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Syracuse QB Rex Culpepper cancer-free, working out with Orange football

Rex met with media on Friday to update everyone on his health, and talk about his successful battle with cancer.

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Earlier this month, we learned that Syracuse Orange quarterback Rex Culpepper was officially cancer-free after finishing up chemotherapy but the redshirt sophomore made a press appearance on campus to discuss his health a bit more on Friday.

In great news, he’s “100-percent cured” in that he won’t need annual follow-ups, and is already cleared to participate with the team — though he’s still working his strength back up. He says he’ll be ready to jump in fully by August 1, and we’re looking forward to seeing him out there again.

Culpepper also shared that beating cancer felt like beating Clemson. That’s certainly true because you could make the case that Clemson is cancer, I’d think... or at least the transitive property makes it so.

More Syracuse-related links below:

Syracuse football QB Rex Culpepper: beating cancer ‘felt like beating Clemson’ (Syracuse.com)

“The closest thing I can say is it felt like beating Clemson,” Culpepper said. “You just feel so incredibly ecstatic that nothing in your life could ever go wrong.” Culpepper, a redshirt sophomore, spent about 15 minutes reflecting on his experience Friday after completing his first full workout back with the team. He said he’s “100 percent cured” without the need for annual follow-up scans and is thrilled to be alongside his teammates once again.

Why the Network is the ACC’s best hope to escape Power 5 money basement (Charlotte Observer)

It’s going to be almost impossible for the ACC to close the gap on the SEC and Big Ten, both of which had a considerable head start on their own (profitable) networks, but the ACC is counting on network revenue – which even in its least optimistic projections should be at least $10 million per year, once the network is up and running – to move it past the Pac-12 and even with the Big 12.

Elite 2020 recruit Andre Jackson visited Syracuse basketball on Thursday (Syracuse.com)

“He’s 6-6 and can put his head on the rim,’’ Jim Hart, who coaches Jackson’s Albany City Rocks AAU team, said in a story published on syracuse.com last September. “I’m not exaggerating.’’ Jackson is one of the fastest-rising players in the country. He is rated the No. 90 player in the 2020 class by Future150.com even though that site lists him at just 6-foot-2. Meanwhile, Rivals.com lists Jackson at 6-6 and ranks him at No. 35 in his class.

Phil Steele forecast for Syracuse football: 6 All-ACC players and a last-place finish (Syracuse.com)

Steele couched this slotting as “scary” given the stunning victory against Clemson last season and a few tightly contested losses at LSU, Miami (Fla.), Florida State and the returning experience to the roster. He believes Syracuse is in good position to match or exceed its win total from 2017, given the lighter schedule this fall, but in his Power Poll, Syracuse comes in at No. 82 nationally.

History of the ACC in the NBA Draft (The ACC)

Mike Hopkins replaces Tom Crean for Yahoo’s live NBA Draft coverage (Syracuse.com)

Syracuse University shakes up marketing department, informs staff of job changes (Syracuse.com)

SU announces Greek life review consultants (Daily Orange)