The NCAA Tournament isn’t just crunch time for the players

first_imgST. LOUIS — It was loud and crowded in the Syracuse locker room as noon approached at the Scottrade Center on Thursday.All seven players in the Orange’s rotation spoke with a small crowd of reporters. A group of players and team personnel hunched around an iPad to watch the start of Duke-UNC Wilmington. Walk-on Adrian Autry yelled over the noise to offer his side of an age-old debate: “There’s no difference between shoes and sneakers. There really isn’t.”But SU assistant coach Mike Hopkins holed up in the back-right corner of the room with a laptop resting on his lap. In between shaking hands and fielding questions here and there, Hopkins worked on his “personnel report” for Michigan State. If 10th-seeded Syracuse (19-13, 9-9 Atlantic Coast) beats seventh-seeded Dayton (25-7, 14-4 Atlantic 10) on Friday, Hopkins is expected to have a full-on scouting report on the second-seeded Spartans by Saturday morning. Adrian Autry, another SU assistant, is doing the same preparation for Middle Tennessee State in case the Orange wins and the Blue Raiders pull off a colossal upset over MSU.Gerry McNamara, Jim Boeheim’s third and final assistant coach, has been working on the Dayton scouting report all week. But Hopkins and Autry have also been helping out with that, and Syracuse will do its Dayton walkthrough at a local St. Louis high school Thursday afternoon. Once SU was included in the NCAA Tournament bracket Sunday, the whole coaching staff looked at the Midwest region and split up the scouting work between the three former SU guards.Now that plan’s in full swing — and while the players prepare to face the Flyers, the assistant coaches are doing that while staying one step ahead.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOr two steps. Or even three.“Last few days I’ve tried to prepare by really staying up and doing work, not sleeping too much at all. I just go, you’re used to it, you know?” Hopkins said. “… I woke up in the morning at 6 a.m. today and you have your computer propped up and I have all the games and I’ll start watching them.”After hours of combing through game tape and statistics, this is what Boeheim expects his assistants to provide for a given team: a typed scouting report, personnel notes on all the rotational players, and a seven-minute video with 45 to 50 possession that highlight offensive and defensive tendencies.Boeheim will start by watching the “extended” tape on an upcoming opponent, Hopkins said, and the assistants are responsible for cutting 25 minutes down to 15, then 15 minutes down to around seven.“It’s like being a director of a movie at the end,” Hopkins said. “What makes the cut? What makes the final cut? You have to put together the best stuff so Coach has all he needs for the collective video session we do.”Pulling this off — the planning, the time management, the lack of sleep — has grown easier with experience.When Hopkins first started as an assistant in the mid-90’s, he didn’t travel for recruiting and did all of the opponent scouting reports. Two days before the Orange lost to Kentucky in the 1996 national championship game, Hopkins quickly ate dinner with his brother John before the two pulled an all-nighter watching Wildcats tape. Two days before SU beat Kansas in the 2003 national championship game, Hopkins remembers staying up until 5 a.m. watching film while a writer from Sports Illustrated hung out in the room.For the staff as a whole, a Final Four run in 2013 and wins at the Maui Invitational (2013–14 season) and Battle 4 Atlantis (this season) have made these quick turnarounds feel like second nature.“I mean they just know everything, and it no longer surprises me at all,” SU guard Trevor Cooney said. “They’re always working, always watching teams play regardless of who our upcoming opponents are. It’s like clockwork all the time.”On Thursday morning, as excitment bounced off the locker room walls, Hopkins dragged Colby Wollenman’s headshot into a template on his computer screen. Wallenman, an off-the-bench big man for Michigan State, is averaging 1.2 points in 6 minutes per game this season. But Hopkins has to be ready for anything, so he started to type Wollenman’s measurables into his personnel report.Forward. 230 pounds. 6 feet 7 inches.Then his focus snapped and he smiled. The rest, “the good stuff,” will go onto the page when there aren’t as many people around.“It’s going to be an all-nighter,” said Hopkins, and there was a hint of excitement in his voice. “If we are fortunate to win on Friday against Dayton and move on, there won’t be any sleep Friday night.” Comments Published on March 17, 2016 at 4:23 pm Contact Jesse: | @dougherty_jesse Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

