Daryl Gross talks Jim Boeheim’s planned retirement, refers to Mike Hopkins as “coach-in-waiting” on ESPN Radio

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first_img Published on March 18, 2015 at 3:34 pm Contact Jesse: jcdoug01@syr.edu | @dougherty_jesse The announcement that Daryl Gross is no longer Syracuse University’s director of athletics was accompanied by Jim Boeheim’s plan to retire in three years, Syracuse Chancellor Kent Syverud said in an email on Wednesday morning.Gross — who will stay with the university as vice president, special assistant to the chancellor and an adjunct professor in the David B. Falk School of Sport and Human Dynamics — discussed Boeheim’s decision and legacy in an ESPN Radio Syracuse interview Wednesday afternoon.“In terms of Jim, think about what he’s done for this community, he’s just branded it by himself in terms his success and his consistency,” Gross said on ESPN Radio Syracuse. “He’s just been absolutely terrific and I’m just proud of him and very happy for him as we go forward in knowing that he’s going to retire in three years.“I know he’s got a lot of things he can do and three years is a long time, so I believe he’s going to have great teams.”There has been no official announcement of who will replace Boeheim as SU’s head coach in three years, but SU assistant coach Mike Hopkins has long been considered the heir to the position.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textGross has explicitly pinned Hopkins as Boeheim’s replacement in the past, and continued to do so.“I think with Mike Hopkins and if Mike transitions the way I hope he does as the coach-in-waiting,” Gross said in the radio interview, “the program will be in great shape. I think that it’s going to be in outstanding shape.”As for the program that Hopkins — or other potential candidates — will inherit, Gross expressed confidence in the groundwork that Boeheim has been laying for 39 years.“They’ve done a good job of branding that basketball program and there’s student athletes that are prospects that want to play at Syracuse and wear the Orange and that’s going to continue on because of (Boeheim’s) legacy,” Gross said in the radio interview.“So kudos to him and I think it’s very meaningful that he’s listed what his tenure’s gonna be and you know he’ll go hard and compete like mad. And heck, I hope he wins three national titles in a row — it’d be fabulous.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img

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Sarkisian debuts new up tempo offense

first_imgIt’s almost spring, but spring football is  officially up and running for new head coach Steve Sarkisian and the USC football team, as they held their first practice on Tuesday at Howard Jones Field.And as expected, the practice went a lot faster than it did under the team’s previous regimes. Of course, Sarkisian brings from Washington a high-tempo, no-huddle offense that is new to USC players.Gunslinger · Redshirt junior quarterback Cody Kessler felt good about USC’s new fast-paced offense, saying that the team ran 125 plays in 45 minutes. Kessler will battle redshirt freshman Max Browne for the starting position. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanThis style may have been foreign to the Trojans, but that was not reflected in the way they came out to play on Tuesday. The team brough out the intensity and focus that is desired by any coach.“It didn’t really feel like a first practice,” Sarkisian said. “The guys came out with great energy today and our players were ready, in the right frame of mind to practice.”Today marked the first time Sarkisian ran onto to Howard Jones Field as USC’s head coach.“All in all, it was awesome coming through the gate and coaching these guys … I had a blast,” Sarkisian said.Installing Speed and Tempo If you were to ask any USC player if there was anything different about practice on Tuesday, they would say that Sarkisian did not waste any time.According to redshirt junior quarterback Cody Kessler, the offense ran 125 plays in the hour and 45 minutes time allotment, a great deal more than in the Kiffin or Orgeron eras.  He described that this type of up tempo offense makes it easier for a quarterback in certain situations.“Getting the plays now is easier, I’m not reading off my wristband and there is a lot more time on the play clock when I snap the ball,” Kessler said.A big question coming into spring ball, for the second consecutive year, is who will win the USC starting quarterback job once the spring is over: Kessler or redshirt freshman Max Browne. Kessler is the incumbent, but Sarkisian, having recruited Browne from Skyline High School in Washington knows what he can do with his arm. Look to this position battle for Sark’s first real important decision.“I’m just trying to get better every practice,” Kessler said.For now, Sarkisian is just focused on making sure that his team plays up to the quick tempo that he has installed.He shared a motto: “If you’re walking, then you’re doing it wrong.” He continuously praised veteran linebacker Hayes Pullard for leading by example and being the first guy to every drill.Even Sark was all over the field, engaging with his players, clapping and giving them encouragement, and getting on the field to spot the ball to speed up the pace of play.“It was a lot of plays,” offensive lineman Max Tuerk said.Changes on the Line Returning junior Tuerk slid down from his left tackle to make the start at center in the spring’s first practice, a position that needed to be filled with the departure of last year’s starter, Marcus Martin.Tuerk returns with the most starts of any offensive lineman with 20 career starts and is considered the Trojan’s most versatile lineman.“It’s best for the team, I’m a big team player, and I’m willing to do whatever the team needs,” Tuerk said. “If the team needs me to play center, then I will play center.”According to Tuerk, offensive line coach Tim Drevno notified him of the position change about a month ago.Tuerk had previously given the center position a shot last spring before Martin assumed the position’s roles. Things have changed since then though, he asserted.“I have a lot more confidence now and we are picking up the offense,” Tuerk said.Questions still remain on the offensive line, however, as someone is still needed to replace Kevin Graf at right tackle.“We had to move guys around … Max Tuerk is playing center and has taken a leadership role,” Kessler said about the offensive line in an interview with ESPN.Quick Takes Five-star USC signee Adoree’ Jackson was at practice today, but it remains unknown where the coaching staff will utilize him in the fall. Top 2015 quarterback and verbal commit Ricky Town was also in attendance.Sarkisian confirmed that defensive end Leonard Williams had his shoulder cleaned up following the bowl game and will be limited in practice. 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Women of Troy take home ITA Kick-Off Weekend championship

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