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Syracuse Orange Football
Syracuse Orange football
Syracuse Orange logo.svg
First season1889
Athletic directorJohn Wildhack
Head coachDino Babers
4th season, 19-21 (.475)
StadiumCarrier Dome (football & basketball, Capacity: 50,000)
Year built1980
Field surfaceFieldTurf[1]
LocationSyracuse, New York
ConferenceACC (2013-present)
DivisionAtlantic (2013-present)
Past conferencesIndependent (1889-1990)
Big East (1991-2012)
All-time record
Bowl record16–9–1 (.635)
Claimed nat'l titles1 (1959)
Conference titles5 (1996, 1997, 1998, 2004, 2012)
RivalriesBoston College (rivalry)
Pittsburgh (rivalry)
West Virginia (rivalry)
Penn State (rivalry)
Colgate (rivalry)
Heisman winners1 (Ernie Davis)
Consensus All-Americans20[2]
Current uniform
Orange uniform2019.png
ColorsOrange[3]
    
Fight songDown The Field
MascotOtto the Orange
Marching bandSyracuse University Marching Band
Websitecuse.com

The Syracuse Orange, known traditionally as the "Syracuse Orangemen", represent Syracuse University in the sport of American football. The Orange compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Atlantic Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).

Formed in 1889, the program has over 700 wins and has achieved 1 consensus Division I Football National Championship, winning the championship game over the Texas Longhorns in the 1960 Cotton Bowl Classic, for the 1959 season. Syracuse has had 2 undefeated seasons, 5 conference championships since 1991, and has produced a Heisman Trophy winner, over 60 first team All-Americans, 18 Academic All-Americans including Academic All-America Hall of Fame inductee Tim Green, and over 240 NFL players.[4] Syracuse has had 18 members inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, 2nd-most in the ACC, including former players Ernie Davis, Tim Green, Don McPherson, Art Monk and former coaches Vic Hanson, Ben Schwartzwalder, and Dick MacPherson.[5] The Orange boast 8 inductees in the Pro Football Hall Of Fame, tied for the 4th-most of any school, including Jim Brown, Marvin Harrison, Larry Csonka, and Floyd Little.[6]

The Orange have 26 bowl appearances, 10 of which are among the New Year's Six Bowls. Syracuse has finished in the Final Top 25 rankings 21 times in the national polls, and finished in either the AP or Coaches Polls a combined 35 times since 1952. Syracuse has appeared in over 200 AP Polls including 7 weeks at AP number one.

The Orange play their home games in the Carrier Dome on the university's campus. The stadium is also known as "The Loud House", as when it opened in September 1980, it was made clear just how loud it was inside; and so the soon famous nickname was coined.

History

Early history (1889-1948)

Syracuse played its first football game on November 23, 1889,[7] and achieved its first success in the 1890s and 1900s. With the construction of "state-of-the-art" Archbold Stadium in 1907, Syracuse rose to national prominence under College Football Hall of Fame coach Frank "Buck" O'Neill. The 1915 squad garnered a Rose Bowl invitation that the school declined, having already played on the West Coast that season. In 1918, John Barsha (born Abraham Barshofsky) was co-captain of the 1918 Walter Camp All-America football team.[8]

The 1920s had continued success with teams featuring two-time All American Doc Alexander and star end Vic Hanson. Vic Hanson was an American football player and coach, basketball player, and baseball player. A three-sport college athlete, he played football, basketball, and baseball at Syracuse University in the 1920s, serving as team captain in all three sports. The Watertown, New York native was named a Basketball All-American three times--in 1925, 1926, and 1927--was named the Helms Foundation College Basketball Player of the Year and was a consensus selection to both 1925 and 1926 College Football All-America Teams. Hanson is one of only two individuals who are members (Amos Alonzo Stagg being the other) of both the Basketball Hall of Fame and the College Football Hall of Fame and the only one inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame, the College Basketball Hall of Fame and the College Football Hall of Fame. He later coached the team from 1930 to 1936.

In the1930s, Syracuse University and nearby Cornell University were among the first collegiate football teams to include African-American players as starting backfield players. Wilmeth Sidat-Singh was an African-American basketball star player for DeWitt Clinton High School. He received an offer of a basketball scholarship from Syracuse University and enrolled in 1935. While playing an intramural football game, an assistant football coach noticed his talent and asked him to join the football team. Sidat-Singh starred for Syracuse, playing a position equivalent to modern-day quarterback. In that era, when games were played in Southern segregation states, African-American players from Northern schools were banned from the field. Because of his light complexion and name, Sidat-Singh was sometimes assumed to be a "Hindu" (as people from India were often called by Americans during this time). However. shortly before a game against Maryland, a black sportswriter, Sam Lacy wrote an article in the Baltimore Afro-American, revealing Sidat-Singh's true racial identity. Wilmeth Sidat-Singh was held out of the game and Syracuse lost that game 0-13. In a rematch the following year at Syracuse, Sidat-Singh led the Orange to a lopsided victory (53-0) over Maryland. In 2005, Syracuse University honored Wilmeth Sidat-Singh by retiring his basketball jersey number.[9] On Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, the University of Maryland publicly apologized to surviving relatives from the Webb family at a ceremony during a football game with Syracuse University.[10]

Ossie Solem coached at Syracuse from 1937 to 1945. During his tenure at Syracuse, he tutored a young assistant coach named Bud Wilkinson, who went on to lead the Oklahoma Sooners to win three national championships.

Ben Schwartzwalder era (1949-1973)

Ben Schwartzwalder and QB Dick Easterly, December 5, 1959 at UCLA.

The late 1930s and 1940s had a decline in fortunes that began to reverse when Ben Schwartzwalder took over as coach in 1949.[11] Syracuse made its first bowl appearance in the 1953 Orange Bowl,[12] followed by appearances in the 1957 Cotton Bowl[13] and the 1959 Orange Bowl.[14] The 1957 Cotton Bowl Classic team featured Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown.[15]

In 1959, Syracuse earned its first national championship following an undefeated season and Cotton Bowl Classic victory over Texas. The team featured sophomore running back Ernie Davis, who went on to become the first African American to win the Heisman Trophy in 1961,[16] and All-American tackle Ron Luciano, who eventually become a prominent Major League Baseball umpire. Davis was slated to play for the Cleveland Browns in the same backfield as Jim Brown, but died of leukemia before being able to play professionally. Syracuse remained competitive through the 1960s with a series of All American running backs, including Floyd Little and Larry Csonka.[17][18]

Coach Ben produced 22 straight years of non-losing football, took the Orange to seven bowls, and won the national championship in 1959. He developed some of the most impressive running backs the game has ever seen - Jim Brown, Ernie Davis, Jim Nance, Floyd Little and Larry Csonka. Orange teams outrushed opponents by more than 22,000 yards under Ben. Schwartzwalder retired as Syracuse's head coach following the 1973 season, which was Syracuse's third-consecutive losing season.[19] Schwartzwalder left Syracuse with a 153-91-3 record.[20]

