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Social justice is one of the major issues on the forefront of public discussion in 2020. For many, though, the fight for equality has been taking place for much longer than this year.

“I think there is no finish line when it comes to racial and diversity issues, and social justice issues,” said Dana Harrell.

Harrell, a member of the Syracuse graduating class of 1971, played for the SU football team in the late 1960s and early 1970s. He is best remembered, however, as one of the ‘Syracuse 8.’

SU Football Caps Off 2020 at Notre Dame

Dec 4, 2020
Former Syracuse head coach Greg Robinson smiles after SU defeats Notre Dame 24-23 on the road in 2008. The Orange have not bested the Irish since.

In any other season, the opportunity to play Notre Dame would be irregular. This year, however, the Fighting Irish are a member of the ACC, so the Orange travel to South Bend, Indiana this Saturday to battle the number two team in the nation.

The matchup represents the tenth meeting between Syracuse and Notre Dame and the third of
head coach Dino Babers’ tenure. The chance to play one of college football’s blue bloods is not something Dino takes lightly.

Greg Paulus (2) throws a pass in his first game as a Syracuse quarterback vs. Minnesota in 2009.

This Thursday, Syracuse men’s basketball hosts Niagara in SU’s second game of the season. For several Purple Eagles players, this will be their first time in the Carrier Dome, but the man in charge of NU is quite familiar with the setting.

Niagara head coach Greg Paulus is a man of many talents. Long before he was the recipient of the 2019-20 Joe B. Hall Award, given to the NCAA’s top first-year coach, the Ohio native was tearing it up in the 315.

Regardless of the outcome of Friday’s season opener against Bryant, the fact Syracuse will be playing at all should be considered a victory.

As of this writing, over 35 programs across the NCAA have been put on pause and/or have cancelled competition due to COVID-19 complications. This does not include the 10 programs that have already cancelled their seasons entirely (Bethune-Cookman, Maryland Eastern-Shore, and the Ivy League).

Syracuse women’s basketball finally has a schedule for this year.  And even though it’s an abbreviated slate due to the pandemic, one player will be extremely glad to be back on the court. 

As an All-ACC First Team point guard, Tiana 

Freshman quarterback JaCobian Morgan (15) made his first career collegiate start on Saturday

The Syracuse football team lost 16-13 to Boston College yesterday, however, one storyline prevailed over the result. True freshman quarterback JaCobian Morgan made his first career start, and he was a single score away from earning his first victory.

The Syracuse Football team’s Halloween is off to a spooky start. SU was trampled 38-14 in the Dome by Wake Forest. What’s perhaps even scarier is that the Orange are now 1-6 on the season and haven’t won a game in over a month. 

Syracuse Hosts Liberty and Talented QB

Oct 16, 2020
Syracuse defensive end Kingsley Jonathan (57) strips the ball from former Liberty quarterback Stephen "Buckshot" Calvert (12) in last year's matchup.

All Malik Willis ever wanted was an opportunity to play. This Saturday, the dual threat quarterback gets his first start against a power five school when he and the 4-0 Liberty Flames march into the Dome to play 1-3 Syracuse.

Years ago, the signal caller could have never imagined he would wait this long to start against a big conference school. Willis committed to Auburn in the winter of 2017, but he never found solid footing in the starting rotation – stuck behind current New England Patriots backup Jarrett Stidham.

Syracuse Hands Duke First Win of Season

Oct 10, 2020

Syracuse was unable to stop four-star quarterback by the name of Chase Brice. Does that name sound familiar? Well Brice used to play for the Clemson Tigers. In 2018, Brice led a win against Syracuse when starter Trevor Lawrence left the game with an injury.

Brice came to the Dome to seek a second win against the Orange, and he did just that. Duke defeated Syracuse 38-24 following a strong start from Brice. Brice would throw for 270 yards and two touchdowns.

Last time we saw the Syracuse Football team take the field, the Orange notched their first victory of the season in the newly-renovated Dome against Georgia Tech 37-20. In that matchup, star free safety Andre Cisco did not take the field. The junior was banged up pregame. Earlier this week, Head Coach Dino Babers confirmed that Cisco had suffered a “lower-body extremity injury” in warmups. Despite giving some insight, Babers did not give a timetable for Cisco’s return.