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Aug 15, 2011

Welcome to USMC Day!

USMC Day—or the United States Marine Corps Birthday—celebrates the creation of the Marine Corps. On November 10, 1775, the Continental Marines were created when the Second Continental Congress adopted a resolution drafted by John Adams. The first Marines were enlisted under Commandant Samuel Nicholas—viewed as the first Marine Commandant—likely at the Tun Tavern in Philadelphia. The Continental Marines were in service for the duration of the American Revolutionary War but were disbanded in 1783 following it. At a time of increasing tensions with France on the seas, the Marines were re-established on July 11, 1798, with a bill signed by then-President John Adams. The United States Marine Corps became a permanent military force under the Department of the Navy.

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How has SU basketball been impacted by Williams’ suspension? (Mike’s Mailbox) (PS; $; Waters)

Let’s be honest. This week’s Mailbox could have been completely filled with questions about Benny Williams.

The Syracuse junior is currently serving a suspension and has missed the Orange’s first two regular season games. But the fact of the matter, there aren’t a lot of answers to be had to the many questions that flooded into the Mailbox this week.

Syracuse coach Adrian Autry has said only that the suspension was a result of a violation of team rules.

That said, there’s still at least question regarding Benny Williams that was different from most of the others and that’s where we start.

(If you have a question; follow-up or otherwise, for the Mailbox, email it to

Q: With Benny Williams being suspended, how does that change the long-term outlook for the team and does it impact recruiting?

Bob S.

First of all, we don’t know if Benny Williams’ suspension is going to be a long-term thing. We don’t know when he will return to the team.

Currently, his absence is impacting the team by cutting into its depth at the forward position. Justin Taylor, a 6-6 small forward, has been starting at Williams’ power forward spot. With Chance Westry out with a knee injury, Syracuse’s rotation at wing/forward is down to Taylor, Chris Bell and Quadir Copeland. There’s also the factor of Maliq Brown, a 6-8 power forward, spending all of his time at center so far this year.

SU basketball notes: Bell’s tip-slam; are the script jerseys here to stay? (PS; $; Ditota)

Chris Bell soared from the left wing, reached over a would-be Canisius rebounder and slammed home a missed Judah Mintz 3-point attempt.

The swift and stealthy slam drew ooohs of appreciation from the JMA Wireless Dome crowd. It also increased SU’s lead to 79-67.

“I saw the ball just come off the rim,” Bell said, “and tried to make a play and that’s what happened.”

Bell, of course, was the subject of much rebounding scrutiny last season.

He had four rebounds in SU’s opening-game win. He had two rebounds to go with his 12 points in Wednesday night’s 89-77 win over Canisius.

Bell said last season he had never been asked to rebound before his freshman year at Syracuse.

“I think it’s an adjustment to college basketball,” SU coach Adrian Autry said. “I think he’s more comfortable. I think he understands what he needs to do. And I think he’s trying. He’s not as consistent as we would like. But he’s trying. And he’s getting better at it.”

The script jerseys are a huge hit with Syracuse fans.

The Orange men have worn them in both of their games this season. Fans have been clamoring for a return to the cursive ‘Syracuse’ on the front of team jerseys for years. A mention of the script jerseys on social media invites plenty of discussion.


Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Syracuse men’s basketball: Are the script uniforms back for good? (TNIAAM; Wall)

After all of our begging it looks like we’re getting more Syracuse Orange teams embracing the script Syracuse logo.

The men’s basketball team surprised us by breaking out the script on Monday and it appears that Adrian Autry might be a little stitious, or really into the fashion analytics.

It might be the last thing on Red’s mind, but with the women’s team making the full-time switch to the script, maybe the guys felt a bit of peer pressure. As more and more schools go back into the branding vault and pull out the script wordmark, it’s nice to see that Syracuse is willing to shift from the Nike font with an overly-complicated back story to the clean script wordmark. (we’ll worry about getting back to the arch next season)

We’ll have to wait for Maui to see if Syracuse has the orange script jerseys ready to go, but it sure sounds like there’s a chance it’s here to stay.

