As of 3:20 p.m. on Nov. 25, Syracuse’s football season was finished. In what could certainly be defined as a whirlwind two and a half months for the Orange, Syracuse University remained ineligible for postseason football.
Going into Dino Babers’ second year as head football coach, there was a lot of optimism in what was a difficult schedule on paper.
In the final home game of the season, Syracuse showed few signs of life as it was beaten by Boston College 42-14, finishing the season on a five-game losing streak.
With Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey out and backup Zack Mahoney suited up for his final game, it appeared that it’d be all set for the senior from LaGrange Park, Illinois to have one last chance of glory. And while he did see playing time, it was a lot less frequent.
Two Syracuse players had career-highs in points as the Orange defeated Oakland 74-50 Monday night.
In the second game of the Hoophall Miami Invitational, Syracuse’s offensive distribution and defensive structure was the difference, as the team shot 48.4 percent and had 12 steals.
“Our defense was good the whole game,” Syracuse Coach Jim Boeheim said.
Sgt. Andrew Clary opens the door to his office wearing a 2016 NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four shirt. He sits at a desk covered in badges and coins collected from all the places he has traveled. On his wall hangs a signed Joe Montana picture, and lying next to it is his Syracuse basketball backpack.
Clary is in charge of special events for the Department of Public Safety at Syracuse University, which, among other things, makes him the traveling security guard for the men’s basketball team. More specifically, he is the security guard for Coach Jim Boeheim.
The Syracuse Orange (3-0) defeated the Texas Southern Tigers (0-4) 80-67 to win their third straight game to open the season, while extending the Tigers’ losing streak.
If there was ever a question of who the Orange could trust if their leading scorer, Tyus Battle, wasn’t in the game, that question got answered in the first half: Geno Thorpe.
When Syracuse (4-7, 2-5 ACC) entered Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium, the Orange had a slim chance to win. Rain fell almost the entire game, including a forty-three minute delay in the second quarter, but it was no contest as the Louisville Cardinals ended the game with 727 yards for the night, and Syracuse only 335. As a result, Syracuse failed to win a road game this season, and the team has failed to qualify for bowl contention for a fourth year in a row.
Justyn Knight won the men’s NCAA cross country championship on Saturday with a time of 29 minutes and .1 seconds. This is Knight’s first NCAA championship, and the first Syracuse individual championship in the school’s history.
Knight, a senior from Vaughan, Ontario, was consistently in the top ten racers, gradually speeding up and passing oppositon. Towards the final leg of the race, Knight separated himself from the pack, beating out Northern Arizona’s Matthew Baxter by .7 seconds.
In a posted Instagram photo, John Bass looks like a knight in 21st century armor ready to take on a supervillain. Black and silver metal plates cover him from head to toe, a fiery red light glows from his chest, two square-shaped hand cannons are on his wrists and another appears on the suit’s shoulder ready to fire Nerf darts. The costume is based on the Marvel Comics character War Machine, who appears in the Marvel Studios films and is portrayed by actor Don Cheadle.
The Syracuse Orange (2-0) were certainly tested by last year’s MAAC champions, Iona Gaels (0-2), but grabbed their second win 71-62.
Whereas Syracuse was able to pull away in their season opener against Cornell, that was not the case on Nov. 14. Leading 32-28 at halftime, Iona kept themselves in the game with scrappy play. Their matchup zone defense posed problems for the Syracuse side, which turned the ball over 15 times.
Mike Tirico, Newhouse School alumnus, was presented the Marty Glickman Award for Leadership in Sports Media. Tirico is the fifth recipient of the award.