Summit Auto Group Best of the Week: This is reserved for Markus Paul, who passed away at the age of 54. Paul was an All-American in 1988 at SU football and was part of the Orange’s famed undefeated team in 1987. Then, after a brief playing career, he became a strength and conditioning coach in the NFL, winning Super Bowl rings with both the Patriots and Giants over the course of two decades. He was serving in that same position with the Dallas Cowboys at the time of his passing.
SOS Rewind and Archive: This week was the SU football game against unbeaten Notre Dame in South Bend. It brought to mind one of the few highlights of Greg Robinson’s rough tenure as head coach – namely, the next-to-last game he coached. On November 22, 2008, the Orange, mired at 2-8, somehow put together a 24-23 victory over the Fighting Irish, winning it on Cameron Dantley’s 11-yard touchdown pass to Donte Davis with just 42 seconds to play.
AFLAC Trivia Tidbit: This also had to do with Markus Paul. All the great work he did as an NFL assistant coach may have obscured his fine playing career. In fact, at the time he graduated from SU, he held the school record for career interceptions with 19, and more than 30 years later he still holds that mark, one more than the 18 earned by Tommy Myers. Seven of those picks came in his redshirt freshman year of 1985, three of them in a single game against the Temple Owls.
Atlas Fence Community Corner: This was the week where the Niagara Purple Eagles arrived at the Dome to face SU – coached by Greg Paulus. Of course, Paulus made his name here in Central New York as a two-sport superstar at Christian Brothers Academy, leading the football Brothers to the 2004 state Class AA championship while breaking every conceivable state passing record. He also was part of a state final four basketball team at CBA before heading to Duke, SU and ultimately the coaching ranks.
U.S. Army Weekly Recap: Rudely greeting Niagara coach and local legend Greg Paulus, SU men’s basketball routed the Niagara Purple Eagles 75-45 even without Buddy Boeheim in the lineup, helped in no small part by a 51-32 rebounding edge that helped to overcome five-for-23 shooting from 3-point range. Quincy Gerrier had a particular star turn, leading the Orange in both scoring (23 points) and rebounds (13 points) as SU moved to 2-0.