Frank Maloney era (1974-1980)

Michigan assistant coach Frank Maloney was hired as Schwartzwalder's replacement.[21] Maloney's tenure at Syracuse was marked by inconsistency.[22] The fan base turned on him as the Orange failed to achieve the national status they had enjoyed under Schwartzwalder. Maloney's program was also limited by archaic facilities.[23]Archbold Stadium, Syracuse's home field since 1907, was in need of replacement.[23] Nonetheless, Maloney did recruit a number of future NFL stars such as Joe Morris and Pro Football Hall of Fame member Art Monk.[24]

Maloney was the subject of criticism, not only from the fans and alumni, but also from the 1959 national championship team, members of which started a campaign calling for his ouster.[25] Ironically enough, this call from program alumni came during the 1979 season, Maloney's best at Syracuse, when the Orangemen qualified for the Independence Bowl, beating McNeese State. After coaching the Orangemen for seven seasons and presiding over the opening of a new stadium, the Dome, in 1980, Maloney resigned.[26]

Dick MacPherson era (1981-1990)

Dick MacPherson was hired as the head coach in 1981[27] and after several mediocre seasons, fans wanted MacPherson fired, coining the phrase, "Sack Mac".[28]

However, the fans' opinion of Coach MacPherson changed when the program returned suddenly to national prominence in 1987 with an undefeated 11-0 regular season record.[29] The team featured Maxwell Award-winning quarterback Don McPherson and fullback Daryl Johnston.[30] The team missed an opportunity to play for the NCAA Division I-A national football championship, because both Oklahoma and Miami also finished undefeated that year and finished higher in the polls.[31] Instead, the team faced Southeastern Conference champion Auburn University in the Sugar Bowl.[32] The game ended in a tie when Auburn kicked a late field goal rather than trying for a game-winning touchdown.[33] MacPherson left Syracuse after the 1990 season to accept the position of head coach for the NFL's New England Patriots.[34]

Paul Pasqualoni era (1991-2004)

Syracuse continued to experience success under MacPherson's successor, Paul Pasqualoni, previously the team's linebackers coach,[35] appearing in 11 bowl games (including three major bowls) and winning 9.[36] The team also captured or shared three Big East football championships during this period.

Prominent players of the period included Donovan McNabb, Marvin Harrison, Dwight Freeney, Keith Bulluck, Rob Moore, Donovin Darius, Qadry Ismail, Kevin Johnson, Rob Konrad, Tebucky Jones, and Marvin Graves.[37][38] Rivalries shifted in the early 1990s as Penn State ended its series with Syracuse and joined the Big Ten.[39] Syracuse, meanwhile, joined the newly formed Big East football conference with traditional rival West Virginia University, and national power Miami.[40] In 2004, Miami and Virginia Tech left the Big East to join the Atlantic Coast Conference,[41] followed by Boston College in 2005,[42] threatening the stature of the Big East. Syracuse was originally invited to leave the Big East and join the ACC, but under pressure from the Governor of Virginia, the ACC decided to invite Virginia Tech to join the conference, instead.[43] Thus, Syracuse remained in the Big East. Syracuse's streak of winning seasons ended in 2002 when they went 4-8.[44] This was followed by consecutive 6-6 seasons.[45][46] Although they won a share of the Big East title in 2004 and competed in the Champs Sports Bowl,[47] the teams from 2002 to 2004 were considered mediocre by Syracuse standards. This prompted new athletic director Dr. Daryl Gross to fire Pasqualoni after 14 years at the helm.[48]

Greg Robinson era (2005-2008)

In 2005, the university hired Greg Robinson, defensive coordinator for Texas, as head coach.[49] Robinson installed a new West Coast offense scheme, replacing the option run style of offense previously run by Pasqualoni, and new defensive schemes.[50]

The 2005 season started on a high note as Syracuse nearly upset eventual Big East and Sugar Bowl champion West Virginia, forcing five turnovers in the 15-7 loss.[51] They followed it up with a 31-0 thrashing of Buffalo[52] and another near upset win, this time to number-25 Virginia, where they lost 27-24 on a last-second field goal.[53] The squad lost its final eight games of the season. Syracuse finished the year 1-10, the worst season in school history and won only 10 games with Robinson running the program.[54] Robinson's Orange improved to 4-8 in 2006[55] but fell to 2-10 in 2007.[56] The 2007 season included a road upset of number-18 Louisville.[57] In 2008, the Orange continued to struggle and fired Robinson,[58] following a 3-9 season[59] where the high point was a 24-23 upset of Notre Dame;[60] the game that signified the period the best was the 55-13 loss to Penn State.[61]

Coach Doug Marrone and Floyd Little during training camp at Fort Drum

Doug Marrone era (2009-2012)

On December 12, 2008 that Doug Marrone, a former Orange player and offensive coordinator for the NFL's New Orleans Saints, was announced as the replacement for Robinson as head coach.[62][63][64] Marrone was the first Syracuse alumnus to serve as head football coach since Reaves H. Baysinger in 1948.[65] Reportedly, alumni such as Tim Green and Floyd Little wanted Marrone from the moment the previous coach Greg Robinson was fired, and when interviewed by Green, Marrone was found to have kept a folder of current high-school players in the Syracuse area to get a head start in recruiting.[66][67][68]

Improvement throughout the program was noticed immediately, as the Orange, despite only a marginal improvement in their win-loss record, going 4-8 under Marrone for his first year,[69] played many much more closely, including a 28-7 loss at number-seven Penn State.[70] In 2010, the Orange finished the regular season with a winning record for the first time since the 2001 season at 7-5, including road wins against number-19 West Virginia and two-time defending conference champion Cincinnati.[71] The team earned its first bowl bid since 2004 and along with second-ranked Oregon and 10th-ranked Boise State, the five road wins were the best in 2010 of all FBS teams.[72] December 30, 2010, Syracuse defeated Kansas State in the inaugural Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium. The game was televised live on ESPN.[73] Two years later, the Orange defeated West Virginia in the 2012 Pinstripe Bowl.[74] On January 7, 2013, Marrone left Syracuse, accepting the head-coaching position of the NFL's Buffalo Bills.[75]

Scott Shafer (2013-2015)

