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09:09 AM ET 01.25 | Syracuse University released its letter to Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner detailing its vision for a new 44,000 seat sports arena with a retractable roof. The letter, delivered to Miner Friday, detailed many points that have been reported and rumored in recent weeks about the proposed stadium. It responds to Miner's Jan. 10 letter to SU Chancellor Kent Syverud asking questions about the project.

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January 25, 2014  09:11 AM ET

Education Is Not Your Highest Priority, Bros?

January 25, 2014  09:17 AM ET

The Carrier Dome's time has come and gone. Football is fine there but it is one lousy place to watch a Basketball game. I know. Part of the ACC now. Build it.

January 25, 2014  09:33 AM ET

And bring back the " Saltine Warrior" while your at it. Heck with the Oneidas complaint. He was funny. That Orange is just plain silly.

January 25, 2014  09:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

The Carrier Dome's time has come and gone. Football is fine there but it is one lousy place to watch a Basketball game. I know. Part of the ACC now. Build it.

Some of these huge football and basketball venues can be real lousy places to watch games in person. Give me smaller venues to watch them live. But, that's just my preference and the $$$ people prefer larger ones and damn the quality of the view.

January 25, 2014  10:05 AM ET
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Some of these huge football and basketball venues can be real lousy places to watch games in person. Give me smaller venues to watch them live. But, that's just my preference and the $$$ people prefer larger ones and damn the quality of the view.

When Patrick Ewing, while he was at Georgetown playing against Syracuse, looks like a gnome at the far end of the court, then you have a problem.

January 25, 2014  10:42 AM ET

Downsizing the number of seats in the new stadium to equal the average attendance in the old stadium? If you're going to spend the money and make payments then build a first class facility with locker rooms, training facilities, etc that will knock recruits' socks off. Better recruits = better football = better attendance.

January 25, 2014  11:39 AM ET
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Downsizing the number of seats in the new stadium to equal the average attendance in the old stadium? If you're going to spend the money and make payments then build a first class facility with locker rooms, training facilities, etc that will knock recruits' socks off. Better recruits = better football = better attendance.

Not that long ago Syracuse was one of the better football programs in the country. Then those New Jersey kids started going to Rutgers and other places. At the start of this NFL season there were 45 NFL players who played at Rutgers. New Jersey is excellent high school football recruiting territory and fifth in the NFL for players from tht State.

You are right, build a class facility, play FSU and Clemson and those boys and in a few years you recruit better. They will get pounded for a few years, but that changes in time if you plan right.

January 25, 2014  11:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

The Carrier Dome's time has come and gone. Football is fine there but it is one lousy place to watch a Basketball game. I know. Part of the ACC now. Build it.

So buile a Bball venue

January 25, 2014  11:39 AM ET

build

January 25, 2014  11:48 AM ET
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Not that long ago Syracuse was one of the better football programs in the country. Then those New Jersey kids started going to Rutgers and other places. At the start of this NFL season there were 45 NFL players who played at Rutgers. New Jersey is excellent high school football recruiting territory and fifth in the NFL for players from tht State.You are right, build a class facility, play FSU and Clemson and those boys and in a few years you recruit better. They will get pounded for a few years, but that changes in time if you plan right.

I'm hoping for a resurgence of CFB power on the east coast. Pitt, Maryland, Syracuse need to be strong.

January 25, 2014  11:57 AM ET
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I'm hoping for a resurgence of CFB power on the east coast. Pitt, Maryland, Syracuse need to be strong.

Would be nice. Pitt is one of the best recruiting areas in the country. That area is like the Texas of the North when it comes to HS football.

January 25, 2014  01:06 PM ET

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January 25, 2014  01:24 PM ET
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Pitt is one of the best recruiting areas in the country.
That area is like the Texas of the North when it comes to HS football.

Oh man, when bluesuiter sees this, you comparing Pitt to Texas..............................


(it's been nice knowing ya!)

January 25, 2014  01:32 PM ET
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Oh man, when bluesuiter sees this, you comparing Pitt to Texas..............................(it's been nice knowing ya!)

