Posted: 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014
By Sean Keeley
Is Syracuse good or is Syracuse lucky? Or are they gucky?
Certainly, Syracuse has won its fair share of close games. And certainly if the team continues to play games decided in the final 20 seconds, it will inevitably lose. But Syracuse has not been the beneficiary of an extraordinary amount of luck, and there are good reasons why the Orange is undefeated 25 games into the season.
Syracuse has a tough road schedule coming up. Since Syracuse is wearing that No. 1 target, teams will try their best to pull off the upset in front of packed crowds. Baye Moussa Keita’s return would make life a lot easier going forward for the Orange.
When a mistake is made by a student, they may be off the team, but you’re the one held accountable. The NCAA, in particular, has a huge rule book. It’s doubtful that any intern or student will take that rule book as seriously, or study it as closely, as your professional staff. It’s not their fault, it’s just that they have a lot less to lose than you do. Their career isn’t riding on a mistake. For the most part, when interns or students make these mistakes, it comes back to haunt you, the professional, not the one who sent the tweet.
Morgan Nandin was Syracuse's shortstop for four years, and always had aspirations to be a college coach. She is now on SU's staff as a student coach, and her brother Matt joined as an assistant to create a family pairing that is brining the entire program closer together.
"I feel great," Keita said before the workout. "I'm going to start practicing today and see how that feels."
Williams, his mother and his high school basketball coach all said Williams left the team on his own accord. Williams said he made the decision in order to focus on academics.
"Most people think I'm going to run 4.6," Smith said. "But I got a little surprise. I'm ready for it."
"When it comes down to that, I think it takes us all back to our childhood," SU guard Trevor Cooney said. "We're all basketball fans. And retro jerseys are pretty cool to us. We grew up watching college basketball. You see the jerseys way back then. … It is pretty cool to wear 'em for a game."
Syracuse attacker Dylan Donahue leads the country in goals with 11 after two games. His performance earned him the ACC Player of the Week award.
Inside the hallowed halls of "Big Red", however, is a recently added treat: a mural, painted by Ben Tupper, the landlord of the house. The mural immortalizes famous Syracuse alumni who have visited the place in the past.