The Syracuse University football team officially opened camp on Monday, August 5th, under 1st-year head coach Scott Shafer. Shafer takes over for the Orange entering the program's first year in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). SU is coming off a very successful 2012 season in which it won the New Era Pinstripe Bowl for the second time in three years.
Sunday was the first of many opportunities for the media to talk to both Shafer and Syracuse players.
It was a great day in New York City as Syracuse, Pittsburgh, and Notre Dame officially become members of the ACC on Wednesday. And the theme of the day was excitement for the future. “We’re in a great position for the short term and the long term.” Said ACC commissioner John Swofford. “We have a great group of 15 institutions with unlimited potential for the future.”
Michael Carter-Williams, who helped Syracuse reach the Final Four this past season, was selected 11th overall in the 2013 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers.
Carter-Williams started all 40 games as a sophomore with the Orange and was part of a squad that finished the season 30-10 overall. Syracuse reached the NCAA semifinals before having its season ended by eventual national runnerup Michigan.
And with the number 11 pick in the draft, the Philadelphia 76ers choose... Michael Carter-Williams, point guard from Syracuse! For the former Orange point guard, the Philly selection is a bit of a reunion as he reunites with BABC teammate Nerlens Noel, who was dealt to the 76ers after being drafted by the New Orleans Pelicans at pick number 6. Carter-Williams said, "I'm really excited. Me and Nerlens grew up together. We're best friends. It's like a dream come true."
Despite a 5-0 lead early on, the 2013 season ended in disappointment for the Syracuse Orange. Duke defeated SU in the National Championship game at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia 16-10. It is the 2nd National Championship in program history for the Blue Devils.
The loss was SU's first in a national championship game since 2001, ending a string of four straight national-title game victories for the Orange.