It’s hard to cover college sports in the summer, guys. There are no sports to cover. Sure, a graduate transfer visit here and a scholarship offer there, but for the most part us writers are left out to dry. In an effort to keep the news cycle going (and meet deadline), some of us are forced to get creative. In that spirit, I’d like to introduce a new summer series. Syracuse Tabloids — an effort to put the week’s all-over-the-place offseason stories into one neat package.
Let’s start with what it’s all about: the money.
SU coaches have the highest salaries at the University, and Gross made a lot in 2015
Last Friday, SU released it’s 2015 tax forms to Syracuse.com. Those include the pay of all school employees, including athletic coaches. This doesn’t come a surprise, but nobody got paid more than Jim Boeheim and then-SU football coach Scott Shafer. Boeheim took in $2.15 million, while Shafer raked $1.64 million before being booted from the position before the final game of the season. The only eyebrow-raiser in the report came from the number next to Daryl Gross’ name. Gross stepped down as athletic director in March, but was still paid just under $850,000 in 2015. Gross still worked as a vice president of the University and “special assistant” to Chancellor Kent Syverud, but had the fourth-highest salary at the school for doing just three months of work under that pay grade.
Carmelo Anthony among the highest-paid athletes in the world
You can argue Carmelo Anthony’s status as a superstar in the NBA, but you can’t argue with his paycheck. Forbes released its list of the top 100 paid athletes in the world, and Anthony clocked in at No. 29 with $32.6 million in salary and endorsements. Another SU alum made the top 100; Chandler Jones is No. 76 with $22.9 million (almost all in his salary).
CBS Sports says the SU football job is eighth-best in the ACC
The summer is prime predictions and rankings season, and CBS came out with a list of the best football coaching jobs in the ACC from top to bottom on Tuesday. Is there any point in asking where Syracuse ranks when the job is locked down for the next few years? Maybe not, but that’s never stopped anyone before. CBS’s Tom Fornelli says of Syracuse, “Think of North Carolina, but in upstate New York.” I don’t see the similarites, but eighth out of 14 jobs is fine by me given what the Orange has done on the field as of late.
Sportscaster U. turns 10
Forthe past 10 years, current and former NBA players have taken over SU’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications in the summer to learn about a possible future in sports broadcasting in the NBPA’s Sportscaster U. Former “graduates” include Shaquille O’Neal, Richard Hamilton, Andre Iguodala, Richard Jefferson and Tiago Splitter. This year’s class is made up of current players Langston Galloway, Danny Green, Gerald Henderson, Steve Novak and Willie Reed. Former players at SU this week are Earl Barron and Loren Woods.
Posted: Nathan Dickinson