University Athletic Communications
Chancellor Kenneth A. Shaw and basketball coach Jim Boeheim
66, G73 congratulate former SU basketball star
Carmelo Anthony 06 at the NCAA championship ring ceremony
held for the team during halftime of the SU-Louisville football
game in the Carrier Dome this fall.
I know I can
say without fear of contradiction that Syracuse University has one
of the finest intercollegiate athletic traditions in the nation.
There have been numerous triumphs through the years, particularly
during the Tolley and Eggers years and, Im proud to say, during
my tenure as well.
time, the climate for intercollegiate athletics has changed appreciably.
Television coverage of college sports and fan interest have increased
greatly, both here and across the country. The mix of athletic programs
has also changed. In addition to the higher revenue sports of football
and mens basketball, we now have a greater number of womens
sports. SU has been proud to add womens soccer, lacrosse,
and softball in an ongoing effort to achieve gender equity across
the athletic spectrum.
here and elsewhere has been far greater attention to student-athletes
graduation rates. Again, SU is a leader in this arena: Our student-athletes
have a higher graduation rate than does our student body as a whole.
And our football program has one of the best graduation rates in
During the last
several months our athletic program has faced a new set of challenges.
Changes brought about by invitations from the Atlantic Coast Conference
(ACC) to three former Big East schools have required us to reassess
and reconfigure our conference.
The Big East,
under the leadership of SU Director of Athletics Jake Crouthamel,
emerged as a true national force in athletics. With the addition
in 2005-06 of Cincinnati, Louisville, and South Florida as new partners
in all sports, and DePaul and Marquette as new members in all sports
except football, the Big East will be as powerful as ever. In fact,
I am convinced that the Big East will have the strongest basketball
conference in the country and one of the best in football.
I also know
we will weather this passage in our athletic program and will look
back with pride on the way we acquitted ourselves. The tradition
of superior athletics at SU will continue.
Kenneth A. Shaw