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Didn’t we already do this whole media day thing in Rhode Island? Well, yeah, but that was the Big East Media Day. This is SU media day. Big difference.

Somehow this Fizzster ended up with an on-stage pass to K Rock-A-Thon 14 and jammed out on the same floor with Tom Morello, Papa Roach and Three Doors Down. What’s that you say? Was it fun, you ask? Sorry, I can’t hear you. I was standing next to the subwoofer that Jacoby Shaddix was using to appease the masses of head-bangers.

Anyways, Syracuse University Football begins camp, right after the school’s media day.

(Editor: Wait. Didn’t we already do this whole media day thing in Rhode Island?)

Well, yeah, but that was the Big East Media Day. This is SU media day. Big difference.

What is that difference, you might ask?

At Big East media day, you can talk to two players from the home team and coach Marrone, while having to fend off media from all over the conference and the bigs at ESPN, etc.

At SU, it’s most, if not all the players and the only person I might have to fight is Aaron Goldstein from News10Now, and I’ll take my odds there (J/K).

So I’ve got that going for me, along with Doug Marrone’s unofficial/official tenure as head coach set to begin.

All the players are moving in to their fancy South Campus Apartments, and I feel like this is a good motto to live by (in all seriousness).

As NFL training camp gets going as well, some familiar faces are making waves. Colts wideout Taj Smith is apparently making a good impression in the preseason, according to the Colts’ SB nation blogand might even have a shot at making the team. The ex-Orange star was waived by Indy last year in December, then signed five days later and spent the entire ’08 season on the practice squad.

The other big surprise of the season (according to the Stampede Blue)? Mike Hart, an Onondaga Central guy.

Which reminds this Fizzster of one thing: The news that Latavius Murray wasn’t offered a scholarship from Syracuse. The OCS alum was nursing a busted knee in Syracuse and has decided to leave Central Florida after seeing plenty of time his freshman year before the injury. The linebacker/running back combo looked like a good fit for the home Orange.

Having seen this kid play in high school, Murray is the real deal. The Orange may be set at running back, but they are far from solid at linebacker. So far in fact, transfer Derek Hines is first on the depth chart despite not having practiced a down in Orange. You don’t want a proven 6’4″ and a strong frame on this team?

It may have taken a while to get Murray back from the knee injury, but it’s no longer the death knell with modern science. Not to mention he’s a local kid (bling bling, if you know what I mean Carrier Dome bleachers).

The Fizz is owned, edited and operated by Damon Amendolara. D.A. is an ’01 Syracuse graduate from the Newhouse School with a degree in Broadcast Journalism.

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