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Syracuse Football: Drew Allen Visiting Town; Orange Face Long Odds To Win ACC Title

A few football related topics popped up late Monday night and early Tuesday, so here's a rundown of all of them.


A few Syracuse football related topics scrolled through late last night and early Tuesday morning, but none were big enough for its own post. But because they're relevant here's a quick notebook.

Transfer quarterback Drew Allen will be in town

The Norman, OK native shared this instagram photo on Twitter this morning. I guess, if you hurry you might be able to greet him at Hancock Airport.

Scott Shafer on XM Radio

The Syracuse head coach was on XM Radio with Jack Arute and Gino Torretta on Monday. Sadly, there was no hard nosed references or threats to kill an opposing coach or player, but it at least is another Shafer interview, which is always worth a listen.

Speaking of coach Shafer, CBS Sports' Chip Patterson broke down the hard nosed hiring on Monday. The biggest compliment about Shafer was his ability to hire a solid coaching staff quickly and convince Allen to transfer to Syracuse.

There are no four or five-star players in the 2013 class, but Shafer was able to solve some depth issues at linebacker and attract Oklahoma transfer quarterback Drew Allen in the offseason. Allen, while not technically a member of the recruiting class, is arguably the most important newcomer for the Orange in 2013.

Patterson also mentioned the long Las Vegas odds SU faces to the win the ACC crown, which reminded me that 5Dimes released is money lines on Monday. If you're a big Orange optimist, you're gut feelings could pay off in a big way.

Clemson +230
Florida State +230
Miami +550
North Carolina +590
Georgia Tech +850
Virginia Tech +975
Pittsburgh +2500
Maryland +5000
Virginia +5500
NC State +7000
Boston College +7000
Syracuse +7000
Duke +12000
Wake Forest +12500

Finally, former Syracuse safety Shamarko Thomas, now a rookie for the Pittsburgh Steelers, found his way on Tuesday morning. Thomas was asked how veteran safeties, Ryan Clark and Troy Polamalu, are treating him.

“It all started the same day I got drafted,” Thomas said, via Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “Troy and Ryan called me and left a message and told me they were going to teach me everything they’ve learned. I came in here ready to learn. They’ve made me comfortable.”

Awe. That's nice.