Syracuse Orange football is starting their final Big East season in an interesting way. Head coach Doug Marrone has agreed to take his team to a New York military base to conduct August practices on Army grounds.
The team is scheduled to head to Fort Drum and the 10th Mountain Division in upstate New York on August 12 to practice. In addition, the team will go through military-style training, leadership seminars, eat in Army dining facilities, and sleep in barracks.
“We appreciate the opportunity to incorporate the unique leadership and team building exercises into our program,” coach Doug Marrone said in a statement. “Our philosophy is to develop the person and then the athlete. This environment will greatly aid in the growth of our young men and further our valuable relationship with Fort Drum and the 10th Mountain Division.”
The week will end with a scrimmage played in front of the soldiers and their families on August 18.
Syracuse is the third Big East team to announce practices off campus during the preseason period. Cincinnati and South Florida will also take their shows on the road during August. Neither is planning a trip as interesting or dramatic as this, though.
From calling Bill O’Brien to this unusual preseason trip, Doug Marrone has established himself willing to go outside the box in order to make his program better.
If “teamwork” and “resolve” are story lines for Syracuse in the fourth quarter this season, expect this to be brought up again.
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