SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The Syracuse student section came alive Monday Night as students lined up for the game against their rival Georgetown beginning Saturday as soon as the previous home game against Marquette ended.
By the time doors opened, approximately 325 students were on a list for the best seats in the student section, while several hundred more waited outside the Carrier Dome.
The student section which is now known as Otto's Army came prepared for battle. Nike supplied the first 200 students with Otto's Army "army helmets," 200 track jackets, and t-shirts to anyone who didn't get a jacket or helmet.
At one point, my colleague, Doug Whitehorn, got his I-Phone, downloaded an app to measure the decibel level in the Carrier Dome. It hit 105 decibels which was louder than the Saints' SuperDome on Sunday and the equivalent to standing next to a lawn mower.
Here's the highlights of the Syracuse University student section:
A new trend catching on quickly is the creation of large cut-out heads. Graduate student Patrick Manley started the craze with a gigantic cut-out of Jim Boeheim. Soon to follow were Bernie Fine (a long-time SU assistant coach), Wes Johnson, a smaller version of Wes Johnson, Arinze Onuaku, and Andy Rautins in the upperdeck of the non-student crowd, and a vintage Jim Boeheim.
Guard Scoop Jardine clearly wants his head cut-out very soon:
Finally, Jim Boeheim was in a fantastic mood following the victory over Georgetown. Here's the full video of his news conference. Fast forward to the 5:20 mark to listen to Boeheim begin to crack jokes including one referencing Mike Leach and Jim Leavitt.
Syracuse vs. Georgetown Basketball: Coach Jim Boeheim
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