MLAX : SUperconference: Syracuse joins other national powers in move to ACC

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 12, 2011 at 12:00 pmcenter_img There was a touch of regret as JoJo Marasco talked about Syracuse’s departure from the Big East. Just a hint of disappointment as he thought about the steps the conference’s members had made during the last two years to improve as lacrosse programs.But that little bit of lament quickly dissolved into excitement when the Orange midfielder’s discussion moved on from the Big East to the new-look Atlantic Coast Conference.‘It is that superconference,’ Marasco said. ‘Some of the best players in the country get to play against some of the other best players in the country and go to those great schools. That’s really exciting. It’s definitely going to be an unbelievable experience.’Unbelievable. Exciting. Fantastic. Intense. Brutal. Those are some of the words used to describe the ACC as a lacrosse conference, which Syracuse will join sometime within the next two years. The Orange joins Maryland, North Carolina, Duke and Virginia, all of which are perennial powers on the growing lacrosse landscape. If SU could join the ACC this year, the five-team league would claim the last four national champions and 10 of the last 13 dating back to 1999.The league already was known as the top-notch collection of teams in men’s lacrosse, even without the legendary Syracuse, Johns Hopkins and Princeton programs. And now, with the addition of SU, the ACC could become the center of the lacrosse world for years to come.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘These are the most competitive, the most athletic, the most physical lacrosse games that we play,’ Virginia head coach Dom Starsia said. ‘What Syracuse is going to find is that running through a schedule of ACC games, you’ve got to be on top of your game every single time. We really get after each other all the time.’Unlike in basketball and football, SU lacrosse does not have a long-standing history with the Big East. The Orange was an independent lacrosse school until it joined the conference for its inaugural season in 2010.Many questioned Syracuse’s decision to join the league rather than remain independent. Its storied history and status as a national powerhouse didn’t seem to fit with the rest of the members.The other six Big East schools — Villanova, Notre Dame, Georgetown, St. John’s, Rutgers and Providence — have a combined three final four appearances and only Notre Dame has played for a national title.SU’s 11 national championships are the most for any team in the country.And while Syracuse has faced the occasional nail-biter against conference foes in the past two years, the Orange has dominated the Big East. It is 12-0 overall, and even with two one-goal wins against Georgetown and Villanova last year, SU has still outscored its conference opponents 157-72 in those 12 wins.That’s all likely to change in the ACC.‘It’ll probably be a little bit more competition,’ Marasco said. ‘It’s the top five teams in the country. Some of the best players step on the field to play against each other. You’ve got some of the best coaches. You’re playing some of the best teams in the country every time you step on the field.’Since the NCAA tournament’s inception in 1971, only eight teams have won the 41 titles. They are the five ACC schools, Princeton, Johns Hopkins and Cornell.And it’s much more than just a storied past for these five programs.Last year, three of the five teams made the final four. Syracuse and North Carolina didn’t get there because Maryland knocked them out in the first two rounds. The Terrapins then beat Duke in the national semifinals before falling to Virginia in the championship.All in all, the NCAA tournament was another ACC tournament.‘You really can’t describe it,’ former SU longstick midfielder Joel White said. ‘You’d leave something out. I think that lacrosse is still growing, and I think there’s some other teams that could come about and make a power conference. But right now, it’s the ACC.’Once the superconference is officially created, its members could play each other two or possibly three times per year if they meet in the ACC and NCAA tournaments.And that should make for a lot of the high-intensity, highly skilled lacrosse Syracuse has seen when taking on ACC opponents in the past.‘I think it’s always been a playoff type of game,’ Orange head coach John Desko said. ‘All the schools recruit against one another. They’re usually highly ranked when they play against one another, so it’s a very meaningful game.‘It seems like every time we play one of these teams, it’s an exciting game, and it’s an important game for both schools involved.’And even though the teams have to come out every week in conference play ready to take on one of the nation’s top teams, the coaches don’t seem too worried about their players getting beat up before the NCAA tournament.In fact, even losing in the ACC hasn’t hurt its members in recent years. In 2010, Duke finished last in the conference before winning its first national title that season. And although Virginia won the NCAA tournament last season, it also finished last in the conference standings.‘These games guarantee that if you lose, it’s OK because you’re playing great competition that’s preparing your kids for the end of the year,’ Duke head coach John Danowski said. ‘If you win it’s good, but either way, your program continues to grow during the course of the year.’And for Syracuse, that could be a major factor come NCAA tournament time.In the last two years, the Orange has dominated its lesser Big East opponents en route to perfect conference records and only two losses each season. But both years, SU suffered early postseason exits — losing to Army in the first round in 2010 and Maryland in the second round last season.Playing in the ACC raises the level of competition in conference, but it could also allow Syracuse more room to schedule tougher nonconference opponents.The Orange will play four conference games as part of the ACC as opposed to the seven it would play this year in the Big East, in addition to Marquette.And then the regular season would be capped off by the ACC tournament rather than the Big East tournament. The winner of the ACC tournament won’t get an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament, but they likely will get an at-large bid anyway. As will a few, if not all, of the league’s other members.‘It’s a brutally tough conference championship to win,’ UNC head coach Joe Breschi said. ‘But you wouldn’t want to be in any other conference.’Once Syracuse joins its new conference home, it will start a new chapter in its storied history. The North Carolinas and Marylands of the lacrosse world will replace the mediocre lacrosse programs from Providence and Rutgers that are currently on SU’s schedule.And while that could lead to more regular-season losses as a member of this superconference, it could ultimately help the Orange in the long run.‘Now that we’re going to be playing these teams and playing them once or twice or three times every season,’ Marasco said, ‘it gives an opportunity for us to see where we really stand. We’ve been the No. 1 team for a while in the country. To stay up there and beat those teams would be a big accomplishment.’zjbrown@syr.edulast_img read more