The day after Marrone's departure, Syracuse promoted defensive coordinator Scott Shafer to head coach.[76] Coach Shafer's first season was marked by inconsistency from the team in spite of the bowl eligibility for the third time in four years. Syracuse capped off the season with a 21-17 victory over Minnesota in the 2013 Texas Bowl to finish the year 7-6.[77][78] The first season for the Orange in the ACC was 2013.[79] The 2014 season brought about a noticeable drop in quality. Syracuse finished the season a disappointing 3-9.[80] In 2015, after they started the season 3-0, the Orange collapsed, losing 8 of their final 9 games to finish the season 4-8,[81] and on November 23, 2015, it was announced that Shafer would be fired after the last game of the 2015 campaign.[82]

Dino Babers era (2016-present)

After an extensive coaching search, Syracuse announced the hiring of Bowling Green head coach Dino Babers as the new Orange head football coach.[83] Babers is the first African-American head coach in school history.[84] Babers brought with him an exciting, up-tempo offense he employed both as a head coach and as an assistant coach.[85]

In Babers' first season in charge, Syracuse started the year at 4-4, with the highlight of the first eight games being a 31-17 upset of number-17 Virginia Tech at home.[86] Syracuse kept the momentum from the upset going and beat rival Boston College on the road, 28-20.[87] However, they were blown out 54-0 in their next game by No. 3 Clemson.[88] In the final game of the season, Syracuse lost to ACC rival Pittsburgh by a score of 76-61.[89] The game was the highest scoring in FBS history with a combined score of 137.[90] Syracuse finished 4-8 for the second consecutive year.[91] In 2017, the Orange started 4-3, including a win over #2 Clemson,[92] but they lost their final five games to finish 4-8 for the third straight year.[93]

Conference affiliations

Syracuse has been independent and affiliated with two conferences.[94]

Head coaches

Tenure Coach Years Record Pct.
1890 Robert Winston 1 8-3 .727
1891 William Galbraith 1 4-6 .400
1892 Jordan C. Wells 1 0-8-1 .056
1894 George H. Bond 1 6-5 .545
1895-1896 George O. Redington 2 11-5-4 .650
1897-1899 Frank E. Wade 3 17-9-2 .643
1900-1902 Edwin R. Sweetland 3 20-5-2 .778
1903 Jason B. Parish & Ancil D. Brown 1 5-4 .556
1904-1905 Charles P. Hutchins 2 14-6 .700
1906-1907

1913-1915

1917-1919

Frank "Buck" O'Neill* 8 52-19-6 .714
1908 Howard Jones* 1 6-3-1 .650
1909-1910 Tad Jones* 2 9-9-2 .500
1911-1912 C. DeForest Cummings 2 9-8-2 .526
1913 Bill Hollenback* 1 5-4 .556
1920-1924 Chick Meehan 5 35-8-4 .787
1925-1926 Pete Reynolds 2 15-3-2 .800
1927-1929 Lew Andreas 3 15-10-3 .589
1930-1936 Vic Hanson* 7 33-21-5 .602
1937-1942

1944-1945

Ossie Solem 8 30-27-6 .524
1946 Clarence Munn* 1 4-5 .444
1947-1948 Reaves Baysinger 2 4-14 .286
1949-1973 Ben Schwartzwalder* 25 153-91-3 .626
1974-1980 Frank Maloney 7 32-46 .410
1981-1990 Dick MacPherson* 10 66-46-4 .586
1991-2004 Paul Pasqualoni 14 107-59-1 .644
2005-2008 Greg Robinson 4 10-37 .213
2009-2012 Doug Marrone 4 25-25 .500
2013-2015 Scott Shafer 3 14-23 .378
2016-current Dino Babers 3 18-21 .486

Traditions and Legacy

Legend of 44

The No. 44 at Syracuse University is one of the most legendary numbers ever associated with a college football program. Like tailbacks at USC or quarterbacks at BYU, the running back position at Syracuse has a rich tradition of greatness. Much of that greatness has revolved around one jersey number -- 44.

Syracuse University officially retired #44 on Saturday, November 12, 2005. Since 1954, 11 players have worn the number and three most famous #44s are in Football Hall of Fame. Those three are running backs Jim Brown, Ernie Davis and Floyd Little.

"The Greatest"

Jim Brown played at SU from 1954 to 1956. Brown earned numerous honors as Orange playing college football, basketball, track and field and lacrosse. In his senior year in 1956 Brown was a consensus first-team All-American and led the team to a Cotton Bowl. He finished 5th in the Heisman Trophy voting and set school records for highest season rush average (6.2), most rushing touchdowns in a single game (6), and an NCAA single-game record of 43 points.[95] After his successful college career, Brown went on to become one of the greatest football players of all time.[96]

Jim Brown was an All Pro and a Pro Bowl invitee every season he was in the league, was recognized as the AP NFL Most Valuable Player three times, and won an NFL championship with the Browns in 1964. He led the league in rushing yards in eight out of his nine seasons, and by the time he retired, he had shattered most major rushing records. Brown's memorable professional career led to his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1971. His football accomplishments at Syracuse garnered him a berth in the College Football Hall of Fame. Jim Brown also earned a spot in the Lacrosse Hall of Fame, giving him a rare triple crown of sorts. Today, he is recognized as the greatest football player ever[97] by most professional football writers.[98]

But Brown's legacy goes beyond sports. Brown was one of the NFL's earliest social issues activists along with a group of top African American athletes from different sporting disciplines such as Bill Russell, Muhammad Ali and Kareem Abdul Jabbar. In the 1960s, Brown co-founded the Black Economic Union to support the growth of black-owned businesses. In the 1980s he also started the Amer-I-Can program which mentors youth in both inner cities and prisons.

"The Elmira Express"

Plaque on statue of Ernie Davis, Ernie Davis Academy, Elmira, NY

Ernie Davis, the only Orange player to win the Heisman Trophy, played at Syracuse from 1959 to 1961, and went on to national fame in each of those three seasons, winning first-team All-American honors twice. Davis led the 1959 Syracuse team to a national championship, capping an 11-0 season with a 23-14 win over the Texas Longhorns in the 1960 Cotton Bowl Classic, where Davis was named Most Valuable Player. That same season, Elmira Star-Gazette sports writer Al Mallette coined the nickname for Davis, the "Elmira Express".

During his Cotton Bowl visit to host city Dallas, Texas, Ernie and his black teammates found discrimination prevalent in the American South. Author Jocelyn Selim writes that at the banquet following the 1960 game, Davis was told he could only accept his award and then would be required to leave the segregated facility when the doors were opened to the public for a dance.

