Can Syracuse make a bowl game in 2020? We ask’s Stephen Bailey

Syracuse wide receiver Taj Harris (80) celebrates a touchdown against Wagner. Mandatory Photo Credit: Kicia Sears, The Juice Online.

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It’s hard to imagine it, but we’re only 10 days away from the start of the 2020 Syracuse football season. There are so many questions right now, including whether the Orange will even get to finish the season because of the current COVID-19 pandemic.

To get a solid handle on what’s coming, we chatted with’s Stephen Bailey about his thoughts on this question, and whether the Orange defense will take to the new 3-3-5 scheme, and how the offensive line is going to hold up.

How about Sterlin Gilbert’s affect on the SU offense? Can Syracuse cobble together a winning season? How does the 2021 recruiting class look so far? Those are other questions that Stephen answers on a wide ranging interview.

Former Syracuse basketball player Andrew Kouwe then calls in and we chat about the passing of John Thompson Jr., the longtime Georgetown Hoyas head coach. Though he was Syracuse’s top rival, he had a long-lasting (positive) effect on Syracuse and Jim Boeheim.

Andrew’s closing thought centers on Carmelo Anthony’s NBA playoffs exit, while I talk about SU’s most recent addition to their basketball roster, Chez Owens, son of SU great Billy.

» Related: Our game-by-game predictions for the 2020 Syracuse season


1.’s Stephen Bailey calls in
2. Will the college football season finish in the midst of a pandemic?
3. How is the defense adjusting to the new 3-3-5
4. How is the offense doing under Sterlin Gilbert?
5. Can Syracuse finish with a winning record?
6. Thoughts on the 2021 class on the defensive line
7. TJO Senior College Basketball Analyst Andrew Kouwe calls in
7. Goodbye to John Thompson Jr.
8. Jim Boeheim’s relationship with Thompson
9. Closing thoughts and wrap up

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Wes has worked for covering the New York Knicks, as well as for covering Syracuse athletics. Wes has also been a contributing writer for the South China Morning Post (Hong Kong), for SportsNet New York (SNY) as a news desk writer covering all of New York professional sports, and reported on the NBA and MLB for the New York Sportscene. A native of Long Island, New York, Wes graduated from Syracuse University in 2005 with a degree in journalism. Contact him at wes[at]