Syracuse Basketball: Adrian Autry insights on Naheem McLeod, forwards )itlh; Adler)

Head coach Adrian Autry doesn’t shy away from stating that Syracuse basketball players have a lot of work to do and improve in certain areas, namely, the team’s rebounding and perimeter defense.

The Orange also hasn’t shot the ball particularly well from deep in its first two games of the 2023-24 season, both home wins over non-conference foes, but the squad’s up-tempo pace has enabled the ‘Cuse to produce 80-plus points in each affair.

Autry, in his post-game press conference after the Orange defeated Canisius, 89-77, this past Wednesday night, said the team’s offense hasn’t been exquisite, but the ‘Cuse is still scoring a lot of points.

Offense isn’t the problem, he says. It’s the Orange’s defense and rebounding. Autry also continues to sort through his rotations, and he says it’s vital for ‘Cuse players to give maximum energy and effort on the defensive end, where the squad is primarily playing man-to-man defense, while spacing the floor well on offense and looking to “make that extra pass.”

In his presser, he touched on various Syracuse basketball players, including Orange centers and forwards.

Head coach Adrian Autry discusses Syracuse basketball big men.

In the win over Canisius, starting center Naheem McLeod, a junior transfer from Florida State, was solid. He logged 18 minutes, seven points, nine rebounds, five blocks and a steal.

Autry says that he expects “a lot out of” McLeod, who played limited minutes for the Seminoles a season ago. “He’s a talented young man,” the Orange head coach said of McLeod.

Sophomore big man Maliq Brown, who can suit up at both power forward and center, played 22 minutes, chipping in six points, four boards, three steals, one assist and one block.

Syracuse Basketball: 4-star Donnie Freeman to battle country’s No. 1 team (itlh; Adler)

A week after Thanksgiving, Syracuse basketball 2024 commit Donnie Freeman, a four-star power forward from Washington, D.C., will go toe to toe with a powerhouse group that is ranked No. 1 across the country in a preseason top 25 for high-school hoops.

As a senior, the 6-foot-9 Freeman is playing for the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., which competes in the nation’s top league, the 10-member National Interscholastic Basketball Conference (“NIBC”).

Freeman, who last year was a standout for St. John’s College High School in D.C., joins an IMG group that, in the 2022-23 term, went 18-8 overall, finished in a tie for third place within the NIBC, and advanced to the semifinals of the eight-team 2023 GEICO Nationals.

Ahead of the 2023-24 stanza, some high-school experts are forecasting that IMG is likely to be a top-10 national team, a top-four finisher in the NIBC standings, and a significant contender to return to the GEICO Nationals in the spring of 2024.

Syracuse Basketball Recruiting Solidifies Class of 2024 (; Aitken)

Syracuse basketball recruiting has been strong in this cycle. Earlier this year, the Orange received verbal commitments from Donnie Freeman and Elijah Moore, both four-star recruits in 247 Sports’ rankings. This week, SU will confirm those commitments when each player signs their National Letter of Intent.

Donnie Freeman, the 28th-ranked recruit, announced that he picked Syracuse back in May. At that point, he wasn’t even a top-100 player in the class of 2024. Over the summer, his stock skyrocketed. Freeman even transferred to IMG Academy for his final year of high school. Even though other colleges, like Texas and Alabama, started to pay closer attention to the shooting guard, Freeman put pen to paper yesterday to officially commit to SU.


Guard Judah Mintz shoots over Canisius University Golden Griffin’s defense Wednesday at the JMA Wireless Dome. Photo by Patrick King

Men's basketball gets second win behind Mintz, Starling (; Breslin)

It wasn’t pretty, but they got the job done.

Syracuse men’s basketball beat Canisius 89-77, starting the season off 2-0. The Orange struggled to implement head coach Adrian Autry’s fast-paced style of play and let the visitors stay competitive for much of the game.

Sophomore guard J.J. Starling started out hot, getting an and-one layup just 20 seconds into the game. A departure from their previous games, Syracuse utilized Starling as the primary distributor early. After six minutes, he had four assists.

