Posted: 4:15 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013
By Sean Keeley
In the what-have-you-done-for-me-lately 21st century, the 24/7 news cycle, the real-time social media world we live in today, knee jerk reactions with no deep thought processes behind those reactions are commonplace. But the piling on of Scott Shafer, his staff, and the SU players after only two games to open the season against two pretty good Big Ten opponents, not FCS or non-AQ conference squads, is plain ludicrous.
The show's host, Dr. Stacy Loeb, is a DeWitt native and a longtime Orange basketball fan.
With Syracuse beginning its home schedule Saturday, the time of the season for recruiting official visits is almost upon us. So I caught up with Mike McAllister, a recruiting analyst from FOX Sports, to discuss how the Class of 2014 is shaping up for the Orange.
"It's been a long time coming," running backs coach DeAndre Smith said. "When I first got the job I thought he was a scholarship player. You look at ability, dependability, and he's really smart. I just assumed. I was really shocked he wasn't a scholarship player."
The Sporting News ranked Syracuse No. 8 in the nation. Kentucky was the magazine's No. 1 pick. Syracuse's new Atlantic Coast Conference rivals Duke (No. 4) and North Carolina (No. 9) were also in the Top 10.
The camp, set for Oct. 5-6 in Colorado Springs, includes 35 members of the 2013-14 USA Basketball Men's Developmental National Team (born on or after Jan. 1, 1997), who are either preparing for the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship or are training for the 2014 USA U18 National Team and the 2014 USA Nike Hoop Summit Team.
Shafer has seen his team fall in the first two games of the season. Syracuse fans imagine he will lead a fired up team ready to play this Saturday. He cannot afford not to.
"A 4-1 victory at home is great," said SU head coach Ian McIntyre. "We know our standards have to be higher, but those three goals and then catching one after the game fizzled out were good. You have to give credit to Manhattan for going until the final whistle."
"I think you enjoy watching attacking, attractive soccer," McIntyre said. "But you enjoy watching winning soccer. We’re trying to impose ourselves on the opponent rather than the opponent impose on us."
Kenny is a big fan of Terrel Hunt.