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FB | Home turf: Entering 2nd year with Orange, MacPherson achieves goals set in Syracuse upbringing - The Daily Orange - Sports
"I'm loving this," he said. "I mean, honestly, I never thought in a million years I'd be in this situation. As a sophomore, being able to play with the ones, and I'm just trying to secure that starting spot."

Delone Carter visiting the Saints today | National Football Post
It's the first of his five visits and he also has four private workouts. Carter is being mentioned as a third-round draft target on the rise.

Rob Long to throw out first pitch at Chiefs home opener - YNN, Your News Now
Long's agent says Rob will be throwing out the first pitch for the Syracuse Chiefs next Wednesday afternoon when they open the home season against Pawtucket.

My (ridiculously) early college basketball top-25 for 2011-12 | College Hotline
2. Syracuse: The Orange loses big man Rick Jackson. But the rest of the core remains intact and mega-recruit Rakeem Christmas arrives.

East Region Final Thoughts: What's in Store for 2011-12? | College Basketball by
Syracuse went the way of their guards this season, and when Scoop Jardine and Brandon Triche were quiet so was the rest of the team. Jim Boeheim will have to replace a warrior in Rick Jackson, but the progression of Fab Melo late in the season was an encouraging sign. Kris Joseph may have a decision to make in regards to the draft but most expect him to return. Add to this nucleus a rising sophomore class led by C.J. Fair and Dion Waiters and a very good recruiting class led by Michael Carter-Williams and Rakeem Christmas, and the Orange may very well be the preseason favorite in the Big East.

MLAX | Still perfect, SU heads to Princeton - The Daily Orange - Sports
"For us to be winning is still a good thing," head coach John Desko said. "But I'd like to put 60 minutes together. We've been getting everybody's best game. We need to play 60 minutes of lacrosse, and I think we're capable of doing that and we can get better."

Poliquin: Who's been our best? Jim Boeheim, Ben Schwartzwalder, Bobby Cox? Let the debate begin. |
1. Jim Boeheim: If this surprises you, you’ve just awakened from a 35-year slumber during which you’ve missed 850 Syracuse University men’s basketball wins (as of February), eight seasons in which the Orange was ranked somewhere among the Top 3 teams in the country, three Final Four runs, one national championship and a berth in the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Syracuse University cornerback Kevyn Scott thankful for last shot after injury-filled 2010 |
"It was like I didn’t even have a season last year, having to deal with injury after injury. The wrist injury … the hamstring. It was very frustrating," said Scott, who started eight games at cornerback in 2009 until missing one completely and being limited in three others by a wrist injury.

Syracuse University lacrosse team's juggled second midfield line produced vs. Duke |
"I think they’re doing better," Desko said Wednesday, as his top-ranked team (8-0) prepared for Saturday’s 4 p.m. game (ESPNU) at Princeton (2-5). "Steve Ianzito has been the guy who for most of the year we’ve given the most opportunities. He’s performed the best in practice. Bob Eilers, we just went with a big, athletic kid who can shoot the ball hard from the outside. Scott Loy is one of the freshmen who has really done the right things in practice and seems to be picking up the offense. He’s our future."

Providence College Friars Athletics News - The Providence College Official Athletic Site
The Providence College Lacrosse team will make their first-ever appearance in the annual New England Lacrosse Classic (presented by STX) when they play Syracuse on Saturday, April 16 at 4 p.m. at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass.

Andy Katz: Kentucky Wildcats will reload and contend again in 2011-12 - ESPN
7. Syracuse - This team started to figure itself out late in the season, but then faded in the final few minutes against Marquette in the NCAA tournament. But like Louisville (see below), the majority of the team returns at every key position and a stellar recruiting class hits campus. There's no reason to doubt Syracuse will be right in the thick of the Big East title chase from start to finish -- not to mention a Final Four contender.

A day in the life of Otto the Orange.

Let's all remember Donovan McNabb's performance in the 1996 Gator Bowl: