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Syracuse Daily Links - Bye Week Business

The SU football team gets to work handling their business during the bye week.

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Report card: Grading the Syracuse offense at the end of nonconference play |

The offense is certainly trending upward, having put up at least 50 points in back-to-back games for the first time since 1997.

Syracuse coaching staff balances recruiting with recovery, conditioning during bye week |

"The biggest goal from a recruiting standpoint is just to get out and continue doing some effective evaluations," Shafer said. "Getting out on the road in different areas and seeing the kids, the high schools that have the kids that we're evaluating."

Ready or not, Syracuse's inaugural ACC season is finally here, starting with Clemson, QB Tajh Boyd |

Syracuse is off this week, but when it returns to the field on Oct. 5, it will mark its first conference game as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Cousins Long, Williams prepare to be reunited at Syracuse | The Daily Orange

"I can’t describe how excited I am to play with him," Long said. "We wanted to play with each other from the time we were little until we got to college. To be able to continue that is pretty cool and something we’ve always talked about."

Official Syracuse University Twitter account likely commits second NCAA violation in two years |

Syracuse University's official Twitter account (@SyracuseU), which is partially run by students, likely blundered for the third time in less than two years on Tuesday, re-Tweeting a Daily Orange story about recruits K.J. Williams and A.J. Long and committing a potential NCAA violation in the process.

Where Are They Now Wednesday: Syracuse basketball's Justin Thomas |

"People always tell me 'You're the jumping jacks guy,''' Thomas said. "I wasn't really doing jumping jacks. I'd been sitting down for four hours. I was really just getting loose. I had to do something.''

Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim answers 10 questions from 10 fans (from 2012 CNY Sports Magazine) |

"If you could go back 15 years and say you were going to have just the original Big East schools from just here in the Northeast, I think everybody would like that. But that's the case anymore."

And one?: Syracuse football commit Custis also considers walking on to basketball team | The Daily Orange

"He’s one of the most personable people you’re going to meet. He’s a humble kid and I’m looking forward to it, too. It should be a fun couple of years."

NCAA ruling on Huntington Prep has not affected recruitment of Syracuse basketball target Thomas Bryant |

Fulford said the NCAA ruling bars coaches from watching his players practice in an open gym. Coaches can still visit the school and talk to the prospect, he said. SU assistant coach Mike Hopkins was in West Virginia last week to meet with Bryant, Fulford said.

Syracuse forwards Chong, Rhynhart emerge as valuable players off bench | The Daily Orange

Noah Rhynhart and Grant Chong have proven to be capable scoring threats off the bench. Both are tied for fifth on the Orange in points.

Syracuse Can’t Overlook JuCo Prize, Rotchill Medor Opening Eyes in Brooklyn : Orange Fizz

It would make perfect sense to have a 6’6" 325 lbs OL packaged with a 6’6" 325 DL in Wayne Williams travel to SU together. Because of his size and experience, Medor is a player the Syracuse coaches need to take a chance on. He may be the guy opening the holes for his buddy Hunt down the road.

Syracuse basketball: Will this finally be the year? | The Juice Online

Will this be the year that pundits stop writing columns complaining that Syracuse lacks a "go-to" player? One would think that CJ Fair’s status as a frontrunner for ACC Player of the Year and a Preseason 3rd Team All-American would establish him firmly as the Orange’s go-to star. And if that’s not good enough, the Orange have Jerami Grant, who is being mentioned in the 1st round of 2014 NBA mock drafts, coming off the bench.