3 things Dino Babers said: ‘Don’t bet the house’ on Syracuse beating Clemson, Cordell Hudson and the bye week

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Dino Babers addressed the media at his weekly press conference on Monday ahead of Syracuse’s (4-4, 2-2 Atlantic Coast) matchup with No. 3 Clemson (8-0, 4-0) Saturday at 3:30 p.m in Death Valley. It was the first time Babers spoke since last Wednesday’s Atlantic Coast Conference teleconference — his only media availability during the Orange’s bye week.Here are three things Babers said.‘Don’t bet the house’ on Syracuse winningBabers described Clemson as “different” from any football team he’s seen. He said the Tigers have no weaknesses, are extremely talented and have a lot of guys that will be millionaires some day.Clemson is undefeated, boasts the 11th best scoring defense in the country and the 26th best scoring offense. The Tigers won the ACC championship last year and lost in the national championship game to Alabama.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBabers said Syracuse would have to play its best game for a shot at a win, Clemson would have to play “not its best game,” and the Orange would need to get several bounces to roll its way.“Then maybe, maybe we get a chance,” Babers said. “Maybe. But don’t bet the house on it, brother.”Bye week and this week’s scheduleBabers opened his press conference running through what the Orange staff and players did during the bye week last week and its schedule for the current week. Here’s what he noted.Syracuse held early practices on Monday and Tuesday at around 6 a.m. following the win over Boston College. Then the players had off through Saturday.“We still wanted to practice the underbelly of the team,” Babers said, “get our threes and twos a lot better, but at the same time we have to get our ones healthy because we’re playing games from the beginning all the way to the end.”The assistant coaches spent the week recruiting, reviewing film of Clemson while they were on the road. Babers went to Texas A&M on Thursday to watch his daughter play volleyball.The coaching staff reconvened on Saturday and started putting together the game plan for Clemson on Sunday. They’ll finish it up tonight.Practice resumed on Sunday with Monday as the normal day off. The players will practice Tuesday through Thursday before the team flies to South Carolina Friday night.Cordell Hudson is not out for the seasonStarting cornerback Cordell Hudson has missed the last two games because of injury. He was notably missing from the pre-Clemson depth chart released Monday.Babers said Hudson is “not a guy that’s out for the entire year.”“It’s a medical thing,” Babers said. “It obviously has to do with when he feels better. … We don’t want to put people back in until they absolutely feel like they’re ready to go. And when the medical people give us the clearance, he’ll be back in.”Redshirt freshman Christopher Fredrick has started in Hudson’s place while he’s been out. Comments Published on October 31, 2016 at 1:14 pm Contact Jon: jrmettus@syr.edu | @jmettuslast_img read more

Dodgers rally late but fall short against Texas Rangers

first_imgTHE GAME: The Dodgers scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning but came up short, losing 8-6 to the Texas Rangers Sunday afternoon at Camelback Ranch. The Dodgers are 6-3-1 after the first 10 games of Cactus League action.PITCHING REPORT: Kenley Jansen made his third appearance of the spring and retired the side in order again. He has faced nine batters this spring, retired all nine and struck out six. … Lefty specialist Adam Kolarek faced six consecutive right-handed hitters in the fifth inning and gave up five consecutive singles before getting a double-play grounder. Left-handed hitting Rougned Odor then drove in the fourth run of the inning with another single. … Lefty Tyler Gilbert (acquired from the Phillies) gave up two home runs in his inning Sunday.HITTING REPORT: The Dodgers were outhit 14-7 and had just three hits through the first seven innings. … They loaded the bases on an infield single and two walks to start the first inning but scored just once (on a ground out by Will Smith). … Kike’ Hernandez drove in two with a home run off Corey Kluber. Hernandez has four hits this spring, three of them home runs. … Zach McKinstry hit a solo home run in the eighth inning. McKinstry leads the Dodgers with eight hits this spring including two homers and is batting .471. … Cristian Santana drove in a run with an RBI triple in the ninth and Edwin Rios followed with a two-run home run.DEFENSE REPORT: The Dodgers were the last team in the Cactus League to be charged with an error when Kike’ Hernandez bobbled Rougned Odor’s ground ball in the first inning Sunday. Hernandez was at second base with third baseman Cristian Santana also shifted to the right side of the infield against the left-handed Odor. Santana cut in front of Hernandez but didn’t field the ball. The confusion resulted in Hernandez being charged with an error. UP NEXT: Dodgers (LHP David Price) at Reds (RHP Sonny Gray), Monday, noon, Goodyear Park, SportsNet LA, 570 AM Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more