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  • Syracuse Considers Moving Basketball Court To Center Of Carrier Dome For Duke Game

    Attendance for Duke-Syracuse could shatter the previous on-campus hoops record

    Syracuse Univ. officials are "considering a plan that would move the basketball court to the middle" of the Carrier Dome's football field for its game against Duke this season, according to Mike Waters of the Syracuse POST-STANDARD. Moving the court would allow for SU to break the NCAA's "all-time attendance record for an on-campus game." The current record of 35,012 was set on Feb. 23 when SU "hosted Georgetown for the final time as Big East foes." It was the "first announced sellout in the Carrier Dome's history." The school is "looking to celebrate its new membership in the ACC," but SU Exec Senior Associate AD/Chief Communications Officer & External Affairs Joe Giansante "remained non-committal" about moving the court. He said, "We're looking for ways to celebrate our inclusion in the ACC. Obviously, when Duke comes to town, it's going to be a special day." Waters noted a Duke-Syracuse game with the court in the middle of the Carrier Dome would "likely draw a crowd of 50,000 or more." But moving the court from its usual location near the south end zone would be "no easy task." The Carrier Dome's wiring is "set up for television crews," and that would "have to be re-done on a one-time basis." The seating also would be a "logistical challenge as season-ticket holders would have their seat locations altered" (SYRACUSE.com, 8/1).

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  • College Football Uniform Designs Increasingly Are A Differentiator For Recruits

    Around 40 FBS college football teams have updated their uniforms entering the '13 season, and while the schools get a "nice revenue bump from the sales of these duds," recruiting and uniforms increasingly "have become intertwined," according to Jeremy Crabtree of ESPN.com. Uniforms have become "an integral part of the college football experience, woven into the fabric of recruiting." For example, Indiana "assembled its team for a uniform unveiling that has more than 300,000 views on YouTube." One Big Ten assistant said the IU video was produced "purely as a recruiting tool." Kansas' uniforms will include five different sets for '13, and coach Charlie Weis said, "It's great for recruiting. Recruits think, 'look at that helmet, if they wore this jersey with those pants.' Recruits love that stuff." Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said, "You drive down a highway and you look at a billboard and it says, 'you just looked at this billboard, you should use it as advertisement' -- it's the same philosophy as uniforms. It's a marketing tool. It grabs the attention of the young men we're recruiting." Crabtree noted uniforms that are "swagged out" not only help prospects "take notice of a program, they can be a difference-maker if the recruit is struggling to choose between two relatively even programs." High school recruit Lorenzo Carter said if two colleges are "exactly the same, I think uniforms would push them ahead of the other school" (ESPN.com, 7/31).

    DUCK, DUCK, GOOSE: Oregon coach Mark Helfrich said the "history of Oregon football" includes the "spirit of innovation and it's something that we pride ourselves on." He added, "That was how we got in the door at all and now we're able to compete a little bit different nationally with recruits." Helfrich said of Oregon's uniform combinations, "We are so used to it now. Our guys literally come in on gameday, look at the board and they have it all laid out ... and they just go." Helfrich said of his favorite combination, "To our diehard fans, you have to go with something green or yellow ... But the silver and the black and all that other stuff is pretty cool too" (ESPN.com, 7/30).

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