Senators propose mandatory active shooter training

first_imgAlexandra Ting | Daily TrojanReady for action · Senator Tiffany Lian stressed the importance of preparedness in her active shooter training proposal at Tuesday’s meeting.Senators Tiffany Lian and Tyler Matheson presented a proposal to make active shooter preparedness training mandatory for students at Tuesday’s Undergraduate Student Government Senate meeting. Senators Leena Danpour and Sabrina Enriquez, as well as Secretary Danya Rafiqi and Parliamentarian Tricia Xu, also worked on drafting the resolution.The online training would prepare students for how to react in a situation where one or more armed people are present on campus. It would be similar in style to AlcoholEdu, the online drinking safety program that all incoming freshmen are required to complete.The idea was in part sparked by a shooting on the UCLA campus that took place on June 1, which sent the school into lockdown and ended with the death of a professor. This event, Lian said, hit close to home.“As neighbors to UCLA, this really woke us up,” Lian said. “If this could happen at UCLA, this could happen at USC just as easily.”Though the DPS website describes a program called “Run, Hide, Fight,” a method promoted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security describing the best way to react when confronted with an active shooter, few people are aware of this initiative. The plan instructs students to run while leaving personal belongings behind, to hide behind locked doors and to fight only if absolutely necessary.“The limited lockdown, which is what we used to do in high school, was something that the staff grew up with as well,” Matheson said. “So we have an environment where people don’t really understand the dynamics of what an active shooter situation might be.”To support their proposal, the senators brought up a 2007 report on the benefits of AlcoholEdu, which was conducted one semester after the program was first implemented at USC. The report indicated that students had a greater awareness of how much they were drinking after completing the program, as well as a better understanding of the dangers associated with excessive alcohol consumption. The senators also mentioned, however, that no further summaries have been done on the performance of AlcoholEdu in the 10 years since its original implementation, which points to a need for regular and thorough reviews to ensure that any mandatory training program is doing its job. The active shooter training proposal also pointed out several fatal school shootings, such as incidents at Seattle Pacific University and Umpqua Community College, as evidence of the real dangers that active shooters pose to students, and to stress the importance of  being prepared. After Lian and Matheson finished their presentation, Danpour explained her plans to work on tuition transparency by sending out a memorandum to students once the administration figures out what the next year’s tuition will be. The memorandum would compare the previous year’s tuition to the upcoming year’s tuition, as well as show a breakdown of how the tuition money would be allocated.Sen. Paul Samaha also brought up his plans to advocate for tuition affordability and put a stop to the yearly tuition increases, such as ensuring that a student is present at meetings that decide tuition costs. “[The board members] are not in touch with the realities of being a USC student,” Samaha said. “They have no idea that students are starving, that some people end up homeless.”last_img read more

Experience a priority against San Diego

first_imgIn a final tune-up before the start of the Pac-10 conference slate of matches, the No. 5 USC men’s tennis team hosts No. 63 San Diego State today at 3:30 p.m.Tune up · Sophomore Steve Johnson and the Trojans will use their dual meet against San Diego State to prepare for upcoming Pac-10 play. – Gary Fung | Daily Trojan With two matches at California and Stanford this upcoming weekend, the Trojans (9-1, 0-0) hope to continue gaining experience and confidence against the Aztecs before the all-important conference season commences.Coming home  after four matches away from Marks Tennis Stadium  will allow USC another opportunity to display consistency throughout the lineup against a team that has played better than its record indicates.Last Saturday, San Diego State (1-5, 0-0) won the important doubles point against No. 6 UCLA  in a match it eventually lost 5-2.For the Trojans — where doubles play remains a point of emphasis — the Aztecs demonstrated that they could test the Trojans’ doubles lineup. Although the Trojans have won the doubles point in nine of their 10 matches, the team continues to search for the best lineup combinations and steady contributions from all three spots.SDSU marked its first match victory of the season against UC Santa Barbara last Sunday. UCSB is the same team that played well against USC in the second match of the season, which USC won 4-3.Although the Aztecs do not have any players ranked in singles or in doubles, their performance last weekend demonstrated they are improving as a squad.Aztec No. 1 singles player Achim Ceban defeated UCSB’s Philip Therp in straight sets during SDSU’s 4-2 victory.Doubles were not contested in the dual meet after SDSU clinched the victory with strong singles play.USC’s recent road performance proved to be a positive lesson for the squad heading into this match.“I loved playing on the road,” USC coach Peter Smith said. “I was very impressed how we handled the stress of Pepperdine.”USC did not return from the road matches unscathed — losing to No. 4 Texas — but finished strong with quality wins against UCLA and Pepperdine.The lessons from the trip will be crucial when conference play begins, as the Trojans start tackling the first of their main goals this year — winning the Pac-10 conference title.With all of the challenges on the upcoming schedule, SDSU is not a team that can be overlooked.The Trojans do not plan on having a letdown against the Aztecs, as they still feel they have aspects to improve upon themselves.“We weren’t perfect, and that’s what we will keep working for,” Smith said.last_img read more

