Fast reaction: Syracuse wins Scott Shafer’s last game as head coach against Boston College, 20-17

first_img Published on November 28, 2015 at 3:41 pm Contact Matt: [email protected] | @matt_schneidman Syracuse (4-8, 2-6 Atlantic Coast) outlasted Boston College (3-9, 0-8), 20-17, in the Carrier Dome to cap off its season on Saturday. With Scott Shafer coaching his last game as head coach after being fired on Monday and 17 seniors being honored before the game, the result seemed secondary to the events beyond the sidelines.Here are three moments from Saturday not involved in the on-field product that stood out in the season finale.Round of applauseSyracuse honored 17 players and six managers in Senior Day festivities around noon. Shafer started off with the managers, shaking each of their hands and posing for pictures with family members in attendance.He made his way down the line stretching from midfield to the end zone, sliding in each family photo. Punter Riley Dixon received arguably the loudest applause and he was greeted by seven of his family members.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textQuarterback Terrel Hunt, who was denied a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA yesterday, was the last one called. He too was greeted with a sizable applause, slowly walking out on his healing right Achilles while flipping a football up in the air to himself.He goneStarting safety Antwan Cordy tweeted before the game that he would transfer from SU after Saturday’s game. The sophomore tweeted the same message Friday, but shortly deleted the tweet. This time, the message was still up after the game.Cordy had an interception on Saturday and ranked first on the team in tackles for loss (12) and second in total tackles (68). He was arguably Syracsue’s best defensive back in a secondary that struggled mightily throughout the season.Further updates will be provided after the game regarding the reason behind Cordy’s transfer.The decisionDirector of Athletics Mark Coyle spoke about his decision to fire Shafer on his weekly pregame radio show with Matt Park, calling the decision to let Shafer and his assistants go “efficient.”He highlighted the importance of reaching out to current commits and making the best long-term decision for the program. Coyle cancelled his trip to the Bahamas for the men’s basketball team’s appearance in the Battle 4 Atlantis to put time toward the coaching search.According to Sports Illustrated, Coyle and Chancellor Kent Syverud have already flown across the country to interview candidates. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

MLB trade rumors: Mets ‘pushing hard’ to acquire Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto

first_img MLB hot stove: Mets, Mariners deal for Robinson Cano, Edwin Diaz official The Mets may not be finished making trades.New York is talking with the Marlins about a potential deal for catcher J.T. Realmuto, according to a report from The Athletic, which cites unidentified league sources. The teams are engaged in serious discussions, the report says. The Marlins are asking for at least one controllable major-league asset as the centerpiece of the package they receive in return for Realmuto, according to the report. New York could include Brandon Nimmo, Michael Conforto or Amed Rosario in the deal.#Marlins want at least one controllable major-league asset as centerpiece for Realmuto. #Mets have Conforto/Nimmo/Rosario, but would need to replace whoever they traded in FA market or other deals. Teams engaged. NYM aggressive.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 4, 2018New York is “pushing hard” to acquire Realmuto and the sides continue to negotiate, according to a separate report from The Athletic.  Related News The 27-year-old Realmuto registered a .277/.340/.484 slash line and made his first All-Star team in 2018. He also hit 21 home runs and tallied 74 RBIs.The Mets officially acquired infielder Robinson Cano and hard-throwing closer Edwin Diaz from the Mariners last week in exchange for five players, including outfielder Jay Bruce as well as top prospects Jarred Kelenic and Justin Dunn.center_img MLB trade rumors: Mets have spoken with Indians about Corey Kluber #Mets are pushing hard for #Marlins Realmuto but package will be much stronger than just Nimmo according to sources on both sides— Jim Bowden (@JimBowdenGM) December 5, 2018#Marlins asking price for Realmuto from #Mets has been Conforto and Rosario ++….too steep for #Mets…..they’ll do Nimmo + but so far not enuf for #Marlins ….as talks continue…— Jim Bowden (@JimBowdenGM) December 5, 2018First-year Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen addressed the trade rumors surrounding his team and Realmuto in an interview Tuesday with SiriusXM Radio.“For us to move Major League pieces, especially core guys that will have the opportunity to play for our team for many years to come, it is always going to be a big burden or big challenge for us to move those guys,” Van Wagenen said. “(But) we’ve got to be open minded. We have to be willing to explore anything and not rule anything out.“We’ve got a little bit of flexibility (at catcher), but if we had a chance to get another guy that could impact the middle of our lineup, whatever position he plays, we’d be foolish not to explore it.”last_img read more