Despite the racial issues, Davis became the first black athlete to be awarded the Heisman Trophy (the highest individual honor in collegiate football) and he also won the Walter Camp Memorial Trophy following his 1961 season at Syracuse University. President John F. Kennedy had followed Davis' career and requested to meet him while he was in New York to receive the trophy. Later in 1963, when Elmira chose February 3 to celebrate Davis' achievements, Kennedy sent a telegram, reading:

Seldom has an athlete been more deserving of such a tribute. Your high standards of performance on the field and off the field, reflect the finest qualities of competition, sportsmanship and citizenship. The nation has bestowed upon you its highest awards for your athletic achievements. It's a privilege for me to address you tonight as an outstanding American, and as a worthy example of our youth. I salute you.[99]

Davis was the number-one pick in the 1962 NFL Draft. He was bound to go to the Cleveland Browns where he would be teammates with Jim Brown. Davis signed a three-year contract with the Browns in late December 1961.It was the most lucrative contract for an NFL rookie up to that time.[100]

However, Davis' dream of pairing with Jim Brown took a tragic turn when Davis was diagnosed with leukemia. The disease was incurable and Davis died at age 23 at Cleveland Lakeside Hospital on May 18, 1963.[101] Following his death, the Browns retired his number 45 jersey.

A motion picture biography, The Express: The Ernie Davis Story, directed by Gary Fleder and based on the non-fiction book The Elmira Express: the Story of Ernie Davis by Robert C. Gallagher, began production in April 2007[102] and was released on October 10, 2008.

His commemorative statue now stands in front of the school named in his honor, Ernie Davis Academy. Another statue of Davis stands on the campus of Syracuse University, near the steps of Hendricks Chapel and the Quad where pre-game pep rallies are held. He was inducted to the College Football Hall of Fame in the fall of 1979.

"The Franchise"

Floyd Little played for Syracuse from 1964 to 1966. He is the only three-time All-American running back to compete for the Syracuse University Orangemen. He finished 5th in Heisman Trophy voting in both 1965 and 1966. Floyd was the leading force behind teams that earned tickets to the Sugar Bowl in 1964 and the Gator Bowl in 1966 (teaming with another great tailback Larry Csonka in the latter). In addition to breaking the running records of Brown and Davis, Little became the greatest kick returner in Orange history. He led the country in all-purpose yardage, averaging 199 yards per game in 1965.[103]

Floyd Little was the first ever first-round draft pick to sign with the American Football League's Denver Broncos. During his rookie year, Little led the NFL in punt returns with a 16.9-yard average. He led the NFL in combined yards in 1967 and 1968 and was the first ever Bronco to win a rushing title, leading the AFC in rushing in 1970 and the following year he became the first Bronco to eclipse 1,000 yards, gaining 1,133 to lead the NFL.[104] Little was Denver Broncos team captain all 9 seasons, including his rookie season and he was known as "The Franchise". Floyd Little retired as the NFL's 7th all-time leading rusher with 6,323 yards. He later was inducted both in the College and Pro Football Hall of Fame. To honor his achievements Denver Broncos retired his #44 jersey.

Statues of Davis (second on campus), Brown and Little are at Syracuse University's Plaza 44, commemorating the number the running backs wore while playing football. No. 44 has become so associated with Syracuse that the university's ZIP code, 13244, was requested by university officials to remember those who wore 44 for the Orange. "Number 44 not only has come to represent greatness on the football field, it has become a part of the university's and the community's identity".[105]

Pride of the Orange

pre-game 'Cuse on the Quad

The Syracuse University Marching Band (SUMB), also known as the "Pride of the Orange", is the collegiate marching band of Syracuse University. The SUMB performs at all home football games throughout the season, and also makes several local parades and other performances throughout the year. It is one of the largest student organizations at Syracuse University, consisting of approximately 200 members. Founded in 1901, it is one of the oldest collegiate bands in the nation. Over the course of almost 120 years, the "Pride of the Orange" has played a huge role in University history and has been a constant source of pride for the University.[106]

  • 'Cuse on the Quad Starting three hours prior to Syracuse football home games, fans attend the social meeting, children's playground, food and beverages garden areas organized by the University located directly on the Quad, the center of the campus. Fans can watch College Game Day or the top college football games streaming live on ESPN under the tents. Fans can also take in the sights and sounds of local DJs, live music, and the Syracuse University Marching Band which performs on the steps of Hendrick's Chapel about an hour before kickoff.
  • Down the Field The band has first officially performed at a football game in 1925.[107] Over the decades, after every touchdown scored by the Orange, the SUMB plays the Syracuse University fight song, "Down the Field" (1914), written by Ralph Murphy, Class of 1916, and composed by C. Harold Lewis, Class of 1915. Win or lose, the Alma Mater is played by the band after every football game. The team will gather in the end zone with the cheerleaders and Otto and sing the song. Students and fans often wrap their arms around the shoulders of those standing next to them and sway side to side.
  • Flip the Banner at Varsity Varsity, a pizza shop just outside the campus, has been passed down for three generations since 1926. The Varsity has been an integral part of SU sports culture for decades. The Orange schedule is displayed with banners hanging on the walls of the restaurant. After victories, the "Pride of the Orange" goes to Varsity and will play their sets inside the restaurant. After the band plays, the banner of the opposing team will be flipped upside down to symbolize the victory. For the entire season, the banners will tell the tale of Syracuse's season.

Rivalries

Boston College

The two schools first met on October 18, 1924, a 10-0 win for the Syracuse Orange.[108] The Eagles and the Orange began playing an annual game in 1961. To date, Boston College and Syracuse have played each other 46 times.[109] Aside from Holy Cross, no team has played Boston College more than Syracuse. In 2004, the Eagles' last year in the Big East, the Orange pulled off a surprising upset that kept the Eagles from going to their first BCS game. BC's departure from the Big East put the future of the rivalry in doubt. Syracuse's admission into the ACC in 2013 resurrected the rivalry, with the two teams playing each another annually as members of the ACC's Atlantic Division.

Syracuse leads the series 31-20 through the 2018 season.[110]

Pittsburgh

The rivalry with fellow ACC conference member Pittsburgh began in 1916, and has been played annually since 1955. The Panthers and Orange were both Eastern football independents for most of their history but have shared the same football conference since 1991 when the Big East Football Conference was formed from Eastern football independents. Pitt is tied as the most played opponent for Syracuse and Syracuse is the third most played opponent for Pitt. Sharing membership in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) since 2013, the Panthers and Orange have played a total of 74 times. Pittsburgh leads the series 39-31-3 through the 2018 season.[111]

West Virginia

Syracuse and West Virginia have played 60 times. Often, these games have had a bearing on which collegiate program was the best in the East. In much of the '80s and '90s, Syracuse and West Virginia made for one of the Big East's best head-to-head match-ups on a yearly basis. West Virginia then left the Big East for the Big 12 Conference in 2012.[112]

The Ben Schwartzwalder Trophy goes to the winner of the West Virginia and Syracuse football game. The trophy was introduced in 1993 and is named after former WVU football player and Syracuse head coach Ben Schwartzwalder, who had died in March of that year.[113] The trophy weighs 55 pounds and was sculpted by Syracuse player Jim Ridlon.

