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The plot of a walk on College Football player rising through the ranks to  assume a position of importance has fueled many Hollywood movies. But, truth be told it is much more than an elaborate work of fiction.

This week on The Best of WAER Sports Podcast, Tyler Aki reports that this year's Clemson team is adding to the walk on legacy. 

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.

This week on The Best of WAER Sports Podcast if you're looking for parity, you'll find it in College Lacrosse. With the NCAA Tournament underway many are wondering who will come out on top.

With seven different teams holding the #1 ranking this year, that is very much still up for debate. This week WAER's Tyler Aki takes a look at this year's loaded NCAA Tournament field.

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. 

One of the murkier areas in college sports is the aspect of recruiting.  Thanks to the NCAA though, those lines are now more clearly defined for college lacrosse coaches. Recently the NCAA announced a rule that high school lacrosse players cannot begin their recruiting process until their junior year.  

WAER's Jake Marsh shares reaction to the rule change from players and coaches at both the high school and college levels.

Syracuse University Lacrosse is no stranger to being led by well known players. Players, whose name hold a strong reputation across the college lacrosse landscape. Heading into this season John Desko and his SU squad were in search of that leader.

This week on the Best of WAER Sports Podcast, Sean Salisbury tells us that Syracuse believes it has found that leader in Nick Mariano. Not only has Mariano proved to be an elite scoring option, but he's also developed into one of the best all around players in college lacrosse this year, 

Hundreds of Fans Celebrate SU Women and Men Basketball Teams

Mar 30, 2016
Joe Lee/WAER / WAER

Hundreds of orange-clad fans enthusiastically sent off the Syracuse University's men's and women's basketball teams before they depart, respectively, to Houston and Indianapolis to compete in NCAA's Final Four.

The students, families, and lifelong orange supporters gathered with Coach Boeheim and Coach Hillsman for the celebration at Manley Arena at noon.

"We’re not happy right now where we are. We are proud of what we have done, but we are looking forward to two more games and coming back here again one more time to celebrate," Coach Boeheim said. 

Chris Bolt/WAER News

  WAER broadcasters and staff were honored for several awards in both News and Sports categories in the most recent Syracuse Press Club awards, during a ceremony Saturday night.  The station's work swept the categories of Best Radio Sports Show and Best Radio Sports Story.  WAER's Newscast was also judged Best Regularly Scheduled Local Newscast.

(Complete Awards Listings Below)

Orange Hoops Wins 3rd Maui Title

Nov 28, 2013
Ben Fontana, 2013

Maui, HI - The Syracuse Orange (7-0) defeated the Baylor Bears (6-1) 74-67 in the championship game of the EA Sports Maui Invitational at the Lahaina Civic Center Wednesday night. Senior C.J. Fair was named the Tournament Most Valuable Player. In the title game versus #18 Baylor, Fair had 24 points and three steals.

SU Basketball One Win From Maui Title

Nov 27, 2013
syracuse.com, 2013

Maui, HI -  Syracuse (6-0) remains undefeated all-time in the Maui Invitational (8-0) with a 92-81 win over California (5-1) on Tuesday afternoon at the Lahaina Civic Center. The #8 Orange moves on to the Championship game of the Tournament where it will take on 6-0 #18 Baylor. The Bears have knocked off host school Chaminade and came from behind to beat Dayton on Tuesday to advance to the finals.

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