ESPN’s been working on naming the top (whatever) of college football’s first 150 seasons since September, and the lists and rankings concluded on Monday as they named the best players of all-time. Among those — perhaps unsurprisingly to Syracuse Orange fans — was SU great Jim Brown, ranked No. 1 on the overall list.
Brown’s athletic prowess at Syracuse has been noted for decades, though it’s easy for those outside of the fan base to forget if they’re not staring at the large banner commemorating his achievements inside the Carrier Dome. ESPN is certain to note how his deserving achievements were snubbed in 1956 Heisman voting, along with his additional success in basketball, track and lacrosse.
It’s worth checking out everything they said about Brown, plus the full list of top players (including Ernie Davis all the way up at No. 15 as well.
That, plus the rest of your Syracuse-related links below.
1. Jim Brown (RB, Syracuse, 1954-56) Rushing yards: 2,091 | TDs: 26 | Interceptions by: 8; Brown was the greatest all-around athlete in Syracuse history -- and perhaps in all of collegiate sports. While Brown is best known as the running back who launched the legend of jersey No. 44, he earned 10 varsity letters in four sports at Syracuse -- basketball, football, lacrosse and track. Brown did it all on the football field, too...
A year later, Scanlan has a much different perspective on Syracuse. SU remains every bit as talented as he recalls. But even more important, Scanlan has confirmed his sense that the SU roster is loaded with pretty good guys, a reality that bodes well for his productivity in a weighty Orange jersey as well as the team’s hopes of playing on Memorial Day weekend.
SU announces $75 million pledge to Newhouse School (Daily Orange)
The gift would help boost SU’s Forever Orange fundraising campaign. The $1.5 billion capital campaign, announced in November, aims to increase the university’s endowment through private donations. The campaign raised more than $770 million by its official launch. The funds would be allocated under the direction of the Newhouse School’s next dean, according to the release. The university hopes to have a new dean appointed by July 2020.
North Carolina tied for last place in the ACC standings, having lost seven of nine games, five of the defeats at home. Roy Williams had a thought for his athletic director: Fire the coach. “Probably would not be a bad idea,” he said Saturday after the latest indignity, when the injury-battered Tar Heels blew a 10-point lead in the final two minutes of regulation and were beaten in overtime by Clemson.
DiBella’s Subs announces new ‘Boeheim Club’ sandwiches (Syracuse.com)