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Each year in sports seems to bring an emerging star out of no where that demands out attention.  In 2001 the world was introduce to a skinny quarterback named Tom Brady. In 2012 the Golden State Warriors' spent a 2nd round pick on a player who was supposedly too slow, but Draymond Green turned out pretty good.

This week on The Best of WAER Sports Podcast, Tim Scott highlights a potential star on the  Syracuse Football team, Scoop Bradshaw. 

Alabama, Ohio State, Clemson, and Florida State. Those are some of the major contenders year in and year out in college football. Those squads are filled with 5 star recruits. But, for those athletes who don't immediately land at a major program, there is another way.

This week WAER's Jake Marsh explores the path from junior college to division one college football.

'Cuse Drops A Tough Contest In Death Valley

Sep 24, 2017
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The Orange travelled to Death Valley this weekend to take on the twenty-fifth ranked Tigers. Syracuse stayed with LSU throughout the contest, but came up short as the Tigers (3-1, 0-1) beat the Orange (2-2, 0-0), 35-26.

This contest started quickly. LSU barreled into the end-zone on a Derrius Guice one-yard touchdown just nine seconds into the contest to take the 7-0 lead. Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey was intercepted on the first play of the game to set up the Tiger score.

Syracuse Looks to Upset LSU In Death Valley

Sep 22, 2017
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Syracuse football (2-1, 0-0) faces a tough task tomorrow night in Baton Rouge. The Orange takes on #25  LSU (2-1, 0-1) in the first road game of the season for Cuse.

SU is looking to build off of a dominant win over Central Michigan (2-1,0-0) last week.  The Orange had 300 yards on the ground in the 41-17 victory.

Eric Dungey once again led the team in rushing. He has done so in all three games this season. The Junior also added on 279 yards through the air against the Chippewas.  

During week one of the NFL season fans were treated to a landmark event. Two minority head coaches made their debut in the same game as the Broncos and Chargers went head to head.

In college football, Dino Babers is one of 15 minority head coaches in 128 division one football programs. And, he is the only minority head coach in the ACC.

This week on The Best of WAER Sports Podcast, Drew Carter examines the state of minority coaches in football. 

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The Syracuse Orange (1-1, 0-0) will face the Central Michigan Chippewas (2-0, 0-0) in the Dome on Saturday before they hit the road for their next two games, including a trip to LSU next weekend.

Last weekend, the Orange lost 30-23 to Middle Tennessee State in a lackluster defensive game for the team. The offense also struggled to find its rhythm and disappointed fans late in the game as senior wide receiver Steve Ishmael fell one yard short of a first down, ending Syracuse’s final possession of the game.

The uptempo offense that coach Dino Babers brought to Syracuse last season has brought a level of excitement to SU Football. But, Syracuse football hasn't always held that distinction. Back in the mid 1980s  the football program took a big step forward largely because of the late Dick MacPherson. 

WAER's Tim Scott takes us back in time to examine the success of the 1987 football team that ultimately ended up in the Sugar Bowl.

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Many familiar faces returned home to the Dome this Saturday afternoon as Syracuse Football celebrated Legends Weekend with more than 29,000 fans. The undefeated 1987 team (11-0-1) was honored on center field for a reunion 30 years in the making. Leader and coach of that historic team, the late Coach Dick MacPherson, who passed away last month, was also honored at the event.

The weekdays are hectic, and sometimes things get lost in the shuffle. WAER Week in Review is an opportunity for you to catch up on some of the top stories to come out of WAER this past week. 

We starts with sports, where Technology is improving at such a rapid pace it's hard not to notice it in our every day lives. Self driving cars, wireless headphones, and college football? Yes, even the Saturday sports darling of college football is seeing the game changed by the advancements in technology.

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The last time Scott Shafer coached a game in the Carrier Dome, he was carried off the field by his players. Shafer had already been informed that he would not return the follow season as the head coach of the Orange entering the 2015 season finale against Boston College. A 20-17 win for Syracuse pushed Shafer's record to 7-17 over his final two season with the team.

Now, Shafer returns to the Dome as the defensive coordinator of Middle Tennessee State (0-1, 0-0). His job will be to stop the fast-paced offense of his successor, Dino Babers.

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