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Syracuse Daily Links - Is Marqez Hodge The X-Factor?

The SU football team has big shoes to fill at linebacker. Is sophomore Marqez Hodge that shoe-filler?

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REF RAGE: A study of our NCAA Tournament frustrations and hatreds -

I couldn't help but note that a lot of the really low scores belong to schools -- Villanova, Syracuse, Kentucky, Gonzaga, Kansas -- that I'd identify as "basketball schools." Some such teams played far into the tournament, and others made relatively early exits, but none were particularly prone to criticizing the refs. Maybe that's because they watch more basketball, and/or maybe they rest in the knowledge that they'll be back next year.

Syracuse football hopeful Marqez Hodge can 'add that X factor we need' at middle linebacker |

"He's got a great instinct to the football inside out, he really gets downhill quick, and he's got a natural vision to the football that you can't teach," head coach Scott Shafer said. "So I think we'll have a good football player, but he's got a long way to go before we can get to where we need to be."

Can Quinta Funderburk & Adonis Ameen-Moore Make Impacts for Syracuse? : Orange Fizz

Both Ameen-Moore and Funderburk should feature for SU this upcoming season, but nothing is guaranteed. It is up to them to take advantage of their opportunities.

The Search Continues: 3-Star Recruit Jazzee Stocker Visits Syracuse : Orange Fizz

Still looking for its first commitment in the 2015 class, the Orange hosted 3-star Safety Jazzee "Jay" Stocker over the weekend.

Potential Syracuse basketball recruit Frank Howard 'can do it all' says high school coach |

Howard, a four-star guard in the Class of 2015, has narrowed his list to Syracuse, Ohio State, Georgetown, Virginia, Maryland and N.C. State. A junior at Paul VI Catholic High School in Fairfax, Va., Howard missed the past high school basketball season while recovering from a torn ACL.

Former Syracuse football commit Jason Cabinda who flipped to Penn State charged with DUI |

Jason Cabinda, who at one time had been verbally committed to Syracuse, was charged with driving under the influence on March 23, according to a report by

Syracuse falls to lowest ranking of the year in final USA Today coaches' poll |

The Syracuse Orange was ranked No. 17 in the final USA Today coaches' poll, which was released on Tuesday.

Syracuse auctioning lacrosse coach John Desko's 4-year-old clipboard |

It's an STX clipboard that was used by men's lacrosse coach John Desko in 2010. According to the school, he used it that season when Syracuse went 13-2 but lost its NCAA tournament game to Army. It's signed by Desko and appears to have a play drawn on it.

Syracuse lacrosse's West Coast contingent of Macartney and Schoonmaker provide faceoff hope |

The fate of Syracuse's faceoff unit may rest in the hands of a walk-on who nearly played club lacrosse and a recruit who SU stole from Bowdoin.

2014 NBA Draft big board: Andrew Wiggins stays on top, Shabazz Napier rises -

Ennis is a smooth point guard who can operate in pick and rolls. He can pass to the rolling man or flip the ball to the shooter on the opposite wing. He also rarely turns the ball over (6.2-to-1.9 assist-to-turnover ratio per 40 minutes). But Ennis spent the year playing defense in Jim Boeheim's 2-3 zone. Can he defend the lightning-quick point guards in the NBA? We won't know until he hits the floor.

The best yet?: Syracuse reflects on historic season complete with 1st NCAA tournament win | The Daily Orange

Syracuse achieved its goal this season, winning 23 games, including 10 in the ACC, and defeating Chattanooga for the program's first NCAA tournament victory.