NCAA issues college football recruiting changes

first_img Published on April 14, 2017 at 5:00 pm Contact Tomer: | @tomer_langer The NCAA released new recruiting rules pertaining to college football. There are different rules that will take effect at different points, but they will all change the current recruiting landscape.Here’s a list of the major changes.Official visits moved up: Recruits will now be able to take official visits starting April 1, through the Sunday before the last Wednesday in June. Effective Aug 1, 2017.No more satellite camps: Syracuse started extending its brand using satellite camps last year. That will no longer be an option. Coaches will now be limited to participating in camps for 10 days in June and July, and the events must happen on a school’s campus. Effective immediately, but contracts signed before Jan 18, 2017 are honored.Another assistant: FBS schools will be allowed to hire a 10th assistant coach. Effective Jan. 9, 2018Early signing: Creates an early signing period in December. Effective Aug. 1, 2017The NCAA also outlawed two-a-day contact practices. Teams will be allowed to have a three-hour contact practice session and then a walk-through. Helmets and pads can’t be worn during the walk-through and no contact is allowed. The walk-through also isn’t allowed to include conditioning drills Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Fantasy Premier League tips: Top ten most transferred in players after gameweek 1

first_img 11 11 Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade silverware 82,982 bosses have gone for Pereyra’s partner in crime having witnessed his two assists after being selected ahead of summer signing Adam Masina. Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won latest 11 Already bosses are tinkering with their teams and fiddling their formations.There have already been huge swathes of transfers made by some of the 4.8million players.But who are the superstars being transferred in the most? Find out who FPL managers are favouring below. 113,745 managers have signed the midfielder who scored twice against West Ham United on Sunday afternoon. How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings 90,515 managers have signed the midfielder after watching his double against Brighton, the first was an absolute rocket of a volley off the back of a short corner. 120,262 managers have signed the midfielder after he hit two goals against Wolverhampton Wanderers and it might have been more had there not been an injury doubt hanging over him. 157,588 managers have signed the defender who is potentially the bargain of the season already given he’s set to remain first choice at Selhurst Park. An assist and a clean sheet against Fulham helped his cause too. Have you snapped up one of these stars? 130,461 managers have signed the defender following his goal against Leicester City, despite the fortunate first touch. How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures revealed 120,975 managers have signed the midfielder following his penalty against Leicester City, despite the fortunate first touch. 11 SORRY Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion BIG PRESENTS UP TOP What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Crystal Palace) £4.0m Jorginho (Chelsea) £5.0m 11 Roberto Pereyra (Watford) £6.0mcenter_img Sadio Mane (Liverpool) £9.5m 11 Paul Pogba (Manchester United) £8.0m smart causal 132,881 managers have signed the defender after a rampaging display against Arsenal. He set up Raheem Sterling’s goal and looked a threat throughout. Jose Holebas (Watford) £4.5m Fantasy Premier League is back and already managers across the globe are reacting to the opening weekend of fixtures.The average points haul for teams in gameweek 1 was 53, while one top gaffer got 137 as he smartly played his bench boost. gameday cracker Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Luke Shaw (Manchester United) £5.0m whoops Benjamin Mendy (Manchester City) £6.0m 11 Richarlison (Everton) £6.5m possible standings 82,018 FPL managers have decided the summer signing from Napoli is just the ticket despite him being set to hand over penalty duties to Eden Hazard. 11 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT predicted 191,487 managers have signed the midfielder after his goal and assist against Everton. The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 11 Most Popular Premier League News Ruben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers) £5.0m 11 11 *All figures correct as of 3:45pm on Monday, August 13last_img read more