MBB : Not quite there: Orange winning despite lack of scoring in most recent matchups

first_imgJim Boeheim wasn’t the least bit pleased with Syracuse’s offensive performance in its last two games.The Orange is undefeated, but following a grind-it-out, 62-56 win over Marshall on Tuesday, the SU head coach picked apart his team’s offense as if he had a team in turmoil.‘Offensively, we probably had 10 fast-break opportunities that we didn’t convert, that you have to convert those,’ Boeheim said. ‘We just made some bad decisions, bad pass, bad decision, you’ve got to convert those. We just didn’t and it’s disappointing.’The Orange’s (9-0) inability to finish fast-break opportunities and a cold shooting streak from 3-point range are two of the biggest reasons for Boeheim’s displeasure with his team’s offense this week. But despite shooting 21 percent (6-of-28) from beyond the arc, SU pulled out four- and six-point wins against No. 12 Florida and Marshall. With two of its tougher nonconference opponents out of the way, No. 3 Syracuse now looks to correct its scoring deficiencies to remain undefeated against a weaker George Washington (4-4) team.SU and the Colonials play Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Carrier Dome.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textGeorge Washington fell 81-54 to then-No. 24 California in its only other matchup with a ranked team this season, so there’s hope that the Orange could steady the offense and please Boeheim.‘The last two games we played two pretty good teams. We have not played well,’ Boeheim said. ‘We have not played well on offense, by any stretch of the imagination, by any interpretation of good offense at all.’By forcing 19 turnovers, including 12 steals on SU’s part, the Orange had opportunities to blow away Marshall. But as Boeheim alluded to, Syracuse’s moves in the open court erred on the side of reckless.Upon grasping a loose ball late in the last minute of the first half, SU forward Kris Joseph pushed the ball in transition. He drove to the hoop but then attempted to pass back to a trailing Scoop Jardine.Marshall guard Damier Pitts was within range of Jardine and knocked the ball away out of bounds. Possession was given to the Orange, but Syracuse failed to score after having a fast-break opportunity.‘Just make simple plays,’ said forward C.J. Fair, who shot 0-of-4 on Tuesday. ‘Sometimes we go for the home run and come up short. So we just got to make the simple play and find our rhythm and hit shots we normally hit.’After scoring 90-plus points in three straight games, Syracuse’s offense regressed in the NIT Season Tip-Off in New York City. In back-to-back games, the Orange got off to a slow start and failed to score 70.Against Stanford in the NIT Season Tip-Off title game, the Orange pushed the ball up court in transition off a missed free throw in the second half. Down 43-41, Jardine threw an alley-oop attempt to James Southerland which would have tied the game.The toss was mishandled, and the Cardinal took over. Still, SU came away with a win.‘It’s only a matter of time when we start clicking,’ SU guard Dion Waiters said. ‘So as long as we’re doing everything that we’re supposed to do on defense, our offense is going to come. Because I don’t think we can get any worse than we’re playing offensively now.’Relying on defense to win early games will serve as a lesson down the road, and Fair said playing a couple of games in which Syracuse isn’t ahead by dozens will prepare the Orange for the tough Big East slate.The poor execution returned in the second half against the Thundering Herd, too. Leading 39-26 and pushing on a fast break off a rebound, Jardine had Waiters to his right and Joseph coming on his left. The point guard dished to Waiters, who drove into the lane and then tried to fire a hard bounce pass back across the paint. But the pass never got through, and despite having numbers on the break, the ball went the other way as SU center Baye Keita committed a foul.Marshall and Florida were of a different caliber than most of the teams SU faced early in the season. And though George Washington may be a lesser opponent on Saturday, the Orange’s game after that — a trip to North Carolina State — could again test Syracuse if it’s faulty offensively.‘You think coming into these two games if you play this way, you could lose one or both,’ Boeheim said. ‘I think we’ve got to feel fortunate that we’ve won both, but we’ve got to also try to get better on the offensive end.’mcooperj@syr.edu Comments Published on December 7, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Mark: mcooperj@syr.edu | @mark_cooperjrcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Syracuse’s late comeback falls short in 16-10 loss to North Carolina State

