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We’re moving to

Posted by Tim on August 24, 2007

DC is Cuse Country

This is a photo of a sign blog contributor Josh made before a game against Georgetown in Washington. It became something of a running joke in our crew: Wherever we were, that was Cuse Country. When it came time to name this little project of ours, it seemed a natural fit. Holy crap, the Internet is Cuse Country!

Now, the time has come to move to nicer real estate. And with football season looming like an orange cloud of noxious gas, we’re moving to a new address that doesn’t have “hoops” in the URL.

So come visit us at Same great stuff, new great home.


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he feels our pain

Posted by syracusan on August 16, 2007

I’m excited for the day Mike Hopkins becomes our new coach, if for no other reason than the change of pace we’ll get from his press conferences. Somehow, I can’t see Boeheim making this analogy when discussing brutal 12 hour recruiting days:

“I am blurry-eyed but you love to watch games,” Hopkins said. “It’s like going to a Roto draft; it’s a long day, but it’s fun.”

Here’s hoping Hop is drafting better than I did last March.

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thoughts on Hop

Posted by syracusan on May 15, 2007

The blogosphere and the sports internetosphere are abuzz over the upcoming announcement from the SU administration that Mike Hopkins will be officially designated as Jim Boeheim’s eventual replacement as head coach. I figured I’d throw up a post for news as big as this, just in case anyone out there only checks this blog for their Syracuse basketball info (which, I might add, is not a good strategy during the summer…) [Apparently Tom was typing his post below at the same time as me.]

Reaction around the community seems to be universally positive. The conventional wisdom is that Hopkins is a logical and promising successor, and I can’t directly argue with that. While I’m not as starry eyed as everyone else over Hopkins, I admit that there’s no other clear choice that makes sense. My problem is not with Hop himself, it’s that everyone seems so convinced that he’s a sure thing, which to me is premature. It seems to me that when the time comes, it would be nice if the AD had the option of picking the best available coach, rather than having his hands tied. That said, Hop has loads of talent and potential, and certainly has as good a chance of working out as anyone.

Troy Nunes is interpreting this announcement as a signal that Jimmy only has a couple years left. I wouldn’t be so alarmist. Sure, Boeheim isn’t getting any younger and he could bail in a couple of years, but I don’t think naming Hop as the designate is related to that decision. To me, this announcement signals that SU thinks Hop is a gem, and realizes that if they don’t give him some job security and guarantees, they might lose him. This locks Hop in for a long time — even if Jimmy wants to coach 10 more years, Hop will stick around now and wait it out.

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The worst good news I’ve heard all year

Posted by Tom on May 15, 2007

Well folks, it’s official. Mike Hopkins has been named Syracuse basketball’s “head coach designate”, and will succeed Jim Boeheim in the throne. This is the worst good news I’ve heard all year.

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Is Arinze Onuaku In Your Top Eight?

Posted by Jer on February 21, 2007

Have you ever wondered what Paul Harris’s favorite tv show is? (it’s The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air)

Did you know that loves a certain type of dog? (pit bulls)

Did you know that Josh Pace has yet to decide whether he would like to have kids?

How about Billy Celuk? Did you know that it seems he may have spent much of his time at SU thinking about guns?

Enter the wonderful world that is MySpace. On a lark, I decided to see if any current Syracuse players had MySpace profiles. As shocking as this may seem, it appears that these college kids don’t spend all of their time devising ways to win another national championship. I was also able to uncover a number of pages for former Syracuse players from Jessup, PA to Kouvola, Finland.

Disclaimer: Note that just because someone has a MySpace page doesn’t mean that they created it personally, but it’s usually fairly easy to spot the real from the fake. Also note that Arinze Onuaku has spent an inordinate amount of his time off this year working on his profile.

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Poetry returns!

Posted by syracusan on January 26, 2007

I caught an episode of Syracuse Sidelines this afternoon on SNY and heard some interesting news. For those who don’t know, the low production value Sidelines is a generally entertaining weekly interview show with Jim Boeheim and other Syracuse figures. It’s a half an hour of softie questions and extremely low level analysis, and Mike Hopkins generally handles the 2nd half of the show. Part of the fun is watching Boeheim’s patience slowly run out, as he follows his predictable pattern of having fun (discussing college basketball nationally), getting fired up (defending the Big East), and then just getting annoyed (talking about his own team). I’d never seen it outside of central New York until this year, when the Mets channel once again made itself useful by picking it up. I haven’t figured out when it’s on in such a way to be able to catch it regularly–I’m not even sure if it’s on at the same time each week–but it’s a fun way to kill 30 minutes when I stumble on it.

Also, occasionally one can find out some interesting news. For instance, guess who’s back on the scene upstate? None other than Syracuse’s and the Big East’s all time leading scorer, Lawrence Moten. Boeheim casually mentioned that Moten has re-enrolled at SU to finish up his degree, and that he’s been hanging out with the team while he’s around. They had some footage of him practicing with the team, and the man looked crisp! (Considering that he and Hopkins were teammates, I can tell you right now that Moten is in way better shape nowadays.)

Jimmy stressed that Moten wasn’t assisting with coaching, but just acting as a veteran presence for the guys and trying to impart some wisdom. And get this: it’s not just a one or two time thing – Jimmy said Moten will be with the team for the rest of the season. In fact, in the footage Moten was wearing the exact same practice uniforms as the rest of the players, and appeared to be seamlessly integrated into the normal drills. He wasn’t draining jumpers all over everyone or dominating the ball; instead he was moving on offense, passing, trying to fit in, and generally following the directions of the coaches.

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