Location: Syracuse, New York
Mascot: Otto the Orange
Claim to Fame: Its hard not to pick Carmelo Anthony and the 2003 National Championship and it isn't easy not to pick Jim Boeheim's 2-3 zone. When you think of Syracuse, it isn't them winning the programs only title or even the most basic zone defense made famous. No it is their Media program. Syracuse has produced more significant members to the media then anyone else. They produce sportscasters like USC produces football players. Oh yea....and Donovan McNabb went there.
First Season: 1899
Versus the Cards: Cards lead over series 8-4 but is 0-3 at the Carrier Dome.
History of the Program: Jim Boeheim in Syracuse basketball. The Hall of Fame coach has had a remarkable 31-year run as head coach at his alma mater. Boeheim has guided only winning teams in his tenure and has pushed the Orange into the postseason in all but one of his years. Syracuse has made 25 trips into the NCAA Tournament, including Final Four appearances in 1987, 1996 and 2003, and the NCAA championship in 2003. He was part of the staff (as assistant) that guided the Orange to the program’s first Final Four appearance in 1975. A year later he was appointed head coach. On February 24, 2002, the University named the Carrier Dome court “Jim Boeheim Court” in recognition of his many accomplishments.
Notable Alumni -
Steve Rubell - former Studio 54 club owner, was portrayed by Mike Myers in the movie about the former 70's disco club in New York.
Marv Albert - sportscaster and part time cross dressing, prostitute biting fetish lover.
Matthew Berry - Is a Fantasy football expert for ESPN, now there is a hard life.
Michael Cole - WWF (I will never call it WWE) Raw commentator. He is no Mean Gene though
Bob Costas - sportscaster, NBC. If I have to tell you who he is you have never seen a sporting event.
Ted Koppel - broadcast journalist, "Nightline"
Sean McDonough - sportscaster, ESPN
Dave Pasch - sportscaster, ESPN
Dave Ryan - sportscaster, ESPN
Jayson Stark - journalist/ sportscaster, ESPN
Dick Stockton – sportscaster
Mike Tirico - sportscaster, ABC/ESPN
Gary Anderson - former NFL kicker
Jim Brown - The greatest running back the NFL has ever seen.
Keith Bulluck - Current NFL line backer
Dave Bing – Former NBA guard, Hall of Fame inductee in 1990 and a member of the NBA's 50th anniversary team.
Derrick Coleman – Former NBA forward, was first pick in 1990 draft by New Jersey Nets. Could have been better if he wasn't so lazy.
Tom Coughlin - Head coach for the New York Giants
Larry Csonka - Former NFL running back and member of 1972 undefeated Dolphins. Is in the NFL Hall of Fame.
Donovin Darius - Current NFL safety
Al Davis - Owner of NFL Raiders (where ever they are located at time of this post)
Ernie Davis - First African- American to win the Heisman Trophy.
Dwight Freeney - Current NFL defensive linemen
Marvin Harrison - Current NFL wide receiver
Donovan McNabb - Current NFL quarterback and future multiple Super Bowl Champion, as well as future Hall of Famer.
Art Monk - Former NFL wide receiver
Rony Seikaly - Former NBA center and I am pretty sure he played "Meat" in the movie Porkys.
Dick Clark - Former host of "American Bandstand" and "Rocking New Years Eve"
Lexington Steele - adult film star, I have been known to do some stunt cock work for him.
Taye Diggs - actor, was in "How Stella Got Her Groove Back" (Rob's favorite movie) and "The Wood".
Peter Falk - actor, was in "Murder, Inc." and "Pocketful of Miracles"
Aaron Sorkin - television writer and Creator of "Sport Night".....not the good one with me, Jody and Matt though.
Jerry Stiller - actor, who doesn't love Frank Costanza