first_img Published on October 10, 2019 at 11:40 pm Contact Josh: jlschafe@syr.edu | @Schafer_44 RALEIGH, N.C. — Syracuse never allowed itself to comeback. After two-and-a-half-quarters of dismal offense, the Orange started picking up first downs. Tommy DeVito found Sean Riley for quick routes in the slot. He pitched to screen routes on the outside. He even scrambled for a first down and later dished Trishton Jackson for the game’s lone SU touchdown.But in the end, those plays didn’t matter. The ones that did, the early ones and the later ones, were so strikingly similar and those are what undid Syracuse (3-3, 0-2 Atlantic Coast) in a 16-10 loss to North Carolina State (4-2, 1-1) at Carter-Finley Stadium. The game was bookended on Orange penalties, which accounted for two of Syracuse’s 12 penalties on the night. North Carolina State finished with eight sacks, and the Orange didn’t score a point in the first 30 minutes of the game. “It started to click toward the end but we just got to make it happen faster,” DeVito said. After failing its first two Power 5 tests against Maryland and Clemson, a Thursday night on the road was expected to provide answers. Was 2018 just a one-year blip or had Syracuse’s offense started to figure things out before the idle week?Syracuse committed a penalty on the kickoff, and the offense moved in that backwards direction for much of the first half, finishing the first quarter with 27 total yards. Swing passes struggled to gain yards. Runs were stuffed at the line. Even when quarterback Tommy DeVito had time, like on a 3rd-and-8 midway through the first quarter, receivers weren’t open and passes flew toward the stands.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDeVito and head coach Dino Babers both noted that NC State rushed three defenders early in the game, leaving eight defenders in pass coverage — a look Syracuse wasn’t expecting. It seemed DeVito didn’t want to run, at least it wasn’t an ideal option. He’d left the Holy Cross game in the fourth quarter wincing following a long throw down the field but insisted this week this week he’d be “good to go.” During pregame warmups he came out wearing more padding around his ribs and chest then usual. He occasionally grabbed his chest after warm-up passes. When the white jerseys came from the opposite side of the line, DeVito didn’t utilize his legs. At least not early on when he notably hit the turf a few yards short of a the sticks on a third down, avoiding a collision with an NC State linebacker. He’s always wary of not taking unnecessary hits when running, he said. “I was good physically going into it,” DeVito said. “Just some bumps and bruises. I was definitely not limited at all going into it.”Devito and Babers both said the quarterback wasn’t limited on long throws. Still, Syracuse only completed on one and it nearly shifted the first half. After NC State called a timeout with 18 seconds remaining, and with the Orange facing a 3rd-and 10, Tommy DeVito slung a 52-yard completion to Jackson down the field. With 12 seconds left, the Orange took one of their five first-half sacks and kicker Andre Szmyt trotted onto the field. Even the best kicker in the country in 2018 couldn’t salvage the Orange’s dismal first half, as the lone glimmer of hope bounced off the field goal post.Two series in the second quarter epitomized the Orange’s struggles. One started with a first down. Then two sacks, one that included intentional grounding, sent Syracuse’s offense to a 3rd-and-37. The next had a few first downs. Then a false start and a sack. And another false start and a sack. By the time Syracuse punted it was 4th-and-31.“It was kind of no in between, they either blitzed or dropped everybody deep,” Jackson said.  “And so it wasn’t an in between so we couldn’t kind of put a finger on it.” A 10-play drive in the third quarter gave Syracuse’s offense hope. The things the offense normally does well — quick routes to the running back, a vertical route down the sideline and a Jackson comeback route — strung one after the other. Babers opted for a field goal instead of risking a 4th-and-7 from the NC State 14.With 5:31 left, NC State called timeout amid a Syracuse drive. It looked like the Orange were prepared to self-destruct once more. The SU offensive line false started twice before snapping a third-down play. On the fourth down, DeVito did something he rarely did on Thursday: tucked and ran for a first down, finishing with a gingerly fall to the ground just beyond the first down marker.“Everybody doesn’t know what he’s going through,” Jackson said referring DeVito’s upper-body injury. “For me, looking in his eyes, I could tell he’s in pain but he’s never going to stop.”For a brief moment, it looked like Syracuse was going to pull it off. It looked as if they overcome the forgettable offensive blemishes that stacked up throughout the three quarters prior. But the faults of the first half returned. DeVito was sacked and the clock ran. Then a false start kept it running. It’s still running really, rapidly ticking away time in the 2019 season as the Orange struggle to find offensive consistency.  Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Richard Sherman’s self-negotiated contract and the case for hiring an agent

