Pasqualoni focuses on football

Head coach Paul Pasqualoni was wondering if there was something special being served for lunch due to the large throng of media members and Syracuse University athletic department and staff who gathered in the Iocolono-Petty Football Wing for his weekly press conference.

Approximately 60 people were on hand to hear Chancellor Kenneth Shaw and Athletic Director Jake Crouthamel's reaction on fellow Big East member Boston College accepting an invitation to the ACC on Sunday. (see related story)

Although he couldn't help discuss the latest Big East school's defection to the ACC (Miami and Virginia Tech were invited this past summer) as he was repeatedly asked about it, Pasqualoni wanted to put all his attention and focus on this week's upcoming opponent, which happens to be Boston College.

"This will have no impact on the game at all,"Pasqualoni said. "My focus and my attention has got to be on our next opponent.

"BC is six days away. At 12 noon," he added.

Syracuse which is coming off a 51-7 loss to No. 4 Virginia Tech has enough problems and doesn't need to worry about things happening around it that are out of their control.

"The kids came in this morning at 7:00. We looked at the film. We made the corrections and put it away and moved on. We can't look back."

After reviewing the film, Pasqualoni said that poor tackling and basic fundamentals hurt the Orangemen in their game against the Hokies. A big area that hurt Syracuse was in its punting game as redshirt freshman Brendan Carney had two punts returned for touchdowns. Although the coverage was good on both punts, Carney's hang time was a problem.

"That was an invaluable experience for our punter for his career," Pasqualoni said.

Damien Rhodes who left the game with after reinjuring his ankle is "very questionable" for this week's game.

"This is a big turning point in our season," senior tight end Joe Donnelly said. "We need to get a Big East win and be 4-2 overall, 1-1 in the conference."

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