“I’m always looking to make plays for my teammates; just like everybody wants me to get going, I want them to get going,” Starling said. He finished the game with seven assists and was crucial to SU’s offensive schemes.

Starling’s backcourt partner, sophomore guard Judah Mintz began the game slowly – not scoring until eight minutes had passed. Mintz was inefficient getting to the free throw line for the whole first half – though that did not stop him from repeatedly driving to the basket and finding contact.

By the second half, Mintz found the calls he was looking for.

A four-point-play kickstarted his second half, and soon after, Mintz once again finished through contact to get another and-one.

“I was just taking what the defense was giving me,” Mintz said.

The guard finished with a career-high 26 points, eight of them coming from the charity stripe. On defense, he continued to be solid. Mintz’s defensive production led to offensive output, with one occasion coming with about seven minutes left in the first half.

Keeping Up With The 315 11-9-23 (ESPN; radio; The 315)

Brian Higgins begins the show reacting to the SU men’s basketball win last night and identifying something the Orange have done in the first two games for the first time in a decade. Then, he goes over some noteworthy comments from Adrian Autry’s press conference before discussing a big decision Red will have to make soon: will Benny Williams start when he returns to action?

Kevin Sweeney "The 315" 11-9-23 (ESPN; radio; The 315)

Brian Higgins begins the show reacting to the SU men’s basketball win last night and identifying something the Orange have done in the first two games for the first time in a decade. Then, he goes over some noteworthy comments from Adrian Autry’s press conference before discussing a big decision Red will have to make soon: will Benny Williams start when he returns to action?


Buoyed by landslide win, Ryan McMahon wants to take county exec job to new heights (PS; Knauss)

Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon said he has turned down private-sector jobs because his legacy as county executive will hinge on how he manages the growth that he expects to transform the community in coming years.

And there is so much to do.

McMahon needs to jump-start the local housing industry, for one. He plans to ask legislators next month to spend perhaps $30 million to incentivize housing and other community improvements.

He also plans to keep traveling to recruit high-tech companies to locate in the Syracuse area. McMahon made at least four trips last year, mostly to California. Now he’s eyeing locations like Taiwan and Singapore, maybe even Israel.

All this is predicated, of course, on what McMahon increasingly calls “the anchor tenant:” Micron Technology plans to build four giant microchip plants in Clay, two of which are scheduled to start producing chips by 2027.

Micron’s decision to locate in Onondaga County – and McMahon’s part in overseeing the development – is stretching the role of county executive in ways not seen before.

Following his landslide election Tuesday, McMahon said he feels confident that he will be able to manage the changes to come. Here are some of his takes on the road ahead:


The venerable $2 bill, around in one form or another since the 18th century, has had a somewhat dubious image. Yet, if you have the right bill – even one of the most recent versions of the $2 bill -- it might fetch you big bucks. These $2 bills were photographed while awaiting general distribution.Barry G. Schwartz, Staten Island Advance

Got a $2 bill? It could be worth as much as $4,500 (PS; Higgs)

The venerable $2 bill has been around since the 18th century, yet it long has been seen as somewhat of a stepchild in U.S. currency.

And while it long has had a dubious image, $2 currency remains in circulation. And if you have the right bill – even one of the most recent versions of the $2 bill -- it might fetch you big bucks.

U.S. Currency Auctions has estimated that uncirculated $2 bills from 1890 could sell for $4,500. Uncirculated bills from nearly every year after 1862 to 1917 are estimated to be worth $1,000 or more.

But newer bills may also carry value.

A $2 bill released in 2003 sold at auction for $2,400, according to Heritage Auction, the world’s largest numismatic auction house. That particular bill had a very low serial number for the 2003 series.

It later was resold for $4,000. Heritage estimates it could be purchased now for $6,000.

Over the years the $2 bill developed a tarnished reputation. Some considered it to be bad luck. Others saw it as a bill that was handed out for ill deeds, such as bribing voters, according to CNN.

The U.S. Treasury tried to popularize the bill in the early 20th century, but that effort failed and for a period, the government stopped issuing new twos.

The bill returned as the United States approached its bicentennial in 1976 and remains in circulation today.

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