Kevin Roundtree knocks in game-winning run

first_imgUSC baseball coach Frank Cruz put it very simply. His team needed to do one thing better: execute.That’s exactly what they did last night against Pepperdine, rallying from a three-run deficit to come away with a 5-4 victory over the Waves (17-12).The winning run came in the seventh inning courtesy of some of the very execution Cruz was talking about. Senior centerfielder Garret Houts walked with one out, stole second base on a ball in the dirt, moved to third on a ground out and scored on a two-out single by senior catcher Kevin Roundtree.Coming up clutch · Senior catcher Kevin Roundtree won the game with his single in the bottom of the seventh inning. The Trojans have now won four of their last six games and sit at 17-9 overall. – Katherine Montgomery | Daily Trojan“Houts moving to second on that ball in the dirt was a big play in the game,” Cruz said. “That’s part of the execution we’re talking about —  reading the ball in the dirt.”Senior pitcher Martin Viramontes came in for the last two innings, allowing just one baserunner while recording his fourth save of the season for the Trojans (17-9).“Our pitching is showing us they’re gonna keep us in game,” Cruz said. “We have to give them enough runs.”The Trojans got on the board right away courtesy of some small ball. Houts and junior second baseman Adam Landecker led off the Trojan first with back-to-back singles to put runners at the corners, and Roundtree followed that up with an RBI ground out to second to put USC up 1-0.On the mound for the Trojans was Bobby Wheatley. Making his first career start, the sophomore pitcher dealt three perfect innings before bowing out.“Wheatley was incredible,” Cruz said. “The only reason we took him out is because we might have him start this Saturday and needed to save him.”Junior Matt Munson came on in the fourth and promptly gave up back-to-back singles to put runners at first and second. The next hitter knocked a slow roller to sophomore shortstop James Roberts, whose hurried throw was well wide of first. The error tied the game at one and put runners on second and third, still with no outs.The next hitter did the exact same thing, but this time Roberts thought better of hurrying a throw and held on to the ball, resulting in an infield single that put the Waves up 2-1. With runners at the corners, Munson induced a 4-6-3 double play, but that allowed a third Pepperdine run to score from third before finally getting out of the inning.Pepperdine put another run across in the fifth after another Trojan throwing error, but USC answered right back in the bottom of the inning.Senior designated hitter Brandon Garcia led off the inning with a leadoff double down the left field line, and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Roberts followed that up with an RBI single that blooped just over the head of the second baseman to make it a 4-2 game. A sacrifice bunt moved Roberts to second, and then a walk, a flyout and another walk loaded the bases with two out for sophomore first baseman Jake Hernandez, who worked his way into the starting lineup over the weekend.Hernandez came through with a two-RBI single through the right side, igniting the crowd at Dedeaux Field and tying the game at four, setting the table for Roundtree’s eventual game-winner.“It was a big opportunity for us to score some runs,” Hernandez said. “I want people to have confidence in me so I’m just trying to do the best I can.”Garcia also emphasized the team’s need to execute down the stretch.“We’ve been trying to make execution more of a priority,” said Garcia. “We understand that puts pressure on the defense. We got a couple of hit-and-runs down today. We need to get our bunts down and continue on this process of executing.”The Trojans have a short week before they will need to execute all over again. The Bears come to Dedeaux for a Thursday through Saturday set to avoid playing on Easter.last_img read more

What’s the wait with USC coaching search?

