Each week, Derrell Smith and his teammates receive a little history lesson from their head coach. They hear about the first time Syracuse did this, the last time it did that. The history of Syracuse football is broken down and allows players to see the bigger picture. For Smith, those numbers dance around in his head and stick with him throughout the week. He becomes a ‘student of the game’ by learning SU’s past highs and lows. It’s how his head coach, Doug Marrone, teaches his players the significance of certain things. ‘Coach Marrone is big on statistics,’ Smith said with a wiry grin Tuesday. So, yes, Smith and his teammates have been well-informed about the last time Syracuse started the season 3-1. He’s been told it was 2003. With a win against Colgate on Saturday, SU could start the season winning three of its first four games again. But Smith and his teammates have been informed that despite the hot start, that SU squad stumbled and failed to make it to a bowl game. That’s a message Marrone has instilled in this year’s team. Instead of simply focusing on win No. 3, Smith and his teammates head into this weekend focused on cutting out the sloppiness that plagued SU during each of the past two games. For Smith, that’s the key with the Orange just one game removed from the start of Big East play.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text ‘Obviously we want to cut down on little mistakes, little errors,’ Smith said. ‘Cut down on defensive and offensive penalties, of course. … It’s one thing to do things at practice right and to answer all the tests that we receive, but when we get to the field, that’s what we have to work on — just doing our job better when we get into a game situation.’ With a win Saturday against Colgate, the Orange will be off to its best start in seven years. Before Doug Marrone. Before Greg Robinson. Before any of the players currently on the SU roster were here at Syracuse. Paul Pasqualoni was running the show. His squad won three of its first four games in convincing fashion, only to go 3-5 on its way to finishing the season 6-6 and without a bowl bid. Despite being bowl-eligible to end the season, Syracuse had gotten worse as the season progressed, instead of the other way around. Because of that, and other things Marrone has planted in his players’ minds, Smith and his teammates insist the goal is to not just collect three wins before the scheduled Week 5 bye, but to progress to a point in which they are prepared to go toe-to-toe with conference opponents when Big East play opens. The latter is something Syracuse has yet to prove it is ready for. ‘I feel like we’re ready,’ freshman linebacker Malcolm Cater said. ‘We just need to work on the small things, no more penalties, and just keep it tight. Just fix the small things, and we’ll have it right.’ Through its first three games, Syracuse has been anything but consistent. Though a 29-3 season opening victory at Akron was rather convincing, the Orange has struggled through stretches of its last two games. Against Maine, Syracuse was able to keep the game close, despite a first half plagued with penalties and poor execution. A week earlier, Washington showed that SU cannot get away with that against the BCS opponents SU will face on the back end of its schedule. And because of that, Marrone is stressing the importance of coming out strong and putting together a complete, consistent performance against Colgate Saturday. Smith is viewing this game as a chance to not only collect that third win, but also as an opportunity to work out the kinks that still linger. A chance to make things right before the most critical part of the season begins. ‘We can just use this team and this game as a chance to work on the things we need to work on,’ SU wide receiver Alec Lemon said. ‘We need to get back on the same page, and we’re going to approach it like we approach every week, whether it’s Big East or non-conference, and go out there and play the best we can.’ A win — even a big win — against the Raiders won’t tell much about this Syracuse squad. The Orange has the speed, the talent, the athleticism and the physicality to dispose of an FCS team if it really wants to. But a complete performance is what will really impress. It’s what will give the Orange exactly what it needs heading into the bye week. It would give Smith and his teammates the necessary momentum heading into the bye week. That, to Marrone, is more important than registering a blowout. ‘That is my goal — to get better every week,’ Marrone said at his weekly press conference Monday. As the season progresses, Smith and his teammates understand the weekly lessons they receive from their head coach. Marrone stresses getting that third win guarantees nothing as far as the postseason unless the mistakes are fixed. Still, knowing the history, starting out with three wins in the first four weeks is something Smith has learned puts him and his teammates in a good position heading into the bye week. To be a part of the history book of Syracuse’s highs. ‘Last time we were 3-1 was 2003,’ Smith said. ‘That would definitely be something big, for us to be included in that history book.’ [email protected] Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 21, 2010 at 12:00 pm
