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Syracuse Daily Links - Cross Country is No. 1, Villanova Game May be Televised

The Syracuse cross country teams will enter the 2014 season with similarly high expectations as both programs occupy the No. 1 spot in the Northeast Region in the USTFCCCA Preseason Poll.

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Syracuse University Athletics - Orange on Top

The Syracuse cross country teams will enter the 2014 season with similarly high expectations as both programs occupy the No. 1 spot in the Northeast Region in the USTFCCCA Preseason Poll.

2014 Syracuse football preview: Offense | The Juice Online

The offense under first year coordinator George McDonald ran in fits and starts. The team topped 400 yards of output in a game five times and fell just short on two other occasions. The team’s record showed success in those outings, winning five of those seven games. McDonald’s plan for his second year at the helm of the Orange offense? Ramp up the speed and get more plays off.

SU Football’s Efficiency on Special Teams: An Early Season Highlight? : Orange Fizz

Friday night against Villanova, don’t expect a blueprint with the special teams’ units. What many say is the game’s third most important aspect behind offense and defense could very well compile SU’s best early season highlights due to the hyped uncertainty and galore of talent.

Shafer talks standout freshmen, calm, approach to Villanova's offense in lead up to Friday's season opener - The Daily Orange

"The thing I like to talk to the defense about is earned plays,"Shafer, SU’s former defensive coordinator, said. "… but we’re not going to take away from our aggressive style on defense, but I think (defensive coordinator) Coach Bullough and the rest of the defensive staff — they have the boys ready to play."

Breakdown: Syracuse shifts tight-end usage over 20-year period - The Daily Orange

Here’s how significant and successful the position has been at scoring touchdowns for Syracuse in the past 20 years.

Dougherty: Solidified quarterback spot puts Syracuse on better starting foot than last year - The Daily Orange

Terrel Hunt enters this season as the surefire starter for Syracuse, a far cry from last year's quarterback saga. He offers the Orange some settling stability heading into the year.

Snapshot: A look at Syracuse captain, 4-year starting long snapper Rodgers - The Daily Orange

"It’s weird for a long-snapper to be a captain but also think about the role,"Rodgers said. "My job is to go out every day and be as consistent as possible. And when you’re looking for a captain you need someone with a consistent attitude. I pride myself in that consistency."

Young Syracuse attackers hardened by freshman inconsistencies, set to carry Orange in 2014 - The Daily Orange

"I think as a coaching staff, we’ve got some headaches," McIntyre said, "because I think we’ve got some options this year."

Syracuse football recruiting: CB Daivon Ellison says he is '100 percent' committed (recruiting updates) |

"My family, coaches and I all felt Syracuse was the best fit for me," Ellison said.

Former Syracuse basketball guard Jonny Flynn will play in Italy this season |

You might recognize the Capo d'Orlando name. Brandon Triche's Trento team swept Capo d'Orlando in three games to win the Italian Gold League championship.

Syracuse University Athletics - Join Coach Shafer at Destiny for Radio Show

Syracuse head football coach Scott Shafer will host his weekly radio show at Destiny USA this season. Shafer and show host Matt Park will broadcast from the first level of the Canyon Area for the live, hour-long show. Fans are invited to watch the show in person at Destiny USA or participate via telephone (1-888-7-Go Cuse or 424-8599) or via Twitter (@SUSportsNetwork) using #AskShafe.

Syracuse football vs. Villanova may be on TV for a limited audience (plus other options to access the game) |

Sources have told ESPN will make a decision soon on whether to place the game on an extended tier as part of the "ESPN GamePlan" package.

ACC football preview: Game-by-game projections for all 14 programs (Syracuse forecast to go 6-6) |

The Orange is disruptive enough on defense to fluster less talented teams, but its aggressiveness gets the better of it against opponents with quality offensive lines, speed or both. That five-week stretch in the middle of the season, but it's how Syracuse does going in (Maryland) and out (N.C. State and Duke) of it that will dictate how strong a season it enjoys. Better get at least two of those, or a bowl bid will be dicey.

Doug Marrone said Macky MacPherson was one of the toughest cuts he's been a part of |

"That was probably one of the toughest ones outside of my own personal experience," Marrone said after practice Monday.