first_imgI strongly feel Sherman would have done better — in his contract and in his personal existence — with an agent representing him.He already had earned enough money during his Seattle years for he, his wife and children to be set for life. I don’t see how saving the 3 percent commission paid to an agent is worth the time he spent doing the research on cornerback salaries, talking with the Players’ Association about necessary steps, and engaging in the actual negotiating process along with losing out on the other services an agent provides.Jeff Diamond is a former president of the Titans and former vice president/general manager of the Vikings. He was selected NFL Executive of the Year in 1998. Diamond is currently a business and sports consultant who also does broadcast and online media work. He makes speaking appearances to corporate/civic groups and college classes on negotiation and sports business/sports management. He is the former chairman and CEO of The Ingram Group. Follow Jeff on Twitter: @jeffdiamondNFL. Sherman wound up signing an incentive-heavy $27 million deal with San Francisco with only $5 million guaranteed, drawing criticism at the time.By making the Pro Bowl, being selected second-team All-Pro and achieving a playing time bonus this season, he’s added approximately $5 million to his $27 million base over the 2018, 2019 and 2020 seasons.DIAMOND: An apology for doubting San Francisco’s surprising Super Bowl runI know he thinks he did well in the final analysis on his contract. In recent weeks, Sherman on Twitter has pounced at several media people who questioned his wisdom regarding negotiating on his own and the resulting contract, which could have maxed out at $39 million if he hit all the incentives.And I made 13. Both sides happy. But I see you didn’t mention any contracts you negotiated— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) January 17, 2020Would love to see the contracts you have negotiated. Guarantee you have never negotiated a better deal coming off a Major injury. Bet your salary on it— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) January 17, 2020Also coming off an Achilles but hey let’s listen to you “experts”. Would love to see you achieve a third of it— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) January 17, 2020I hate to burst Sherman’s bubble, but the facts are that he accepted a limited guarantee of $3 million upon signing, along with another $2 million roster bonus upon reporting to last year’s training camp. That $5 million effective guarantee is only 13 percent of the $39 million maximum attainable income, which is well below market for a player who had made four Pro Bowls at the time, even if he was coming off a major surgery.Most established vets who have been elite players in the past will get at least 50 percent of the contract guaranteed. It fits Sherman’s persona to act as his own agent. But I raised an eyebrow over a then-30-year-old taking on this responsibility after the Achilles injury ended his 2017 season in Week 10. He was walking into a situation in which those teams interested in him would want to tread carefully on the financial commitment. He also had just finished playing under one of the largest cornerback contracts in the league at $14 million per year, so his expectations would be high.Sherman likely felt he could afford to take the risks inherent with negotiating his own contract, perhaps because he had made substantial money in his seven previous seasons (nearly $50 million, per Spotrac). And with an abundance of self-confidence, he believed he could take on any general manager just as he regularly locks down the NFL’s top wide receivers. As a former NFL GM and president who negotiated contracts for 20 years, I never did negotiate a contract with one of my own players directly.I would not have minded sitting down at the bargaining table with a player as long as he was even-keeled and could keep his emotions in check. It wouldn’t have changed my negotiation strategy, either. I always tried to reach an agreement that both sides felt was fair. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/4a/b5/richard-sherman-012920-2-ftr-gettyjpg_15ilmkw1t3ymb1u6x4rbbg7928.jpg?t=-205581073&w=500&quality=80 I also tried my best to stay positive in a negotiation and not over-emphasize a player’s weaknesses. I wouldn’t have been concerned with insulting a player face-to-face, because I always operated under the assumption anything I said to an agent would get back to the player.If I had negotiated with a player such as Sherman, I wouldn’t have licked my chops at a chance to get a heavily team-favored deal. I never wanted to destroy an agent or a player in a negotiation. I believed if they felt taken advantage of, it could affect future negotiations with the agent on the particular player or negatively impact the opportunity to sign a free agent that the agent represented.After all, I was working within a system — which is still in place — that said NFL players could hit free agency after their fourth season as long as the team didn’t slap a franchise tag on them. I would have recommended that Sherman hire an agent to handle his contract work, and I’m not just saying that because I currently do consulting work for an agent group.To rely on Pro Bowl and All-Pro selections is certainly a shaky proposition given the popularity contests that usually determine who makes those teams. It looks good now that Sherman got his 2020 base salary guaranteed by making the Pro Bowl this season, but if I were a player I would prefer to have a more objective factor (such as playing time) serve as a trigger on that guarantee. He also did not visit with a team other than the 49ers, which limited his negotiating power with John Lynch and San Francisco’s brass. I think it would have helped him increase the guarantees and lower the active roster bonuses he wound up earning ($125,000 per game for a $2 million maximum under the initial deal) if he had found another team to bid on his services. Even if he made a couple calls to other GMs, it’s obvious that Sherman was determined to play in his home state of California and in the Bay Area, where he attended college, so he could seek revenge twice a year against the Seahawks team that gave up on him.Sherman could have benefited from the fact that good agents and their support staff do so much more for their players than just handling contracts. They help with the transition to a new city for a player and his family in terms of housing, schools for the kids and other needs. They coordinate marketing activities, which for a well-known player such as Sherman can amount to millions in off-field income (so he likely had to take the time to research and then hire an outside marketing firm). Astute agents help build a player’s charitable endeavors and their foundation. They assist in setting up an excellent offseason training regimen that is so important to extending careers. They find qualified doctors to get second opinions on injuries when needed and fight league or club fines by setting appeals in motion for their player clients. Richard Sherman has never been one to shy away from controversy or going against the grain, on or off the field. So it wasn’t a complete surprise when, two years ago, the 49ers’ Pro Bowl cornerback decided to represent himself in free agency and negotiate his own contract without an agent following his release from the Seahawks. The Stanford grad is one of the brightest minds playing today. He’s not the first NFL player to act as his own agent, although the few who have negotiated on their own behalf in the past typically made minimum salary. The principal terms of those contracts were well defined, and just a few incentives needed to be added.last_img read more