Broyld, Estime in contention for H-back spot despite vast differences in size, skillset

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ GREENSBORO, N.C. — Ashton Broyld stands at 6 feet 4 inches, 221 pounds, while Brisly Estime is listed at 5 feet 9 inches, 176 pounds.Yet, according to Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer, the two can both thrive at H-back. Much like quarterbacks and wide receivers have different fortes, H-backs come in all shapes and sizes, according to Shafer.An H-back typically plays like a tight tend, lining up next to the quarterback, running short passing routes and occasionally running the ball.“The best way to look at it, from the outside in, would be this,” Shafer said. “You have a nickelback on defense but that’s actually a linebacker.“They both play the strong-side linebacker position, but the situation and what you want to do with that person, with that player and his skill sets, dictates what the H-back or nickelback position is.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSo Broyld, who came to Syracuse as a freakishly athletic quarterback, will line up largely as a power back for the Orange. Broyld was one of four true freshmen to play for SU last season. He finished with 171 rushing yards and caught seven passes for a total of 53 yards.Shafer said Broyld brings a unique mix of talents that differ from those of Estime or wide receiver Jarrod West. He said using different kinds of players at the same position is common at quarterback, so he expects it will work at H-back, too.“Everybody does it at quarterback,” Shafer said. “He’s this type of an H-back. Same position, different guy, different skill set.” Comments Published on July 22, 2013 at 8:29 pm Contact Trevor: | @TrevorHasslast_img read more

Ind vs SA 2nd Test Day 1 Review: Agarwal’s hundred prods India into an…

first_imgImage Courtesy: The HinduAdvertisement ps26lkNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs7o6g1bWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E2krx( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 4n7Would you ever consider trying this?😱fg4qCan your students do this? 🌚4vcRoller skating! Powered by Firework Mayank Agarwal’s second consecutive hundred provided the Men In Blue a platform for piling runs on. Apart from the opener’s contribution, the total was supplemented by fifties from Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli.Advertisement Image Courtesy: The HinduLosing his second straight toss, Faf du Plessis and co. were assigned to bowl first on a sunny day in Pune. Both the teams added one seamer each at the expense of a spinner.The track was livelier than the last surface as the South African pacers were able to trouble the in-form Indian openers. Rabada’s probing spell was met with a reward with Rohit Sharma edging one to de Kock after scoring 14.Advertisement The hosts survived a scare after Pujara was dropped on a duck. The batsman made most of his second life by scoring a fifty before Rabada snatched his wicket. The pair had added 138 runs for the second wicket.Mayank Agarwal notched the second hundred of his career and the series with Virat Kohli at the other end. Rabada’s day continued to brighten by dismissing the centurion himself for 108.Advertisement The skipper Virat Kohli is unbeaten on 63 while Rahane stays on 10 along with him. India are currently placed at 273-3 after stumps on Day 1 of the second test.Read Also:Virat Kohli: Double the points for each away victory in Test Championships!Virat Kohli: Let Rohit Sharma have fun in tests  Advertisementlast_img read more

