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Syracuse recruiting director leaves to become scout for Buffalo Bills

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Syracuse recruiting director Asil Mulbah is heading to the NFL. With an announcement on Instagram, Mulbah announced he is joining the scouting department with the NFL’s Buffalo Bills.

“Excited to announce that I have accepted a position in the Buffalo Bills Scouting Department,” Mulbah said in his statement. “I’d like to thank Coach Babers, the SU football staff, and the players for an amazing two seasons filled with memories I will cherish for the rest of my life.”

Mulbah has previous NFL scouting experience with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He has been a part of the Syracuse program since 2016. Prior to his arrival at Syracuse under head coach Dino Babers, Mulbah made stops at Wake Forest and Bowling Green.

Syracuse invests $118 million for renovation to Carrier Dome

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Syracuse’s Carrier Dome is one giant step closer to a much-needed renovation. On Monday morning, Syracuse announced it is investing $118 million to go toward renovation of the multi-purpose athletic facility, including hosting Syracuse football.

Among the renovations to be done on the stadium will be a brand new roof, which an artist’s rendering shows off with a clear top to allow for natural sunlight to shine down on the football field. A brand new video scoreboard would be added as well, looming above the field from the ceiling. Lighting upgrades, improved accessibility, and enhanced Wi-Fi are also part of the plans for the aged venue. Also being added to improve the fan experience? A new air conditioning system, new restrooms, and new concession stands.

“This is a great day for Syracuse University as we take a significant step in advancing the goals contained in our Campus Framework, a 20-year roadmap designed to align our vision and mission with our physical space,” Chancellor Kent Syverud said in a released statement. “Creating a new stadium experience is a key element to supporting a vibrant and diverse campus community. I am excited for our students—undergraduate and graduate—who will receive their degrees in front of their families and friends, for the student-athletes who will compete in this space and for the thousands of individuals who will visit our campus for athletic events, concerts and other activities.”

“Everyone in our program is ecstatic about the University’s commitment to ensuring our student-athletes and fans have the best experience possible while playing and watching sports in one of the most electrifying spaces in college athletics,” Syracuse football coach Dino Babers said.

In addition to football, the Carrier Dome also hosts Syracuse men’s and women’s basketball and lacrosse teams. Because the venue hosts five sports teams playing throughout the academic year, Syracuse is working on a unique schedule to complete renovation work on the stadium. That may be part of the reason why the full project may not be completed until 2022, although some of the main enhancements will be visible for fans beginning in the fall of 2020.

Ex-Syracuse DB Juwan Dowels transfers to Western Michigan

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Another of the seven Syracuse players who have transferred this offseason has found a new college football home.

Juwan Dowels revealed on his personal Twitter account Wednesday that he will be enrolling at Western Michigan and continuing his collegiate playing career for the Broncos. Dowels left Syracuse as a graduate transfer, which gives him instant eligibility.

The 2018 season will be the defensive back’s final year of eligibility.  And Dowels’ first game in that last season?  At home in Kalamazoo against… Syracuse.

Dowels played in 24 games during his time with the Orange, starting seven of those contests. Five of those starts came during the 2015 season, while he started one of the first two games of 2016 before going down with a season-ending knee injury.

During his three years, Dowels was credited with 69 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and eight passes defensed. He also picked off a pair of passes, including one in his final season with the Orange.

Justin Ellis becomes seventh player to transfer from Syracuse this offseason

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If offseason roster turnover were a game, Syracuse would be cruising to a lopsided win.

On his personal Twitter account Monday night, Justin Ellis announced that, “after many conversations with my family and people close to me, I have determined that it is in my best interest to transfer from Syracuse University.” Ellis, who gave no specific reason for his decision, becomes the seventh Orange player to leave Dino Babers‘ football program this offseason.

Ellis originally joined the team as a walk-on last year before earning a scholarship prior to the start of the fall semester, the Syracuse Post-Standard noted.  As a true freshman last season, the defensive end saw action in two games.

In addition to Ellis, linebacker Troy Henderson, defensive tackle Kayton Samuels (HERE) and four defensive backsJuwan Dowels, Daivon Ellison, Cordell Hudson and Rodney Williams — have all left the football program in the past few months.

Indiana confirms addition of Syracuse transfer Kayton Samuels

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The reported addition to Indiana’s roster has officially come to fruition.

Tuesday morning, IU confirmed that Kayton Samuels has decided to transfer to the university and will play his football for the Hoosiers.  The defensive tackle is set to graduate from Syracuse May 12, and will join the team shortly thereafter.

As a graduate transfer, Samuels will be eligible to play immediately in 2018, his final season of eligibility.

“Kayton is a big body in the middle who immediately shores up our defense,” head coach Tom Allen said in quotes distributed by the school. “He brings a lot of experience with his 24 starts in the ACC. We are pleased to welcome him into our program.”

Samuels announced his decision to transfer from the Orange in mid-December.

In 34 career games for the ACC school, Samuels was credited with 44 tackles, 4.5 of which were for a loss, as well as a fumble recovery.  Of those 34 appearances, Samuels started in a dozen of them — seven in 2017, five the year before.