Program At A Crossroads?

As the Syracuse football team tees it up for what will hopefully be a lucky 13th season for head coach Paul Pasqualoni and with the perfectly written script of opening up against ACC foe North Carolina along Tobacco Road, the best way perhaps to describe what has transpired since the Orange limped off with a losing record (4-8) last fall for the first time in 16 years, is to use one of Coach P's pet phrases.

Quite clearly, the college football off-season, and how it's affected the Syracuse program has been, as the SU football boss is fond of saying, "out of whack."

Or, perhaps a better picture is painted by Big East commissioner Mike Tranghese after he watched the ACC talk to four of his schools and eventually vote to pluck southern football plums Miami and Virginia Tech away in late June.

"I think the public is disgusted with us all to be perfectly honest with you," Tranghese said days after the Hurricanes and Hokies made it official, and after the ACC turned away Syracuse and Boston College in what one Big East beat writer labeled as, "the first real hostile takeover in the history of college athletics."

The full feature story can be found in this month's issue of The Juice.

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