West Virginia won the first trophy game at Syracuse and has gone on to win 11.[114] Syracuse has won the trophy eight times and currently holds it.[115] Syracuse leads the series 34-27 with the last two games played in 2012 Pinstripe Bowl and 2018 Camping World Bowl.[116] Syracuse is currently on the 4 game winning streak.

Penn State

The "heyday" of the Syracuse Penn State rivalry took place during the 1950s and 1960s when the teams battled back and forth in a competitive and often controversial string of contests. Syracuse football was led by legendary coach Ben Schwartzwalder, and Penn State by Rip Engle from 1950 to 1966 and Joe Paterno from 1967 to 2011. From 1950 to 1970, Syracuse won 11 to Penn State's 10 games. Unfortunately conference realignment and scheduling disagreements have dampened the intensity of the rivalry between the teams in recent years.

The teams first met in October 28, 1922 at the New York Polo Grounds battling to a 0-0[117] tie kick-starting an East coast rivalry that has seen 71 total match-ups with the teams meeting almost every season from 1922-1990. The only exception was during the 1943 season, when Syracuse did not field team in light of World War II.[118] From 1922-1940 Syracuse held a 10-4-4 advantage over the Nittany Lions, before Penn State would win 8 straight from 1941-1949. In the 1947 match-up, Penn State prevailed 40-0 in State College behind a staunch defense that held the Orange to (-47) total yards which is an NCAA record. (-107 rushing, 60 passing, in 49 plays)[119] From 1956-1966 the Orange regained command winning 8 out of 11. Since 1967, the Nittany Lions have dominated winning 24 of 27 match-ups including 16 straight from 1971-1986. In 1987, Dick MacPherson coached Syracuse to a 48-21 victory over the Nittany Lions in the Carrier Dome. Syracuse won again the following year at Penn State, but lost the final two games before the suspension of the series in 1991.[120]

Penn State leads the all-time series 43-23-5, and have won 5 straight. The most recent match-up was played at Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ; a 23-17 win for Penn State.[121]

The teams do not currently have any future match-ups scheduled.

Colgate

For many years, Syracuse's main football rivals were the nearby Colgate Red Raiders. Colgate and Syracuse first played each other in football in 1891, with Colgate recording a 22-16 victory. The Red Raiders would go on the win 12 of the first 16 games in the series. Colgate's early dominance in the series quickly gave rise to the legend of the Hoodoo (a play on a corruption of the word Voodoo). The schools have played each other a total of 67 times, with the series tied at 31-31-5.

By the late 1950s, Syracuse had established itself as a major power in Eastern college football, and the games became increasingly one-sided. Following the 1961 contest, Colgate terminated the series, in order to focus on playing smaller, peer institutions.

Following the NCAA's I-A/I-AA split in 1978, the rivalry was intermittently renewed in the 1980s, with Syracuse comfortably winning all three games played in the decade. In 2010, the rivalry was renewed again after a 23-year absence, with Syracuse recording a 42-7 victory.[122][123] The series resumed again in 2016, when Syracuse hosted Colgate in a game played in the Dome,[124] which Syracuse won 33-7.

Uniforms

Syracuse helmet design history

Syracuse University adopted orange color as its official color in 1890. The color was selected after a vote by students, alumni, faculty, and trustees, who noted it was a strong, bright color not claimed by any other school. Syracuse University was the first school to adopt only one primary color. It was chosen to "represent the golden apples of Hesperia, as well as the story of the sunrise and hope for a golden future."[125]

The first uniforms of the Orange were classic white sweaters and dark pants. Syracuse football wore these from 1889 to 1919. Orange color was first worn in 1920s. A blue number was stitched on the back of orange jerseys, and the dark pants were replaced with Khaki moleskin. Blue began to be generally recognized as a secondary color of Syracuse.[126]

During its glory years beginning with the first bowl game appearance in 1952, Syracuse football used to wear white jerseys and orange pants at home at Archbold stadium. From 1952 to 1966, coach Ben Schwatzwalder, with his military background and always looking for an edge, thought white jerseys made his players look bigger, faster and stronger. During his first three seasons (1949-51) and in 1958, he also experimented with an all orange look to camouflage the football.[127] Blue jerseys were rarely seen during that era as Syracuse wore them only three times.

The switch to blue and orange combination at home came in 1967. Since then, it was blue jersey and orange pants at home until the first three Frank Maloney seasons (1974-76) when the newly assigned coach wanted to move away from the Schwartzwalder era with orange jerseys and unusually designed white helmets, before bringing blue jerseys and orange helmets back for essentially the next 28 seasons. Syracuse started wearing white jerseys and orange jerseys (and pants) at home again in 2000s. Three colors (orange, white and blue) have been used in several combinations throughout the years.

Championships

National championships

Syracuse finished their undefeated 1959 season with a 23-14 victory over the #4 Texas Longhorns in the 1960 Cotton Bowl, and were named the national champions by all major selectors.

Year Coach Selector Record Bowl Opponent Results
1959 Ben Schwartzwalder AP, FWAA, NFF, UPI/Coaches 1 11-0 Cotton Bowl Texas W 23-14
Total national championships: 1

1Other consensus selectors included Berryman, Billingsley, DeS, FB News, Football Research, FW, Helms, Litkenhous, Matthews, National Championship Foundation, Poling, Sagarin, WS and Sporting News.

Undefeated seasons

Syracuse has completed two undefeated seasons, one of which is perfect championship season.

Year Coach Record
1959 Ben Schwartzwalder 11-0
1987 Dick MacPherson 11-0-1
Total undefeated Seasons: 2

Conference championships

Since its beginnings in 1889, Syracuse had been independent program until 1991. The Lambert Trophy is an annual award given to the best team in the East in Division I FBS college football. The trophy, established in 1936, recognizes supremacy in Eastern college football. The Big East first crowned an official champion in 1993. In 2013, Syracuse joined the ACC

Year Coach Conference Overall record Conference record
1952 Ben Schwartzwalder ECAC (Lambert Trophy) 7-3 -
1956 Ben Schwartzwalder ECAC 7-2 -
1959 Ben Schwartzwalder ECAC 11-0 -
1966 Ben Schwartzwalder ECAC 8-3 -
1987 Dick MacPherson ECAC 11-0-1 -
1992 Paul Pasqualoni ECAC 10-2 -
1996+ Paul Pasqualoni Big East Conference 9-3 6-1
1997 Paul Pasqualoni Big East Conference 9-4 6-1
1998 Paul Pasqualoni Big East Conference 8-4 6-1
2004+ Paul Pasqualoni Big East Conference 6-6 4-2
2012+ Doug Marrone Big East Conference 8-5 5-2
Total conference championships: 11

+ Co-champions

Bowl games

Since the establishment of the team in 1890, Syracuse has appeared in 26 bowl games. Included in these games are 10 combined appearances in the "New Year's Six" bowl games (the Rose, Sugar, Cotton, Orange, Fiesta and Peach) and 1 Bowl Championship Series (BCS) game appearances. The New Year's Six represent six of the ten oldest bowl games currently played at the FBS level (missing the Sun, Gator, Citrus and Liberty bowls), continuing their original history of putting the very best teams in the country against each other.

