spring as a starter, hasn't posted many stats in his career. Hofstra transfer Jose Cruz is a big target.

2011: Early Top 50 Ranking | College Basketball by
Syracuse No. 4 - Rautins & Johnson are certainly big losses. But Boeheim welcomes the Big East's top class. Basketball Recruiting - Syracuse wins Big East recruiting battle
The Big East placed four teams in the national rankings. The top team in the conference, Syracuse, sits at No. 7 nationally with a four-man class led by the impressive inside/outside duo of Fabricio de Melo and Dion Waiters.

Women's basketball recruiting -- Ranking the class of 2012 - ESPN
Breanna Stewart of North Syracuse, N.Y., the most exciting prospect to emerge since Maya Moore

Syracuse takes aim at the state of Rutgers - On the Banks
Despite any bluster out of Syracuse and the shared date, the fledgling U/D game is more akin to NJ's long-standing North-South game than a serious competitor to the established NJ-NE Classic as a venue for marquee competition.

FizzCast: Russillo on Wes’ Future : Orange Fizz: Syracuse Orange Sports Blog, Recruiting, Podcasts
"I think he’s good, but there are some holes in his game. I spoke to Jim Boeheim about him and asked is he the best athlete you’ve ever had at ‘Cuse? He said ‘Yes, he is.’"

Christian Swezey's early look forward into 2011 |
Syracuse has back a pair of first-team All-Americans -- defenseman John Lade and goalie John Galloway. And as long as defensive coordinator Lelan Rogers stays put, the Orange will have a stout defense.