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The “Clark Bowl” Checklist

Syracuse football will be playing in a bowl game this year. Guaranteed. No doubt about it. This bowl game will take place in only a few weeks, though. The winning team won’t get a trophy, either, but it could end up with a five-star recruit.

Chris Clark was the best tight end in the 2015 class. He started the season at UCLA, but after just one game left the school because of homesickness. Clark narrowed his list of transfer options to Syracuse and Pittsburgh, and he will be in the Dome on October 24 to watch the two teams play in what has been dubbed the “Clark Bowl.”

The winner of the “Clark Bowl” will by no means determine which school Chris Clark takes his talents to, but having the home field advantage might. Syracuse is going to get an extra weekend with Clark by having the game at home, and the Orange needs to make sure it does it right. Clark needs to be given the full experience of game day in Syracuse, and the Orange needs to make sure it’s clear that this place isn’t just a basketball school. I’ve put together a list of must-haves for Clark’s game day experience that is all in good fun, but I might have just stumbled upon a few good points along the way.


Syracuse might not tailgate as well as LSU, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to see. Whether it’s by way of parking the car at Skytop or walking through the quad before heading into the game, getting Clark around campus and seeing how passionate the Orange fan base is will be a big plus.

A Good Seat

Any commoner who has attended an event at the Carrier Dome knows there are really only two seating options:

  1. Uncomfortable metal bleacher with uncomfortable metal back rest
  2. Uncomfortable metal bleacher with no back rest

I don’t know what the NCAA rules will and won’t allow, but if Syracuse wants Clark to catch touchdowns he probably shouldn’t be sitting somewhere that will give him back pains. At least get him one of those padded bleacher seats, that’s all I’m saying.

No Carrier Dome Food

It took me a while to think of the right words to describe the Carrier Dome’s concessions. Rubbery? Preheated? Hard to chew? The food quality falls somewhere in between low-end high school football stadium and County Fair food court, which on either end is not good eating. Take Clark to Varsity Pizza before the game and/or Dinosaur Bar-B-Que after, but don’t let him eat the Carrier Dome’s food.

A Syracuse Win

Oh right, there will be a football game going on too. As previously stated, the result of the game shouldn’t have that much of an impact on Clark’s decision, but having a recruit see a win is always nice. If Syracuse’s offense can keep producing at the level it has been, Clark should be impressed.

What else should Chris Clark (or any Syracuse football recruit) see on game day? Let us know in the comments below. Follow us on Twitter @OrangeFizz for updates on Clark and all Syracuse recruits.

Posted: Nathan Dickinson

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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