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Is Syracuse Men's Hockey a Priority for Mark Coyle?

Mark Coyle threw out the first pitch at a Syracuse Chiefs game this weekend. He also had some interesting comments about SU Athletics.

The Syracuse Chiefs had themselves a Syracuse Orange kind of day over the weekend. Not only did the team wear orange and blue jerseys (what, no platinum?) but also had Otto and SU cheerleaders on hand. Also there was new Athletic Director Mark Coyle, who threw out the first pitch. Afterward, Coyle answered questions about SU Athletics including certain varsity sports that we may or may not see in the future.

When asked about whether or not we could see baseball return for Syracuse, Coyle gave his usual answer about how he's still got a lot to talk about with a lot of people.

"I've been asked that question a lot,'' he said. "I tell people my first priority is I want to get an assessment of the entire program, get a feel for what's going on in our program and hear from our fans and learn more about that, and then we'll start to make those decisions.''

However, when asked about men's ice hockey, Coyle was much more forward in his interest.

"That's a sport that I think obviously Syracuse could compete in right away, with our location and the hockey craze that we have around here from that,'' he said. "So those are all things that we'll have to assess as we get more involved with the program and (have) a better understanding of where we are and where we want to go.''

Coyle's kept the party line when discussing just about everything regarding the future of SU Athletics. No matter the sport or issue, he always has a lot to assess, a lot to talk about, a lot to listen for and a lot to learn. But when asked about men's hockey, it was almost like he couldn't help himself....until he reverted back to assessing and understanding and etc.

Could be a signal. Then again, could be nothing.

Meanwhile, can we talk about Coyle's pitching form?

No rocking back, no chance to build power and momentum in the legs and certainly very little follow-through on the delivery. I have concerns...