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Syracuse coach Scott Shafer loses debut

Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer speaks to the

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As transitions go, the move by Syracuse to the Atlantic Coast Conference promised to be a rocky one after the Orange lost coach Doug Marrone to Buffalo in the NFL at a time when quarterback Ryan Nassib graduated. But the debut of new coach Scott Shafer and quarterback Drew Allen was promising despite a 23-17 loss to Penn State Saturday afternoon at MetLife Stadium.

Shafer chose Allen, a senior...

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UConn and Rutgers disappoint

Rutgers quarterback Gary Nova passes against Cincinnati in

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A few quick notes on the opening weekend of college football.

Rutgers: How long are we to drink the Kool-Aid. Instead of kicking the extra point to force a fifth OT in their 52-51 4OT loss at Fresno State, the Scarlet Knights went for two. Ok, so you like to see coaches taking chances. It can make the games more exciting for the fans. But losses in college football are tough to swallow. One...

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Opening night reviews of college football

Rutgers' Kevin Snyder, left, and Gareef Glashen, right,

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It was an interesting opening night of college football. Let’s review.

1. South Carolina lives up to hype.

No, Jadeveon Clowney didn’t wreak havoc on North Carolina in the Gamecocks’ 27-10 win. Clowney, just getting over a stomach virus and clearly slowed by the hot weather (or his conditioning is still in preseason form), wasn’t a factor. But No. 6 South Carolina got some solid performances...

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USC, TCU, South Carolina to use 2 QBs

Connor Shaw of the South Carolina Gamecocks throws

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The two quarterback scenario. Does it work? It doesn't in the NFL. It’s another story in college football. Several teams will employ the two signal-caller offense this weekend. And we’re not talking about any fringe programs. South Carolina, USC and TCU will have more than one quarterback taking snaps this weekend.

South Carolina: Connor Shaw (1,650 yds, 16 TDs) will start for the Gamecocks...

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Indiana, VCU highlight Stony Brook schedule

Stony Brook forward Jameel Warney shoots a free

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Is Stony Brook ready to take the next step necessary to become NCAA-Tournament bound? Judging by the non-conference schedule coach Steve Pikiell announced Tuesday, the answer is yes.

Stony Brook will face seven teams that played in a postseason tournament last year.

Indiana, VCU, La Salle and Northeastern highlight Stony Brook’s non-conference schedule. Marist, Toledo, Loyola Maryland,...

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St. John's in MSG tripleheader Super Bowl weekend

CEO Hank Ratner shows Madison Square Garden after

MetLife Stadium won’t be the only New York City-area venue to see a lot of action the weekend of Super Bowl XLVIII. Madison Square Garden will have its fill of events on Super Bowl eve, Feb. 1, highlighted by a nationally televised game between the Knicks and the defending champion Miami Heat at 8:30.

But the day begins at MSG with a college hoops doubleheader. St. John’s will play Marquette...

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