Facebook Twitter Google+ The coaches who had built the initial relationships, sold Syracuse to recruits and convinced them to join the Orange were gone. One by one, they followed Doug Marrone out the door and to the Buffalo Bills. The staff dwindled, uncertainty swallowed the program and those same recruits lost their contacts with the Orange.Scott Shafer took over as head coach, assembled a staff quickly and together, they flew all around the country, convincing the prospects to remain committed to Syracuse. Some did, some didn’t. In the end, it was a frenzied few weeks that culminated with a solid recruiting class comprising 19 recruits from 13 different states. The Orange’s new coaches had to mend the relationships that might have bent when Marrone and SU’s former coaches moved west down Interstate 90.“It was more go out and show these kids we recruited prior to some of these new faces on staff who we are and see if they wanted to play for us,” Shafer said at a press conference Wednesday. “And if they still wanted to see who we were to the core, great. And if they didn’t, that’s great, too. Let’s go find some kids that do want to buy into what we’re about.”Marrone’s departure was a blow to the Orange’s recruiting efforts. It worsened when offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett followed him to the Bills. Both resulted in Syracuse losing the commitments of Texas quarterback Zach Allen, New York running back Augustus Edwards and Miami defensive end and linebacker Malik Brown.Shafer said this is what happens in college football. Coaches move to other positions and the remaining and new coaches have to adjust to the changes.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAt one point, though, SU’s coaching staff was so thin that the holdovers had no way to reach out to every recruit. Only Shafer, defensive line coach Tim Daoust and wide receiver coach Rob Moore remained. It was three coaches trying to reach out to more than a dozen recruits.“The tough part was, at one point, we only had three coaches, so there was only three of us on the road,” Moore said. “It was almost impossible to touch every kid that you want to. We were scrambling for a while.”When Shafer put his new staff together, the coaches spent little time in Syracuse. They went into the recruits’ homes and met with their families. All in all, they held the class together, with only a few exceptions.The coaching changes took place quickly, but the new coaches managed to salvage the commitments of almost every recruit.“I think, given the situation,” Moore said, “we came out of this thing pretty good in light of being down some coaches and really have to scramble toward the end.” Comments Related Stories Quarterbacks Wilson, Kimble enter competition for starting role for SyracuseWide receiver Cooper highlights Orange Class of 2013Signed and delivered: Scott Shafer unveils Class of 2013 on National Signing DayMoving forward: Syracuse’s Class of 2013 set to sign Letters of Intent on National Signing DayA look at Syracuse’s incoming Class of 2013 as National Signing Day looms Published on February 7, 2013 at 12:36 am Contact Chris: firstname.lastname@example.org | @chris_iseman
The sides have met the last number of years in the Munster championship and both sets of players are familiar with each other.Sundays game at the Gaelic Grounds is sure to have a bumper crowd with tickets selling fast.Tipperary captain Brendan Maher believes playing Limerick in Limerick is just another challenge Tipperary have to overcome.
Luis Suarez scored his first Uruguay goals since the World Cup finals and his biting ban in a 3-0 friendly win over Oman on Monday.Suarez took his international tally to 43 with strikes in the 57th and 66th minutes and substitute Jonathan Rodriguez added the third in the dying minutes of the game at the Al Buraimi stadium.It was the Barcelona striker’s second appearance for Uruguay on tour in the Middle East after Friday’s 1-1 draw with Saudi Arabia.Former Liverpool striker Suarez had last scored for his country when he netted both goals in their 2-1 win over England in the second group match at the World Cup finals on June 19.He helped Uruguay beat Italy 1-0 five days later but biting defender Giorgio Chiellini’s shoulder during the match earned him a four-month ban from all football activity and a nine-match suspension from competitive internationals.Suarez has been allowed to play friendlies after an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in August revised the terms of his ban, due to end when he makes his Barcelona debut in the “Clasico” against Real Madrid in La Liga on Oct. 26. Suarez will miss the Copa America next year when Uruguay defend their continental title in Chile. He will also be unavailable for some of the qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.