Former Syracuse student manager returns to Carrier Dome for final time

first_imgStephen Goldsmith couldn’t resist the tedious chores: mopping the floor, folding towels, refilling water bottles and rebounding. A freshman student manager in 2015-2016, he fell in love with the gig that’s since defined his college years. The grunt work makes him feel part of a team, and while student managers are rarely credited for their efforts, they work 20, 30 and 40-hour weeks out of the public eye to ensure programs run smoothly. But after one year at SU, Goldsmith’s done the same chores in a new place. At SU, he earned a 4.0 GPA so he could get into to his dream school, Boston College, in 2016, when he met with Eagles head coach Jim Christian. He joined the student manager staff — a vital cog in high-major basketball programs — and returns to the Carrier Dome on Saturday afternoon in Syracuse’s (16-7, 7-3 Atlantic Coast) 2 p.m. matchup with BC. At Syracuse, student managers prepare cups, tissues and gym. They rebound for hours. They wipe the spot on the floor to rid the sweat, and one manager always gets head coach Jim Boeheim his pregame and halftime Pepsi. Said senior point guard Frank Howard of a manager’s impact: “If the program’s a car, they’re like the oil.”Stephen Goldsmith as a freshman student manager for SU in 2015-2016. Courtesy of Stephen GoldsmithAdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I loved Syracuse,” Goldsmith said this week. “As a manager, you do a little of the little things nobody notices until they don’t happen. It can be a grind. Lots of standing, long practices, and you have to have a good attitude even in losses.”Before the Syracuse-BC matchup last week, Goldsmith stood under the basket corralling rebounds as sweat poured from his skin. Time and again, he anticipated the trajectory of the ball — rebounding is one of a manager’s biggest points to master — and fed passes to players on the perimeter, including star junior guard Ky Bowman, with whom Goldsmith said he’s closest.Before that, Goldsmith had prepared the pregame locker room, laying out towels, getting Christian his markers and players their warm-up jerseys. He organizes and rebounds during game-day shootarounds five hours before tip-off. He’s learned not to leave out the details, including the fact that “European players don’t like ice in their water because they’re not used to it,” he said. He’s learned which players show up for extra work before practice, and which ones stay late. Goldsmith is there for both. Every day, he arrives to the gym around 11:30 to set up. He doesn’t leave until 3:30 or 4, well after practice. He’s in the gym for about five hours on practice days, and up to nine or 10 hours on home game days. “New managers are excited to work for an ACC program, get the gear,” he said. “The hours are crazy. It’s less sleep, little school work, and a lot of practice time. You question, ‘Is it really worth it?’ You have to keep a positive attitude. How can I encourage the guys, bring up the energy in the gym?”Stephen Goldsmith throws passes pregame of the SU and BC matchup last week.Josh Shub-Seltzer | Staff PhotographerGrowing up in Western Massachusetts, Goldsmith attended Boston College games with his father, a BC alumnus. He cheered on the Eagles, whose players signed his T-shirts and sneakers. Now he’s on the team bench of the team he idolized, enjoying the present while looking forward to next season, when he can get back to cheering for BC as a fan again. “It’ll be nice to watch as a spectator for once,” Goldsmith said. “Hopefully I won’t be thinking of all the things you have to do.” Facebook Twitter Google+ Commentscenter_img Published on February 9, 2019 at 10:13 am Contact Matthew: [email protected] | @MatthewGut21last_img read more

Jarin takes full responsibility for NU Bulldogs’ failed UAAP campaign

first_imgView comments The loss brought the Bulldogs to a 3-9 record and eliminated them from the Final Four with two more games to spare in their schedule, and head coach Jamike Jarin took full responsibility for the failed campaign.“It’s been very disappointing this year, but again, I take full responsibility for it,” said Jarin. “We have a young team, so we just have to be patient with all the things that we need to do. Of course we could’ve done better.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“I take all the blame.”Jarin’s time with the Bulldogs hasn’t been as fruitful as his previous tenures with San Beda and especially Ateneo where he became a multi-title coach with the Blue Eaglets. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title “Hopefully we get over the hump, and the next time we’re going to talk, we’re talking about the Final Four and probably the Finals next year.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:32UAAP Season 81: Racela says he’ll be ‘surprised’ if Ateneo loses a game in elims02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ LATEST STORIES Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Pringle makes PBA MVP race interesting, overtakes Fajardo in statistical points For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? And it’s not as if NU entered Season 81 without a proper amount of hype after former high school stars John Lloyd Clemente and Dave Ilefonso and Gilas cadet Troy Rike joined the team.Although Jarin had a talented roster, he didn’t have players who have enough experience in the collegiate game with nine of the Bulldogs either a sophomore or a freshman.“As you can see, you’ve got a very good fortune in front of you, not only NU basketball but also Philippine basketball in particular,” said Jarin who also won an NCAA title with the Red Lions in 2016.“These are the things that you get up in the morning and be excited to work with them because every time you wake up, it’s a day that they mature.”The best that the Bulldogs can do this tournament is match their five-win tally from Season 80, but that didn’t stop Jarin from thinking ahead.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil National University’s heartbreaking 84-77 loss to De La Salle on Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum effectively put an end to its campaign in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more