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Syracuse Daily Links - Chat With Rob Long

Syracuse football fans: Join Rob Long for a live online Q&A at 2 p.m |
Rob Long, the former Syracuse University punter whose NFL dreams were threatened by cancer, will be available to answer your questions on in an online Q&A at 2 p.m.

Syracuse University spring football practices 7 and 8 to be inside Manley |
Today's practice runs from 4:20 to 6:40 p.m. and Friday's is to start at 4:10 and end around 5:55 p.m. Friday's session was rescheduled from March 11 and has to be in shorts and helmets because of NCAA requirements that three of the 15 spring practices be conducted without pads.

Freshman linebacker Dyshawn Davis learning on the job |
"I wouldn’t say it’s my position. Every day I just want to come out and work hard, compete … just try to the keep my position," he said. "Right now I’m just going to keep working hard, until I actually get the spot."

Top 5 2011 Recruiting Classes - Basketball News & NBA Rumors -
#4 – Syracuse University - Christmas is the top-rated center in the country, even though he's probably going to end up playing power forward, and Williams is one of the most electric two-guards in the class. Both guys have NBA written all over them, and they both talk big about getting Syracuse back to elite status. Trevor Cooney's addition sweetens an already pretty sweet pot, and the three of them should be good enough to help the Orangemen make a deep run in the 2012 NCAA tournament. At least, that's what they're hoping for.

Recomputing 2010 College Football Quarterback Efficiency Ratings - California Golden Blogs
Sports economist David Berri believes the traditional quarterback efficiency rating is a flawed statistic and instead advocates the QB Score. Ryan Nassib was the sixth-most effective Big East QB last year according to this equation.

1-on-1 Podcast: Syracuse legend Roy Simmons Jr. |
I caught up with Coach Simmons on March 30 to talk about the fundraiser (which benefits the Wisdom House in the name of Roy's wife Nancy), the current Syracuse team coming off three nail-biters in the last four games, the state of the game, head injuries, scouting, his approach to coaching and a host of other topics. As usual with Slugger, you don't need to ask many questions, and you always get an amazingly insightful conversation.

NCAA Final Four 2011: UConn Huskies Are A Big East Basketball Fans Last Hope - SB Nation New York
"I don't understand," said my fiance, who is a diehard Yankees fan, to me and my friends who were watching the NCAA Tournament a few weeks ago. "You guys (who are Syracuse Orange fans) are rooting for teams in the Big East Conference? Like Pitt? Louisville? UConn? That's weird."

Football club supports Villanova moving up to Division I-A -
"We have sent a letter to the board, last week, voicing our support for the decision," Condodina said. "But our stance is, we're trying not to get too politically involved. We do endorse the move, although what's more important is we endorse the overall success of the football program, whether the decision is I-A or I-AA.