Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer was asked about how he responded to the suspensions of freshman defensive ends Qaadir Sheppard and Amir Ealey. The two were reportedly suspended due to a second violation of the Athletic Department’s drug policy. The news was first reported by Nate Mink of Syracuse.com on Wednesday.“I think Nate did his job and did it well. You got information, that’s your job. And I respect your job, believe it or not. Sometimes you probably don’t think that’s true,” Shafer said. “But I will also say that I think it’s shameful in my opinion that any private information on an 18-year-old kid regarding information that’s leaked about whatever happened, I think that’s a cowardice, anonymous source in my opinion. I hate it. I hate it.”Shafer went on to say that he supported the school’s policy and that he he hopes his student-athletes, speaking generally, learn from their mistakes.“I think our policies are right and good,” Shafer said. “And I think our policies are right and good because they have the best interest of our young men and women in this program and the focus is running a program of great integrity. We’re embarrassed when our kids fail. We’re embarrassed, no different than my two children at home when they fail and make a bad decision it kills you, it beats you up.“You rally, you try to help those kids help themselves. If they do, great, they learn great lessons that they can pass on to their children some day. If they don’t, they won’t be a part of the program.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Published on November 19, 2015 at 12:51 pm Contact Sam: firstname.lastname@example.org | @SamBlum3 Facebook Twitter Google+ Related Stories Amir Ealey and Qaadir Sheppard reportedly suspended due to failed drug testsQaadir Sheppard and Amir Ealey suspended indefinitely due to violation of team rulesFreshman Qaadir Sheppard impresses at defensive end
Jake Gardiner and the 19-10-3 Badgers are looking to right the ship after being swept last weekend. UW has three more series left.[/media-credit]After winning 12 out of 13 games from early December through January, the Wisconsin men’s hockey team was feeling quite comfortable at No. 7 in the Pairwise rankings.But after Nebraska-Omaha swept the Badgers last weekend, that comfort has been replaced with some anxiety.Now UW is No.15 in the rankings – precisely on the fringe of the NCAA tournament.“I was surprised by that. It’s kind of a messed up system, if you really want to know,” UW head coach Mike Eaves said of the rankings. “You drop from seven to 15. Somebody loses we go up, or we lose a game and we go up. It’s convoluted, and when somebody told me we dropped [from 7 to 15], I said, ‘What!’”The numbers don’t lie, and right now the Badgers must win to stay on track for a NCAA appearance.There may be three weeks left in the regular season, but according to senior captain Sean Dolan, the Badgers have already adopted the playoff mindset.“100 percent,” Dolan said. “That’s our mentality going forward. We know after last weekend how much you can drop [in the rankings] after one bad series.“It’s playoff hockey, and right now we are sitting on the bubble.”The Badgers (19-10-3, 11-9-2) will test their playoff mentality against border-rival Minnesota (12-12-4, 9-10-3) this weekend. If the drop in the rankings wasn’t enough motivation – and if the disappointment of a sweep didn’t light a fire – the Badgers have a heated WCHA rivalry to look forward to.“It’s a huge weekend every time you play Minnesota,” Dolan said. “And we know they are thinking the same thing over there.”The Gophers come into Madison after earning a split against second-place Denver in Minneapolis. Minnesota found its scoring touch in game two, scoring seven goals in a lopsided victory. Goaltender Kent Patterson, who replaced Alex Kangas after the senior was ruled out for the season with hip surgery, continues to provide stability in net for the Gophers, posting a .918 save percentage and 2.57 goals against average.“We all know what we’re in for,” freshman forward Mark Zengerle said. “We know it’s going to be a battle.”The Badgers certainly feel battle-tested after a humbling series in Omaha. UW lost 4-1 in the opener and was handed a 4-3 defeat the next night, despite roaring back with a couple of late goals.Eaves mentioned Monday the series against the Mavericks gave his freshmen their first taste of playoff hockey at the collegiate level and that struggle will serve as a valuable lesson.The two losses hurt the Badgers in the rankings, but Eaves knows eye-opening experience is all part of a season-long journey.“I just don’t think people understand the process a team has to go through in order to become championship-caliber,” Eaves explained. “It doesn’t happen overnight and that’s why I don’t think we were disappointed. We played in front of 15,000 people, on the road, against a good, hard, physical team and that’s a process.“We didn’t execute the way we needed to but we were right there.”Like his coach, junior assistant captain Jake Gardiner isn’t too concerned with the two-game skid and is confident his freshman teammates will raise their level of play as the games grow more meaningful.“I didn’t think we played bad last weekend. We just couldn’t get some breaks. They had a couple lucky bounces on some goals and that hurt us,” Gardiner said. “And I think our freshmen have come a long way. They’ll show that down the stretch.”The postseason has started a little early for the Badgers, and this weekend presents two critical games for UW against a hated rival. The season is winding down, and the pressure is on.So is there any sense of panic after a sweep and a dramatic drop in the rankings?“Gosh no,” Eaves said. “This is fun. This building is going to be sold out. This is why you train all summer. You run all those damn hills because you give yourself a chance to be successful out here in February and March.”
He comments after the defeat away to Stade Francais attracted a lot of attention and prompted many to seriously examine where the province were going wrong.Munster conclude their Champions Cup pool fixtures this weekend and then attention turns to the Pro12 – Anthony Foley’s side currently sit fourth in the table in that competition.