49ers will ride throwback playoff dominance right through Packers in NFC championship game

first_img (Getty Images) (Getty Images) Forget Shanahan’s team challenging Jim Harbaugh’s success. The 49ers’ blowout victory, which wasn’t even as close as the final score indicates, channeled the five-ring heyday of Bill Walsh and George Seifert.MORE: Takeaways from 49ers’ win over VikingsThere was the familiar precision and efficiency on offense. There was the fully loaded shutdown mentality on defense. Although Jimmy Garoppolo’s playoff debut (11-of-19, 131 yards, TD, INT, 6.9 yards per attempt, 74.9 rating) won’t go down with the best of Joe Montana or Steve Young, or even Jeff Garcia, Alex Smith or Colin Kaepernick, the fact that the 49ers won so easily despite that was incredible.The 49ers had only two relevant blemishes in an almost perfect game — Garoppolo throwing the ball to linebacker Eric Kendricks on a telegraphed play-action pass, and cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon being outrun by wide receiver Stefon Diggs for a 41-yard TD on a deep ball from Kirk Cousins. Otherwise, the Niners outrushed Dalvin Cook and the Vikings, 186-21. They had three times as many first downs (21 to 7) and sacks (6 to 2) and nearly doubled up Minnesota in time of possession (38:27 to 21:33). The 49ers were 5-of-12 in converting third downs and 3-of-5 in converting touchdowns in the red zone.The first possessions of the game set the tone. The 49ers’ defense forced an easy three-and-out. The 49ers’ offense opened with an eight-play, 81-yard TD drive that involved two running backs (Matt Breida, Tevin Coleman) and four receivers (Deebo Samuel, Emmanuel Sanders, George Kittle and Kendrick Bourne).There was a methodical approach to get everyone involved and prove just how many great players the 49ers have, with some old-school swag. They had the “Joe Cool” free-and-loose feelings with Montana in the building. That was fueled most by the energy of Kittle, their All-Pro tight end who sported shoes inspired by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in pregame warmups. Just like Ronnie Lott and Deion Sanders once did from the secondary, Richard Sherman brought the physical, wire-to-wire intensity to the defense. The Packers got destroyed 37-8 in November in San Francisco. They couldn’t stop the 49ers’ principal backs and receivers, with Kittle (6 catches, 129 yards and a TD on 6 targets) being the most unstoppable. They also couldn’t protect Aaron Rodgers or find anything downfield in the passing game.This is more about the 49ers than who they are playing. There was plenty of evidence against the Vikings they are an undaunted, well-oiled machine, one that takes them back in time to resemble their best-ever playoff teams.The 49ers and the Super Bowl used to be synonymous. Shanahan’s version is just getting started writing a similar chapter. In their three seasons under Shanahan and general manager John Lynch, the 49ers have aggressively stacked their roster with starting-caliber draft picks, key free agents (such as Sherman) and one big trade target (Garoppolo) in adding to previous first-round assets. The 49ers’ Super Bowl dynasty took advantage of both before and after (see Sanders) modern free agency.With Shanahan and Lynch having great Super Bowl experience from their pedigrees and past influences, they have created a throwback juggernaut in San Francisco. The only question with the 49ers down the stretch in 2019 was how healthy they would be, a question that has derailed past promising versions.That has been answered in resounding fashion.MORE DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS:Picks against spread | Straight-up predictionsGetting defensive end Dee Ford, linebacker Kwon Alexander and safety Jaquiski Tartt all back after the first-round bye was monumental for the 49ers against the Vikings. Ford helped free up Nick Bosa, Solomon Thomas, Arik Armstead and DeForest Buckner for sacks, too. Alexander raised the play of Fred Warner and Dre Greenlaw on the second level. After Witherspoon’s lapse, Tartt boosted Sherman, Jimmie Ward and Emmanuel Mosley in the secondary.Even with a rash of injuries offensively, the 49ers aren’t lacking in diverse weapons, down to the ever-underrated fullback play of Kyle Juszczyk. The personnel and formations give Shanahan endless possibilities. Defensive coordinator Robert Saleh is now having the same kind of fun with his depth restored, inside and out.The 49ers didn’t have a sudden turnaround to get to this point. It was a slow build, completed by the drafting of Bosa and Samuel, the signing of Coleman, Ford and Alexander and the trade for Sanders.The fading and limited Vikings had little chance to compete with that. Don’t expect the Packers to figure the 49ers out in the latter’s current state, either. So much for the playoff inexperience of the 2019 San Francisco 49ers. Their first postseason experience with coach Kyle Shanahan in Levi’s Stadium could have been confused with the great performances of their storied playoff past.The 49ers dominated the Vikings 27-10 in Saturday’s divisional playoff game, advancing to host next week’s NFC championship game (6:40 p.m. ET, Fox) against the Packers, who beat the NFC West runner-up Seahawks on Sunday. Regardless of that result, San Francisco is headed to its first Super Bowl in seven years. Green Bay was spared the full wrath of the 49ers in the regular season, as their matchup featured San Francisco being short of key difference-makers on either side of the ball. last_img read more