Goodness, I just did a quick Syracuse Orange football update thinking that would take care of things until next week and now there's, like, 47 more tidbits. Let's get through those tidbits and then forgot all about football until Tuesday...
So, uh, I don't mean to alarm you guys but we might have a new quarterback by the time we get to next week...
Drew Allen is leaning toward attending Syracuse, according to a new report by NewsOK.com, which cites an unnamed source.
The report also states Allen will visit N.C. State before making a final decision. Syracuse, moving to the ACC this season, travels to N.C. State on Oct. 12.
As I've said elsewhere, every Oklahoma person I've spoken to says Allen is legit, he simply just got beat by better guys. This will be fascinating to see because it could be the Greg Paulus Situation but this time with a guy who's actually been playing high-level football for four years. Wonder how Charley Loeb, Terrel Hunt & John Kinder feel about it...
While we wait to find out if we're actually getting an Allen QB after all, we do know we're losing one wide receiver. Kyle Foster, who missed all of last season with an injury, has decided to leave the program. Foster is still enrolled at SU but it's unknown if he is transferring or just not playing anymore.
Foster makes four SU players who won't be suiting up this season, joining Markus Pierce-Brewster, Davon Walls and Andrew Phillips.
One WR who is sticking around is Quinta Funderburk. Despite what some Big Ten Network announcers would have you believe, the Arkansas transfer did not play last season and he's ready to make up for lost time.
"I was waiting for my time for a long time," said Funderburk, who has three years of eligibility remaining. "I'm just ready to make some plays and get on the field."
"After the last spring at Arkansas, when everything was going on, I felt it would be a better situation to get here."
Finally, to paraphrase Jerry Sienfeld, WHAT'S THE DEAL with all these junior college players. Syracuse has seven of them in the incoming class and a whole bunch of them on the roster. Part of a grand plan, Coach Shafer?
"There's no grand plan there," Shafer said. "A lot of the junior college offers came from (former head coach Doug) Marrone before he left, the initial offers. We went out and tried to hang on to them.""I'm sure somewhere in the ACC some academic elite is horrified that one team signed as many junior college players as the other teams combined," said JC Shurburtt, the national recruiting director for 247Sports. "But you look at that league, academically, Syracuse is in the upper (half). They don't have to apologize to anyone."
We're in yer houz, ACC Academic Elite, stealun yer Chick-Fil-A bowlz.