No, but the recruiting are is full of some of the best HS players in the country. That Pennsylvania area and the border with Ohio is HS football crazy. Lighted turf fields packed every Friday night and Saturday Afternoon. coal mine country is tough football. Ya could look it up..

January 25, 2014  02:52 PM ET
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No, but the recruiting are is full of some of the best HS players in the country. That Pennsylvania area and the border with Ohio is HS football crazy. Lighted turf fields packed every Friday night and Saturday Afternoon. coal mine country is tough football. Ya could look it up..

Been sayin it for decades, but we just have the tv shows and books written about us. I always ask people, do you have any idea where pro football started? Do you know why the HOF is where it is???

Its the birthplace of the game folks Ohio and W PA. The steel mill cities and coal fields towns of Ohio and W PA. I remember yrs ago folks form NJ, NY, Boston would relocate to Ohio and could not believe that high school football games were standing room only and that towns shut down on Friday nights. Even here in Columbus on Friday night it is still the thing to do. I regularly go back to my high school for games 40+ yrs later.

One of my favorite factoids to spring on folks: Where do the most HOF QB's come from? Look at who was born and played HS football in W PA: Joe Namath, Johnny Unitas, Dan Marino, Jim Kelly, George Blanda, Johnny Lujack, Joe Montana, Gus Ferrotte, Mark Bulger, Jeff Hostettler, Tyrelle Pryor, Terry Hanratty, Major Harris, Chuck FUsina, Matt Cavanaugh.

The list goes on. Any other area of the country come close to this?

January 25, 2014  03:50 PM ET
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Been sayin it for decades, but we just have the tv shows and books written about us. I always ask people, do you have any idea where pro football started? Do you know why the HOF is where it is???Its the birthplace of the game folks Ohio and W PA. The steel mill cities and coal fields towns of Ohio and W PA. I remember yrs ago folks form NJ, NY, Boston would relocate to Ohio and could not believe that high school football games were standing room only and that towns shut down on Friday nights. Even here in Columbus on Friday night it is still the thing to do. I regularly go back to my high school for games 40+ yrs later.One of my favorite factoids to spring on folks: Where do the most HOF QB's come from? Look at who was born and played HS football in W PA: Joe Namath, Johnny Unitas, Dan Marino, Jim Kelly, George Blanda, Johnny Lujack, Joe Montana, Gus Ferrotte, Mark Bulger, Jeff Hostettler, Tyrelle Pryor, Terry Hanratty, Major Harris, Chuck FUsina, Matt Cavanaugh. The list goes on. Any other area of the country come close to this?

You are absolutely correct. You can add in that border with West Virginia too. Two years ago I was driving through WVVA on a Friday night on my way to western North Carolina. the part by Tennessee. Appalachia. 20 miles not a thing, then BOOM, cars lined up on both sides of the road for two miles, look over and there is a big stadium, lights on and HS football. Very cool.


They were playing big football in Western PA and Ohio when Texans were still playing with the herd of Friday Nights....

January 25, 2014  04:03 PM ET
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No, but the recruiting are is full of some of the best HS players in the country. That Pennsylvania area and the border with Ohio is HS football crazy. Lighted turf fields packed every Friday night and Saturday Afternoon. coal mine country is tough football. Ya could look it up..

Yes I knew that. I can remember from a few decades ago my uncle telling me about the Texas All-Stars playing the Penn. All-Stars. I don't remember them doing this for too long a time.

The main gist of my post was bluesuiter taking umbrage of the fact you comparing Pitt. to Texas!

January 25, 2014  04:15 PM ET
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I'm hoping for a resurgence of CFB power on the east coast. Pitt, Maryland, Syracuse need to be strong.

And Rutgers. Don't forget the Scarlet Knights.

January 25, 2014  04:17 PM ET
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And Rutgers. Don't forget the Scarlet Knights.

I think I'll start a campaign to call them the Scarlett Johansons if they play like girls.

 
January 25, 2014  04:19 PM ET
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I think I'll start a campaign to call them the Scarlett Johansons if they play like girls.

Would make for an interesting "mascot".

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