Syracuse's all-time bowl record is 16 wins, 9 losses and 1 tie (16-9-1).

Syracuse Orange Bowl Games
# Bowl Score Date Season Opponent Stadium Attendance Head coach
1 Orange Bowl L 6-61 January 1, 1953 1952 Alabama Orange Bowl 66,280 Ben Schwartzwalder
2 Cotton Bowl Classic L 27-28 January 1, 1957 1956 TCU Cotton Bowl 61,500 Ben Schwartzwalder
3 Orange Bowl L 6-21 January 1, 1959 1958 Oklahoma Orange Bowl 75,281 Ben Schwartzwalder
4 Cotton Bowl Classic W 23-14 January 1, 1960 1959 Texas Cotton Bowl 75,500 Ben Schwartzwalder
5 Liberty Bowl W 15-14 December 16, 1961 1961 Miami Philadelphia Municipal Stadium 15,712 Ben Schwartzwalder
6 Sugar Bowl L 10-13 January 1, 1965 1964 LSU Tulane Stadium 65,000 Ben Schwartzwalder
7 Gator Bowl L 12-18 December 31, 1966 1966 Tennessee Gator Bowl Stadium 60,312 Ben Schwartzwalder
8 Independence Bowl W 31-7 December 15, 1979 1979 McNeese State Independence Stadium 27,234 Frank Maloney
9 Cherry Bowl L 18-35 December 21, 1985 1985 Maryland Pontiac Silverdome 51,858 Dick MacPherson
10 Sugar Bowl T 16-16 January 1, 1988 1987 Auburn Louisiana Superdome 75,495 Dick MacPherson
11 Hall of Fame Bowl W 23-10 January 1, 1989 1988 LSU Tampa Stadium 51,112 Dick MacPherson
12 Peach Bowl W 19-18 December 30, 1989 1989 Georgia Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium 44,991 Dick MacPherson
13 Aloha Bowl W 28-0 December 25, 1990 1990 Arizona Aloha Stadium 14,185 Dick MacPherson
14 Hall of Fame Bowl W 24-17 January 1, 1992 1991 Ohio State Tampa Stadium 57,789 Paul Pasqualoni
15 Fiesta Bowl W 26-22 January 1, 1993 1992 Colorado Sun Devil Stadium 70,224 Paul Pasqualoni
16 Gator Bowl W 41-0 January 1, 1996 1995 Clemson Jacksonville Municipal Stadium 45,202 Paul Pasqualoni
17 Liberty Bowl W 30-17 December 27, 1996 1996 Houston Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium 49,163 Paul Pasqualoni
18 Fiesta Bowl L 18-35 December 31, 1997 1997 Kansas State Sun Devil Stadium 69,367 Paul Pasqualoni
19 Orange Bowl L 10-31 January 2, 1999 1998 Florida Orange Bowl 67,919 Paul Pasqualoni
20 Music City Bowl W 20-13 December 29, 1999 1999 Kentucky Adelphia Coliseum 59,221 Paul Pasqualoni
21 Insight.com Bowl W 26-3 December 29, 2001 2001 Kansas State Bank One Ballpark 40,028 Paul Pasqualoni
22 Champs Sports Bowl L 14-51 December 21, 2004 2004 Georgia Tech Citrus Bowl 28,237 Paul Pasqualoni
23 Pinstripe Bowl W 36-34 December 30, 2010 2010 Kansas State Yankee Stadium 38,274 Doug Marrone
24 Pinstripe Bowl W 38-14 December 29, 2012 2012 West Virginia Yankee Stadium 39,098 Doug Marrone
25 Texas Bowl W 21-17 December 27, 2013 2013 Minnesota Reliant Stadium 32,327 Scott Shafer
26 Camping World Bowl W 34-18 December 28, 2018 2018 West Virginia Camping World Stadium 41,125 Dino Babers

National polls

Syracuse has finished in the Final Top 25 rankings 21 times in the national polls, and finished in either the AP or Coaches Polls a combined 35 times since 1952. Syracuse has appeared in over 200 AP Polls including 7 weeks at AP No1.[128]

+ AP Poll began selecting the nation's Top 20 teams in 1936. Only the Top 10 teams were recognized from 1962 to 1967. The AP Poll expanded back to the Top 20 teams in 1968. In 1989, it began recognizing the Top 25 teams.

? UPI/Coaches Poll began selecting its Top 20 teams on a weekly basis in 1950 before expanding to the nations's Top 25 teams in 1990.

Individual award winners

Retired numbers

Syracuse University retired six jersey numbers and hung them in the Dome rafters.[129]

+The complete list of players who wore number 44 (by chronological order): Gifford Zimmerman, Charles Roberts, Clarence Taylor, Don Baldwin, Richard Fishel, Henry Merz, Hamilton Watt, Francis Mullins, Stanley Stanislay, Benjamin DeYoung, Francis Mazejko, Richard Ransom, J. O'Brien, Robert Eberling, Jim Brown, Thomas Stephens, Ernie Davis, William Schoonover, Floyd Little, Richard Panczyszyn, Mandel Robinson, Glenn Moore, Michael Owens, Terry Richardson, and Rob Konrad

Statue of Ernie Davis, the Heisman Trophy winner, on the Quad

Heisman Trophy voting

Name Pos. Year Place
Dwight Freeney DE 2001 9th
Donovan McNabb QB 1998 5th
Don McPherson QB 1987 2nd
Larry Csonka FB 1967 4th
Floyd Little RB 1966 5th
Floyd Little RB 1965 5th
Ernie Davis RB 1961 1st
Jim Brown HB 1956 5th

National award winners

Heisman Trophy
Best player
1961 Ernie Davis
Walter Camp Trophy
Best player
1961 Ernie Davis
Maxwell Award
Best player
1987 Don McPherson
Walter Camp All-Century Team
Best player of the century
2000 Jim Brown
Walter Camp Man of the Year
Man of the Year
1978 Floyd Little
Walter Camp
Alumni of the Year

