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Syracuse Daily Links - Africa's College Team

With Baye Moussa Keita hailing from Senegal and Chinonso Obokoh originally from Nigeria, Syracuse is expanding it's reach. Also, will Ashton Broyld play this week? Marrone says...maybe?

Andy Lyons

Gorgui Dieng appreciates growing number of African players in college basketball |
The junior big man hails from Dakar, Senegal and is among the most notable African players in college basketball. Syracuse has its own contingent of players from the African continent. SU's Baye Moussa Keita met Dieng in their home country of Senegal. The Orange earlier this week received a verbal commitment from Bishop Kearney's Chinonso Obokoh, a 6-10 forward/center from Nigeria who has attended school in Rochester for the past few years.

Syracuse football coach on Ashton Broyld: "I hope he's going to be able to play this week" |
During his weekly radio show Wednesday night Marrone fielded a question from a caller concerning Broyld and said: "It’s a concern about ball security. He’s working hard on it. We had some packages (last week) he’s involved in. I don’t want to put myself on the spot, but I hope he’s going to be able to play this week."

Georgetown, Syracuse meet on final game of Big East season; then, the relationship changes |
"I've said and I think Jim's said the same thing: We want to keep playing each other," Thompson said. "But now it falls into the category of out of conference scheduling, which is much more difficult. We have many other hurdles to overcome, so it's not as cut and dried as saying, 'yes, we're going to do it.' But I think we both have a desire to continue the games."

Poliquin: Paul Pasqualoni, the ol' Syracuse football coach, is returning to the Carrier Dome on Friday |
Nearly eight years later, the old head coach is coming back to town . . . and he won’t need to ask how things have gone since he left. Who'd blame him, though, if he did?

Bud and Brent Show: Is Syracuse football in better shape now than when Paul Pasqualoni left? |
Is the Syracuse football program in better shape now than when Paul Pasqualoni left eight years ago? What reception will Pasqualoni get when he returns to the Carrier Dome on Friday night when his Connecticut Huskies play the Orange? Is it possible for Orange to fix the mistakes this far into the season? What is the prognosis for the second of the season?

Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim will speak at DeWitt Rotary Club luncheon |
Syracuse University basketball coach Jim Boeheim is scheduled to make his annual pre-season appearance at the Rotary Club of DeWitt's monthly luncheon on Monday, Oct. 29., at the Links of Erie Village.

From Yorktown to Syracuse, Nelson and Colsey enter National Lacrosse Hall of Fame on Saturday |
Former Syracuse University All-Americans Tim Nelson and Roy Colsey, both products of Yorktown High School in the lower Hudson Valley, will be inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame on Saturday at The Grand Lodge in Hunt Valley, Md.

Syracuse University great Jim Brown named one of the 100 fittest men of all time |
Wearing the now retired No. 44 jersey, Brown lettered and starred for the Orangemen (as they were called then) in football, lacrosse, track & field and basketball. Now the SU great is getting recognized for his career accomplishments by Men's Health, who named Brown one of the 100 fittest men of all time.

I Wish Doug Marrone Hadn’t Come to Syracuse | Bleeding Orange
I wish that, when DOC Gross had finally realized that Greg Robinson era was a ginormous bust, he went out and got (read: bought) some hot-shot, up-and-coming turn around artist of a coach. A guy in the mold of Urban Meyer who, some way, some how makes winning seem easy no matter where he goes. A guy who might go 3-9 in year one, but goes 10-2 in year three. A guy who sees the job at Syracuse as merely a stepping stone to a bigger name and a bigger contract. A guy who tells recruits that he’s in it for the long haul, then bails when he hears the cha-ching! of a fat SEC of NFL offer. A guy that wins games, but most of all gets recruits and churns out NFL players.

Rick Pitino, Jim Boeheim engage in friendly war of words at Big East media day | The Dagger: College Basketball Blog - Yahoo! Sports
While Pitino was correct in his original points months ago that Memphis and Temple were the Big East's best possible options to replace its departed members, I think I'd side with Boeheim on this debate.

Syracuse football coach Doug Marrone would liked to have seen 'Northeastern' conference |
"For me, it goes back to a long time ago. I’m from New York. I played college football here," he said. "I’m a big Northeast football fan. "Penn State, Boston College, Navy, Maryland – we would play those teams year in and year out when I was a player," said Marrone, a three-year starter at SU from 1983-85.

Syracuse football team lacks in each half of the critical turnover margin equation |
"We wanted to make sure we felt very good about where we are from a tackling standpoint before we started to put more emphasis, not that we never have, but put more emphasis on taking the ball away," Marrone said.

Shooting free throws with Jim Boeheim on your bucket list? |
The show starts at 9 a.m. with a talk by former S.U. football great Floyd Little. Boeheim will be shooting hoops from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., show organizers said. A $10 donation gets two shots with Boeheim.

ACC anticipates keeping North Carolina as tournament ‘home base’
Despite discussions to move the ACC men’s basketball tournament away from its current home base in the North Carolina area and a "great deal of interest" from prospective venues, Commissioner John Swofford said at Wednesday’s media day that, at least for the next "eight or 10 years," the basic format as far as location likely will not change.

With Syracuse heading to the ACC after the 2012-2013 season, the big east players and coaches discussed this change. During the men's basketball big east media day in NYC, players and coaches throughout the conference talked about what the big east is losing when Syracuse leaves.

Adam Zagoria of sits down with Jim Boeheim to talk about this year's Syracuse team, and his war of words with Rick Pitino.

Syracuse Football fans hit the road to see the Orange take on Rutgers in this week's Orange Appeal.