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Eager to reconnect with fans, Syracuse takes its football show to downtown Rochester - The Washington Post
"I think it’s perfect for us to be here. It seems like the people that are here are pretty enthused about it," athletic director Daryl Gross said. "It’s probably too chilly to get the masses out."

Notes from Syracuse's scrimmage - Big East Blog - ESPN
"We are progressing. We have some players," Marrone said. "The players have to get used to playing with each other. There are a lot of different faces out there. You can see the difference this year. Our scrimmages are not controlled. We are trying to simulate a game and just play football."

Syracuse Orange free safety Phillip Thomas learning to lead, keep emotions in check |
Phillip Thomas, Syracuse University’s junior free safety from Miami, seems to always be talking – whether to himself, to his defensive mates, or to those on the Orange offense – the 20-year-old’s high motor rarely slows down to an idle.

Freshman Dyshawn Davis drawing notice for his play at outside linebacker |
The 6-foot-2, 210-pound player has been getting work at outside linebacker, on the first unit with junior Dan Vaughan and sophomore Marquis Spruill.

Shoulder injury puts Syracuse University nose tackle Ollie Haney on sidelines this spring |
Haney injured his right shoulder in Thursday's practice, and an MRI on Friday revealed that he has a labral tear. Team physician Dr. Irving Raphael is scheduled to do surgery on it next week.

Syracuse University lacrosse team and neighbors would go good together in annual "classic" |
Meanwhile, the concept of a Carrier Dome Classic remains in limbo. The feeling here is it is a can’t-miss. If the Face-Off Classic at M&T Bank Stadium can draw a total gate of 17,000 plus for SU-Georgetown, Cornell-Virginia and Johns Hopkins-UMBC and be called a success, surely the Dome should be considered for an annual upstate lacrosse classic.

Former Syracuse football player Rob Long gets support from family, friends, fans in cancer fight |
"My parents, my sister, my girlfriend, my close friends that I talk to ... and my teammates. All of these people ... you get these cards. And I still get them. The people just always thinking about you, and the prayers, the thoughts and everything ... it makes you feel very special and very fortunate for all of the people that care."

Here's A Compilation of ESPN Guys Dissin' VCU From Selection Sunday | March
For your enjoyment is this video collection of ESPN analysts and their thoughts on VCU and the selection process before the tourney with quotes as well. I realize that VCU's miraculous F4 doesn't change the logic involved in defending their existence in the tournament, but seeing the Rams in Houston is remarkable considering the hate that faced them before the dance began.

Is VCU the worst of Kansas’ crushing NCAA tourney losses? - The Dagger - NCAAB Blog - Yahoo! Sports
8) 2003 - No. 3 Syracuse def. No. 2 Kansas, 81-78 (National Championship) - In hindsight, can you really be ashamed of losing to a team that had Carmelo Anthony on college basketball's biggest stage? Not really. But it wasn't Anthony who did them in. Sure, he had 20 points and 10 boards, but pesky freshman Gerry McNamara came from nowhere to bury six 3-pointers. Meanwhile, KU was a horrific 12-of-30 from the free throw line. Despite all of those points left on the board, KU had a key opportunity late to tie with a 3-pointer from the corner. Hakim Warrick made sure it never made it very far. This went down as Williams' last game at Kansas.

Rob Long and his mother Mary Jo talk about the day when doctors told them that Rob had cancer.