Distinction in excellence as an athlete
2000 Don McPherson
Chic Harley Award
College Football Player
1961 Ernie Davis
Bronko Nagurski Trophy
Best defensive player
2001 Dwight Freeney +
Chuck Bednarik Award
Best defensive player
2001 Dwight Freeney +
Davey O'Brien Award
Best quarterback
1987 Don McPherson
1993 Marvin Graves +
Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award
Best senior quarterback
1987 Don McPherson
1993 Marvin Graves +
1998 Donovan McNabb +
Sammy Baugh Trophy
Best quarterback
1987 Don McPherson
Jim Thorpe Award
Best defensive back
1987 Markus Paul +
1988 Markus Paul +
Lombardi Award
Best lineman or linebacker
1984 Tim Green +
1985 Tim Green +
1987 Ted Gregory +
2001 Dwight Freeney +
Lou Groza Award
Best kicker
2018 Andre Szmyt
Vlade Award
Most accurate placekicker
2018 Andre Szmyt
Walter Camp
Distinguished American Award

Great success in business or public service
2011 Floyd Little
NFF Distinguished American Award
Excellence in scholarship, citizenship, leadership
1982 Jim Brown
Silver Anniversary Awards
Achievement in life
1982 Jim Brown
1992 Floyd Little
2011 Tim Green
AFCA Good Works Team
Accomplishments off the field
2000 Kyle Johnson
2001 Graham Manley
2004 Matt Tarulo
2014 Sam Rodgers
2018 Kielan Whitner
Academic All-America
Hall of Fame

Outstanding collegiate scholar-athletes
2006 Tim Green

+ denotes finalist

National coaching awards

AFCA Coach of the Year
Best head coach
1959 Ben Schwartzwalder
1987 Dick MacPherson
Walter Camp Coach of the Year
Best head coach
1987 Dick MacPherson
Woody Hayes Trophy
Best head coach
1987 Dick MacPherson
Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year
Best head coach
1987 Dick MacPherson
Paul "Bear" Bryant Award
Best coach
1987 Dick MacPherson
Walter Camp Man of the Year
Man of the Year
1973 Duffy Daugherty
Amos Alonzo Stagg Award
Outstanding services in the advancement
of the best interests of football
1970 Pappy Waldorf
1977 Ben Schwartzwalder
1985 Duffy Daugherty

Consensus All-Americans

Syracuse football players have earned All-America honors over 130 times since 1908. Among those selections, 20 have achieved Consensus All-American status. Of those consensus All-Americans, 9 are unanimous selections. Below is the list of first team All Americans named by major selectors.

Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) awards

ECAC Player of the Year
1966 Floyd Little
1967 Larry Csonka
1987 Don McPherson
ECAC Offensive Player of the Year
1979 Bill Hurley
1980 Joe Morris
ECAC Defensive Player of the Year
1985 Tim Green
ECAC Rookie of the Year
1990 Marvin Graves

Big East Conference awards

Offensive Player of the Year
1996 Donovan McNabb
1997 Donovan McNabb
1998 Donovan McNabb
ECAC Coach of the Year
1992 Paul Pasqualoni
1995 Paul Pasqualoni
1996 Paul Pasqualoni
Defensive Player of the Year
1991 George Rooks
1997 Donovin Darius
2001 Dwight Freeney
AFCA Regional
Coach of the Year
2010 Doug Marrone
Rookie of the Year
1995 Donovin Darius
Special Teams Player of the Year
1992 John Biskup
1993 Pat O'Neil
1995 Marvin Harrison
1997 Quinton Spotwood
1998 Kevin Johnson
ECAC Rookie of the Year
1994 Antwaune Ponds
1995 Donovan McNabb
2011 Dyshawn Davis
Scholar Athlete of the Year
2001 Kyle Johnson
2012 Ryan Nassib

Big East Football 10th Anniversary honors

The best players of the decade and the team, which includes 29 players, was selected by Big East media members to celebrate the 10th year of Big East football.[130]

Offensive Player of the Decade
QB Donovan McNabb
Special Teams Player of the Decade
KR/WR Kevin Johnson
Big East Team of the Decade
QB Donovan McNabb
WR Marvin Harrison
KR Kevin Johnson
CB Kevin Abrams
S Donovin Darius

Atlantic Coast Conference awards

AP ACC Coach of the Year
2018 Dino Babers +
ECAC Coach of the Year
2018 Dino Babers
ECAC Offensive Player of the Year
2018 Eric Dungey
ECAC Defensive Rookie of the Year
2018 Andre Cisco

+ co-winner

ACC All-Conference selections

Syracuse football players in All-ACC teams since 2013.

Hall of Fame

Marvin Harrison, Hall of Fame WR

College Football Hall of Fame

Syracuse is one of the most represented schools in the National Football Foundation's College Hall of Fame. The Orange have 18 enshrinees, second-most among ACC programs behind Pittsburgh (25). Syracuse has had 11 players and 7 former coaches inducted into the Hall of Fame.[131]

Name Pos. Years Inducted
Frank "Buck" O'Neill HC 1906-07; 1913-15; 1917-19; 1936 1951
Howard Jones HC 1908 1951
Joe Alexander G 1917-1920 1954
Tad Jones HC 1909-1910 1958
Biggie Munn HC 1946 1959
Lynn 'Pappy' Waldorf T 1922-1924 1966
Bud Wilkinson HC 1938-41 1969
Jim Brown HB 1954-1956 1971
Vic Hanson E/HC 1924-26; 1928-36 1973
Ernie Davis HB 1959-1961 1979
Ben Schwartzwalder HC 1949-1973 1982
Floyd Little RB 1964-1966 1983
Hugh "Duffy" Daugherty G/HC 1937-39; 1940, 1946 1984
Larry Csonka FB 1965-1967 1989
Tim Green DT 1982-1985 2002
Don McPherson QB 1984-1987 2008
Dick MacPherson HC 1980-1990 2009
Art Monk WR 1976-1979 2012

Pro Football Hall of Fame

Syracuse's legacy in the Pro Football Hall of Fame ranks among the finest of any college football program. The Orange boast eight inductees, tied for the fourth-most of any school. Only Notre Dame (13), USC (12) and Ohio State (10) have more representatives in the Pro Football Hall of Fame than Syracuse.[132]

Name Team (Years) Position Inducted
Jim Brown Cleveland Browns (1957-65) HB 1971
Jim Ringo Green Bay Packers (1953-63) C 1981
Larry Csonka Miami Dolphins (1968-74, 1979) FB 1987
John Mackey Baltimore Colts (1963-71) TE 1992
Al Davis Oakland Raiders (1963-2011) Owner/GM/Commissioner 1992
Art Monk Washington Redskins (1980-93) WR 2008
Floyd Little Denver Broncos (1967-75) RB 2010
Marvin Harrison Indianapolis Colts (1996-2008) WR 2016

Orange in the National Football League

Tom Coughlin in the White House after winning a Super Bowl with the New York Giants

