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The Sports Inquirer presents Fighting Peaches: Syracuse basketball Joseph Girard III ACC Tipoff interview (11.25.22) — November 25, 2022

The Sports Inquirer presents Fighting Peaches: Syracuse basketball Joseph Girard III ACC Tipoff interview (11.25.22)

The Sports Inquirer spoke with Syracuse men’s basketball player Joseph Girard III at the ACC Tipoff event in Charlotte, North Carolina October 12.

The Sports Inquirer presents Fighting Peaches: Syracuse football Matthew Bergeron 2022 ACC Kickoff presser (8.4.22) — August 4, 2022

The Sports Inquirer presents Fighting Peaches: Syracuse football Matthew Bergeron 2022 ACC Kickoff presser (8.4.22)

The Sports Inquirer attended the presser of Syracuse football player Matthew Bergeron during the 2022 Acc Kickoff event. Topics included Bergeron’s fashion sense, representing the country of Canada at the collegiate football level and the Orange seeking to win close contests this upcoming season.

The Sports Inquirer presents Fighting Peaches: Syracuse football Garrett Shrader 2022 ACC Kickoff presser (8.3.22) — August 3, 2022
Georgia Tech women’s basketball drops home contest to Syracuse, 65-60 — February 8, 2015

Georgia Tech women’s basketball drops home contest to Syracuse, 65-60

Georgia Tech junior forward Aaliyah Whiteside (2)Photo credit: Danny Karnik
Georgia Tech junior forward Aaliyah Whiteside (2)
Photo credit: Danny Karnik

By E. Marcel Pourtout, Editor

The Georgia Tech women’s basketball team dropped its home contest to #25/25 Syracuse 65-60 at the McCamish Pavillion on Sunday afternoon.

Kaela Davis had a game-high 18 points and team-high nine rebounds for Georgia Tech (14-10, 4-6 ACC). Aaliyah Whiteside (17 points) and Zaire O’Neil (10 points) also scored in double-figures for the Yellow Jackets. Whiteside and O’Neil each had six rebounds.

Overall, the Yellow Jackets struggled from the field, shooting only 33.3 percent from the field.

“I’m really proud of this team for battling back,” Georgia Tech head coach MaChelle Joseph said. “It’s disappointing to lose to another top 25 team. It’s one of those things where our freshmen and sophomores are getting tremendous experience.”

Alexis Peterson and Brianna Butler each scored a team-high 14 points for the Orange (17-7, 7-4 ACC). Briana Day grabbed a team-high eight rebounds and score 12 points. Syracuse didn’t have a banner shooting day itself, finishing the contest at 36.1 percent.

Syracuse started the game on a 10-2 run to start the contest. Georgia Tech mounted a comeback and finished the first half on an 11-2 run to make the score 35-30 in favor of the Orange heading into halftime.

Davis scored a game-high 10 points for Yellow Jackets while Whiteside had eight. Overall, Georgia Tech shot 36.7 percent from the field in the first half, making three out of 10 three-pointer attempts.

Day and Peterson each scored a team-high eight points each for the Orange. Syracuse shot 37.8 percent in thf the first half. The Orange attempted 18 three-pointers in the half, converting eight of them.

Syracuse started the second half on a 15-8 run to take a 50-38 lead with 11:52 left in the contest. Both teams scored 30 points each in the second half to finish out the contest.

Inside the ACC: FSU volleyball ranked, Louisville men’s soccer telecast on ESPN, Syracuse renews rivalry with Villanova — August 12, 2014

Inside the ACC: FSU volleyball ranked, Louisville men’s soccer telecast on ESPN, Syracuse renews rivalry with Villanova


FSU Volleyball Debuts at No. 13 in the AVCA Rankings

The Seminoles have been included in every AVCA poll dating back to Sept. 19, 2011, and will debut at No.13 in the 2014 preseason rankings, extending the streak to 43-striaght polls.  It is also just one place shy of the highest preseason ranking in school history (No. 12 – 2012).

Florida State will start the season as the first school in ACC history to receive an invitation to play in the AVCA Showcase, which traditionally involves perennial power schools.  FSU will visit No.7 Nebraska at 7 p.m. on Aug. 29before taking on Iowa State on Aug. 31 at 1 p.m. in Ames.

The Seminoles will return to Tallahassee and welcome 10th-ranked Florida to Tully Gym on Sept. 4 at 6 p.m.

Broadcast Details Announced for Four Louisville Men’s Soccer Matches

The Cardinals are scheduled to have three matches on ESPN3 – the Aug. 29 season-opener against No. 2 Maryland at Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn Stadium, the Oct. 3 road game at N.C. State and the Oct. 24 home contest against Clemson. All of the ESPN3 broadcasts will also be available on the WatchESPN mobile app. In addition, Louisville’s first ACC match against Duke on Sept. 13 at Lynn Stadium will be carried by

Syracuse-Villanova Series Continues In Philadelphia

Syracuse and Villanova will play the second game of a home-and-home series announced last year when the two teams met on Saturday, December 20, in Philadelphia.

Syracuse and Villanova first met on the hardwood during the 1945-46 season. The two programs have played 71 times overall and SU owns a 39-32 advantage in the series. The Wildcats rank ninth on the list of most familiar Syracuse foes.

