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- Aug 15, 2011
Coaches are recognized and honored today for their many contributions. The first National Coaches Day took place in 1972, on the heels of the passage of Title IX, the founding of the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women, and the 1972 Olympics. On September 19th of that year, President Richard Nixon issued Proclamation 4157, proclaiming the day to take place on October 6th. This followed Senate Joint Resolution 213, adopted on August 29th, which authorized and requested the president to do so. In his proclamation, Nixon said that "a coach can help build that moral fiber on which our future as a Nation depends." He went on to say that "it is appropriate that our Nation join in according them the recognition and honor which they so richly deserve, for they represent the finest elements in the American character."
Coaches give instruction and advice in highly specialized fields and provide guidance and encouragement. They are friends and counselors who find satisfaction not only in their own achievements but from helping others realize theirs. They coach athletes who are in all stages of their life, as they progress to higher levels of competition. Youth athletes, high school and college athletes, and professional athletes all benefit from the dedication and expertise of quality coaches. In schools, there may be coaches for forensics teams and chess clubs. There are many other types of coaches, such as health, spirituality, finance, and life coaches with other specialties. When bosses and managers act as coaches and consider their employees to be team members, productivity improves and business increases.
Class of ‘22 recruit Chris Bunch trims list to 3 schools; did Syracuse make the cut? (PS; Waters)
Chris Bunch, a top 100 recruit in the ‘22 class, announced his final three schools on Tuesday.
In a post on Instagram, Bunch revealed a final three of Syracuse, Washington and Rutgers. Bunch is expected to make a final decision sometime later this month.
2022 four-star Chris Bunch tells @On3Recruits he’s down to three schools: Syracuse, Washington, and Rutgers.
Story: Chris Bunch, 2022 4-star, cuts list to 3 & sets commitment date pic.twitter.com/GESx7Oq6FZ
— Joseph Tipton (@TiptonEdits) October 5, 2021
Bunch, a 6-foot-7 wing, currently attends Wasatch (Utah) Academy. He is ranked No. 72 in 247Sports.com composite ratings for the 2022 class and No. 58 in 247′s own rankings. ESPN.com has Bunch listed at No. 97 in its class rankings.
Bunch recently visited the Syracuse campus. He and his family were on campus for the weekend of Sept. 24-25. It was the second visit to Syracuse for Bunch, who also toured the campus last June.
He had visited Washington the previous weekend. He took a visit to Rutgers this past June.
In narrowing his choices down to three schools, Bunch eliminated Creighton, Iowa State, Arkansas and Alabama.
He is considered an elite shooter with a lot of bounce as well. He can stretch the floor and take advantage of gaps in the defense to get to the paint.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 19: Buddy Boeheim #35 of the Syracuse Orange shoots a three point basket over Adam Seiko #2 of the San Diego State Aztecs during the second half in the first round of the 2021 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament held at Hinkle Fieldhouse on March 19, 2021 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by C. Morgan Engel/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)
The 2-3 zone: Keeping Syracuse basketball relevant - The Juice Online juice; Cheng)
We’re only three weeks from the start of the exhibition season for Syracuse basketball, and given the time of year, there’s no better person to speak with than Syracuse.com’s | The Post Standard’s Mike Waters.
While Syracuse on the cusp of the top 25 in several publications, they’re not on the national radar—yet.
“(The coaching staff) low key likes the group they’ve put together,” Waters said. “Jim (Boeheim) seems to like the experience of this team.”
That starts with one of the most experienced backcourts in the ACC, with junior Joe Girard III and senior Buddy Boeheim returning in the backcourt, and junior Jesse Edwards and grad student Bourama Sidibe at center.
But it isn’t just the returning players that have experience. Syracuse welcomes three transfers this season, Symir Torrence, Cole Swider and Jimmy Boeheim, who bring a combined eight seasons of college experience to the team.
Swider may be of particular importance on the offensive end, especially as it relates to Buddy Boeheim. When SU was eliminated by Houston in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, the Cougars sagged off screeners to give extra attention to Boeheim, and he finished shooting just 1-9 from 3-point land with 12 points in the loss.
That won’t be the case with Swider, who has established himself as a player capable of hitting at a 40 percent clip from beyond the arc.
“Cole is going to make that other team pay,” Waters said, “whereas Marek (Dolezaj) didn’t take 3s, and Quincy was a 23 percent 3-point shooter in ACC play.”
At the other wing spot, freshman forward Benny Williams, brings plenty of excitement. Rated 31st in his class by 247 Sports, he’s the highest recruit to arrive on The Hill since Tyus Battle (34th) in 2016.
“I’m not entirely sure yet if he’s contributing huge minutes right away, which is fine because you’ve got veteran forwards around,” Waters said. “But the athleticism just jumps off the charts. (Syracuse assistant coach) Red Autry is really pleased with where Benny is right now.”
The one X-factor to this team, Waters says, is going to be Edwards. He displayed plenty of growth in his sophomore season, giving the Orange a legitimate shot blocking presence in the back line of the defense toward the end of the year.
8 men's basketball Final Four dark horses for the 2022 NCAA tournament, according to Andy Katz (ncaa.com; podcast; Wittry)
On the latest March Madness 365 podcast (#MM365) March Madness correspondent Andy Katz is joined by Mark Titus and Tate Frazier of FOX Sports' "Titus & Tate" to preview several conferences for the 2021-22 season, and Katz also talks with Arkansas coach Eric Musselman. Katz also ranked his top eight Final Four dark horses.
You can listen to the latest #MM365 podcast below.
Here are Katz's top eight Final Four dark horses for the 2022 NCAA tournament:
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1. SyracuseThe Orange was two wins shy of the Final Four last season, even though it was a No. 11 seed. Syracuse upset No. 6 seed San Diego State 78-62 and then No. 3 seed West Virginia 75-72, before falling to No. 2 seed Houston in the Sweet 16.
