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So… Will Robert Washington Get 44 Or Not?

I don’t think anyone really knows what’s going on with this number anymore. On Tuesday the athletic department announced it would reinstate the number 44, an announcement that was met with warm arms for the most part. A day after, the university backtracks, saying the number will only be worn in “special circumstance” for “someone extraordinary given the honor it would...
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23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Dontae Strickland Set to Join Syracuse in the Fall

Syracuse fans’ concerns about the Orange backfield were intensified after there were worries over whether RB Dontae Stickland would be academically eligible for the fall of 2015.  Well, Orange fans can breathe a little bit easier as Strickland announced that he is in fact eligible and will be on the team come the fall. Strickland is a three-star running back out of South Brunswick...
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23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Syracuse’s 44 Flip-Flop

Two days ago, Syracuse “Restored 44” and it seemed like the status of the 44 jersey changed and the number would be back in circulation. Many fans liked this change, but there were opponents. Namely, Donovan McNabb. Now, if McNabb were just a former player his comments may not carry much weight. Even if he were the player of his caliber. But McNabb isn’t just a player. He is...
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Tre Bryant Puts Syracuse In His Top 7

Tre Bryant has officially put Syracuse in his top 7 list of schools. That is if you consider a list that Bryant typed out on his iPhone and then tweeted official. The running back from St. Louis sent this out Monday night: Tre Bryant (TreBryant_8) on Twitter A top 7 list shouldn’t be anything to celebrate about, and it definitely isn’t looking at all definitive in this...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

44: Restored!

Perhaps the biggest news of the summer was just announced outside of the Ensley Athletic Center. Interim Athletic Director Pete Sala, along with Floyd Little, former Athletic Director Daryl Gross, head coach Scott Shafer and many others just announced that Syracuse University would be un-retiring the number 44. The number was officially retired when Gross took over as Athletic Director...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

The Old Big East Actually Reps Madden Covers Extremely Well

Last week Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. won the coveted (jinxed?) Madden 16 cover. Which added to the SEC’s trophy case with the honor. That means the SEC now has four Madden covers, tied for the most of any league: Beckham, Georgia’s Garrison Hearst (Madden 99), Alabama’s Shaun Alexander (07) and Peyton Hillis of Arkansas (12). In retrospect, Hillis getting the nod seems even...
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Is Shafer Deserving of His Harsh Ranking?

Sporting News had some harsh criticism for Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer, ranking him as the second-worst coach in the ACC.  Coming off a 3-9 season, it makes sense that Shafer would come under fire, but ranking him 13th amongst coaches in the somewhat weak ACC seems harsh. Amongst the 12 coaches ranked above him is Dave Clawson of Wake Forest.  The Dave Clawson who led the...
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The Legend of Syracuse Big Man Target Nick Richards Is Just Starting

Last week Syracuse added an offer to 2017 big man Nick Richard’s portfolio. The 6’10” St. Patrick’s (NJ) product also has offers from Kansas and UCLA, along with interest from a number of other big time schools like UNC and Villanova. The Orange feel as though his size and athleticism are so impressive already, he can come right in and play immediately. But just how good...
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Syracuse Has a Smart Concussion Policy That No One Knows About

It’s time to applaud Syracuse Athletics. That’s not something that has been written or said too much this past season; but the program deserves praise for its concussion protocol. Yesterday during the SU and Johns Hopkins lacrosse broadcast on ESPN, analyst Quint Kessenich said that if a Syracuse athlete gets three concussions, then they are automatically medically disqualified...
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Taurean Thompson Pops Onto Syracuse’s Radar, Would be a Good Fit

Now that the Tyus Battle frenzy has finally subsided, the Orange are moving on accordingly, as they should. The Fizz has documented in the past week some potential targets for the Orange in the future like Kobi Simmons, Sedee Keita, and Howard Washington. In the last few days, the Orange has been conneted to Taurean Thompson, a 6-foot-9 forward from New Jersey. Thompson, who will...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Syracuse Football Offers Keep Rolling In, Who’s on the Receiving End?

Scott Shafer and his Ohio connections have paid off for the Orange in the past. SU’s head man convinced linebacker Troy Henderson Jr. and safety Marquise Blair to come to Syracuse from Ohio in the class of 2015. In an interview with the Fizz last year Henderson Jr. said, “Me and Coach Shafer, it’s an Ohio thing. We got that type of connection. We’re hardworking, we get after...
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Rakeem Christmas Impresses at NBA Draft Combine

There are two members of the 2014-15 Syracuse basketball team that will be in this year’s NBA Draft but only one participated in the NBA Draft Combine. Chris McCullough is still recovering from a torn ACL and did not participate but Center Rakeem Christmas participated and impressed. Christmas posted 20 points and six rebounds in the five-on-five game at the Combine on Thursday...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Matthew Moyer To Play Senior Year in Connecticut