The Orange won the most recent encounter, a 76-62 decision last December in the Carrier Dome.


Syracuse was one of the original members of The BIG EAST Conference that first competed in the 1979-80 campaign. Villanova joined in the second year. All but five of the 70 contests played between SU and ‘Nova came while the programs were affiliated with The BIG EAST. The Orange officially moved to the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) on July 1, 2013.


Triple Option Attack: 2014 Syracuse College Football Preview — July 29, 2014

Triple Option Attack: 2014 Syracuse College Football Preview


Music to listen to: Ghetto Life by Rick James


Rick is from Buffalo which is close to Syracuse and I’ll always find a reason to bump his music. Apologies in advance to Lou Reed fans for not selecting an actual Syracuse alum in this spot.

Last Season: In Syracuse’s first year in the ACC and under head coach Scott Shafer, the Orange managed to win seven contests including a Texas Bowl win over Minnesota.

When Syracuse was in a winnable contest, it produced some solid victories over Boston College, Maryland and Wake Forest. However, when the Orange lost, the contests were blowouts. It lost 49-14 against Clemson, 56-0 at Georgia Tech and 59-3 at Florida State. That speaks to an inconsistent offense and a defense that couldn’t produce against an athletic opponent or unique scheme in the case of Georgia Tech’s triple option attack.

Yes, I found a way to incorporate the title of this post into the article. That’s called synergy.

Offense: The Orange offense returns junior quarterback Terrel Hunt who started the last eight games in 2013. He had 17 total touchdowns last season, 10 of which came in the air. His dual-threat capabilities will be a valuable asset under offensive coordinator George McDonald and having an entire offseason as the starter.

The offensive line will be led by preseason All-ACC selection, senior tackle Sean Hickey. Junior wide receiver Ashton Broyld had 52 receptions last season but didn’t catch one touchdown meaning the Orange will need more production from him and the rest of the receivers.

Syracuse boosts a deep stable of running backs including Prince-Tyson Gulley and George Morris II.

Defense: As stated earlier, the defense had solid moments last year but was undermined by inconsistency. The defensive line loses Jay Bromley but returns seniors Robert Welsh and Micah Robinson at ends. The rest of the defense has several veterans including junior safety Durell Eskridge who had a team-high 78 tackles and four interceptions last year.


8/29 Villanova
9/13 at Central Michigan
9/20 Maryland
9/27 Notre Dame (Giants Stadium)
10/3 Louisville
10/11 Florida State
10/18 at Wake Forest
10/25 at Clemson
11/1 NC State
11/8 Duke
11/22 at Pittsburgh
11/29 at Boston College


This looks like another 6-6 or 5-7 regular season with the last two road games at Pitt and Boston College being the deciding factor if the Orange will return to a bowl game. They have a tough five-game stretch from Notre Dame to Clemson. If they can find a way to be 2-3 in those games, a winning record may be possible.


First memory:

graves syracuse

Syracuse was my favorite college football team as a kid growing up in Brooklyn. Growing up in the NYC, we didn’t have many local teams to cheer for in college football. The closest team we hd geographically was Rutgers and they were a terrible team from New Jersey. No respectable New Yorker would go for a team from Jersey.

An alternative was to adopt a team from another part of the country. The largest fan base was from Notre Dame and I’ve never liked the Fighting Irish, even as a kid. From the Catholic propaganda, over-saturation of coverage from the sports media, annoying fans and other factors turned me off to that squad to this day.

Many other New Yorkers liked Michigan because it was a program with a national footprint. I didn’t mind the Wolverines and still think they have one of the top-five uniforms in college football. However, that squad was thousands of miles away and felt detached from them.

Penn State got some respect as well. Boston College and Pitt were fellow Big East squads as well but repped different cities than the NYC.

Finally, I came upon Syracuse because it was from my home state and I was already a big fan of the basketball squad, I should support the football team as well. Marvin Graves was my first favorite player on the squad, leading the Orange to three bowl victories including the 1993 Fiesta Bowl over Colorado. He’s my first memory of a program that eventually produced Donovan McNabb, Marvin Harrison, Dwight Freeney and a host of other elite talent over the years.

Favorite alum:


This list is strong, especially when you look at the names from the media, particularly sports. Marv Albert, Mike Torico, Bob Costas, Ian Eagle, Sean McDonough, Jayson Stark, Dick Stockton, Ted Koppel!

However, this category goes to Dick Clark, who had the best-ever broadcasting career in entertainment. From radio to American Bandstand to the New Year’s Eve events at Times Square that I would watch on television with my grandmother, the list goes on. Game show host with $10,000 Pyramid, TV’s Bloopers and Practical Jokes with Ed McMahon, the man did it all.

Honorable mention: Jim Brown, Keith Bullock, Larry Csonka, Gary Gait, Gerry McNamara, Mike Rotundo, Lou Reid,



The original Vanessa Williams takes the title. Honorable mention: Samantha Brown, Vera Farmiga and Miss Jones.

Overall outlook: I’m envisioning a 6-6 season and another bowl appearance for the Orange which will be a positive step for the program.

Previous Previews:


Boston College


North Carolina State




Mississippi State