Syracuse never won more than three games in a row all season, when it finished with an 18-10 record overall, but it won back-to-back games at the most important time of the season. There will be three Boeheims in the program next season as Cornell transfer Jimmy Boeheim (16.7 points per game in the 2019-20 season) joins his brother Buddy (17.8 points per game in 2021) in playing for their father Jim.
Last season, Buddy Boeheim posted the best shooting numbers of his career (49.1 percent from two, 38.3 percent from 3) and he reached a high level of scoring consistency starting in February that will make him an All-America candidate this season. He scored at least 12 points in each of his final 12 games, including six games with at least 25 points. Joseph Girard III (9.8 points per game in 2021) also returns and Syracuse added Villanova transfer Cole Swider (5.2 points per game in three seasons at Villanova) to its roster in the offseason.
2. IndianaIndiana alum Mike Woodson enters his first season as the head coach at his alma mater, which hasn't made the NCAA tournament since 2016. The Hoosiers posted a 12-15 (7-12 Big Ten) record last season but they return an All-America candidate in forward Trayce Jackson-Davis (19.1 points and 9.0 rebounds per game last season), plus Race Thompson (9.1 points and 6.2 rebounds per game) and Rob Phinisee (7.1 points per game), while adding transfers Xavier Johnson (14.2 points and 5.7 assists per game at Pitt last season), Parker Stewart (19.2 points per game at UT-Martin in 2019-20), Miller Kopp (11.3 points per game at Northwestern) and Michael Durr (8.8 points and 7.9 rebounds per game at South Florida).
If Mike Woodson can bring some of the pacing and spacing of the NBA game, while integrating its roster additions, then Indiana (No. 70 nationally in offensive efficiency last season, per kenpom.com) could see a significant year-over-year improvement.
Syracuse Basketball: Duke recruits full-court press for 4-star J.J. Starling (itlh; Adler)
Syracuse basketball 2022 high-priority target J.J. Starling plans to make his collegiate destination known in the next two weeks, he said in an interview.
The 6-foot-4 Starling, a four-star combo guard and a consensus top-40 prospect nationally in his class, is done with his official visits. He says that he’s “fully in decision mode right now,” according to an interview he gave with Jason Jordan, the director of basketball recruiting for Sports Illustrated.
Starling, the Central New York native who is a senior at the La Lumiere School in La Porte, Ind., has a top five of the Orange, Duke, Northwestern, Notre Dame and Stanford.
He told Jordan that he’s not sure which way he’s leaning at this point, “but I’m planning to make my decision in the next two weeks in order to get it done before my season starts. I don’t want all of this stress going into my last year.”
Syracuse basketball will soon know the final decision of four-star J.J. Starling.As I’ve said before, Starling, his family and the rest of his inner circle have kept his recruiting process close to the vest, so any predictions from national analysts or others are likely just a guess at this point.
Here’s my take. Starling values a strong education, so all five of these finalists would prove an excellent choice. The word in chat rooms is that Notre Dame and Stanford are formidable contenders.
Duke is, well, Duke. The Blue Devils have crushed it on the recruiting trail of late. That being said, Duke did recently get verbal commitments from a 2022 four-star shooting guard and a 2023 five-star point guard.
Rebecca Black attends "Spotify Celebrates New Summer Breakouts Playlist" on August 4, 2021 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Spotify)
‘Friday’ singer Rebecca Black performs surprise DJ set on Syracuse University hill (PS; Herbert)
Rebecca Black got down on Friday in Syracuse.
The singer, best known for her 2011 viral music video “Friday,” performed at Syracuse University’s Schine Underground on Friday night. The Daily Orange reports she sang on stage for campus radio station WERW’s 2021 Fall Launch Party, telling the crowd it was her first time in front of an audience in nearly two years.
“in my college girl era. @syracuseu + @werwradio thank u for making my first show back in about 2 years so damn FUN,” she wrote on Instagram afterwards, along with photos and videos.
Black, 24, also played a surprise DJ set on the SU hill. Videos show her playing songs from the balcony at The Cage on Walnut Avenue, and spraying her dancing fans with champagne.
“Friday indeed it was,” she tweeted afterwards.
Black said on Twitter Thursday that she had been “rehearsing my little tush off” for the show, which serves as a warmup for her upcoming “Rebecca Black Was Here Tour,” which kicks off in January with stops in major cities like Washington, D.C., New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles. Black said most of her songs are songs she’s never performed live before, including songs from her most recent EP, “Rebecca Black Was Here,” featuring the queer anthem “Girlfriend.”
She first rose to fame when she was 13 years old and released a music video for “Friday” in 2011. “Mystery Science Theater 3000″ star Michael J. Nelson called it “the worst video ever made,” helping it quickly spread like wildfire online, eventually getting more than 165 million views on YouTube. The inescapable earworm featured the chorus “It’s Friday, Friday / Gotta get down on Friday / Everybody’s lookin’ forward to the weekend, weekend” and made her a star, of sorts; she won a Teen Choice Award, appeared on “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno, and had a cameo in Katy Perry’s music video for “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.).”
Black complained that she was bullied online over the video, but also embraced her moment, later releasing a song called “Saturday.” She also celebrated the original’s 10th anniversary in February with a dance remix featuring Big Freedia, 3OH3! and Dorian Electra.
Today, Black has become an advocate for anti-bullying, mental health initiatives and the LGBTQ community, in addition to performing music. Billboard called her recent single “Girlfriend” the “best musical moment” at the GLAAD Media Awards, she made Variety’s 2021 Power of Pride list, and now she’s headlining a tour in North America and Europe.