No. 12 Florida will visit the Carrier Dome to take on No. 4 Syracuse on Friday, Dec. 2 at 6:30 p.m. ET. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN. This will mark the third time in four years the two squads have met. The Orange topped the Gators 89-83 in the 2008 CBE Classic semifinal and won 85-73 in Tampa the following season as part of the 2009 SEC/Big East Invitational.
Paul Pasqualoni needs no introduction to Syracuse football fans. Pasqualoni concluded his 14-year tenure at Syracuse as the Orange’s second-winningest coach with 107 victories. Following his time with Syracuse, Pasqualoni coached with the Miami Dolphins and Dallas Cowboys before returning to the Big East as the head coach of Connecticut. He recently spoke with The Juice Online’s Brad Bierman during Big East media day.
After a 12 year absence, Syracuse renews its rivalry with fellow private university foe Tulane at the site of this year’s BCS national championship game and NCAA Final Four, the Louisiana Superdome. This is Green Wave head coach Bob Toledo’s fifth year after taking a four season break from coaching (he led UCLA to the 1999 Rose Bowl), and although he increased the win total to four in 2010, he’s only won 13 games overall.
For the seventh consecutive year, the Big East held its annual football media day about 40 minutes south of its relatively new downtown Providence headquarters in this seaside resort long home to old New England money and a city famous for its mansions, and the home of the International Tennis Hall of Fame.