Iowa’s Garza to test NBA Draft process

first_imgIOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa junior Luka Garza announced Friday that he will test the 2020 NBA Draft process while maintaining his NCAA eligibility. The 6-foot-11, 260-pound center plans to go through the process without an agent.Garza says in a statement released on the Hawkeyesports.com website that this was a year he could have never imagined, and after meeting with his family and his coaches, he’s decided that he will be declaring for the NBA Draft.Garza had a historic season leading the nationally-ranked men’s basketball team to 20 victories and a likely NCAA Tournament berth. A unanimous consensus first-team All-America selection, Garza became the first Iowa men’s basketball student-athlete to earn National Player of the Year distinction (Sporting News, Basketball Times, ESPN, FOX, Stadium, Bleacher Report). The junior center was also named the Pete Newell Big Man of the Year, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year, USBWA District VI Player of the Year, and Big Ten Men’s Basketball Player of the Year.last_img read more

Jackson has been a coach in the NFL since 2001 ge

first_imgJackson has been a coach in the NFL since 2001, getting his start with the Washington Redskins as a running backs coach. He was an offensive coordinator for the Redskins (2003), Atlanta Falcons (2007), Oakland Raiders (2010) and Bengals (2014-15).Related LinksJohn Clayton: ‘Hard to tell’ who will be Cardinals OC right nowLarry Fitzgerald hits hole in one while playing golf with Barack ObamaThe 53-year-old was also a head coach for the Raiders in 2011, leading the team to a record of 8-8 before being fired after just one season.The offensive coordinator position on Kliff Kingsbury’s staff is the most notable vacancy for the Cardinals.The team hired Vance Joseph as Arizona’s new defensive coordinator and has filled several position-based spots, including linebackers coach Bill Davis and offensive line coach Sean Kugler. Cincinnati Bengals special assistant to the head coach Hue Jackson watches during the second half of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane) The Arizona Cardinals have interviewed former Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson for their vacant offensive coordinator position, according to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.After winning three of a potential 39 games as Browns head coach from 2016 to midway through this past season, Jackson was fired on Oct. 29 after eight games.Less than two weeks later, Jackson was hired by the Cincinnati Bengals as an assistant to head coach Marvin Lewis. The Bengals fired Lewis on Dec. 31 and announced on Jan. 11 that Jackson had been released. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 43 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories last_img read more