Salutations. Splendid day for a home opener, especially considering the dismal mid-week weather forecast of spits of rain and wind (it still may arrive as clouds loom to the north of us well before kickoff.
Fans are milling around. Most are in "The Zone," a place for suds and other refreshments on the east end of the property.
The team arrived by bus at around 2:15 p.m. Coach Steve Sarkisian led the pack wearing a charcoal-grey suit with a purple shirt and tie.
Little different arrival. As Sarkisian walked onto the field, he was all business. His stride slowed. His expression was stoic. Syracuse players shot the team a glance, but the second-year coach's view never wavered, looking straight ahead.
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Finally, he arrived to the 'W' in the middle of the field and waited (five yellow-coat security folks cleared the path). Players and assistants huddle, as seen above, and Sarkisian gave pointed remarked for a few minutes before they disappeared in the tunnel, and to the locker room.
This is an important day, to say the least.
I think Sarkisian has known that all along, and today, we're seeing that side.