Matthew Moyer, a Syracuse 2016 commit and #58 in his class, will transfer from Lincoln High School in Ohio to South Kent School in Connecticut, according to an article on Syracuse.com. Moyer will join Tremont Waters, South Kent’s point guard and a friend from AAU. While the switch to South Kent may be news, Moyer’s transfer from his school in Ohio is no surprise. He had been...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Syracuse draws Wisconsin for ACC-Big Ten Challenge

Yup, national runner up Wisconsin will head to the Dome on December 2nd. No, Frank Kaminsky and Sam Dekker won’t be coming, but the team still has Nigel Hayes and Bronson Koenig, two key contributors to a Final Four team. But really what this game means is that the Syracuse non-conference schedule is once again a very formidable slate. After years of complaints, right or wrong...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Washington, Simmons Are Fits After Battle Chooses Wolverines

Tyus Battle’s sudden announcement to commit to the Michigan Wolverines came as a huge shock to many college basketball fans across the country. The former Orange top target was thought to heavily be interested in the Orange, but cancelled his official visit after announcing his commitment. The Orange coaching staff will have to move on in the coming days and decide who its new...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Syracuse Just Found More Competition For Rising Sedee Keita

The moment Tyus Battle chose Michigan, speculation has churned over what Syracuse’s ’16 Class will look like. While the Orange is clearly a major-player in the NCAA, who will join Matt Moyer on the Hill in 18 months? Time to look at 4-star PF Sedee Keita. The bad news is that Kansas and LSU (who landed the top recruit in ’15, Ben Simmons) have jumped into the fray, according...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Survey Hints To Changes At The Carrier Dome

If the survey that Syracuse sent to its season ticket holders on Monday is any indication of what’s to come, then the Carrier Dome could be looking at a makeover. The university sent a survey out to season ticket holders and others regarding possible changes for the Carrier Dome in the future, according to Syracuse.com. The survey asked what changes people would like to see in...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Despite Losing Bryant/Battle, Syracuse is Still One of Best Recruiters in ACC

There’s been frustration around Syracuse that the last two big targets for hoops have spurned the Orange. Thomas Bryant is heading to Indiana, while yesterday Tyus Battle chose Michigan. While the ’16 Class still has work left to do for SU, the current ’15 Class proves why it’s far too early to worry about the Orange talent level. No doubt, the scholarship reductions will...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

What Missing-Out on Battle Means to Syracuse

The big news on Monday in the world of college basketball recruiting was the commitment of 2016 five-star shooting guard Tyus Battle, as he tweeted that he will be going to Michigan in the fall of 2016. This is a big blow to Syracuse as Battle was one of the players that Syracuse was recruiting the hardest for 2016. The Orange had a big chance to land Battle but now that it has past...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Tyus Battle Chooses Michigan, Syracuse Now Looks Elsewhere

Highly coveted PG Tyus Battle has chosen Michigan, before having taken his visit to Syracuse. It’s a tough pill to swallow for a program that felt like it was one of the front-runners. Battle apparently fell in love with Michigan’s business school, and that was it. He chooses the Wolverines over Duke and Louisville. Battle had traveled there over the weekend, and he had taken...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Monday Morning Recruiting Roundup: Basketball and Football Edition

The Fizz touched on the positive seven days that Syracuse football had last week, but there have been some new developments. In basketball, Jim Boeheim offered another player last weekend under one condition. Of course there’s no ‘Cuse football or basketball being played right now, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t any excitement. Starting in basketball, Syracuse added to...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Scout: Orange Recruiting Class Closes at 12th Best

For many programs, the last few weeks have been a whirlwind of basketball recruiting drama. The Orange, on the other hand, has been sitting pretty with its four impressive recruits for nearly a full calendar year. Earlier in the week, Scout released its final edition of player and team recruiting class rankings for the incoming classes of 2015. The Orange’s class of four was once...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

SU Coaches Hitting Recruiting Trail Hard: Who Else Has Been Offered?

The weather is finally nice in Syracuse, but many members of the Orange coaching staff are on the road looking for talent. Last week SU made headlines by offering a couple of 4-star players. This week was a more traditional seven days for Syracuse football recruiting. Coaches offered and heard about plans to visit campus from some two and three star skill position players. The team...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Syracuse Has a Shot at An Alternative to Tyus Battle

The player that Syracuse has been recruiting the hardest for 2016 is point guard Tyus Battle, but it will be difficult for the Orange to land the five-star New Jersey native. The Orange, however, have a very realistic chance to land point guard Alterique Gilbert. Gilbert, a four-star recruit, has named Syracuse as one of his top five schools and, like Battle, plans to visit Syracuse...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Syracuse’s “To-Do List” for 2015-16

I’ll say it one more time: 2014-15 was not the best of school years to be a sports fan on the Syracuse University campus. It was supposed to be a down year for Syracuse in the first place, but the Orange football and basketball teams failed to meet even the lowest of expectations. “The football team’s gonna go to another bowl game!” Not exactly. “We’re ready for another...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss
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