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  Syracuse University's Men's Football team began practice this weekend with a clear focus on looking forward not backward.  The team is coming off a 3-9 season in 2014.  That disappointment followed seasons in 2013 and 2012 that both ended in bowl victories.

In 2013, SU defeated Minnesota in the Texas Bowl to cap off a 7-6 season.  In 2012, the season ended with a Pinstripe Bowl victory over West Virginia for a record of 8-5.  

So far so good, Mark Coyle.

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Syracuse University has selected Mark Coyle as its next athletic director.  Coyle comes from Boise State in Idaho.  There he led a department that fielded 20 athletic teams.  He's credited with academic and athletic success.

You've gone to NBT Bank Stadium for a Chiefs game, settled into your seats, looked out over the green field, leaned back to enjoy the game and ...

WAER Hall of Fame inductee, Bill Roth '87, has been announced as the new voice of UCLA men's football and basketball broadcasts.

The Syracuse offense could only score one touchdown during the team's annual Spring Game on Saturday against a defense that lost seven starters to graduation. 

The day began with a 6-on-7 skeleton drill and some special teams work, but most of the time was spent on live scrimmaging.

Here are a few takeaways from that scrimmage:

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Syracuse Men's Lacrosse improved to 7-0 in convincing fashion over the weekend. SU handed Duke a 19-7 loss in the Carrier Dome.

Syracuse, who is currently #1 in all college lacrosse polls, got up on the two time defending national champions 5-0 in the first quarter and did not look back. At one point in the third quarter, the Orange had extended its lead to 16-2.

You can listen to WAER's Highlights from the big victory right here: 

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Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim was remorseful about NCAA sanctions, but relentless in defending his character and integrity during an hour-long press conference on Thursday.

It was his first media appearance since the NCAA released a 94-page report detailing violations that spanned more than decade in the Syracuse athletics department.  Boeheim began with a personal apology, saying that the head coach has to take responsibility for anyone in the program who commits violations.

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Daryl Gross is out as Syracuse University's athletic director, an email from Chancellor Kent Syverud confirmed on Tuesday.  The statement also puts Men's Basketball Coach Jim Boehiem's retirement at "within 3 years."  

For a change, getting to the NCAA Tournament isn't a cause for celebration for Quentin Hillsman or his Syracuse women's basketball team.

The Orange earned a No. 8 seed in the Greensboro region and returns to the NCAA Tournament for the third season in a row, a new program record.  Syracuse will face the ninth-seeded Nebraska Cornhuskers on Friday night in Columbia, South Carolina in a game that will be televised on ESPN2.

"It’s big for the program," junior guard Brianna Butler said on returning to the NCAA Tournament. "It’s big for the school and big for our team."

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