Blog rebuttal: In anticipation of open bowl slots, NCAA considering expanding field

first_imgUPDATED: Sept. 24, 2010 One day later, The Daily Orange’s third football beat writer, Tony Olivero, provides his thoughts on Andrew L. John’s original blog post and Brett LoGiurato’s rebuttal from Wednesday. Olivero’s second rebuttal follows LoGiurato and John’s original posts: More unmerited teams in bowls will add to watering down postseason Syracuse? In a bowl game? With fewer than seven wins? It could happen.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text With 35 bowl games slated for the 2010 postseason, the NCAA is looking at a situation in which a team with a losing record might actually get an invite to one of them. Though six wins has been the minimum requirement in years past, that could change this year if there aren’t 70 teams that meet that requirement and fill those slots. NCAA officials have begun discussing the possibility, which has led to further discussion about whether or not that would be good for college football. After thinking about that question for a split second, I’m disgusted it even has to be asked. Seriously, does anybody really want to see Vanderbilt vs. Washington State? While we’re at it, let’s go out and catch a Clippers-Nets game, too. Give me a break. The very thought of it is just absurd. It’s a blatant message the bottom line is more important than putting together the best possible college football matchup. It’s saying watering down what should be the best games of the year is acceptable. ‘I don’t necessarily think it’s a good thing if you have a losing record and you’re going to a bowl,’ San Diego State athletic director Jim Sterk told The San Diego Union Tribune. Sterk has previously served on the NCAA bowl subcommittee. ‘I don’t think that’s good for college football.’ No contingency plan is currently in place if fewer than 70 teams were to become bowl-eligible, but the NCAA is exploring its options. It has kept its fingers crossed, hoping it wouldn’t need one. But as the weeks continue and more and more FCS teams upset potential FBS bowl teams, the likelihood grows. That’s just not something the NCAA envisioned. Oops! An option is being explored that would allow two wins against FCS squads to count toward bowl eligibility. Currently, only one win against an FCS team counts toward getting to a bowl game. That could be where Syracuse comes in. Though SU head coach Doug Marrone and his players and staff have maintained the goal is seven or more wins, it has to be of some comfort that both of their games against FCS schools, assuming they win Saturday, would count toward bowl eligibility. Bowl games have always been about two things: money and rewarding teams for having a winning season. Now the NCAA might be eliminating half of that equation. If the NCAA does so, it significantly takes away from the competitive nature of the game. It would take away from the excitement on the field and in the stands. The thrill of knowing every game, every snap, really does count. Because nobody wants to see the Clippers vs. the Nets. Orange, fans should be ecstatic for increased bowl possibility … right? Syracuse? In a bowl game? With fewer than seven wins? It could happen. And that’s why the team, and its fans, should be excited. NCAA football is just getting better and better by the day. It’s not like there’s an arbitrary computer system that decides the most important matchup in college football every year. (Oh, right.) It’s not like there’s only one really meaningful college football game every year. (Oh, right.) It’s funny, how this little possibility of more teams playing in bowls developed. It happened because the powers that be decided it might be nice to expand to one extra bowl game — from 34 to 35. You know, because there aren’t enough meaningless bowls that come around every year. When ESPN stretches them out … Every. Single. Day. Just so the diehards of diehards in Wyoming, Idaho and Southern Methodist can cheer on their teams! While the rest of us suffer through a night of pushed-back SportsCenter. Oh, but now the NCAA has taken it one step further. And it’s a delight. Because of the FBS’ ineptitude — er, parity — when it comes to playing FCS teams, bowl games just got a lot more fun. Last season, FBS teams only lost five games against FCS teams. This season, they have already lost six. What does that mean? More teams in bowls that wouldn’t ordinarily qualify for them! Which, of course, brings us to Syracuse. At least the Orange has taken care of business against the lone FCS