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Fab Melo, Vander Blue among sophs to watch this season - Seth Davis -
I usually don't make it my business to root for specific players, but I'm making an exception for Melo. He is endearing and earnest, and it's not his fault that he arrived in Syracuse amid sky-high expectations he was unprepared to meet. After all, Melo only came to the U.S. to play basketball three years ago. The college game proved to be too fast for Melo as a freshman, and like a lot of big men he came in woefully out of shape. Melo spent his summer working hard to improve his conditioning, and you can just see how much better his self-esteem is now. He's still a long way from being an offensive threat, but he has given the Orange the defensive anchor in the paint they lacked last year.

Syracuse Football: When Doug Marrone's Success Becomes A Burden - SB Nation New York
Marrone doesn't want to go anywhere. He wants to be the Syracuse football head coach for a long time and hopefully grow this program into something Orange fans can be proud of. Last year was just a glimpse of what was possible. And, if anybody doubts that strategy of hiring a coach that is committed to a program, ask SU men's basketball coach Jim Boeheim how that philosophy worked for his career.

Syracuse University football team never gave itself a chance thanks to season-high six turnovers |
"Penalties (10 for 95 yards), turnovers and field position are obviously things that hurt us," SU coach Doug Marrone said. "Those three things, if you look at the whole season, are an accurate statement of why we are the way we are."

Top 10: All-time Heisman Trophy Snubs |
1. Notre Dame QB Paul Hornung over Syracuse RB Jim Brown (1956)

Syracuse’s Ryan Sloan Had His HS Grades Bumped Up? Whatever : Orange Fizz
So school officials bumped his grades from failing to a 65? You ever speak to public high school teachers? This happens with all kinds of students, not just athletes. The school doesn’t want kids to be left behind. It reflects poorly on the teachers. It’s a drain on resources. Please. Go watch Waiting for Superman, a film about the inefficiencies of America’s school system, and then tell me if this is still a story.

Next Beasts of the Big East: The Fizz’s Top 5 Recruits in the 2012 Class : Orange Fizz
The dust is settling on the 2012 recruiting/signing season, and The Fizz reveals its top 5 most talented players in the class.

Syracuse Orange Basketball - Catching Up with 2013 4-Star Center Prospect BeeJay Anya
"I don't think it will affect my feelings about Syracuse. I just hope they are able to move past the situation."

Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim says Marshall might be team's toughest test to date |
"I think the one last thing I will say is that I watched a little bit of Marshall," Boeheim told reporters. "I usually don't look ahead but I thought Marshall might be better than anybody we've played, so I think that will be a difficult thing for our players now to turn around this thing by Tuesday and get ready."

Fair hits the glass hard in Syracuse victory over Florida | The Juice Online
"As bench players, I can’t really call them bench players, because they come in and they work so hard," Triche said. "[Fair’s] energy, his length and his quickness helped us out, especially in the zone."

Weber On Sports Express .::.
This week the Web Dog unloads on Syracuse and "Doogie the librarian" Marrone.

Kenny delves into the curse currently plaguing New York State Football.