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New Digs? Report: Syracuse on Verge of Announcing New Football Facilities

Is SU ready to make an announcement of a $20M practice building?

According to The Juice, an announcement of Syracuse’s brand new football practice facility should be expected today. If indeed SU has found the funding for a new complex this is huge news in the never ending recruiting battle. As we all know the Orange walks into the ACC needing to be prepared for much bigger confrontations than it saw in the Big East.

Curiosity began building when Bernheimer Architecture released designs for SU two years ago. Just look at some of the draws around Syracuse’s new conference: FSU, Virginia Tech, Clemson, Miami. These are schools that sink plenty of money into their programs, and basketball is an afterthought at each (although all four have had success on the hardwood recently). Doak Campbell Stadium. Lane Stadium. Death Valley. South Florida. These are incredible imposing dynamics to now have to beat on a weekly basis.

Some might believe Syracuse will never truly compete with some of these schools anyway, but just look at three lost recruiting battles. New York State quarterback Chad Kelly chose Clemson. So did New York City’s Ebenezer Ogundeko. Staten Island’s Gus Edwards picked Miami. For the Orange to return to its roots of conference championships and 9-10 win seasons, it has to keep its Empire State kids at home.

How do you do that? By winning, of course. But also by dedicating resources to updated, modern facilities. In March, Doc Gross told The Fizz

“We are very aggressive with football right now and fund raising for a football facility. We’ve got some things that are going to be in motion very very soon. We recognize the need to – not so much an arms race – but a needs race of what we need right now.”

In May ’11, SUAthletics.com mistakenly asked donors for $4M to upgrade the facilities. It later took down the post. According to the Juice, the complex will cost $15-20M and funding will come from multiple sources. Some of it reportedly will come from the ACC check, some from school administration, the rest from fundraising.

For a private school with the shallow athletic pockets of Syracuse (comparatively to bigger state schools in the ACC), it would be an enormous (and surprising) victory if the powers that be culled that much money to build a practice facility. If indeed the story is correct, facts and details will be unveiled at the press conference.

When selling the program to recruits both in and out of state, playing the part of a champion is critical. You can’t have players spend a weekend at a school with modern, glitzy equipment, then come to SU’s second-rate grounds and ask him to stay. The old adage goes: Facilities don’t win recruits, but they can lose them. SU hoops has the Melo Center, which is a gleaming jewel that helped revolutionize the program. One of the NBA’s biggest stars gave back to his school, and his gift considered one of the premier complexes in the nation.

In the wake of Doug Marrone’s departure, it would be pleasant news if SU was able to find enough cash to make this happen. Because walking into the ACC without being armed like the big boys would be virtually impossible.

Posted: D.A.

15 Comments on this Post

  1. OrangeCrush27

    I hope this news is correct.

  2. I too hope the story is true and ground breaking for the new facility will be in the spring.

    But to keep things going with the addition of a new indoor practice facility,I would hope that the administration would next focus on South Campus and start to build new housing for the athletes. The cubicles that they live in now(to say the least)is horrendous. If they want to bring in big time recruits,then I feel we should give them better living conditions.

    Just my wishful thinking here.

  3. If true, what will happen to Manley?
    A dedicated Lax facility?

  4. I replayed to an recent article today about SU renting a floor in NYC. I stated how about updating the SUFB facilities too!! I ought to replay on this more often if this story comes about today!!

  5. this is crucial in order to get the football program running on a good note.

  6. Russell MacEachern

    Ooop’s I think WVU just scored again on Clampson lol…outside of FSU and maybe Clemson were as good as anyone in the ACC or BE.2 and who knows what it will look like in even 2 years?I think the ACC needs to be concerned about “Cuse”….we have nothing to lose as they underestimate us.VT and the “U” arent the teams we remember from 6/8 years ago!!The U had a couple home games were no one (300)showed up to a home game’s and Al Golden’s sleazy NY/NJ recruiter D’Onofrio grabbed a few gems up here but made BIG local (Miami)enemies and local HS coaches are not helping them anymore…Booker T Washington coaches say “persona non grata”…that school is a mess IMO and look for Golden to fly their coop soon!…..D’Onofrio is from the old Schiano school of sleaze and even shady fired him!!

  7. Russell MacEachern

    Ron,are we still gonna invest in advertising on NYC cabs and Yankee stadium?..or does that leave with DM?Personally I don’t think its neccessary to state the obvious!!

  8. @Russ – My sentiments exactly!!

    Storm the damn ACC!

  9. @Russell MacEachern;

    Last year we had a discussion about where DR. Gross could find extra money to pay Marrone and staff and try keeping them at Syracuse. My point at the time was we were spending way to much money in NYC with advertising on all of the yellow cabs,putting a 100 ft banner on one of the sky scrapers,and advertising in Yankee Stadium. All are pretty expensive to me,so why do it?

    Let’s get rid of the advertising in NYC,all of it.

    I hope they treat Coach Shafer better than what they did Marrone. Dr. Gross needs to pay these coaches more than what has happened in the past.

  10. And we got rid of dougie too!!Er-he got rid of his beloved SUFB is better put!! NYC still could pull in dividends. $$$ and talent(minus Mr Williams). To early to give that up now. ACC wanted SUFB because of the Big Apple. Not the other way around!! NY, NJ, and Conn have SUFB interests. Don’t give them away to Rutgirls-please!! Not yet any way!! Lets see what happens!!

  11. Russell MacEachern

    Terry,SUFB?we arent in the NY/NJ or NYC demographics…the B1G has the edge on Balt/DC-NY/NJ area and I think we’ll lose at least VA too but ur right about not conceding the rich recruiting grounds of NY/NJ of which NYC,LI and the lower Hudson Valley and Fairfield CTY (W.Conn) are in!!We have to fight to keep our footprint there!Whose our downstate recruiter now?

  12. Russell MacEachern

    This dont sound like my origenal thought….its Cuse territory (NYC) but just not demographically if that makes any sense guys?…UConn swears its there territory LOL..tell that to our crowd at the BE tourney at the garden!!They call Boston theirs too?

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