Syracuse quarterback Terrel Hunt will not get a sixth year of eligibility. The NCAA has denied a request to extend Hunt’s eligibility by one more year, Syracuse announced today.
Hunt had his 2014 and 2015 seasons cut short due to injuries. A broken leg in 2014 forced Hunt to miss the final seven games of the season. An Achilles tendon injury against Rhode Island in the 2015 season opener has sidelined Hunt for the entire 2015 season, effectively.
“Obviously, it’s very disappointing but I want to thank my teammates, coaches and all the Syracuse fans who have supported me through this process and during my time here,” Hunt said in a statement shared by Syracuse athletics. “Even though my career didn’t turn how I thought it would, I still have a lot of great memories that I’ll take with me for the rest of my life.
“Right now I’m focused on my rehab and on finishing graduate school. I’m getting better every day and hopefully I’ll have the opportunity to continue my career at the professional level.”
Hunt’s Syracuse career will end with 2,621 passing yards and 24 touchdowns (11 passing, 13 rushing).
Syracuse opened up a spot on the coaching carousel earlier Monday with the dismissal of Scott Shafer as head coach. It did not take too long for someone to put a microphone in front of the mouth of former Syracuse assistant coach Ed Orgeron, allowing him the opportunity to declare his interest in the job.
“I have a lot of respect for Syracuse. Great private school, great education, great tradition,” Orgeron said in a phone interview with Syracuse.com. “So, obviously, my interest would be very high. I’d be highly interested in getting that job. I think it would be a wonderful opportunity to go back there.”
Orgeron was a defensive line coach for Syracuse from 1995 through 1997 under Paul Pasqualoni. His career as a coach has had many stops in addition to Syracuse. He currently is a defensive line coach for LSU and last served as a head coach for USC in an interim role following the firing of Lane Kiffin in 2013. Upset about not getting a chance to coach the Trojans moving forward, Orgeron walked out on the Trojans before the bowl season. Orgeron has also served as a head coach at Ole Miss from 2005 through 2007. Orgeron should absolutely have plenty of interest in becoming a head coach at Syracuse, but the university should be better off looking elsewhere for a new head coach.
Syracuse needs an offensive minded coach that can turn Syracuse into the type of program that can keep pace with programs like Florida State and Clemson while sorting out its defense second.
Monday morning comes and another head coach heads to the unemployment line just before Thanksgiving. Syracuse has fired head coach Scott Shafer. Shafer will coach Syracuse’s final game of the season this weekend against Boston College.
Shafer was promoted to head coach of the Orange after Syracuse lost head coach Doug Marrone to the NFL’s Buffalo Bills in 2013 (Marrone is currently an offensive line coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars) after serving as defensive coordinator from 2009 through 2o12. Syracuse has struggled since Shafer became the head coach. Syracuse has gone 13-23 under Shafer and has had a losing season each of the past two years. After winning seven games with a Texas Bowl victory in 2013 in Syracuse’s first season in the ACC, Shafer’s Orange won three games in 2014 and is currently sitting on a 3-8 record with one game to play. Shafer’s contract was good for one more season.
Winning at Syracuse is a difficult task for any college football coach. The university is invested in improving facilities on campus, which may be long overdue from a football perspective. Syracuse continues to play football games in a decrepit Carrier Dome, and competing in the ACC Atlantic Division with Clemson and Florida State (and Louisville) is not easy. Where Syracuse goes from here should be interesting. Syracuse needs a coach that can build a program and embrace the amenities Syracuse has to offer. It is not one of the more attractive coaching jobs currently on the market, and is the third best of the three in the ACC alone. As with most power conference programs in need of a coach, there is always some potential to build something at Syracuse, but finding the right coach for the job is rarely easy.
the coaching change at Syracuse is the 14th to occur in this coaching carousel cycle, and the 10th from a power conference. Syracuse is the third ACC program to make a coaching change, joining Miami and Virginia Tech. Miami let go of Al Golden in late October. Virginia Tech’s Frank Beamer announced his retirement in early November.
Off-field issues that will definitely impact two Syracuse football players this season could see the ramifications bleed into the 2016 season as well.
Following Saturday’s loss to Clemson, the school announced that freshman defensive ends Qaadir Sheppard (pictured) and Amir Ealey have been indefinitely suspended from the football program. While no reason was given for the twin suspensions, the Syracuse Post-Standard, citing unnamed sources, is reporting that the two defensive linemen failed two drug tests apiece.
Based on the athletic department’s new drug policy language, Sheppard and Ealey will be suspended for the last two games of this season and the first four of 2016 as well. The failed tests could also lead to the players being forced to miss spring practice, summer camp and other team activities.
From the Post-Standard:
A second violation carries a suspension from practice and competition, according to a copy of the policy obtained by Syracuse.com/The Post-Standard.
It reads a player “will be suspended from practice and competition for the number of events equaling a minimum of 50 percent of an academic year’s competition regular schedule.”
Both Ealey and Shepard were three-star member of the Orange’s 2015 recruiting class. In Fact, no defensive signee was rated than the pair according to Rivals.com’s rankings.
Sheppard had played in nine games this season, Ealey in seven.
The bad news is that an integral part of Clemson’s passing attack and a starting offensive lineman will be sidelined this weekend. The good news? A 3-6 team will be on the other sideline.
The No. 1 team in the country has released its injury report ahead of Saturday’s game against Syracuse, and Ray-Ray McCloud is listed as out for the road trip to the Orange. The wide receiver sustained a knee injury in the win over Florida State this past weekend.
McCloud is tied with two other Tigers in receptions with 23. He’s sixth in receiving yards with 211.
In addition to McCloud, Tyrone Crowder has been ruled out with a foot injury. Like his teammate, Crowder sustained the injury in the win over FSU.
Crowder has started all nine games at right guard for the Tigers this season.