first_imgIt’s been 16 days since the USC men’s basketball team’s season ended in the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas against a terrible Utah team at the Pac-12 tournament.The Trojans, who had been playing well under interim head coach Bob Cantu, stumbled toward the finish line, losing five of its last seven games. A loss at Washington State also led to a pair of suspensions after a fight broke out at a bar following the game in Spokane, Wash.A picture-perfect season, to say the least.But since former USC head coach Kevin O’Neill was fired on Jan. 14, the question of who the next Trojans’ coach will be has remained up in the air, unsettled and lacking closure until … wait, we still don’t know.Isn’t it about time these guys get a leader?Northwestern hired a Duke assistant to lead its team on Wednesday. Shaka Smart from Virginia Commonwealth signed a 10-year extension to stay at the school after being courted by UCLA. USC’s best hope was Jamie Dixon of Pittsburgh, who was thought to be the next man in charge. Naturally, he signed a 10-year extension to stay with the Panthers.Is the USC basketball coaching position that unattractive? Is it cursed? Has there been little effort to make a hire? Who knows?The Trojans need to make a splash to get the program on track — consecutive losing seasons are embarrassing. There are no more excuses: The John McKay Center is one of the top training facilities in college sports. The Galen Center is a great arena and one of the better ones in the conference. Southern California is an attractive place to attend school. So, what’s the holdup on a coach?I could understand if O’Neill had been fired after the Pac-12 tournament — then it would make sense that a coach hasn’t been hired yet.But he wasn’t. He was fired months ago, and since then a coaching search has supposedly been underway. Where’s the progress?UCLA has already been openly rejected by a coach, but at least the Bruins made an offer. If Northwestern, who has never made the NCAA tournament in its men’s basketball history, was able to find a coach in less than two weeks after firing its coach, USC sure as heck should be able to land one.Maybe Pat Haden and the gang are waiting for the right coach to come up, which is reasonable in theory. But the fact of the matter is that it doesn’t really work like that. Coaches get snatched up by other programs quickly, or the schools they’re at give them a huge deal that prevents them from leaving for other  pastures. If you wait, you lose. Everyone, after all, wants Gonzaga coach Mark Few, Florida Gulf Coast coach Andy Enfield, Butler’s Brad Stevens and VCU’s Smart.With three of those four coaches already out of the NCAA tournament, why the delay? And if the coaches of mid-major schools stay put? Pull an assistant away from a big-time program and hope for the best like Northwestern did. Not having a permanent coach for the last two months has not been good for the program.A program in flux is a program that is destined to fail. What does that say about stability to recruits? Or, worse yet, what does it say to fans and supporters? It says either, “We’re waiting around” or “No one wants this job.” Neither is a particularly good update, especially the latter.Whatever the reason for not having a coach, this can’t go on any longer. The players need to know who is going to lead them moving forward. Recruits need to know who is going to be wooing them during the next few months. Fans need a figure to place their confidence in.Waiting around is not going to accomplish these things. Either make a move for a hot name or poach someone from a coaching staff. To have two months pass and still not have a coach? That’s not going to fly in Troy; that’s for sure.“Goal Line Stand” runs Fridays. To comment on this story, email Michael Katz at or visit read more