team it has played, beating Maine last week, 38-14. And because of that, SU is about to be rewarded. (Well, assuming it beats Colgate this weekend.) How’s that for a booby prize? Beat a team that’s nowhere near your talent level, and get to a bowl for the first time in six years! Because now that the NCAA will likely have no other options than to open up bowl spots to teams that wouldn’t normally be qualifiers, Syracuse is in line to be a benefactor. Ordinarily, the Orange would have to win seven games to get to a bowl, or six games against non-FCS opponents. But now that its FBS counterparts are more inept than they’ve been recently — and because USC got itself into a little bit of trouble this past summer — SU would only need six wins, or five against non-FCS teams, to make it to a bowl under the new guidelines. ‘I know those things are out there, but I have not even put a thought to that,’ SU head coach Doug Marrone said in his weekly teleconference Wednesday. ‘We’re concentrating right now on winning our next game, and really winning our third game of the season out of four opportunities. I don’t look at things that way.’ But Marrone and the rest of the Syracuse players and coaching staff should be ecstatic. The fans should be ecstatic. Because even though SU will likely be in one of those bowls that just pushes back the Neil Everett-Stan Verrett comedy hour for the rest of the nation, it’s a bowl, right? Bowl fever, if I’ve ever seen it. What a surprise: Here comes the bubble, only this time with SU football Ah, the bubble. How funny it has been and, perhaps will be, for Syracuse. It all comes full circle. Get ready for its return … three months early. Only this incarnation of the bubble is reserved for much worse teams. One of those teams could be — and it looks like it will be — Syracuse. Now it just remains to be seen just how situated Otto will be on this prolate spheroid-shaped bubble. After Saturday, SU may only need three more wins in eight games. And this bubble, if it turns out to make an appearance come December for teams including Syracuse, may speed up the process for a true March-like bubble for college football’s FBS postseason. A bubble this December, consisting of teams that win 42 percent of their games, may be just that embarrassing. But probably not. It should be. As for the bubble, it’s fickle. It really is for Syracuse fans. For two decades, it was kind to Syracuse basketball. And then, well, 2007 happened. South Alabama happened. And then, 2008 happened. Just ask Eric Devendorf. Just ask Jim Boeheim. And in 2010, this might be happening, again. With the other Syracuse team. In the last three days, it has been written about ad nauseum. Due to three (supposedly unforeseen) reasons, NCAA teams with 5-7 records and/or two wins over Football Championship Subdivision opponents will have a chance to play in the postseason. The three reasons: – The NCAA’s bump up from 34 to 35 bowl games. – USC — the same USC Daryl Gross emigrated from — vacating an extra bowl spot for a team due to its postseason ban. – FCS schools beating FBS schools at a higher rate this season as opposed to last season. FCS schools have already beaten the FBS six times, meaning the FBS will, at most, only have 84 wins over the FCS. Five down from last year’s 89. Those five may mean a lot. They may mean the postseason for Syracuse. But with the Orange’s history when it comes to the bubble, could we have predicted a perfect storm any different from the one that might accompany Doug Marrone and his team come Boston College postgame? And with Orange football’s recent ‘are you serious’ history in the Greg Robinson days, and its recent history (or, er, lack thereof) in the postseason, should we have expected any more deviant of a situation for this team to confront — and maybe creep into a bowl with — come the end of the season? With the history of the program in the Robinson days, this football program would be the football program to get to its first bowl since 2004, thanks to this kinky of a situation. And when you fuse the feelings of the Robinson days with the trials and tribulations Boeheim and SU basketball had with the bubble, with the fact that Gross came from USC, and then with the actual situation itself, it is exactly what this has become for SU: kinky. Twisted. Tangled. So with a win over Colgate and then a win over Louisville and any other Big East team, Syracuse will enter the Carrier Dome on Nov. 27, ready to face Boston College … on the bubble. It will be returning in that different shape, ready to make the Orange and Orange fans excited, nervous and begrudgingly nostalgic at the same time. Fans don’t want to remember the South Alabama Jaguars. The six-year hiatus will put a pressure on this team to not have that bubble pop. More so than almost any other team that will be vying for a bowl. Lips will be bitten. Teeth will be chattering. The nerves will be there. Thanks to, ah, the bubble. The bubble that loves to inhabit the Dome. We shouldn’t have expected anything else. T-minus nine weeks until we see if the Dome bubble bursts. Again. Comments Published on September 22, 2010 at 12:00 pm Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Syracuse defeats RIT, 3-1, for 3rd-straight win

