Syracuse officially leaving Big East for ACC in 2013

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We all knew this was coming for some time, but the news was made official today:

The BIG EAST Conference and Syracuse University today announced that both organizations have reached an agreement on Syracuse’s departure from the BIG EAST and move to the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).  Under the terms of the agreement reached between the BIG EAST and Syracuse, the BIG EAST members will vote, in accordance with the BIG EAST’s bylaws, to terminate Syracuse’s membership in the BIG EAST effective July 1, 2013, at which point Syracuse will join the ACC. In addition to other consideration, Syracuse will make a total cash payment to the BIG EAST of $7.5 million.

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NBA draft scenarios for Indiana Pacers

The Indiana Pacers are staring the end of the Larry Bird era in the eyes right now.

The 2011-12 NBA Executive of the Year announced his decision to step down as team president Thursday, but he’s not quite done yet.

Bird will conduct the Pacers’ draft alongside Donnie Walsh, who returns to Indiana as president, and newly promoted GM Kevin Pritchard.

The trio could go several different directions, including standing pat with their No. 26 overall pick or wheeling and dealing to move up.

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Minnesota Timberwolves “luck” might be turning around?

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I know the last few years have been down-right dreadful for fans of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Our last few draft picks (Wes Johnson and Derrick Williams) haven’t panned-out, so far or yet. But, Ricky Rubio brought a spark this season before his ACL injury. He lit-up Target Center with his maestro passing skills and non-matador-esque defensive ability that most of his teammates (Michael Beasley) have shown the past few years. He might just be the beginning of a Minnesota-turnaround, though.

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2012 NFL Draft – Top Defensive Backs

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2012 NFL Draft – Top Defensive Lineman

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1. Melvin Ingram, South Carolina (6-2, 264): One of the most versatile defensive lineman in the draft, Ingram could play in both the 3-4 as an OLB or speed DE, as well as play the traditional 4-3 defensive end. Ingram has pro-ready hand technique and frequently gets his man off balance.    Prediction: Top-15

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Syracuse hotels offering $1 rooms in honor of Syracuse Orange basketball

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Move over William Shatner, I think someone has just beat you when it comes to a travel deal.

In celebration of the Syracuse Orange #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Talk about March Madness, this is is the very definition, as the city of Syracuse is offering a variety of $1 deals throughout the city for residents and visitors alike.  There are even $1 hotel stays.

22 local hotels, restaurants & attractions (i.e., museums, spas – even the opera!) have all signed up to offer discounts for The Orange’s run through the NCAA tournament.

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#1 Syracuse Suffers 1st Loss at Notre Dame

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With what happened tonight in South Bend, I felt it necessary to re-run yesterday’s story about Notre Dame knocking off so many #1 ranked teams. It seems very prescient now on my part, almost predicative . Though I did say in the article I don’t think it was going to happen.

Jack Cooley (yes, the new Luke Harangody looking guy) had 17 points and 10 rebounds against a Syracuse team missing its shot-blocking, rebounding center Fab Melo as the Irish knocked off the Orange 67-58 on Saturday.

Fans stormed the court after the ND upset victory, something you got to do when you beat #1. It was the eighth time Notre Dame has beaten a No. 1 team—that ties for fourth-most all-time, with North Carolina having the most with 12.

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Syracuse Chancellor Gives Jim Boeheim Vote of Confidence

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Syracuse Orange Coach Jim Boeheim has been pretty quiet on the child molestation charges against his now fired right man of multiple decades Bernie Fine. On Sunday he backed off a little from the acrimonious comments he initially made against Fine’s accusers. On Monday he said nothing at all, and probably realizes that in this case talking media equals “less is more.”

Syracuse University Chancellor Nancy Cantor answered the big question today surrounding the college basketball program.

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Silence of Jim Boeheim Speaks Volumes About Him, Syracuse

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What happens on the court this year for Syracuse college basketball is really trivial and trite compared to what’s going on for the Orange off of it. Anyone who isn’t mentally slow or a boring, two-dimensional stick figure is aware that Jim Boeheim has much more important things to deal with right now than hoops. Bringing justice against the molesting of children, which occurred within his program and during his regime is a million times more important than anything a scoreboard or the Big East standings have to say this year.

Unlike Penn State, Syracuse University has handled the situation and damage control reasonably well.

Except for Boeheim of course, who looks like an egomaniacal loose cannon after he attacked the alleged victims, accusing them of lying/opportunism. That’s why he needs to calculate his next public move very carefully. Hence the silence yesterday.

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Syracuse FIRES Bernie Fine

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UPDATE: Syracuse fires Bernie Fine amidst molestations accusations.

After reports surfaced today of taped phone conversations, Syracuse has decided to fire assistant coach Bernie Fine.

This is an ongoing story, and details will follow.

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Serious Molestation Evidence Emerges Against Syracuse, Bernie Fine

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In regards to the concurrent child molestation investigations, Syracuse is not Penn State, and Jim Boeheim is not Joe Paterno. However, the evidence emerging today from the wife of the accused, Bernie Fine brings the two cases of the two programs a little closer.

You know about the charges against Fine; and how strongly Boeheim defended him.

Now things are about to get much worse for the Orange college basketball program.

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Syracuse Trounces Colgate in Wake of Scandal; Boeheim Defends Fine

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In Syracuse, the focus on this college basketball Saturday wasn’t hoops but scandal. Playing for the first time since Jim Boeheim‘s top assistant Bernie Fine was accused of child sex abuse, #5 Syracuse destroyed Colgate 92-47.

Normally, a Big East traditional power trouncing a low-major cupcake in the early season is not big news, but today it is.

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