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After last year’s cancelation, Syracuse University Football  Fan Fest made a comeback this past weekend.  Coach Dino Babers and players interacted with fans, while numerous other activities got local residents excited for the upcoming season.

Babers is currently in the middle of pre-season practice and said Fan Fest came at a good time to get the community and his players connected.

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Syracuse University’s Athletic Department continues to reflect on the life and legacy of Dick MacPherson, who died Tuesday.  The department includes his grandsons, who offered some memories, along with the Athletic Director.  One quality they all seem to agree on is that Coach Mac was a genuine person who made everyone feel important, on and off the field.  Richard 'Macky' MacPherson says he was like a father and his interests went far beyond football.

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Syracuse University football is in its first week of summer training camp and expectations are high. The Orange is trying to improve on a 4-8 season from a year ago, which was Coach Dino Babers’ first at SU.  Despite the losing record, the team’s offense was able to pile up yards.  The passing attack amassed 321 yards per game, ranking 11th nationally. 

Quarterback Eric Dungey was injured and didn’t play all the games last season.  He says he has a new outlook for this season and is excited for the season to start.

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One year after finishing with a  4-8 record, Syracuse Football is poised to improve. Standing in the way of that improvement is the toughest schedule in the NCAA. Head coach Dino Babers, Quarterback Eric Dungey and Linebacker Zaire Franklin spoke in Charlotte today at the 2017 ACC Football Kickoff.

It took only a couple of questions before Zaire Franklin was reminded of the 2016 season finale. Back in November, Syracuse gave up 76 points en route to its eighth loss of the season. Franklin can’t wait to get that game out of his system.

Throughout sports history there are been plenty of father-son duos who have left their mark on the same game. In the NBA we have Dell Curry and Stephen Curry. In baseball Barry Bonds followed in the footsteps of his father Bobby. And in the NFL Archie Manning paved the way for his sons, Peyton and Eli.

For Syracuse Men's Lacrosse they have their own father-son tandem, but of a different sort. This week, WAER's Sam Rubinoff tells us the tale of Joe and Cal Paduda. 

This week on The Best of WAER Sports Podcast, it's the story of transformation for one Syracuse University  Men's Lacrosse Player. Sergio Salcido came to SU with visions of breaking onto the scene and immediately making a name for himself.  But after a torn ACL and no scholarship Salcido's future was looking bleak.

Fast Forward to today and the midfielder is one of the Orange's most  electrifying players. WAER's Tyler Aki tells us how Salcido went from a walk-on to an All-American.

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Next year’s Syracuse men’s basketball team now knows the details of their first marquee matchup of the season. The Orange will take on the Kansas Jayhawks in early December to conclude the third annual Hoophall Miami Invitational.

Syracuse leads the all-time series 3-2, but Kansas is a perennial national title contender and one of the most prestigious programs in college basketball history. The Jayhawks haven’t missed the NCAA tournament since 1989, claiming either a one or two seed in the big dance every year since 2000.

Timing is a funny thing in sports. Opportunities sometimes take forever to present themselves and other times they seem to appear out of nowhere.

This week on The Best of WAER Sports Podcast, Maura Sheridan tells us the story of Syracuse Lacrosse Captain Paolo Ciferri and the journey he's taken to this point.

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In their last regular season game as a unit, the Syracuse Orange (18-13, 10-8) played like the team that fans dreamt about before the season started.

The Orange defeated the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (17-14, 8-10) 90-61 at the Carrier Dome on Saturday behind leading scorer Andrew White III's career best 40 points. The Nebraska transfer celebrated his senior night honors by missing just one of his nine shots from beyond the arc.

This week on The Best of WAER Sports Podcast we take the time to celebrate. First we hear from WAER's Jake Marsh and remember some of the signature wins over the coaching career of Jim Boeheim. 

In the second half, we remember the life of former Syracuse University player Fab Melo.  Drew Carter gives us an inside look at the young Brazilian who was gone too soon.

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