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A Time to Reflect as the Orange Face the Jayhawks

Posted by Todd Kramer on November 25, 2008

Fans might remember the last time Syracuse and Kansas played each other.  Just in case you didn’t, or just want to feel happy, take a trip down memory lane with this video…

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SU Wins One for the Gipper

Posted by Todd Kramer on November 23, 2008

 

Head coach Greg Robinson and company celebrate yesterday's huge win

Head coach Greg Robinson and company celebrate yesterday

Say what you want about Greg Roinson as a head football coach, but throughout his four years as head man of the Syracuse football program, I have never heard anyone – from the players on the team, to athletic director Daryl Gross, to other coaches around the country – question Robinson as a person. And that’s why even the most bitter SU football fans should be happy for Robinson after the Orange’s 24-23 comeback win over Notre Dame last night.

 

For anyone who watched the game on national television yesterday, there was no question how hard the team was playing, and just how excited the team was to win. I’ve heard some people say they expect the Orange to play hard the rest of the way just to attract a potential replacement for G-Rob, but part of me honestly thinks the team was playing for its lame-duck head coach. Not necessarily to help him win his job back, which is out of the question, but out of respect for Robinson as a man.

“It really isn’t necessarily a surprise at all to our team,” Robinson said in his postgame press conference. “They knew somewhere along the line this team was going to do something special. This was an opportunity for them and they knew they had to make the most of it. I give them a lot of credit.”

Who would have thought coming out of this game the opposing head coach would be the one hearing the critcism? Charlie Weis, who started at Notre Dame the same year Robinson took over at SU, is starting to feel the heat after last night’s unthinkable loss. There’s a good chance if Weis didn’t have a $20 million buyout, he would be shown the door at season’s end.

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SU Basketball Must Stay Focused Before Schedule Heats Up

Posted by Todd Kramer on November 18, 2008

After an easy 85-51 win over Le Moyne on Sunday, Syracuse hosts a Division I opponent tonight when Richmond visits the Carrier Dome.  And for those SU fans who are thinking, “Hey, it’s just Richmond,” be careful.  Games like these are typical trap games for the Cuse, who lost early nonconference games last year to teams like Rhode Island and UMass, which did not help their NCAA tournament resumes out at all down the stretch.  In this game, the second for the Orange in the CBE Classic, SU needs to not look ahead to potential matchups with the last two national champions – Florida and Kansas.  The Orange actually is guaranteed to play the Gators Monday in the CBE regardless of winning or losing to the Spiders tonight, but a loss to Richmond certainly wouldn’t help the team’s confidence going into that game.

The Spiders employ the type of offense that could give Syracuse’s zone defense fits.  Their coach, Princeton graduate Chris Mooney, likes to incorporate Princeton’s famous spread-the-floor, backdoor-cut style, and the team can also knock down three-pointers (Richmond shot 39 percent from beyond the arc in a 24-point win over Division III Randolph-Macon on Saturday).  Any team that can hit its shots can give the Orange a run for its money.

In fact, according to Paul Harris, the Orange has been preparing for the Spiders offense since even before its first game.  This is what Harris had to say in a story from Syracuse.com’s Donna Ditota:

“Actually we’ve been talking more about Richmond than Le Moyne, to be honest with you. Basically, we’ve been going over in practice a lot of back-door cuts and really, their whole offense.”

With a tougher nonconference schedule this year than in years past – aside from the CBE Classic, Syracuse hosts Virginia and visits 12th-ranked Memphis – it is imperative for the Orange to pick up wins against teams it should beat.  With the game televised on ESPN, tonight is a chance for SU to make a statement with a date with Florida just around the corner.

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