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Why there wasn't a pep rally for the Orange ahead of the Final Four

As the Orange left for Atlanta on Tuesday, it seemed something was missing. There was no pomp, no circumstance and no pep rally. Instead of a celebration getting SU pumped for the Final Four, it was more of a subdued send off.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) -- As the Orange left for Atlanta on Tuesday, it seemed something was missing. There was no pomp, no circumstance and no pep rally. Instead of a celebration getting SU pumped for the Final Four, it was more of a subdued send off.

School officials told NewsChannel 9 that they couldn’t fit a pep rally into the player schedules. With all of their traveling they really haven’t been in the classroom for a while, so they only had time for class Tuesday morning.

When asked if he felt like they were missing out, Coach Jim Boeheim said, "It's just too congested. We had classes today and we have practice and this [news conference] today until 3:00, and the bus leaves at 4:00. So there was just no way to be able to do anything. And I personally think that pep rallies are a little bit overrated anyway, so I'm not too concerned about that. We'll have a party when we get back here."

Plenty of people will surely look forward to that, especially if it’s anything like the pep rally in 2003 before the team took off for New Orleans. More than 1,000 people packed into Manley Field House holding Final Four signs and screaming for each player as they were announced.

Though, looking back a decade later, Gerry McNamara says the pep rally is nothing compared to the trophy.

“When you win it you'll have a pep rally. We'll have a celebration. So that's the plan - go down there and hopefully win two games and bring this thing back home," McNamara said.

As for the players it was clear they didn’t need a pep rally to get excited, they were all smiles and basically bounced onto the bus.

NewsChannel 9 will also be traveling down to Atlanta for the Final Four. Our live coverage begins this Thursday with Sports Director Steve Infanti and Carrie Lazarus at the Georgia Dome.


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