Here are some news and notes from around the Syracuse universe:
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers GM Mark Dominik is quoted in King's notes about the plans for Arrelious Benn and SU's Mike Williams, the two wide receivers Tampa drafted. He expects them both to get meaningful playing time, and then this is what he says about Williams:
"He's a starting receiver. I think he's going to start for us at some point this year. He's excited to play football, and we all know it's a risk. Quitting is obviously a big hurdle to get over. That's not good. But he's a good kid and a passionate football player who realizes he made some mistakes. We've done our research and we feel comfortable with the risk. I can tell you he's not going to be quitting football.
Good to know that Dominik already knows Williams enough to know he won't quit. And he's right, because "ITS NOT QUITTING IF YOUR NOT WANTED ITS MOVING ON REMEMBER THAT!"
- A must-read story by Brett LoGiurato of the Daily Orange about the 28 SU football players who have left or been kicked off of the SU football team since Doug Marrone took the reigns as coach. The main player in the story is DT Lamar Middleton, who says that he was not given a fair chance by Marrone when they had a misunderstanding. Middleton also delivers the quote of the year: an Iverson-esque statement about curfew. You know what we're talkin' about.
- A story about arena football? I didn't even realize the AFL was back in commission after its one-year hiatus. Maybe that's just me being all busy with school, the Daily Orange, and this blog. But former Syracuse back Clifton Smith, now a linebacker for the Chicago Rush, took home the JLS Ironman of the Week award for his performance against the Utah Blaze. Now, I recognized the name Clifton Smith, but there are two of them. Running back Clifton Smith is returns kicks for the Bucs, but he's from Fresno State. This Smith went to Cuse, and now he's collecting ironman awards.
- In the only live action for Syracuse sports yesterday, Jenna Caira shut down a decent Penn State team in back to back games. The Orange won 2-0 and 6-1. Caira struck out 20 over 12 innings while allowing just two hits. Third baseman Hallie Gibbs continued her hot streak, hitting a pair of home runs. The Orange has been an up-and-down team all season, and this is one of its best series of the season.