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Weekend Recapitulation

It's a blessing and a curse.

With Syracuse's bye-week nearing an end, there has been little new storylines and information emanating from Manley Fieldhouse. Outside of Orange kicker Patrick Shadle being named one of 20 semifinalists for the Lou Groza Award, the only current discussion occurring in Orange Nation pertains to whether Paul Pasqualoni caused the current Syracuse decline or if the impetus for such a regression is solely attributable to Greg Robinson.

And that, unfortunately, is an argument best left for the close of the 2006 campaign rather than at this juncture of the season.

With that said, here are some pieces appearing over at the Syracuse FanHouse that may be of interest.

Rutgers Head Coach Robs Syracuse of Heisman-Hopeful
Recruiting has always been an activity masquerading as a noble pursuit. According to the primary cast of characters in the performance, future student-athletes judiciously weigh the options presented to them by even-handed, yet mildly persuasive head coaches. In the end, the recruiting target invariably selects the university that best fits his or her athletic and academic requirements.

The real story of recruiting, however, is much darker and shrouded in deceit and other ethical shortcomings. From NCAA-sanctioned illegal gifts to falsified or inherently flawed transcripts from "diploma-mill" high schools, recruiting easily sheds the guise it wishes to aspirationally maintain.

Greg Schiano -- head coach of former Big East Conference doormat Rutgers University -- officially entered his name onto the ledger of coaches who eschew traditional notions of fair play in order to exact a measure of personal gain. . . .
Freshman Syracuse Tailback is Indestructible
Coming out of Copley, Ohio, Syracuse freshman tailback Delone Carter maintained quite an impressive reputation. Earning 2005 Ohio Mr. Football honors, Carter was tabbed by many as the next great rusher to ply his trade on The Hill.

Through nine games this season, Carter has shown flashes of greatness, displaying an ability to pick up tough yards and separate from pursuing defenders. Despite these moments of genius, however, Carter has yet to author a signature run. . . .
Judge to Syracuse Offensive Coordinator: "Guilty!"

It is a bona fide recipe for disaster:

  • 1 part fixing the nation's most anemic offensive attack;
  • 2 parts living and working in Central New York; and
  • A heaping helping of coaching responsibility-deficient senior quarterback Perry Patterson.

The end result of such a concoction? An alcohol-induced romp through Syracuse's suburbs. . . .

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