Magic Johnson Αbruptly Resigns as Lakers’ President

first_imgLOS ANGELES — Magic Johnson abruptly quit as the Los Angeles Lakers’ president of basketball operations Tuesday night, citing his desire to return to the simpler life he enjoyed as a wealthy businessman and beloved former player before taking charge of this franchise just over two years ago.Johnson didn’t tell owner Jeanie Buss or general manager Rob Pelinka about his shocking decision before he announced it in front of reporters about 90 minutes before the final game of the Lakers’ sixth consecutive losing season. Los Angeles was 37-44 heading into its game against Portland, missing the playoffs yet again despite the offseason addition of LeBron James.“I want to go back to having fun,” Johnson said before fighting off tears. “I want to go back to being who I was before taking on this job. We’re halfway there with LeBron coming (last summer). I think this summer, with that other star coming in, whoever is going to bring him in, I think this team is really going to be in position to contend for a championship with the growth of the young players.”Johnson didn’t directly tie his decision to the future of Luke Walton, but the third-year coach was widely expected to be fired by Johnson. Without using names, Johnson repeatedly mentioned Buss’ affinity for Walton, who was in place before Johnson got the job in February 2017, and Johnson’s desire not to cause upheaval between the owner and her chosen coach.“(On Wednesday) I would have to affect somebody’s livelihood and their life,” Johnson said. “And I thought about it and I said, ‘That’s not fun for me. That’s not who I am.’ And then I don’t want to put her in the middle of us, even though she said, ‘Hey, you can do what you want to do.’ I know she has great love for him and great love for me.”Johnson and Buss had a three-hour meeting Monday about the direction of the Lakers, who haven’t made the postseason since 2013. Buss wasn’t expected to attend the Lakers’ season finale, but Johnson didn’t know that before he announced his decision, which he didn’t finalize until Tuesday morning.“Somebody is going to have to tell my boss, because I know she’s going to be sick,” Johnson said. “But I knew I couldn’t face her face-to-face and tell her.”Johnson’s desire for his old life wasn’t the only reason for his departure. He also said he is tired of being investigated or fined by the NBA for tampering when he comments on basketball on Twitter or even speaks to another organization’s player.Johnson, a longtime broadcaster and beloved basketball figure before moving into the front office, has been investigated four times for tampering after everything from a joking comment about Paul George on Jimmy Kimmel’s talk show to his response to an email sent to him by Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons.“I thought about Dwyane Wade retiring (Wednesday), and I can’t even tweet that out or be there,” Johnson said. “Serena Williams called me a week ago and said, ‘Will you mentor me and be on my advisory board?’ And I said, ‘Yeah, I’m going to do that.’ So when Ben Simmons called and we went through the proper channels and they made me look like the bad guy out of that situation, but I didn’t do anything wrong … I was thinking about all those times, all those guys who want me to mentor them or be a part of their lives, and I can’t even do that. I had more fun on the other side.”Magic said “I’m out” ?— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) April 10, 2019Johnson mentioned other teams’ irate responses to his perceived tampering as another factor in his desire to get back to his regular life. Johnson, who will turn 60 in August, has many thriving business interests along with ownership stakes in the Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles FC.“Also what I didn’t like is the backstabbing and the whispering,” Johnson said, later clarifying that he didn’t mean within the Lakers, but around the league.“I don’t like a lot of things that went on that didn’t have to go on,” Johnson said. “I hope that after (the season ends), the Lakers can head in the right direction, which we are. Injuries really hurt us, but I enjoyed working with Jeanie.”Johnson’s sudden decision ends another chapter in the remarkable life of the star point guard from Lansing, Michigan, who won an NCAA championship at Michigan State before claiming five NBA titles and three league MVP awards during his 12-year playing career as the leader of the Showtime Lakers.Johnson retired in 1991 after he tested positive for HIV, but later returned briefly to the Lakers as a player and a coach. Johnson says his current health is ideal, and he insists no health concerns were part of his decision to quit the job that seemed to be his destiny.Johnson was hired along with Pelinka when Buss dismissed her brother, Jim, and GM Mitch Kupchak just 26 months ago. The Buss children’s father, Jerry, had long envisioned Johnson in a powerful role in the Lakers’ front office, and Jeanie shook up her franchise in the midst of its lengthy decline.The Lakers have missed the playoffs in each of their three springs since Johnson and Pelinka took over. They’re finishing this season with their best record in six years, but they were eliminated from playoff contention back on March 22.The 16-time NBA champion Lakers had never missed the NBA playoffs in more than two consecutive seasons before this six-year drought.Johnson remained publicly supportive of Walton, but Magic was widely thought to agree with Walton’s detractors who aren’t impressed by the former Lakers forward’s offensive game planning and rotations. Johnson’s decision to step down likely means the Lakers won’t make a decision on Walton’s future until a new front office is in place.Johnson and Pelinka, Kobe Bryant’s former agent, didn’t know each other before they were paired by Buss, but Johnson said he worked well with Pelinka. Johnson also pointedly refused to say whether Pelinka should remain as the Lakers’ general manager, saying the decision rested solely with Buss, whom he repeatedly called “my sister.”“She doesn’t know I’m standing here,” Jonson said. “Because I knew I would be crying like a baby in front of her.”By: Greg Beacham, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more