You can tell it’s early October when we’re using any excuse to start talking about Syracuse basketball, and today that excuse is the fact that the jersey numbers for Kaleb Joseph, Chris McCullough, and a bunch of walk-ons whose names you’d forget by the time the next paragraph gets here so why even bother, have been revealed. McCullough, as expected, will wear 5. Joseph, somewhat surprisingly since we kind of expected him to grab 1, will instead wear 14. So where will he rank among the all-time 14’s?
Well, that was less than ideal. If you’d told us before kickoff that the Syracuse defense would force five turnovers, every single one of us would have thought that Syracuse not only beat No. 8-ranked Notre Dame, but wound up kicking the crap out of them. And then again, if you’d told us that Everett Golson would complete 25 straight passes, each and everyone one of us would have thought it was a Notre Dame rout. Turns out, it was neither, and the game wound up being a 31-15 decision in favor of the Irish.
We’ve been talking recently about the recruiting process and how it relates to Tyus Battle, considered by some to be the top wing prospect in the class of 2016. Well, word has trickled out that Battle has announced he will be visiting Syracuse, Duke, Kentucky, and Florida. In other words, he’s going to be checking out basically the exact programs and coaches you’d expect from a player of his caliber.
We’ve recently learned via Nate Mink on Twitter that Scott Shafer prefers Saturday night games over Friday night games, because, of all reasons, it gets his kids watching football rather than General Hospital. Naturally, this got us wondering what the hell else Shafer thinks kids these days watch on their newfangled intelligent phones and iPaddles or whatever the heck you call them when you’re not busy being #HardNosed.
Oh hello there! Did you miss us? No? You mean you didn’t even realize we were gone? Well fine, just pretend like nothing special was happening between us, if that’s how you want to play it. Anyway, let’s just pretend this thing never happened and get on with the important stuff: Syracuse sports. Specifically, let’s talk a little bit about the peculiar situation playing out in the hoops recruiting class of 2016.