With comments and tweets from President Donald Trump regarding fake news, and claims that “FAKE NEWS media knowingly doesn’t tell the truth,” the discussion of the role of the press in the United States has become a contested one.A panel addressed the role of the media in politics today at the Wallis Annenberg Hall Tuesday night. The event was hosted by the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics and the Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership and Policy. Jessica Yellin, the former CNN Chief White House Correspondent, moderated a panel made up of five members of the media: Kurtis Lee, a political reporter for the Los Angeles Times; Joel Pollak, the senior editor-at-large at Breitbart News; Nando Vila, vice president of programming for Fusion; Hannah Cranston, host and executive producer of the Young Turks’ Think Tank; and Ken LaCorte, founder of LaCorte News and former senior vice president of FoxNews.com. The conversation began with a discussion on how political reporting has changed since Trump’s election and about the meaning and role of fake news.Cranston said that because the audience of The Young Turks tends to be younger, the information she shares typically breaks down what is happening in the political world.“My challenge has been not only giving the information to them, but also creating a precedent and understanding for how they approach media and how they approach what’s going on in the world,” Cranston said. “I am trying to not only explain what is going on in the political atmosphere, but also trying to impart a sense of empathy and accountability that is really difficult when the person in the highest seat in the country is not providing an example of that.”Along with the discussion on the differences of audience ages, LaCorte said that news has become polarized because of social media.“We have a little bit of a danger of being allowed to live in our own little bubbles of social media where people get very distinct news just reaffirming what you want to hear,” LaCorte said. “I find it fascinating, but [I’m] not quite sure where it’s headed.”Pollak said that reporting has not changed since Trump’s election and the beginning of his presidency.“I just think that the media are more of a monoculture than they once were and so they’re confronting the president in a way that conservatives maybe confronted [former President] Barack Obama, questioned things he said and comments he made,” Pollak said. “It’s not that strange for presidents to say odd things or to break promises or to overstate the case for their point of view or whatever. The difference is that so many of the journalists over the past decade were used to a different kind of relationship with the president.”After the moderated discussion, the panel opened up to questions from the audience. People asked about the validity of mainstream media and the importance of media literacy.Raphael Krigel, a junior majoring in communication, asked Pollak about the role Breitbart News played in the growing racist movements in the United States. Pollak responded that Breitbart had nothing to do with the movements. “Some people in that movement were drawn to Donald Trump for the wrong reasons, just like there were some people drawn to Barack Obama for the wrong reasons,” Pollak said. Krigel said that Pollak’s response was what he expected. “It’s kind of avoiding the issue, which is the fact that these racist movements are absolutely on the rise and the data is showing that,” Krigel said. “[Breitbart] is absolutely associated with the movement he represents and the movement our president represents and that’s extremely troubling.”However, Krigel said that he was glad to have the opportunity to listen to a different perspective. “I’m glad Annenberg is putting together events with a really diverse panel,” Krigel said. “It’s important that we open our ears and open our minds and really listen to each other, especially in a time when the country is so divided.”
The percent of positive COVID-19 cases in Florida. (Florida Department of Health) Florida is now the seventh state to pass six digits, following New York, California, New Jersey, Illinois, Texas and Massachusetts. Cases have skyrocketed in Florida in the past week after many businesses reopened. Monday’s total was the lowest daily rate of new cases in six days after topping out at 4,049 on Saturday. As the outbreak spread, Florida reached 50,000 cases within nine weeks, then another four weeks and one day to hit 100,000, according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel. Over 3,000 people have died from COVID-19 in Florida. As concerns grow about the reopening of businesses amid the spike, DeSantis has reiterated that Florida will not reverse its reopening. On Monday, Florida reached another COVID-19 milestone, becoming the seventh state in America to surpass 100,000 confirmed cases. Gov. Ron DeSantis, speaking at Florida International University last week, said that younger people are testing positive for the virus and showing less severe symptoms. The Florida Department of Public Health confirmed 2,926 new cases on Monday, to bring the states total to 100,217. The percent positivity for new cases also peaked at 12.27% last week (on Saturday) in comparison to a 6.17% peak in the previous week. “I think the folks that are going into the hospital now, fortunately, are skewing younger with less acuity,” DeSantis said, noting that the median age of people diagnosed with the virus in the state has dropped to 37. “And obviously we want to keep as many people out [of the hospital] as we can.” In the meantime, several cities in Miami-Dade County, including Miami and Miami Beach, have announced that masks are now required in public. Those cities also include Hialeah, Miami Gardens, Aventura, Doral, Key Biscayne, Biscayne Park, Pinecrest, North Miami Beach, West Miami, Miami Shores and El Portal.