No. 9 Trojans upset by Boston College

first_imgThe ninth-ranked Trojan football team suffered its first loss of the season this Saturday, a 37-31 beatdown at the hands of unranked Boston College.Redshirt junior quarterback Cody Kessler finished the game 31-for-41 for 317 yards and four touchdowns, but USC’s inability to run the ball or stop the Eagles’ own dynamic rushing attack left the Trojans looking for answers as the Eagles’ faithful flooded the field after the game.BC (2-1, 0-1 ACC) put up an astounding 452 rush yards, while USC (2-1, 1-0 Pac-12) totaled just 20. The 452 rushing yards were the most the Trojans have given up since the 1977 Bluebonnet Bowl, when Texas A&M put up 486.“[Boston College] controlled the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball, and the end result was we didn’t get it done,” USC head coach Steve Sarkisian said. “We need to improve.”USC had been preparing for BC quarterback Tyler Murphy all week, but appeared completely caught off guard by his speed. The Trojans allowed him to rack up 202 total rush yards, including a 66-yard scamper to the Trojans’ three-yard-line with just over three minutes left in the game that sealed the upset for the Eagles.“He just beat us with his skills,” sophomore safety Su’a Cravens said. “We were anticipating him to run the ball, we knew he liked to scramble. We just didn’t execute. Third downs came up and he was just running all over the field, so we’ve got to take the fall for that.”Murphy started slowly, though, which allowed the Trojans to jump out to a 10-0 lead.Midway through the first quarter, Kessler hit senior wide receiver George Farmer in the end zone for the Los Angeles native’s first career touchdown. A 52-yard field goal from senior kicker later in the first quarter Andre Heidari put the Trojans up 10-0.BC cut into the Trojans’ lead with a four-yard touchdown run by Tyler Rouse, but a missed extra point by kicker Alex Howell kept Trojan fans feeling confident.Kessler answered with a 51-yard screen to redshirt junior running back Javorius “Buck”Allen to extend the Trojans’ lead, but from then on out, it was all Eagles.As the clock wound down in the first half, BC’s Sherman Alston ripped off a 54-yard touchdown run to put the Eagles up 20-17 at halftime.Though the Trojans looked sluggish at times in the first half, fans were anticipating a spark once senior linebacker Hayes Pullard stepped back on the field for the third quarter. Pullard received a targeting penalty in the second half of the game at Stanford and was forced to sit out of the first half of Saturday night’s game.But despite Pullard’s best efforts, the Eagles continued to manipulate the Trojans’ defense to open up the second half.“[BC] just went out there and executed the plan,” Pullard said. “We couldn’t just beat them off of raw talent. We have to base our focus on preparation, being able to contain these high-profile quarterbacks. That’s what we’re going to be playing against in the Pac-12, so I would look at this as more of a gain than a loss.”While Pullard and the USC defense couldn’t stop the bleeding, the Trojans’ offense was nonexistent. The Eagles sacked Kessler on third down on each of USC’s three drives in the third quarter, forcing the Trojans to punt deep in their own territory every time.The Trojans’ offensive line finally showed its inexperience, as Kessler was sacked a total of five times in the game.“[BC’s defense] did a good job getting to me,” Kessler said. “We should have made some better calls on my part and my O-line’s part, it was a combination of both.”When the Trojans got desperate late in the fourth quarter, Sarkisian called for Kessler to throw the ball more often, and he provided a spark the team had been missing all game. Kessler went 17-for-20 in the fourth, including a touchdown toss to sophomore wide receiver Darreus Rogers with 1:18 left to cut BC’s lead to 37-31.Murphy, on the other hand, went 0-for-2 in the fourth quarter and just 5-for-13 on the game.The bye week comes at a good time for the Trojans, who were outgained 506 to 337 in total yards. USC will have a week off before returning home to host Oregon State, and the squad is ready to get back to the drawing board.“The loss was hard,” Sarkisian said. “We’ve got a very disappointed locker room, but I really believe we’ll bounce back. We’ll do it in great fashion.”last_img read more

Alexis Koval guides Orange to victory with pair of 2nd-half assists

first_img Published on August 30, 2015 at 7:41 pm Contact Matt: Facebook Twitter Google+ Facing a one-goal deficit in the 53rd minute, Alexis Koval gathered the ball on the left wing and threaded a pass between two Albany defenders, hitting forward Eva Gordon in stride.Gordon took one touch before unleashing a rocket near the top of the box that sailed above Albany’s diving keeper and into the left side of the goal, tying the score at one.And in the 84th minute, Koval, again on the left wing, crossed a ball in front of the keeper that met Stephanie Skilton’s lunging foot. The ball flew into the top of the net, giving Syracuse the go-ahead goal.“Yeah she’s got a little bit more confidence about her,” Syracuse head coach Phil Wheddon said of Koval. “I think her role has been more defined, and she’s done a good job in training as well so she understands what’s going on.”After going scoreless in its last two contests, Syracuse (2-2) scored two second-half goals on Friday en route to a 2-1 victory over Albany (1-3) at SU Soccer Stadium. The goals, each on assists from Koval, came after numerous turnovers, missed opportunities and sloppy passing.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange struggled to successfully work the ball around the field in the first half, oftentimes leading it right to the feet of the Great Danes. But Koval’s second-half services, coming as a result of a change in approach for Syracuse, allowed SU to pull out the victory.In the 22nd minute, Jackie Firenze’s corner kick was cleared and booted out of bounds, drawing a second corner that sailed high and wide before Albany again hit it out. On the third try, Maddie Iozzi couldn’t get any closer.“On the attacking end, with that number of corner kicks, it’s great,” Wheddon said. “It means that we’re pressing and we’re causing problems and we’re being dangerous in the attacking third … but you got to get some production out of those corner kicks.”In the second half, Syracuse came out looking to ride the sideline.With the game tied at one following Gordon’s goal, Maya Pitts took advantage of one-on-one opportunities, crossing the ball into the box despite no Syracuse player being around to capitalize.“We’ve really been emphasizing taking our player one vs. one down the line and serving it into the box,” Koval said.When presented with set pieces and counterattacks in the middle of the field, Syracuse came up empty.Instead, the Orange found the most success when working its offense from the outside in, where it looked to attack the end line before feeding the ball back into the middle. That’s how Koval helped win the game for the Orange, salvaging a lackluster first half.“We had a lot of opportunities down the flanks,” goalie Courtney Brosnan said. “I think today we did a better job of mixing it up with some combination play.” Commentslast_img read more

