So much attention has been created by the Syracuse basketball team's run to the championship that football players and coaches feel that fans may have forgotten about football, a team that only two years ago won a bowl game.
While players were happy for the basketball team, they wanted a piece of the glory for themselves.
"I'm jealous," quarterback RJ Anderson said. "They get all of it. I want some of it back. We would like to do it too."
It may be difficult to get students interested in the football team again after the Orangemen had their first losing season under head coach Paul Pasqualoni. Still, linebacker Rich Scanlon wasn't worried about the fan base.
"I think the students are pretty fickle," Scanlon said. "They'll come if we start winning games. I hope the students are there to support us coming out. I hope we don't have to go out and prove to them we're going to be good, just trust us."
With a fresh start, the football team has some big ideas of their own.
"I just want to finish my legacy," Anderson said. "I want to do something else no one did. I want to win the championship."
Syracuse's first chance for redemption will game on Sept. 6 when the Orangemen head down to North Carolina.
A win against the Tar Heels would certainly help get a larger crowd out.
Said Scanlon: "Win one game and it's water under the bridge."
Syracuse football to basketball: We're jealous
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