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Syracuse Daily Links - The Duke vs. SU Rivalry, Eric Morris Q&A

Duke-Syracuse has all the makings of a great basketball rivalry, says ESPN.

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If it were just as simple as "two really good programs suddenly in the same conference," then we could just as easily look forward to the North Carolina-Syracuse rivalry. But a great rivalry has to be about much more than that. Duke-Syracuse has all the makings.

Q&A with Syracuse long snapper Eric Morris, vice president of Orange chapter of Uplifting Athletes |

"Our goal is basically just to raise money and raise awareness. That is our goal. That's basically all we want to do our first year. Our first year we want a solid base down, so we don't necessarily have a money goal, but we have been talking about $20,000 being a great number to strive to hit."

Talkin’ That Ish: 3-Star Tampa RB Ish Witter Places Syracuse in Top 5 : Orange Fizz

He has interest in other ACC schools such as B.C. and Duke, but Syracuse is the only one he has received an offer from. Since Witter lacks size, his power makes up for it. He can run laterally, going to the sidelines. But he also has the lower body strength to take on defenders.

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Whenever Jim Boeheim decides to retire, the Orange should have a groomed replacement for him in head coach-in-waiting Mike Hopkins. Hopkins, a former Orange player, arrived on campus in 1989, joined the staff in 1995 and is watching and learning while waiting for his chance to take over. It’s hard to have a better plan in place, given Hopkins’ incredible patience and how well-regarded he is in inside circles.

Syracuse Target Rashad Vaughn Tabbed Best Shooting Guard in Nation : Orange Fizz

He has offers from SU, as well as Arizona, Georgetown, Kansas, Louisville, UNC and UCLA (among others). He’s rated by many as the best 2-guard in the country and Rivals as the 7th best overall player for the Class of ’14, His height and length is perfect for SU’s 2-3 zone, and his jumper is silk. Vaughn has a terrific handle, and tremendous step to get by defenders.

Check out the updated Syracuse roster in this Dynasty video (Drew Allen is rated an 84)