Posted: 4:00 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7, 2013
By Sean Keeley
Fab Melo on his rookie year last year with the Celtics: "They didn’t give me a chance. Even in practice I wasn’t getting a chance."
I couldn’t even put a succinct thought together about the secondary. The continuous blown coverage was tough to watch. The defensive line put pressure on the quarterback and paired with the linebackers to stop the run, but the secondary just didn’t show up.
It's a big loss for the Orange. Although the secondary hadn’t been playing particularly well, Lyn brought some senior leadership to the team. The loss of Lyn means there will be more pressure on the linebackers and defensive line to get pressure on the opposing QB and keep the defensive backs from having to hold coverage for a long time. Lyn will be missed in the Orange secondary, but Reddish and Wigham need to step up if the team has bowl aspirations.
Shafer realizes that what he did was childish, though. It’s important to squelch the emotion and refrain from making a mistake. He really gets that. It would be a shock if something similar happened again, so this really isn’t a big deal and shouldn’t be treated as such.
Neither Syracuse University nor the NCAA should pay student-athletes for their athletic performances. Instead, student-athletes should be able to profit off of their likeness and marketability.
I want to understand what causes "fickle" to happen, with respect to SU football and the Carrier Dome. Is it who the Orange plays? Is it how the Orange fares on the field? Is it how the university relates to the larger community in terms of giving it a sense of ownership . . . or not? Is it an access/egress issue? Is it a failure to cultivate "plank owners" in those areas outside the immediate Syracuse metro area?
Taking a look at the N.C. State offense in advance of Syracuse's trip to Raleigh this weekend.
Topics include Tajh Boyd's performance, lessons learned in the game and Scott Shafer's emotions on the sideline.
The players here are Division I level good. A lot of these guys actually played Division I basketball. In our division, you're allowed to have two American guys. So on my team it's me and Barry Elder, who played for Georgia Tech. A lot of the Italian guys have been playing since they were really young, like 16 years old.
Gbinije, who sat out the 2012-13 season after transferring from Duke to Syracuse, is a natural two-guard. He figures to share playing time at the position with SU sophomore Trevor Cooney. But with no true point guard to back-up freshman starter Tyler Ennis, Gbinije has been thrust into the role of reserve point guard. Gbinije got some experience at the point last year when he lined up opposite SU starter Michael Carter-Williams.
Syracuse forward Jerami Grant is another in the long line of athletic forwards Jim Boeheim has that is ready to break out.