No Rob Trudo, Continuing Scheduling Issues Highlight Syracuse Football Rumblings

Andrew PreglerContributor IIIFebruary 21, 2012

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It what is becoming an all-too familiar theme, another Syracuse player will miss spring practice. This time it is backup offensive lineman Robert Trudo, a player I knew from my high-school district. 

Trudo suffered a lower body injury that required surgery. Trudo appears to have taken the surgery well as a source tells me that the surgery was completed last Tuesday. Trudo could see playing time this year as his size (6'3'', 300 pounds) should be enough to get looks from Doug Marrone. 

Returning to another Syracuse issue, there is a still a schedule to fill for the Orange. According to SB Nation, the Orange are starting to lose opponents to chose from. 

Rutgers filled one of their two spots by filling Arkansas' schedule. Middle Tennessee went with McNeese State, and Houston filled theirs with North Texas. Other schools such as Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, UAB and UTEP all filled their schedules, some filling two slots without the Orange. 

That means that the Orange have to fill two spots with either Boise State (who could be joining the conference), Florida State, Hawaii, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, North Texas or their second FCS team (they already have scheduled Stony Brook). 

To make matters worse, every other Big East team is in the same boat. That means everyone is fighting for one of these teams, and Syracuse needs two. This more than likely will end ugly for Cuse's schedule.