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first_img Related Stories Qaadir Sheppard and Amir Ealey suspended indefinitely due to violation of team rulesBlum: College football meant something in Syracuse, if only for a momentSyracuse AD Mark Coyle: ‘We’re going to get our degrees, and we’re going to compete for championships.’ Published on November 17, 2015 at 1:30 pm Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschweds Scott Shafer ripped off his headset, threw one of his possessions to the ground and had to be restrained by two of his assistants on the sideline. The Syracuse head coach was irate following a 15-yard illegal use of hands penalty on his team and his tirade cost SU another 15 yards.The two penalties moved Clemson from its own 21-yard line to the Orange’s 49 midway through the third quarter on Saturday against Clemson. At the time, Syracuse trailed by just seven to the nation’s top team.Throughout the Orange’s (3-7, 1-5 Atlantic Coast) current seven-game losing streak Shafer has stressed that his team continue to “control the controllables,” but that’s something he didn’t do against Clemson.When asked Tuesday on his weekly teleconference about the challenge of contradicting himself, Shafer said, “Good point. I made a mistake on that play. Nothing they could learn from.”Shafer said he didn’t apologize to his team for the slipup.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Just like I don’t expect an apology from my players when they make a mistake,” Shafer said. “We own it and move forward.”Discussions with Mark CoyleAt his introductory press conference in June, newly hired Director of Athletics Mark Coyle said he would take this year to evaluate Syracuse’s football program. Mired in a seven-game losing streak, its longest since 2005, questions about Shafer’s job security are swirling.Shafer, who has one year left on his contract, was asked on Tuesday if he’s had any discussions with Coyle about his job.“If I did, that would be between Mark and I,” Shafer said.He was then asked if he would prefer a resolution before the season ends.“I think for me, it’s just a matter of focusing on things that are out in front of us right now and all the other things that are behind closed doors are just that, behind closed doors between me, my staff and anybody in the administration.Amir Ealey and Qaadir Sheppard suspensionsAfter Saturday’s game, Syracuse announced that freshmen defensive ends Amir Ealey and Qaadir Sheppard were suspended indefinitely for violating team policy. Tuesday was the first time Shafer addressed the media since the announcement of the suspension, but when asked about their availability, he reiterated what was already announced.Said Shafer: “Both young men are suspended indefinitely for violating team policy.” Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

first_imgHead coach of the Black Stars, Charles Kwablan Akonnor has handed fresh call-ups to four players in his first squad announcement.Ahead of Ghana’s double tie against Sudan in the African Cup of Nations qualifiers, C.K Akonnor announced the 23 players who would represent the country in those games.Among the list are four debutants, and a notable return for Mohammed Yahaya of Aduana Stars to the Black Stars.Richard Attah – Accra Hearts of OakSigned from Elmina Sharks, Richard Attah has been a formidable figure for Accra Hearts of Oak.The 24-year-old replaces Asante Kotoko’s Felix Annan after the goalkeeper has seen limited playing time for his club this season after 12 games.Richard Attah has made 10 appearances this season and has conceded just two goals in the last five games for Phobia. He has four clean sheets to his name too.Tariqe Fosu – Brentford24-year-old Tariqe Fosu has been handed his first national team call-up after impressing for English Championship sides Oxford United and Brentford.The midfielder signed for Brentford from Oxford in the January transfer window.He played 25 games for Oxford and scored on eight occasions for the Championship side. After moving to Brentford, he has featured three times but has no goal yet for his new team.Eugene Ansah – Hapoel Ra’ananaPlying his trade in Israel, Eugene Ansah has earned his first call-up to the Black Stars.The forward has featured 25 times for his club side, Hapoel Ra’anana in the Ligat ha’Al. He has scored three goals so far and has picked up the same number of yellow cards this season.Habib Mohammed – Asante KotokoAsante Kotoko’s defender, Habib Mohammed has also been called up to the senior national team after impressing in this season’s Ghana Premier League.The 22-year-old has featured 7 times for the Porcupine Warriors but is yet to find the net, however, he has been a solid player in the heart of defense for Kotoko.last_img read more