NOTEBOOK: Jackson Stabbed

Cornerback Tanard R. Jackson, 19, was stabbed in the chest early Sunday during a fight outside the Schine Student Center, Syracuse police said. He and his roommate, Reggie McCoy, a safety on the team, were in a parking lot outside the student center when Jackson was hurt, reports said.

About 15 people were involved in the fight, which broke out about 2 a.m., the reports said. Jackson told officers he tried to avoid the fight, which started around him. After getting away, he said he discovered the stab wound to his upper left chest. Jackson was leaving a dance sponsored by a campus fraternity at the student center.

At the Monday press conference, coach Paul Pasqualoni said Jackson would be released in the late afternoon on Monday, however, he would most probably be out next week.

Pasqualoni said he is standing behind his player, but because of inevitable missed practices, Jackson will have to sit out Saturday's game against Rutgers at the Carrier Dome.

"I don't think they were looking to fight at all," Pasqualoni said. "I hope we can portray it accurately."

McCoy told city police the man who stabbed Jackson was wearing a University of California, Los Angeles basketball jersey, jeans and an earring in one ear.

Police interviewed Jackson at the hospital. They also photographed his wound and took the shirts he was wearing as evidence.

According to Pasqualoni, the police are trying to track down a silver car that was believed to be holding the suspect, but did not have more information.

Pasqualoni went on to insist that he believes Jackson acted correctly and was a victim. He said the team does not have a curfew on game nights and even though he wishes Jackson was in bed, Pasqualoni said he understands that undergraduates are out late at times.

"We just try to encourage them to make good decision," Pasqualoni said. "I think he tried to, but got into a situation he couldn't avoid."

Jackson has started all four SU games this season and has two interceptions. As a freshman, he played in 11 of the team's 12 games.

Gregory Still A No-Go

Making matters worse for coach Pasqualoni and the Orange is the loss of junior wide receiver Steve Gregory. After the Cincinnati game Pasqualoni said Gregory was day-to-day, but after practice on Wednesday his injury swelled up and he had to back off. Gregory missed the Virginia game and is still day-to-day.

Patterson Still Starting

Sophomore Perry Patterson will be starting again on Saturday for the Orange. Coach Pasqualoni says Patterson has progressed as a direct result of the sense of urgency created by the competition from freshman Joe Fields. Pasqualoni said Fields in the consummate team payers and although he obviously wants to be playing, he is terrific in cheering on Patterson.

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