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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.  

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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How are Syracuse Businesses Preparing for NCAA Basketball?

Mar 26, 2015
John Smith

Syracuse businesses are getting ready to host thousands of out-of-town basketball fans who have come to Central New York for the NCAA Tournament.  The Carrier Dome hosts the East regional finals on Friday night and many local businesses are making some last minute preparations.

Emily Whealan, a manager at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, said that includes preparing more food and using a large screen projector to show the games. 

LISTEN: #1 Syracuse crushes #4 Duke 19-7

Mar 23, 2015
Varun Raghupathi

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.

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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Jim Boeheim and the Syracuse Orange knew that, win or loss, their season would come to an end.

Their opponent, the NC State Wolfpack, knew that their NCAA Tournament chances could come to an end with a loss.

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Syracuse University Kent Syverud disputed some of the findings in an NCAA report, including the allegation over a lack of institutional control in the school's athletic department.

The NCAA found that Jim Boeheim failed to promote an atmosphere of compliance.  The report indicated that Boeheim didn't do enough to monitor his staff and make sure his team followed NCAA rules.

The NCAA has suspended Jim Boeheim for the first nine ACC games of next season and will remove basketball scholarships over the next four years for Boeheim's inability to "monitor his program", according to a 94-page report released on Friday from the Division I Committee on Infractions.

The program will lose three scholarships in each of the next four seasons.

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