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Somewhere over the course of the last decade, if not before then, Syracuse became a basketball school. It might have officially began when Carmelo Anthony (and I) stepped foot on campus in the Fall of 2002.
I couldn't tell you a time when I ran into a football player during my four years at school. I probably did, I just didn't realize who they were any more than I would have been able to spot a tennis player. But I still remember the times I saw forward Hakim Warrick in Flint Hall, guard Gerry McNamara on South Campus, center Craig Forth in the Shine Student Center and superstar Carmelo Anthony in Manley Field House.
My memories of the football team? Sitting at the Carrier Dome and watching quarterbacks R.J. Anderson and Joe Fields throw incomplete pass after incomplete pass, forcing the Orange to go three-and-out for what seemed like the 100th time of the first half and asking myself "When does basketball season start?". This is just part of what it means to be a basketball school.
590 miles down the road from Syracuse University sits another campus where the opposite is true. The University of Notre Dame is a football school. Period. End of story. From head (most often helmeted in gold) to toe, their students care more about what happens on the gridiron. Basketball season is what passes the time between football season and the Blue-Gold spring football game.
In short, if you are a basketball school, like Syracuse, you do not (and should not) lose to football schools, like Notre Dame in basketball. So when it happens, it's frustrating and unacceptable.
Win-Loss Record (since 2003) vs. Notre Dame: 9-5 (and 2-1 vs. Fighting Irish in football)
Most Memorable Win: In 2003, in front of a crowd of 32,116, including 2,000 who were bused in from Scranton, Pa., Syracuse found themselves down 80-79 in the final minute. Freshman guard Gerry McNamara hit a 3-pointer with 18 seconds left to lead the Orange to an 82-80 win over Notre Dame.
Most Agonizing Loss: The Orange went into the Joyce Center at 20-0 and ranked No. 1 in the country. They were missing their monster-in-the-middle and future Big East Defensive Player of the Year, sophomore center Fab Melo, due to an academic suspension. The Orange got beaten up on the glass and on the scoreboard. The Fighting Irish won, 67-58, and handed Syracuse their first and only loss of the 2012 regular season.