After announcing several roster moves for this summer’s The Basketball Tournament, Boeheim’s Army today announced the return of head coach Ryan Blackwell. The returning coach seems excited about the addition of Tyler Lydon and Malachi Richardson to this year’s squad, per a quote on Syracuse.com:
“The way the tournament has set up, you have to be able to shoot it, which they both can,’’ Blackwell said. “Tyler can run and rebound. He’s versatile and mobile enough to use in various areas. Malachi can play the top or the bottom of the zone. He’s young and athletic. That’s what we need.’’
Blackwell’s coached the team each year since 2016, making the tournament semifinals in 2017. Boeheims’ Army also played in the 2018 regional final, but lost to Golden Eagles (the Marquette alumni squad). Last year, they fell to Team Brotherly Love in the Syracuse regional final, which was effectively the Sweet 16.
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“I’m hopeful that it’s going to happen,’’ Blackwell said. “From what I’m hearing and looking at the NBA and UFC, it seems like it’ll be with no fans, but a lot can change between now and then. I’m hopeful. I’m just taking it day by day and seeing what happens.’’
Dino Babers ranked as 48th best P5 head coach (CBSsports.com)
“Speaking of coaches taking big falls, the 21 spots Babers tumbled this year was the second-biggest drop. Dino’s been a roller coaster, which reflects his team’s win-loss record. After two 4-8 campaigns to start his tenure, the Orange jumped to 10-3 in 2018 and entered the 2019 season ranked in the top 25. A 5-7 season didn’t keep them there long. 2019 rank: 27 (-21)”
Power 5 schools spent big on lobbying (AP News)
“The Power Five conferences spent $350,000 on lobbying in the first three months of 2020, more than they had previously spent in any full year, as part of a coordinated effort to influence Congress on legislation affecting the ability of college athletes to earn endorsement money.”
Syracuse football is preparing for return to campus (Syracuse.com)
“Syracuse football has discussed the possibility of players being allowed to return on June 1 during virtual meetings each of the last two Saturdays, according to a source.” A vote on Wednesday will determine if the NCAA’s ban on on-campus athletic activities will be lifted on June 1st.
Syracuse safety Andre Cisco poised for college football stardom (Pro Football Network)
Though somewhat overshadowed by some of his more highly-touted counterparts, Cisco will almost certainly be in the discussion for the Bednarik and Jim Thorpe Awards once again this season. In fact, one could argue that he has a better chance of coming away with one — or both — of the prestigious honors in 2020, after two seasons of consistent production.