Gallery: Orange Madness kicks off Syracuse basketball seasons

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Terrel Hunt’s appeal for a 6th year of eligibility denied by NCAA

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Related Stories Searching for answers: An injury-riddled career has Terrel Hunt yearning for an ending the NCAA isn’t willing to give The NCAA has denied former Syracuse quarterback Terrel Hunt’s appeal for a sixth year of eligibility, he confirmed to The Daily Orange on Monday. Hunt sent out the following tweet earlier in the day, but deleted it soon after.He was initially denied a sixth year of eligibility in November, but appealed the decision. Hunt redshirted his freshman season in 2011, fractured his fibula after five games in 2014 and tore his Achilles in the first quarter of the first game against Rhode Island in 2015.“Whoever recognizes me, they feel for me. I fulfilled my student part. I did that and beyond. I graduated early. I started my master’s. I’m about to finish with my master’s,” Hunt said in a story run by The Daily Orange on Jan. 26. “I’m doing everything the NCAA ever asked for, but it’s like, when can I fulfill my athlete part?”In his sophomore season, Hunt stepped in for fifth-year transfer Drew Allen after Allen performed poorly against Penn State and Northwestern. The two split SU’s game against Wagner and Hunt started against Tulane.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHe led Syracuse to its last bowl win against Minnesota in the Texas Bowl. Hunt threw for 188 yards, but made his biggest contribution with his feet, rushing for 74 and two touchdowns. He was named the game’s most valuable player.Now, Hunt finishes his college career with 2,621 yards and 11 touchdowns in the air with another 794 yards and 13 touchdowns on the ground.Syracuse is expected to return Eric Dungey, Austin Wilson and Zack Mahoney at quarterback. Syracuse will also have freshmen Rex Culpepper, a holdover from former head coach Scott Shafer’s recruiting class, and preferred walk-on quarterback Tyler Gilfus. Hunt could have competed with those five for the starting job next season had he been granted his appeal.Sam Blum contributed reporting to this article.  Commentscenter_img Published on February 8, 2016 at 12:02 pm Contact Chris: | @ChrisLibonatilast_img read more

Tim Barber thrives in ever-changing role

first_img Published on March 18, 2016 at 9:18 pm Contact Paul: | @pschweds Tim Barber stood on the sideline with his helmet off staring toward the field. Not even two games into the season and he was already out with an injury after getting decked to the turf against Albany on Feb. 21. Barber missed the second half, but returned the following week.Barber’s season has been affected by injuries, not only to him, but to others. When attack Nick Piroli went down with an injury before the Albany game, Barber shifted from midfield to attack. That’s where he’s remained every game since after an entire preseason prepping to play midfield.“They just threw a bunch of us down there, worked us out down there and they chose me,” Barber said of finding a new third attack.With Piroli practicing once again, Barber’s role may continue to change, though No. 3 Syracuse (5-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) head coach John Desko said the starting lineup won’t change “too much,” since Piroli isn’t quite in game shape yet. But regardless of where Barber lines up on Saturday at 4 p.m. against rival No. 8 Johns Hopkins (3-2) at Homewood Field in Baltimore, he’s shown his diverse offensive skill set works in any position he’s put in.Barber ranks third on the Orange in points with nine goals and five assists, including five goals in the last two games. After last season, he moved up from the second midfield line to the first and he’s been forced back into a similar spot as he was last season, too.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhen attack Randy Staats missed three games in 2015 with an injury, Barber was the one to bump up to attack. At first, the timing fellow attacks Dylan Donahue and Kevin Rice had with him wasn’t as good as it was with Staats. It took Barber time to adjust to the new off-ball movements he had to make despite playing attack in high school. But a year later, thrust into a near-identical spot, Barber was ready to play with Donahue and attack Jordan Evans.“I would kind of run around not really know where to go on the field. Once I moved down to the attack spot last year, that was all nerves,” Barber said. “This year, it’s a lot easier.”Desko said “it was a little scary” when initially moving Barber to attack a few weeks ago because in order to take advantage of opponents’ defensive midfielders that use short sticks, midfielders have to be able to dodge past them. Taking Barber, who excels at dodging, out of that mix meant Syracuse could have been a player short on the revamped midfield.With the emergence of Derek DeJoe, who has started the past two games at midfield, the Orange hasn’t lost anything without Barber. DeJoe has impressed Desko with his ability to dodge, something he hadn’t shown in past years.That’s allowed Barber’s spot at attack to stay constant. And with Barber used to playing in front of the goal, that opens up more space for Donahue and Evans behind it.“It’s harder for defenses to cover,” Evans said. “If you’re used to playing a guy behind the goal and now that guy’s in front of the goal or a little bit farther out, that slide is going to be a lot farther and that’s going to cause problems for your tight defense.”Against then-No. 17 Virginia on March 4, Barber highlighted a goal he scored specifically because of an off-ball cut he made from the top of the offensive area. He received a pass from Donahue and canned the shot. Barber knew where to be and Donahue knew where to find him. The play worked to perfection. Syracuse beat UVA by just one goal.While the Orange’s offense is set up with six players working cohesively rather than two separate position groups, Barber is more comfortable at attack than he was last year. With Piroli close to coming back, Barber’s spot may shift again. And he’s prepared for that.“He’s a student of the game,” Desko said. “His ability to understand the offense as an attack and a midfielder, he’s done a good job with that.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