first_img Published on February 8, 2020 at 12:33 am Contact Will: Facebook Twitter Google+ A minute and a half into the second period, Savannah Rennie took the puck from behind the RIT net with teammate Anonda Hoppner close behind. Rennie wrapped the puck into the left pad of Tiger goalie Terra Lanteigne, and as the puck bounced off Hoppner found the puck at the top of the crease and buried it, going between the legs of Lanteigne. Thirteen minutes later, Brynn Koocher, Amanda Backebo and Kristen Siermachesky were all crashing the net on an Orange odd-man rush. Koocher put the shot on goal, while Backebo and Siermachesky crashed the net. With three bodies in front of the RIT crease, the puck pinballed between different legs and sticks before Koocher found it again and roofed it, giving Syracuse  (10-16-1, 8-4-1 College Hockey America) its second goal, all it needed to topple to RIT (9-16-2, 2-11), 3-1, on Friday evening. Both of those goals were opportunistic ones that the Orange needed to capitalize on. An ugly goal counts just as much as a “pretty” one, head coach Paul Flanagan said.“We have to be that team that’s just getting an ugly one,” Flanagan said after a practice this past Tuesday. “If you’re in front you screen the goalie and it hits you in the elbow and goes in or you get your stick on it or whatever, you bury that rebound.”While Syracuse’s offense was peppering shots on net, its defense shut down RIT’s offense in front of Ady Cohen. At the end of the first period, Syracuse had 23 shots on net. RIT would end the game with 24.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse defenders also stepped in the path of 10 Tiger blasts, preventing them from ever getting to Cohen, who was on track for her third shutout of the season, until a slap-shot through traffic off the stick of RIT defender Taylor Baker found twine with 90 seconds left in the game. “Yeah, it was definitely one of those weird ones where you know,” Cohen said. “They had the man up so a lot of traffic in front of the net and they just kept hacking at it and you lose sight of the puck.”Early in the third Jessica DiGirolamo wired the puck from her own defensive zone to Rennie, making a fast break towards the RIT net. Taking the tape-to-tape pass, Rennie skated the puck to the top of the circle, turned her body and snipped the puck over the right shoulder of Lanteigne. In a game highlighted by the Orange’s dependence on ugly goals, Rennie may have scored the seasons prettiest. The fast pace of Syracuse’s game also led to a highly physical contest. Players had to shove or bump opposition out of the way if they wanted to get to a rebound, gain possession or have a clear line of sight for a tip. The excess physical play turned into power play opportunities for both sides. With a minute left in the second, Logan Hicks was battling for possession behind the Orange goal when she lowered the shoulders and bodied an RIT skater into the boards at the corner. The referee’s arm quickly shot up, and Hicks was penalized for body checking. Seven minutes into the third period, Madison Beishuizen skated the puck up the left boards of the Syracuse zone, trying to clear out her team. Tiger defender Justine Larkin skated up to Beishuizen’s side and pushed her into the boards, causing Beishuizen to tumble to the ice awkwardly. The refs blew the play dead, and reviewed the play, seeing if it warranted a game misconduct. Although Larkin stayed in the game, the play resulted in a five-minute major penalty. Hoppner said after the game that RIT is an especially physical, and gritty team, so Syracuse understood the importance of out-hustling them and being aggressive on loose pucks. “I think today coming in our focus was honestly just outwork them on every part of the ice, said Hoppner. “We used our strength and our speed and I think that that’s why we’re so successful today.” Commentslast_img read more