FB : Cooper: Syracuse needs to beat Tulane to gain momentum before bye week

first_imgAs Van Chew spoke on Wednesday afternoon, there was a sense of irony between his words and the backdrop behind him.Seated in front of a large panorama of the Carrier Dome displaying the kickoff from Greg Robinson’s first game as head coach — Sept. 4, 2005, Syracuse versus West Virginia — the SU wide receiver discussed getting over this past weekend, one of the most embarrassing losses for the Orange since Robinson ceased to be SU’s coach almost three years ago.‘We basically just laid that game to rest,’ Chew said. ‘And during the week we’re just going back to our fundamentals.’Last Saturday’s five-turnover implosion against Rutgers was similar to the game that started the Robinson era against WVU. In that game, a dreadful 15-7 loss for SU, the Orange turned the ball over twice, gained just 103 yards of total offense and went 0-of-15 on third down. All while forcing five turnovers in a superb defensive performance for the losing side.But that game started a 1-10 campaign and set the tone for the darkest era in Syracuse football history. Last Saturday’s loss, though, can just be a blip — a bad day for the SU stock in an otherwise rising season under head coach Doug Marrone.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTo ensure the loss to Rutgers is just a minor downtick, this week is integral for SU. The Orange plays a horrendous — absolutely horrendous — Tulane team. A Tulane team that, despite having two wins, has a coach that’s on the hot seat.The Green Wave lost 45-6 to Army and gave up 33 points to Southeastern Louisiana, a Football Championship Subdivision team that sits at 1-4.I won’t call it a must-win game for Syracuse, but it’s a really, really need-to-win game.‘It’s real important,’ Chew said. ‘Because if we go into the bye week with a losing streak, it’s going to be real bad, and it’s going to sit in people’s heads for the whole week. So we just got to strap up and be prepared for Saturday.’Syracuse needs to knock around the Green Wave. If not, if Tulane hangs around and finds a way to win, SU finds itself sitting at 3-3 at the midway point of the season.The Orange would be a .500 team without a sure win left on the schedule and bowl eligibility not even close to guaranteed. The panic buttons that were pressed after Saturday would be hammered until they broke.‘We’re not really focused too much on the future, but I’d say this is a very important game,’ said Dan Vaughan, an SU linebacker and the team’s leading tackler. ‘We can’t let one loss lead to another, so we’re just focused on Tulane.’Plus, Syracuse should simply be able to knock around the Green Wave. This game shouldn’t be close. The Orange has a goal to compete for the Big East title, and Tulane is borderline dysfunctional. Its head coach, Bob Toledo, spent this week lashing out at naysayers and bandwagon jumpers.But giving up 33, 48 and 45 points to Southeastern Louisiana, Duke and Army could make even the most loyal die-hard consider taking a leap.‘We, as coaches, don’t coach some of the things that are going on,’ Toledo said in a press conference on Tuesday. ‘ … To throw interceptions, to fumble and get beat deep. We don’t coach them to do that, but that’s part of the game. Unfortunately, it’s happened to us, and it’s happened to us numerous times.’The SU defense just forced four turnovers against Rutgers. This is a game to wreak havoc, hit the quarterback, get up a few touchdowns and watch the backups play.Right?‘The one thing that we’re dealing with is again a situation where you’re up on a team and how do you get to that next score to really put the game, to some extent, out of reach,’ Marrone said in his Wednesday teleconference. ‘That’s the situation that we haven’t been in before.’It’s a situation that the great teams find themselves in all the time. The top teams in the Big East this season have done it. West Virginia beat Bowling Green 55-10. South Florida topped Texas- El Paso 52-24. Syracuse failed in its first opportunity to pick up a comfortable win, squeaking one out over Rhode Island.The damage done by the G-Rob era is still visible. Mediocre attendance. A fan base whose belief wavers week to week.Losses to Akron and Miami (Ohio) and a single-digit win over Northeastern define those years.A big win over Tulane would show a difference. And maybe, someday, it could help lead to a new backdrop for players to sit before.Mark Cooper is an asst. sports editor at The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at mcooperj@syr.edu or on Twitter at @M_Coops_Cuse. Facebook Twitter Google+ Commentscenter_img Published on October 5, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Mark: mcooperj@syr.edu | @mark_cooperjrlast_img read more


first_imgDonegal Volunteer Centre has developed a wide ranging programme for National Volunteering Week the 14th-20th May.The DVC will deliver the events in conjunction with a diverse group of partners ranging from Community Shops to Letterkenny CDP and Letterkenny General Hospital.The week will include a range of talks on the development and celebration of volunteers across the County. The talks will be hosted by Pobal Le Cheile in Falcarragh, North Donegal Community Network in Milford, Rosses CDP in Dungloe and Serenity House in Moville. DVC will be partnering with, La Maison, of Canal Road in Letterkenny who will be working with Community / Charity Shops to develop their displays and increase their sales. Patrick Sweeney Chairperson of DVC put out a call for Community / Charity Shops to come forward and get involved in this initiative.Mr Sweeney said “Community Shops are currently providing much needed support at a local level and are very capable of generating large sums of money for reinvestment in the community”.As part of this initiative the DVC will be contacting all the shops we are aware of but are asking the shops who do not receive a letter to call the office in Letterkenny and we will add you to the guest list.John Curran, manager of DVC said “The numbers of these shops are growing all the time with new ones opening weekly and as such we cannot keep track of them all, but we are interested in supporting groups do vital work within their communities and to support the volunteers who are giving their time”. The session for the Charity shops is on Tuesday the 15th May at 2pm in the DVC offices in Letterkenny, this session will also include a discussion on what the DVC can do to support these shops in the longer-term.Letterkenny will be given a spring clean by Volunteers from Letterkenny CDP & Cara House who will be on the Main Street on Tuesday the 15th from 11am to get involved contact Letterkenny CDP on 074 91 20633.DVC are also developing a partnership with Letterkenny General Hospital and will be piloting a new children’s ward service during the week.Dr Caoimhin Mac Aoidh the CEO of Donegal Local Development Company Ltd who are the parent organisation of the DVC commented that this is an exciting departure for the DVC in getting our Volunteers to assist with the removing some of the nervousness children sometimes feel when in hospital.The DVC will be attending an out patients clinic with a magician, a storyteller and some Disney characters may also make an appearance. It is also anticipated that the Friends of Letterkenny Hospital, the Donegal Volunteer Centre & the management of Letterkenny General Hospital will be making a significant announcement about a new partnership on the Wednesday of National Volunteering Week.John Curran added “This is an exciting week for volunteering in Donegal with the first National Volunteering week having such a demanding schedule we are seeing clear evidence that people are interested in giving back to their communities and supporting each other while getting a chance to meet new people and learn new skills”.DVC will continue its outreach programme during the week with visits to Libraries in Moville & Bundoran in conjunction with Donegal County Council. DVC will also be piloting a new outreach service in hosted by the Letterkenny Credit Union on Thursday the 17th from 1130-130.National Volunteering week is running from the 14th to the 20th of May. For further information on all events of indeed on registering an organisation or becoming a volunteer within your community contact John Curran or Caroline Jahn on 074 91 26740 or see www.volunteerdonegal.ie CALLING ALL DONEGAL VOLUNTEERS – SCHEDULE FOR VOLUNTEER WEEK NOW OUT was last modified: May 9th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Donegal Volunteer Weeklast_img read more