3 things Dino Babers said at his weekly press conference

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Dino Babers addressed the media at his weekly press conference on Monday, ahead of Syracuse’s (1-2, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) matchup with Connecticut (2-1, 0-1 American Athletic) at 1 p.m. in East Harford, Connecticut on Saturday.Babers gave no updates on injured players, including safety Kielan Whitner and center Jason Emerich, who did not dress for the loss to South Florida. He said that information would come later in the week.Here are three things he did say.‘I’ve been down a little bit’When Babers was asked about how he keeps his players upbeat despite a 1-2 start to the season — the two losses coming by sizeable amounts — he responded by expressing his own feelings.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I have not been up in spirit,” he said. “I’ve been down a little bit. I really have.”John Williams | Contributing PhotographerSyracuse’s players don’t realize how close they are to making the transition, Babers said. “All they do is, ‘Hey we’re 1-2. Yada yada yada.’ And look at themselves not in a good light.”Babers said he doesn’t think the team is as bad as the Louisville game as that he sees it as good as the first quarter against South Florida in which the Orange jumped out to a 17-0 lead.Eric Dungey “probably would have scored” with a better throw from Moe NealWith 20 seconds left in the first half and down 28-17, Syracuse faced a 3rd-and-5 at South Florida’s 40-yard line. Quarterback Eric Dungey tossed the ball to running back Moe Neal, who then launched it downfield to Dungey. The quarterback turned receiver had to jump in the air and only tipped the ball with his hand before being hit hard.Babers said after the game that he would call the play again and elaborated on Monday that it could have resulted in a touchdown if Neal’s throw had been sharper.“The ball was in the air a little bit longer than it has been in practice,” Babers said. “If the air would’ve been taken out of the ball and it would’ve been a little bit more of a line and he caught the ball — based off of his running skills and speed — he probably would have scored and we wouldn’t be having this conversation.”Defensive mistakes a result of old habitsSyracuse’s defense has been heavily exploited by the likes of Louisville and South Florida. Even Colgate drove down the field for a touchdown on its first drive of the season (with the help of a running into the kicker penalty).SU has allowed 649.5 yards per game against FBS teams, good for last in the country. The next closest is Texas Tech, which allows 612 yards per game to FBS teams, and only three teams allow 600 or more yards per game.The Tampa 2 defense that the Orange runs is designed to limit big plays, but Syracuse has consistently given up long touchdown plays in the last two games.“It has to do with habits,” Babers said. “…There’s stretches where guys are doing it exactly right and then all of sudden they have a flashback. And they you say ‘Hey, you did it right three times in a row. Why did you do it wrong the fourth time?’ And it’s like ‘Coach, I don’t know.’ Well that ‘I don’t know’ is that they’re used to doing it a certain way and we got to get them out of the old way.” Comments Published on September 19, 2016 at 12:59 pm Contact Jon: | @jmettuslast_img read more