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first_img Published on September 16, 2013 at 12:45 am Contact Trevor: [email protected] | @TrevorHass Syracuse University officials broke ground on a $13 million indoor football practice facility at Lower Coyne Field on the Lampe Athletic Complex on Sunday morning in a ceremony starting at 10:30 a.m.The facility is slated for completion in eight to nine months. The project was initially announced in February and entered the design phase this summer.“It’s an exciting, extremely motivating day,” said football head coach Scott Shafer, “and we look forward to jumping into that indoor facility as soon as they get it up.”SU Athletic Director Daryl Gross commenced the building process of the 102,258-square foot structure in front of an audience that included Chancellor Nancy Cantor, Hall of Famer Floyd Little and Shafer, among several other prominent SU Athletics figures.Following an 18-minute ceremony capped with champagne, Cantor, Shafer, Little and other SU benefactors used shovels to break ground on the facility, symbolizing the start of the project.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe field inside the state-of-the-art building will be named after John F. Phelan, who played for Syracuse in 1940 and died in France during World War II in 1944. Board of Trustees chairman Richard L. Thompson and his wife Jean Thompson – Phelan’s daughter and a Syracuse graduate – are largely responsible for funding the facility.The Thompsons donated $1 million to SU Athletics in July when Syracuse officially moved from the Big East to the Atlantic Coast Conference. They have been consistent supporters of the “I’m in” campaign, a full-fledged effort to take the athletic department to the next level, according to the SU Athletics website.At the event, Dick Thompson spoke about how Syracuse has kept par with other schools with better funding. Now, he said he hopes this facility will bump SU into the next echelon of programs, adding that the facility’s creation is a “huge accomplishment.”Gross discussed how the facility embodies everything Syracuse represents and that it’s a tremendous milestone for the university.“We got some things done without this facility,” Gross said. “This will only enhance it.”Shafer said his team shares the Carrier Dome with the basketball team during the latter half of the football season, which minimizes how much the team can do because it can only use 50 or 60 yards during practice.He said he hopes the new complex will help resolve this issue and will give Syracuse a chance to be more competitive in the ACC.Little said his goal is for the facility to attract recruits the same way as the Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center, which was built in 2009, does. He said the timing of the facility “could not be better,” as the university transitions into a new conference.“The facility can do for football what the Carmelo Anthony Center did for basketball,” Little said.Following the announcement, Joe Giansante, executive senior associate athletics director, closed the ceremony, expressing his gratitude to all those involved.“Today is a culmination of a lot of hard work by a lot of people,” Giansante said, “to continue this incredible momentum that has been started here at Syracuse University.” Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Commentslast_img read more

first_img“When we find somebody who may have information regarding a potential attack on America, you bet we’re going to detain them, and you bet we’re going to question them,” he said during a hastily called Oval Office appearance. “The American people expect us to find out information, actionable intelligence so we can help protect them. That’s our job.” Bush volunteered his thoughts on a report on two secret 2005 memos that authorized extreme interrogation tactics against terror suspects. “This government does not torture people,” Bush said. Meanwhile, Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin, D-Mich., demanded a copy of a third Justice Department memo justifying military interrogations of terror suspects held outside the United States. In a letter to Attorney General nominee Michael Mukasey, Levin wrote that two years ago he requested – and was denied – the March 14, 2003, legal opinion. Levin asked if Mukasey would agree to release the opinion if the Senate confirms him as attorney general, and cited what he described as a history of the Justice Department stonewalling Congress. “Such failures and the repeated refusal of (the Department of Justice) to provide Congress with such documents has prevented the Congress from fulfilling its constitutional responsibilities to conduct oversight,” Levin wrote. The White House said Mukasey has not been cleared to read the classified documents Levin requested. The two Justice Department legal opinions from 2005 were disclosed in Thursday’s editions of The New York Times, which reported that the first opinion authorized the use of painful methods, such as head slaps, freezing temperatures and simulated drownings known as waterboarding, in combination.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SECURITY: Bush defends questioning and detainment of terrorism supsects in brief meeting at the Oval Office. By Jennifer Loven THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON – President Bush defended his administration’s methods of detaining and questioning terrorism suspects Friday, saying both are successful and lawful. last_img read more