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The Story Behind the Mob Podcast

Marlowe Wax, Caleb Okechukwu, and Ja'Had Carter
Syracuse Athletics
The Mob Podcast was started by DMV natives Marlowe Wax, Caleb Okechukwu and Ja'Had Carter at the beginning of the season, giving post game reactions and breaking down SU football's most recent game

The Syracuse defense is in the midst of a dominant season, leading the ACC in yards allowed per game, and ranking second in points allowed per game. How? Of course, talent plays a part. But so does mentality; swagger, and confidence. As described by the SU defense, it’s a “mob” mentality.

“That’s kind of just an energy, mindset and mentality that we play with on the field,” defensive lineman Caleb Okechukwu said. “Just playing together. A group of guys who just play fearlessly and relentless.”

But that mentality isn’t just limited to the gridiron. Early in the 2022 season, Okechukwu, linebacker Marlowe Wax, and safety Ja’Had Carter had the idea to bring that collective chemistry and mentality to a microphone. What started as an idea turned into a podcast, quickly.

“One day me, Caleb, and Marlowe, we were just talking, watching I Am Athlete, and The Pivot Podcast, some things that we enjoy,” Carter said. “So I was like, maybe we should start our own podcast. For a couple weeks, we joked around about it, and then Caleb was like ‘we need to do it.’ Then, we just started filming it, and put it into motion.”

The show was coined “The Mob Podcast.” Episodes with Okechukwu, Wax, and Carter began surfacing on Syracuse Athletics’ youtube channel September 14, 2022, following Syracuse’s 48-14 win against UConn. Ever since, it’s been a weekly occurrence – a brand-new platform that allows fans to see the personality of SU players that they hadn’t been accustomed to. The podcast has already welcomed five different guests: Syracuse Football Alums Don McPherson, Andre Cisco, and Zaire Franklin as well as current Orange players Mikel Jones and Oronde Gadsden II.

“We feel like we have funny, cool, and creative sides off the field,” Okechukwu said. “We wanted to showcase that. In today’s world, everyone’s got a podcast, so we were like ‘why not?’ ‘Why don’t we start one?’ We weren’t in it to see how big [a response] we get, just something cool to connect with the fans and the community, really, because I think people talk about how they don’t get to see that side of us.”

“Fans, and people on the outside don’t really get to see, what we do outside of football, so that was one of the reasons we started it [the podcast],” Carter said. “To give those insights from what we think from the game, and things like that. I feel like it’s a good source for the outside world to see who we are.”

It’s authentic conversations. It’s as if a microphone isn’t even there at all.

“We treat it the same as just inside the locker room,” Wax said. “The Mob Podcast is real, it’s just us having conversations. Those boys are my brothers.”