The Syracuse Orange football and basketball teams both look for plenty of talent outside of the United States, as does the women’s team and other sports, too. While a lot of those players can come in from English-speaking Canada (so all of it but Quebec), plenty of others come from elsewhere, too.
Over on Syracuse.com, Donna Ditota provided an extended look at the difficult process for international recruits like incoming 2019 forward Quincy Guerrier to get themselves eligible and on-campus. As she points out, it’s also easier for players from Canada and Europe than it is for those from Africa. She spoke to former Orange players like Baye Keita and Paschal Chukwu, as well as various experts on the matter. Current center Bourama Sidibe and inbound recruit John Bol Ajak have also had to deal with similar hoops to jump through.
It’s a pretty interesting read, so would definitely check it out. You can see more on that, plus the rest of your Syracuse-related links below:
If I leave, I can’t come back. Even if I have an idea of leaving and going to visit any other country, I would need to go back to one of the embassies in Nigeria and get the visa,” Chukwu said. “The downside of that is there’s always a chance they’re going to deny you, no matter what.”
“We’re all just working hard, trying to improve each other, make each other better with the younger guys on the line,” SU redshirt senior guard Evan Adams said. “So us older guys are taking good care of them, trying to make sure that they’re alright. That’s about all we can do, just get better and better every day.”
But Jackson has kept a close eye on college basketball. He grew up dreaming of playing in the Final Four as a Spartan, and watching his friend, point guard Cassius Winston, do so this past weekend brought Jackson joy. The two met in middle school and shared an AAU team at one point with former MSU star Miles Bridges.
Scouring the world for vintage items can be a time consuming task. Aufsesser started a website called ilovesyracusevintage.com years ago as a way to establish his identity as a vintage collector with people he met on his trips to Syracuse, looking for merchandise. “Most people know me as the vintage guy and the old school Syracuse guy,” Aufsesser said.
At Syracuse, Mullen met Rogers, the offensive coordinator he worked under and still cites as a mentor. When Rogers was hired at Notre Dame as its offensive coordinator following the 1998 season, then-head coach Bob Davie allowed him to bring two staffers with him. Current Boston College head coach Steve Addazio was one. Mullen was the other.
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