The Orange has all the pieces to turn it around. The same players that went 25-0 are still here and healthy for the most part. But right now Syracuse is not a good Tournament team. And unless something changes, the season could be over as soon as this weekend.
Defensive ends will take reps inside to give Daoust an honest evaluation of whether he can move any of them around this fall.
The second spring of the Scott Shafer era starts tomorrow, and there are several position battles worth monitoring over the next month.
The looming issue with playing at the Barclays Center in 2017 is the Atlantic 10 tournament, as 2017 is the final year of the A-10's five-year agreement with the Barclays Center. The details of how the ACC and A-10 will navigate that have not been finalized and are expected to be discussed in the Atlantic 10's presidents and athletic directors meetings on Friday morning.
Syracuse got big performances from a pair of its highly-touted freshmen. With Randy Staats still out with a leg injury, Syracuse brought Dylan Maltz onto the attack when it needed an extra dodger on the field.
"Our poles are probably our deepest position," Desko said. "To put one of our poles down on close defense, it’s a no-brainer for us when we have three poles that we’re still comfortable playing. I think we’re going to continue to do that."