NFL All-Decade Teams

NFL Individual Awards

NFL MVP
Name Team Pos. Year
Jim Brown Cleveland Browns RB 1957, 1958, 1963, 1965
NFC Player of the Year
Name Team Pos. Year
Donovan McNabb Philadelphia Eagles QB 2000

All-Pro and Pro Bowls

Orange in the Pro Bowls and as All-Pro
Name Team Pos. Pro-Bowl All-Pro
Jim Ringo Green Bay Packers
Philadelphia Eagles
C 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1967 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1966
Jim Brown Cleveland Browns RB 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965
Walt Sweeney San Diego Chargers G 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1970, 1971, 1972 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971
Marvin Harrison Indianapolis Colts WR 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 2004, 2005, 2006 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 2004, 2005, 2006
Dwight Freeney Indianapolis Colts DE 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 2003, 2004, 2005, 2009
Donovan McNabb Philadelphia Eagles QB 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2009
Larry Csonka Miami Dolphins FB 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974 1971, 1972, 1973
Floyd Little Denver Broncos RB 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1973 1969, 1970, 1971
John Mackey Baltimore Colts TE 1963, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968 1966, 1967, 1968
Gary Anderson Pittsburgh Steelers
Minnesota Vikings
K 1983, 1985, 1993, 1998 1983, 1985, 1998
Art Monk Washington Redskins WR 1984, 1985, 1986 1984, 1985
Keith Bulluck Tennessee Titans LB 2003, 2004 2002, 2003, 2004
Jim Nance New England Patriots FB 1966, 1967 1966, 1967, 1969
Daryl Johnston Dallas Cowboys FB 1993, 1994 1993, 1994
Chandler Jones New England Patriots
Arizona Cardinals
DE 2015, 2017 2017
Rob Moore New York Jets
Arizona Cardinals
WR 1994, 1997 1997
Joe Morris New York Giants RB 1985, 1986 1986
Stan Walters New England Patriots
Arizona Cardinals
T 1978, 1979 1979
Jim Collins Los Angeles Rams LB 1984, 1985 1984, 1985
Al Bemiller Buffalo Bills C 1965
Rob Burnett Cleveland Browns DE 1994 2000
Olindo Mare Miami Dolphins K 1999 1999
Tom Myers New Orleans Saints DB 1979 1979
David Tyree New York Giants WR 2005 2005
Otis Wilson Chicago Bears LB 1985 1984, 1985
Joe Ehrmann Baltimore Colts DT 1975 1976
Doc Alexander Rochester Jeffersons C 1921, 1922
Jack McBride New York Giants FB 1925
Jim Ridlon Dallas Cowboys DB 1964

Facilities

Archbold Stadium

Archbold Stadium seating stands in 1914
Archbold Stadium arch entrance (1922)

Upon its completion in 1907, Archbold Stadium was touted as the "Greatest Athletic Arena in America." Designed to resemble the Roman Coliseum and to never become outdated, Archbold Stadium was a trademark of Syracuse Orange football.[133] The stadium was named for John D. Archbold, who donated $600,000 for the project. The Orange battled for victory inside the walls of Archbold Stadium from 1907 until 1978. Orange fans of the early 1900s were astonished by Archbold's unique design. The stadium's front entrance defined the character of Archbold, which consisted of an impressive cement arch and two epic towers, which extended high above the archway.

In addition to providing the University and the fans with an aesthetically beautiful stadium, Archbold gave the Orange football team a distinct home field advantage for all 71 years of its existence. The Orange went 265-112-20 all-time at Archbold, and at times were nearly unbeatable. From 1915 to 1927, Syracuse achieved a remarkable home record of 61-10-6. Then, during the 11-year stretch from 1958 to 1968, the team in Orange won 47 and lost only 6 games played at Archbold Stadium.[134]

Toward the end of the 1970s, Syracuse University was under pressure to improve its football facilities in order to remain a Division I-A football school. Archbold Stadium could not be expanded; earlier in the decade it had been reduced from 40,000 seats to 26,000 due to fire codes. Therefore, Syracuse University decided to build a new stadium on the site of Archbold, which, appropriately for Syracuse's often cold weather, was to have a domed Teflon-coated, fiberglass inflatable roof. While the Carrier Dome was being built during the 1979 season, Syracuse played "home" games at three different locations--Giants Stadium, home of the NFL's New York Giants; Rich Stadium (now known as New Era Field), home of the NFL's Buffalo Bills; and Schoellkopf Field, home of the Cornell Big Red.

The Carrier Dome

The Syracuse Orange football team plays their games at the Dome. The stadium is also known as "The Loud House", when it opened in September 1980, it was made clear just how loud it was inside; soon famous nickname was coined. It is the largest domed stadium of any college campus and the largest domed stadium in the Northeastern United States. The Carrier Dome is used for several sports at the university and seats 49,250 for football.[1] The field was dedicated in 2009 to Ernie Davis, the first African American Heisman Trophy winner. The field now reads "Ernie Davis Legends Field" between the 45 yard lines on the home side. Davis's number forty-four was also placed along that yard line. The dedication took place at the Syracuse vs. West Virginia game October 10, 2009.[135]

In May 2018, the university announced a major renovation to the Carrier Dome as the central portion of a larger campus update. The renovation, estimated to cost $118 million, is expected to be completed in 2022. The most significant changes will be the replacement of the current air-supported roof with a fixed roof, two-thirds of which will be translucent, and the installation of air conditioning. The new roof is expected to be ready in 2020, with air conditioning in 2022. The upgrade will also include a new scoreboard (that will be center hung over the football field and can be moved to be over the basketball court), new lighting and sound systems, Wi-Fi improvements, accessibility upgrades, improved restrooms, and new concession spaces.[136]

Manley Field House

Built in 1962, the Manley Field House complex houses many of the offices of SU Athletics. It also contains academic rooms and two weight rooms strictly for Syracuse athletes only. Adjacent to the complex there are a variety of fields used for softball, soccer, field hockey, as well as a track for the track and field team. Manley was initially intended as an indoor training facility for the football team, but was soon utilized as a home court for men's basketball.

However, upon completion of the new Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center, which houses practice courts, weight rooms, locker rooms and offices for both the men's and women's basketball teams, the original plans for Manley have come full circle. Syracuse was able to spend more than $20 million to renovate it and build a new state of the art indoor practice facility, The Ensley Athletic Center. Manley now features an indoor FieldTurf practice area, complete with three-lane running track.[137]

Future scheduled opponents

Announced schedules as of June 7, 2019[138]

2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024 2025 2026
at Liberty at Rutgers at Ohio vs Purdue vs Western Michigan vs Ohio vs Army at Army
at Maryland vs Colgate vs Rutgers vs Notre Dame at Purdue at Army at Notre Dame at Notre Dame
vs Western Michigan at Western Michigan vs Liberty vs Army
vs Holy Cross vs Liberty vs Albany

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