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No recent Cali or Iggy awards; Mr Irrelevant
Aug 15, 2011
Welcome to Army Day!

Army Day honors those in the United States Army. It was created as a nationwide observance to draw attention to national defense, to acquaint the public with the Army's activities, and to highlight the need for military preparedness. Defense Test Day was held in 1924 and 1925. Congress did away with it and the Military Order of the World War under the direction of Colonel Thatcher Luquer established Army Day, which was first held on May 1, 1928. That date was chosen to try to overshadow the celebration of International Workers' Day by Communists. But, the following year it began being celebrated on April 6, on the anniversary of the United States' entry into World War I. On April 4, 1936, Franklin Roosevelt issued a proclamation for the day saying it should be acknowledged by Congress and be observed nationwide on April 6. Accordingly, Congress passed Resolution 5-75 on March 1, 1937, officially establishing Army Day. The day was last observed nationally on April 6, 1949. It was then replaced by Armed Forces Day. That new holiday did away with officially celebrating days dedicated to the Army, Navy, and Air Force, although Army Day continued to be observed unofficially.

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20 YEARS LATER: 2003 Anniversary Guide (DO; Staff)

On April 7, 2003, Syracuse men's basketball won its first-ever and, still, only NCAA Championship, defeating Kansas 81-78 in the Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. It marked the only title under former head coach Jim Boeheim, who retired at the end of the 2022-23 season. Boeheim, from Lyons, New York, a town about 45 minutes west of Syracuse, built his foundation for his playing and coaching legacy in the small town. He later coached Gerry McNamara and Hakim Warrick, who were members of the championship winning team that had their jerseys retired in the Dome rafters in March 2023. The 2003 championship marked a full circle moment for Boeheim and the program as in 1987, the Orange lost the title game in New Orleans. They fell again, this time to Kentucky, in 1996 before securing the title in 2003 in the same city and arena as the 1987 loss. Along the 2003 NCAA Tournament journey were 30 members of Syracuse's pep-band, Sour Sitrus Society, who also witnessed “the block” that prevented the Jayhawks from tying the ball game in the final seconds. In commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the title, the Daily Orange's 2003 anniversary guide has everything you need to know about the team and game through archived and new stories.


New Syracuse men's basketball assistant Brenden Straughn was hired from George Washington University, where he worked one season for Chris Caputo. (Courtesy of George Washington University.)

Straughn brings relationships, recruiting acumen to SU: ‘A 10 out of 10’ hire (PS; $; Ditota)

It had been a seismic and chaotic few days for Brenden Straughn, so much so that when he arrived in Houston last week for the Final Four and its annual National Association of Basketball Coaches convention, the background check and paperwork had yet to be finalized for his new job as Syracuse’s assistant coach.

He registered for NABC as a George Washington assistant. He wore GW gear, though everybody knew Adrian Autry had hired him at Syracuse.

Sometime last weekend, Straughn was informed the SU job was official. He immediately tendered his GW resignation. And then asked his new boss to bring him some Syracuse gear.

Autry, on his way to Houston, “was the UPS guy” who delivered Straughn his new SU closet staples.

“The last day or so,” Straughn said, “I was able to wear some Syracuse gear.”

Straughn relayed the story earlier this week to summarize the whirlwind nature of his hire.

SU officially introduced Autry as its new head coach on March 10. On March 16, the day after he turned 33, Straughn visited the Syracuse campus. On March 30, SU announced his hire on its website. On Monday, Straughn was in Syracuse, wearing a Block S branded shirt.

Keeping Up With The 315 4-5-23 (ESPN; radio; The 315)

Brian Higgins starts the show discussing the latest roster change for one Syracuse basketball team and analyzing the silence of one player on the other. Then, Brian is forced to stall for time in the most hilarious way possible while waiting for a scheduled interview with a Monster Jam truck driver. Later, Brian takes a couple of calls before reminiscing on ‘Cuse hoops on the 20th anniversary of a milestone victory for the Orange.

Syracuse basketball 4-star target scores player of year, eyes Kentucky visit (itlh; Adler)

The big awards and honors keep pouring in for Syracuse basketball recruiting target Jerry Easter II from Ohio, who is a four-star guard in the 2025 class and had a tremendous sophomore year during the recently completed 2022-23 stanza.

Over the weekend, the 6-foot-4 Easter earned high praise from national analysts and scouts as he competed in a USA Basketball junior national team minicamp being held in Houston in conjunction with the 2023 NCAA Tournament’s Final Four.

On April 1, he was named the 2023 All-Blade player of the year by the Toledo Blade. During the 2022-23 season for the Emmanuel Christian School in Toledo, Ohio, Easter averaged 32.3 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.1 assists, and 3.5 steals per game.

Easter helped guide Emmanuel Christian to a 21-4 overall record this past season, and the team captured its first Toledo Area Athletic Conference (“TAAC”) championship dating back to 1998, according to the Toledo Blade.

ACC News and Notes: Miami’s Anthony Walker to Transfer, North Carolina Transfer Update (; Bechtold)

Wednesday’s news and notes involve two Miami players entering the transfer portal and updates on two North Carolina forwards, one finding a new landing spot and another scheduling visits with interested schools.

Miami’s Anthony Walker, Danilo Jovanovich Enter Transfer Portal

Fourth-year junior forward Anthony Walker is transferring from the Miami Hurricanes. The most notable Miami transfer to date, the 6-foot-9 Walker averaged 2.8 points and 1.2 rebounds in 37 games (one start) including five NCAA Tournament games, helping the program reach the Final Four. In four seasons with Miami, Walker played best during the 2020-21 campaign. Walker started 16 of the 26 games he appeared in, scoring 9.6 points and grabbing 4.7 rebounds per game while shooting 42% from the floor. He scored six total points in two games against Pitt this season.



Crouse Hospital confident it can survive on its own after merger with SUNY Upstate fizzles (PS; $; Mulder)

Crouse Hospital is not seeking another merger partner now that it and SUNY Upstate University Hospital have aborted their proposed consolidation.

Dr. Seth Kronenberg, Crouse’s new president and CEO, said he’s optimistic Crouse can survive and flourish as Syracuse’s only remaining independent hospital.

He said Crouse’s finances are improving and its market share is growing as the Covid pandemic eases up.

“Our plan is to stay independent,” said Kronenberg, who was born in Crouse and has worked there most of his career. “Having a local, independently governed hospital is going to serve the community well going forward.”

That approach represents a complete about-face for Crouse.

Just five months ago when Crouse was still trying to merge with Upstate it said in a prepared statement “… it is becoming increasingly difficult for hospitals like Crouse to operate independently.”

Crouse has been searching for a merger partner since 2012.

A year ago Crouse and Upstate announced plans to have Upstate acquire and merge with Crouse. But the hospitals dropped that proposal in February, saying the time wasn’t right to merge, given widespread financial turmoil in healthcare.

Merger documents submitted to the state predicted Crouse would face a bleak future if it did not merge with Upstate. The accounting firm hired to make the hospitals’ case about a merger projected Crouse’s annual losses would grow to $45 million by 2026 if it continued as an independent hospital.

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