"I told my agent that I want to go up against first-rounders to show teams that I'm just as good or better,'' Fair said in a telephone interview between workouts with the Los Angeles Clippers and Dallas Mavericks last week. "It brings the best out of me when I go up against the top competition.''
"It was up and down. I feel like I experienced a lot in one year," he said. "I got a real taste of how the NBA was. That was great. It was a heck of an experience, working out with those guys, playing with those guys. I went to the D League and saw how things were down there. I met a lot of great guys, had some great experiences and then for the playoffs, I got called up to New Orleans."
"I think it's a mixture. I like our scheduling approach this season, but I think if we can play one big team and try to make it a game that is home and away, like what we're going to do with LSU here down the road, and then be smart about the other schools, give our kids a chance to get warmed up a little bit, that's the approach that I think works best. And it's also been proven as such when you look at the numbers."
The contract dictates that Syracuse will travel to Central Michigan in 2014, with the Chippewas coming to the Carrier Dome in 2015 and 2017. The contract for the guarantee game was one of three for future football series made available to syracuse.com via the Freedom of Information Act.
Five members of the SU men's lacrosse squad have been named to the 2014 All-ACC Academic Men's Lacrosse Team. Redshirt junior Peter Macartney, redshirt sophomore Brandon Mullins, junior Kevin Rice and seniors Derek Maltz and Billy Ward were picked to the 32-player team announced by Commissioner John Swofford on Tuesday, June 24.
Rising senior Randy Staats and four Syracuse lacrosse alums have been named to the 27-man Iroquois Nationals roster for the 2014 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championship. In addition to Staats, Cody Jamieson, Brett Bucktooth, Jeremy Thompson and Sid Smith are competing to make the 23-man active roster for the world championship, which takes place in Denver from July 10-19.
He said his primary recruiter, tight ends coach Bobby Acosta, is "like a father. He shows a lot of love, he does what he's supposed to do, he takes care of you."