The past few years haven't been kind to the Syracuse football program. But if the Orange suffer another loss on Saturday as the oddsmakers expect, at least one longtime program follower will leave the Carrier Dome happy. The longtime Orange follower in question is Penn State's Mark Rubin.
I always was a big Syracuse fan, the senior safety said. I still check on them. I still like all the Buffalo teams.
Rubin grew up rooting for the Orange in Amherst, N.Y., a suburb of Buffalo. He liked them enough to consider attending the school, having garnered plenty of recruiting attention after setting westerm New York high school record for career catches, receiving yards and touchdown receptions. But after narrowing his list to five schools, Rubin picked Penn State.
One of eight Nittany Lion players from New York, Rubin is looking forward to being in the Carrier Dome, calling it an electrifying place to play. He said he expects a rooting section of 20 or 30 friends, teachers and family members.
Rubin, who made seven tackles and an interception in Penn State's first two games, said he's eager to see one of the team's long-dormant Eastern rivalries resume.
The East Coast has a lot of great schools, he said. Syracuse is down now, but they'll be up again in the future.