Orange building bodies, esprit de corps

Coming off the school's worst season in 113 years, Syracuse players are paying a high price this offseason to rebuild the Orange, writes Ivan Maisel.

Updated: February 23, 2006, 4:04 PM ET
By Ivan Maisel | ESPN.com

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Surely, winter conditioning can't get tougher than this. You play for Syracuse University, and you're coming off your school's worst season in 113 years. It's 5:30 a.m., it's 10 degrees, and last night's snow greets you as you open the door to leave. You might have gotten six hours of sleep, sandwiched around that 2:30 a.m. homecoming by your housemates stumbling in from wherever they began the weekend.

If you're lucky, you have a car, and you leave time to scrape last night's ...

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