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Notre Dame football aims to stay relevant

Notre Dame wide receiver Corey Robinson, left, makes

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Notre Dame’s decision to join the ACC in all sports except football raised a lot of eye brows. The move forced the decision makers in South Bend to make some touch choices, including dropping Michigan from its schedule after 2014.

The move also prompted the Irish to stagger their rivalry with Michigan State a bit. Notre Dame won’t play Michigan State again until 2016. But that doesn’t mean...

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West Hempstead's Don McPherson to have number retired at Syracuse

Heisman trophy finalists, from left, Gordie Lockbaum of

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Don McPherson already had Long Island roots in common with Pro Football Hall of Famers John Mackey and Jim Brown. After Saturday, he'll match them again with another notable accomplishment.

Syracuse will retire the West Hempstead native's jersey during Saturday's game against No. 3 Clemson.

McPherson was a consensus All-American in 1987 with the Orange. He also won the Davey O'Brien...

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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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Jim Boeheim swears he’s ACC-bound

Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim has spent the past season alternately bemoaning the forces of realignment that have destroyed his beloved Big East Conference and fencing with reporters questioning whether the 68-year-old coach is committed to leading the Orange into the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Those emotions came to a head Saturday night in the Georgia Dome after the Orange lost their national...

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Steve Lavin, Jay Wright look forward to new Big East

St. John's head coach Steve Lavin calls out

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St. John’s coach Steve Lavin found it difficult to reflect on the end of the traditional Big East conference in the immediate aftermath of the Red Storm’s 66-53 second-round loss to Villanova in the league tournament Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden. And really, Lavin has just three years coaching in the league and sat out most of last season recovering from prostate cancer surgery.

But...

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