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Donnie Webb is my hero.

In a blog entry filed this afternoon, the Syracuse insider dropped some much needed knowledge on Syracuse's 2006 and 2007 football schedules.

As Webb notes, East Carolina has chosen to exercise its buyout clause rather than play the Orange in the Dome this coming football season. This is actually the second time that East Carolina has weasled its way off of Syracuse's home schedule, as the Pirates cancelled their contest with the Orange in 2002 due to a conflict with their Conference USA's scheduling commitments. As a result of East Carolina's failure to recognize its responsibilities, former Syracuse athletic director Jake Crouthamel was forced to put I-AA member Rhode Island on the schedule.

In an apparent effort to fill this new 2006 home vacancy with a university not currently designated as a I-AA participant, Syracuse has attempted to work out a deal with Frank Solich's Ohio Bobcats. These talks, however, appear to have fallen through.

As it stands right now, Webb believes that Buffalo, a functional I-AA squad masquerading in I-A clothing, will fill out Syracuse's home schedule in 2006. In order to accomplish this, Buffalo will be taken off the home schedule in 2007. In Buffalo's place on the 2007 home slate will be Ty Willingham's Washington Huskies.

Speaking of the 2007 schedule, Ohio State has officially removed itself from Syracuse's schedule in 2007 and 2010. However, the 2010 vacancy appears as if it will be filled with the Orange's former nemisis, Boston College.

2006 Football Opponents
LouisvilleSyracuse, NY
PittsburghSyracuse, NY
ConnecticutSyracuse, NY
IowaSyracuse, NY
Miami (OH)Syracuse, NY
BuffaloSyracuse, NY
RutgersPiscataway, NJ
CincinnatiCincinnati, OH
South FloridaTampa, FL
West VirginiaMorgantown, WV
Wake ForestWinston-Salem, NC
IllinoisChampaign, IL

2007 Football Opponents
LouisvilleLouisville, KY
PittsburghPittsburgh, PA
ConnecticutEast Hartford, CT
IowaIowa City, IA
Miami (OH)Oxford, OH
RutgersSyracuse, NY
CincinnatiSyracuse, NY
South FloridaSyracuse, NY
West VirginiaSyracuse, NY
IllinoisSyracuse, NY
WashingtonSyracuse, NY

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