Fresh Fizz Radio: Sugar Bear Switches, ACC Football Keys to Success, Rich Pitino

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Fizz Radio is back with a new episode (which airs live every week at 9a on the Score 1260). It might be the start of the summer, but there’s plenty going on around Syracuse athletics.

Brendan Glasheen hits on:

  • Syracuse men’s lacrosse reaching the national championship game. Although the loss to Duke was tough to swallow, SU turned in an impressive season. The historical run continues with the Orange getting back to yet another Final Four.
  • Ron “Sugar Bear” Thompson has been converted from tight end to defense (at least for the moment). Why all of a sudden the move of a 4-star recruit to the defensive line by Scott Shafer?
  • The Orange is just three months away from its first football season in the ACC. What are the three keys to grabbing a winning season in ’13?
  • The Pitino family continues to battle Syracuse on the recruiting front. It’s usually Rick, but for the first time now it’s Richard. Rick’s son is the head coach at Minnesota is trying to lure one of SU’s targets to the Twin Cities.
  • Football recruiting update: Could a top-flight wide receiver from Florida finally be SU’s “big fish” for the ’14 recruiting class?

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14 Comments on this Post

  1. Russell MacEachern

    I hope so but it seems C.Holmes don’t have us in his top 5?I see Mich is taking a close look at him as KJ WMs wanted to commit to UMich but they SO FAR won’t accept but KJs seem’s to want to work with them (UMich)!…the good part is whichever (probably Holmes)we lose we’ll most likely get the other!I hope we get that TE Trey Klock out of PA!!

  2. It looks like,Syracuse has a possibilty of landing another player to the class of 2013.

    6’8″ 250 lb OT Conner Center out of Christian Brothers Academy Albany,NY was headed to Milford Academy CC to prep for a year before offers started to come in. Schools interested in him are Colorado and Syracuse,which might change his mind about attend CC.

    Things are starting to get interesting as Coach Shafer tries to shape the team that has his name stamped on it.

    GO CUSE;

  3. Cuse don't luse

    Just because Thompson switches doesn’t mean he is max beaulieu we have wales and Paris at tight end and that seems to be a position of depth but at DE we are shallow as ever no MPB and Robert welsh who is a former walkon is our best DE at the moment we have gone for late desperation pickups from jucos like marona but shafer realizes that walkons should definitely makes welshes progress but in the ACC it would be nice to have him come off the bench in a rotation the last 2 years we have lost a DE that lead the team in sacks by jones and sharpe and maybe the year before that but if things don’t change I could see Dyshawn leading a struggling d unit in sacks that is also being pounded on the ground I actually like the move we need some d line and receivers if we are going to stay afloat In the ACC with smith and PTG I wouldn’t be opposed to playing Morris in a slot role or broyld wherever we have to but the best athletes we can on the field at all times

  4. CuseOnly

    Robert Welsh is NOT a former walk on, he has been a full scholarship player since 2010 when he was recruited as the #77 3 star DT out of HS.

  5. On Sunday we picked up our 3rd commit for the class of 2014. He choose Syracuse over Pittsburgh and Arizona plus a couple of other schools to play.

    6’1″ 220 lb LB Zaire Franklin out of La Salle College High School Wyndmoor PA.

    Welcome to the Syracuse Football program and the Orange Nation Zaire Franklin.

    The article that I read said that Mr. Franklin is involved with the community. One of the things that he would like to do is organize a soup line around the holidays to feed the needy.

    So to all of the Fizz Family members and die hard football fans who lives in and around the Syracuse area. Are you just “talking the talk” or will you join me in “walking the walk” by volunteering to help during the holidy season once this is set up and running to feed the needy?

    It could be a real fun day especially if Syracuse were lucky enough to get invited to another bowl game.

  6. Terry

    Russ I’m 63 going on 23!! Old Lady mainly how I describe my Main Squeeze/SO/Mate/etc. You ought to hear what see calls me LOL!!

    Ron some sites have this Center kid as a TE too! Interesting!!

    Cuse don’t luse=PERIODS please!! LOL!

    I’m not crazy about the Sugar Bear(love that name) move either!! I think with SU’s issues at QB in 2013 more flash at WR/TE has got to help the QB’s. They can make up another DE somewhere from this squade.

  7. @Terry;

    I guess Russ and I aren’t the only “old farts” in this group.

  8. Russell MacEachern

    No Ron I knew by his demeanor and old fashioned love of the game he was a boomer!!I was a little taken aback when he called us “ol farts”?? 60’s in this era ain’t old!Has anyone else had trouble logging in to Fizz the last 36 hrs?I kept getting “database error” “Flash Shock wave”?I ran the “bot” tonight and got back [email protected],I like the LBer pick-up!!He’s a solid player and kid!!

  9. Russell MacEachern

    I can’t believe it wasn’t worthy of a Fizz article….I was dying to log in since I heard and we were fortunate to keep him from Pitt,Temple,BC and RU!!

  10. Russell MacEachern

    @Terry,Thats my preferred expression “main squeeze” Ha ha!!Thank’s for a straight answer!!

  11. Russell, the two of you guys are killing me. My son gets mad(my daughter-in-law really p****d)at me everytime I ask my 13 year old grandson if he got his squeeze for the day at school. You know you have to teach them to respect the women.

  12. @Russell MacEachern;

    Some of the experts are saying that our latest recruit could be a 4* athlete by the end of his senior season and was a huge get for Syracuse. I also like the fact that this Robinson kid,out of Eastern Christian Academy (Elkton, MD),is trying to recruit some of his team mates to come play at Syracuse.

    Like I said earlier,when the recruiting season is over and all is said and done.We the fans are going to be pleasantly surprised.

  13. Russell MacEachern

    All in all I figure around a top 40 area class at least!! I don’t see Top 30 till next yr IF we have a bowl season (yes,7-5)is my prediction!So far BC and RU are having good recruiting yrs(top 20)but were also doing well!!I haven’t been this happy with recruiting in YEAR’S!!Still early…Temple’s also doing well surprisingly!!Rhule’s doing something right!!

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